Getting to Know You!

This is an unusual month for educators! In some parts of our country, summer school has just started. In other parts, they are gearing up for back to school.

Wherever you live, you might find that this quick and easy printable game makes your planning easier! Whether you use it for asking and answering questions, getting new classmates to interact with each other, graphing answers afterwards, or for conversation skills, have fun with it!

You can download this freebie at my store. Make your life easier!

Spend your extra time enjoying a beautiful summer day!

Helping Our Students Transition to Independence

Transitioning? What?

You might be wondering if these links have nothing useful for you, but if you are working with a moderately to severely impaired population, then it is my opinion that you can never get started thinking about this too early!

Building functional independence skills can never start too early! Check out these free resource links at Looks Like Language!
Our students who have moderate to severe deficits need us to be the ones who are thinking ahead and planning how to build their skills to their greatest potential! Since they need so much practice with work presented at tiny little steps, it will only help if we all have in mind the eventual desired outcomes as we plan each year's therapy.

With this in mind, maybe you want to take a look at these links even if your students are still younger!

The complete list of links can be found in this post.

If you don't have time to check out the complete list, I recommend that you at least go to my most favorite download, Moving Toward Functional Social Competence.

The Minnesota Region 10 Low Incidence Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) project compiled this thorough checklists at three levels for joint attention, greetings, self regulation, conversations, perspective taking, social problem solving/critical thinking skills, friendship and life skills. They also included a recommended resource list for further reading. 

Be sure to download this helpful free resource!

I hope you are enjoying your summer! 

Let's Get Started with Communication! FREE Guide


FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide- Looks Like Language

Would you like a life without conversations? No way! We probably can't even count how many we have during a day. So, try to imagine how the life of a child on the autism spectrum is like without this skill.

No matter what we do to improve vocabulary, concepts, sentence structure, you name it, daily life functioning will be affected if we don't manage to get our students conversing socially. And it isn't always easy!

The traps I fell into when starting to work on this skill included:

* getting rote I like/What do you like interchanges only!
While this is a beginning, it is definitely not an end goal.

* prompting with 'say' and 'ask' with students getting confused about what I was expecting of them.

* prompting responses verbally, ending up with my students talking to me and not with each other!

* getting students to converse, but only on limited range of topics or when prompted.

I decided that there must be a way to build conversation skills visually and offset these issues. (You know that I am passionate about visuals and strategies!)

It took me lots of years of trial and error before I came up with the methods that worked for my students on the autism spectrum. I know that I've had the actual materials available in my TpT store for a while now, and I'm thrilled beyond measure that there are students out there making progress in conversation skills that I had a part in helping!

However, I realized this summer that I didn't really have anything in place to help you see my overall structure/model. So, I decided to make this brand new free guide call Getting Started with Conversation! 

Getting Started with Conversation will help you with assessing current status, planning therapy,  and measuring progress. More success with less stress!

To get this amazing 8 page FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide, all you have to do is click here.


FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide- Looks Like Language
For my followers, I will also be sending out the link for this helpful guide in my next newsletter, but you can get it NOW by clicking here!

I hope this gets you and your students started on the path to building real conversations! Enjoy!

Summer Rhyming Fun- 5- A Freebie

FREE summer rhyming fun from Looks Like Language!
Welcome back for your final section of this fun summer rhyming freebie! So glad you came back to finish it!

Is your summer flying by? I don't know where all the time goes! I remember hot, boring days with nothing to do growing up, when summer seemed like it lasted forever. Did it seem that way to you? Now, forget it! I blink and another day is done!

Well, help a child in your life fill up some of that summer boredom and download this cute freebie. If you are visiting for the first time, click here to start at the beginning of this set.

Thank you! I love knowing that I am making it possible for some children to do a little better with reading skills!

I'm happy you stopped by!

14 AWESOME Resource Links for Social Skills!

Check out these great resource links! Looks Like Language!
There never seems to be enough materials to meet our students' specific needs. Between differences in how they learn, what activities they enjoy, and how much practice is needed, I know that looking for resources can seem never ending.

That is why I love to look for free help. And, of course, I want to share these resources with you!

I found what I think is a treasure trove of online ideas and activities for working on emotions and nonverbal language skills. If you haven't already checked these links out, you really should!

I checked to make sure that the links are still working, but instead of reposting the whole thing, I'm just going to ask you to click here for some amazing free resources.

You know that you can always find ready made help at my store. Be sure to drop me a comment here if there is something you are looking for but can't find. I still have time to get some new resources ready for you for the fall!
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