Speech-Language Activities for Adolescents with Autism
Most importantly, growing up with Autism into a teen can be hard for many. Moreover, in this stage, speech is all about social and speech cues. Further, there are many studies that suggest Speech-Language Activities for Adolescents with Autism can aid in speech.
In short, what can you do for your teen with Autism? Read on for some things to do for Speech-Language activities for adolescents with Autism.
Firstly, get your child to socialize! In other words, you must actively involve your teen in your social circle. This activity will help in speech for living by themself. For example, going to a shop.
Tell your child well ahead of time. For instance, tell them about the place you will be going to and things to buy. Finally, make a list of items.
Then tell your child to see you, ask for the items in your list at the shop. For example, tell him/her to try and ask for some items on the list. In other words, guide him/her to make sentences and requests. Similarly, help him/her to bill and pack up the items bought.
Finally, tell the child to buy and bill one item at the mall. In addition, make sure he/she is under your view.
In short, this game will help social speech and independence. Similarly, social skills can be trained in many places. For example, the diners, drive-in food courts, markets, and so on.
Speech-Language Activity 2:
Another skill, social stories are a great way to help your child to interpret and respond to scenarios.
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What to do?
For the game, you need a few books. In other words, books that target social skills in your child. Lookup a list of social stories and buy the best-suited one for your child. For instance, if your teen finds it hard to ask for help. Then, you can get him/her to read a social story for the same. Consequently, tell the story and give your teen real-life examples. These stories help reduce social anxiety, give visual aids for social rules and etiquette. Besides, they are also a low-cost tool.
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Speech-Language Activity 3:
To aid in reasoning skills, we can do this activity.
What to do?
First, sit with your teen and put up a board for the score. Then, play the “What will happen if…” game. In short, you can come up with some questions and think for answers. Each answer can be given 1 point. You can start with;
“What will happen if…
- People did not have ears
- No one drank milk
- If you never went to bed
- If we all had the same name
- If rain stopped forever
Speech-Language Activity 4:
Here we can aid verbal speech. It can be made fun by using cards or bits of paper.
What to do?
The game is called “Talk for 1 Minute”. For instance, write simple topics on bits of paper or print cards. Then, take turns to pick up chits or cards. Finally, talk about it for one minute. Use an hourglass or a timer to make the game fun. For example, you can start with;
- Talk about what you like about the home.
- Talk about what if you were a King.
- Talk about a trip.
- Talk about what you love to do.
- Talk about things you can’t live without.
Speech-Language Activity 5:
This will help to teach cause and effect and what comes next.
What to do?
Get some comic books with empty speech clouds. Subsequently, tell your child to fill up words in each empty cloud. Additionally, work on skills such as what happens next, predicting, and understanding social gestures.
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