Talk About Planning - Autism Awareness
Talk About Planning

Talk About Planning

Author: Marilyn Toomey, SLP
Publishing Info: Spiral Bound 120 pages
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This book was developed for teachers and speech/language pathologists helping students improve functional language and communication development. Target skill areas include:

  1. organization

  2. future-oriented thinking

  3. verb tense agreement

  4. sequencing

  5. time concepts

  6. language of probability

  7. interactive communication

  8. social language

  9. perspective-taking

  10. goal setting

  11. problem solving

  12. generalization

All of these skills are used in planning and talking about planning. Planning, or understanding plans and talking about future events is often difficult for students with language impairment and/or executive functioning disorders. Also, students weak in social skills and social language areas often find planning future events overwhelming. Students with Asperger’s Syndrome or higher functioning autistic students have particular difficulty planning future events.

Goal setting, laying event sequences out into the future, projecting outcomes and preparing to problem solve–all of these abstract notions are most challenging for students weak in organizational or social skills—all of these areas are targeted in this book!

This book includes:

  1. activities to strengthen specific language to talk about planning; time concepts and probability terms

  2. structured “plan units” featuring activities for younger children

  3. introduction of the “time line”

  4. structured “plan units” featuring activities for older students

  5. activities for developing new plans based on former plans

Structured activities offer students plenty of practice in vocabulary development, sentence formulation and generating cohesive multi-sentence passages. These activities are designed to offer students enjoyable activities as they gain a new and useful tool to add to their communication repertoire. Suitable for ages 7 – 11.