Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
These are some items that I have purchased and utilized with my nonverbal son Matthew. I have many more that are too advanced at this point in time for him, but maybe in the near future they can be incorporated into his daily routine.
I have boards that are for sorting and matching colors, numbers and sequences plus adapted books with picture symbols to place on the corresponding page of the book.
The website located on the back of this book is no longer active and a google search did not find them. Basically this book has a story of a mouse getting dressed and the last page has 3 rows of 3 velcro dots for the storing of the rebus cards.
The child follows along with the adult reading the book and placing the corresponding picture on the velcro dot located in various spots on each page. The book is a binder format and sold for $18.00. I got this several years ago.
Matthew has mastered his number boards - there is one that goes 1-5 with the other one 6-10. Now we need to work on 11-20, but the ebay store and website no longer are in service. There is a need for these items for those that make these things you can tap into the market.
At one time I had purchased at the exhibit booth of an autism conference an interactive reading book from Greenhouse Publications on Things I Do At Home. It was too advanced then for Matthew, so I sold it on ebay. They now have four different category sets with the books selling at $21.95. These are very portable as they have ring binders and fit inside a book bag.
I have a Medical Board for Matthew to let me know if he has any aches and pains. This helps identify body parts and then the feelings symbols with a pain scale that is beyond his comprehension, but he loves to flap the laminated card.
Matthew can easily match the colors to the spelled words in this sorting and matching board. We also have a game called Color & Shape Bingo that is the same sort of activity. We have adapted it somewhat and I wrote down the name of each color on the cards and I read them out loud when Matthew puts a matching color onto a selected board. I also have taken a photo of these items that he utilizes and velcroed them on the board hanging on the wall for choosing activities.
I also printed out from Do2Learn images with words to teach Matthew how to follow commands and directions. I have not laminated or cut this sheet up.
Speaking of Speech has this great resource available in pdf format. This is an activity that utilizes Mayer Johnson symbols in a reading format for words that have multiple meanings.
Tinsnips has this response card I printed out (pdf), conversation boards, schedule cards, activity cards, playdough recipe, social skills information, themes and much more at their site.
If your child has some favorite videos you can make copies of those covers for a choice board to request a video to view. This is an example of one -
I have not utilized these for Matthew as he can independently grab a video and utilize both the controls on the television set and the remote control. I might at some point implement such a system for his collection of movies, but we do have a board I had made for us to utilize, although not very often.
Silent No More visual communication tools for law enforcement professionals, as well as for emergency room and drivers to help them communicate with the adults who are nonverbal. A package of ten 1/2 page laminated board is only $7.00. Purchase some for your local agency and introduce the nonverbal child or adult to the appropriate agency and include the information sheet. This is also useful for those with Alzheimer's and those who speak other languages. There is a board for police, paramedics, hospitals and school nurse. A sample package is $5.00
Reading A-Z - The Online Reading Program 30 Free books using Adobe Acrobat Reader
Free activity files for students with autism
Educational Autism Tips for Families 71 page resourceful ebook for families entering the school system with a recent autism diagnosis. Find out what issues take place over the course of a school day and meet these challenges head on.