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FROM OUR FOUNDER A N D C E O

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder and CEO shares a heartfelt message: This year, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, proudly announces our 20th anniversary servicing the metropolitan New York City area for those affected by autism and related disorders, as well as those who care for them. We have come a long way to becoming a model school, and are honored to have so many wonderful years filled with growth and gratitude. From the very first day, Shema Kolainu has not only been a school, but a center providing many different services to our students and their families. One aspect of our dedicated care is providing individualized support to our families and children. We celebrate the nuances of each child’s personality and work to foster unique abilities through various evidence-based education strategies, interventions, and therapies. We work with parents to develop a comprehensive approach through our workshops, consistent communication, and open access to resources. Our children continue to amaze us every day, accomplishing more and inspiring us all. These “small miracles” as we call them, are major blessings. These achievements could not be possible without the dedication and support of our outstanding teaching staff. This issue highlights a selection of success stories, our program events, and useful topics for our community. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to stand behind our blessed children as they make new strides along their journey. We look forward to the next twenty years of making a difference in the lives of our children.

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., MBA

TABLE OF CONTENTS From our Founder and CEO....................................3 Shema Kolainu Autism Workshops on Verbal

Behavior and Leading Sensory Strategies.............5 A Discussion on Practical Solutions for

Eradicating Bullying ................................................7 A Therapeutic Approach to the Posture

and Gait issues in Individuals with ASD.................7 Upcoming Free Autism Workshops........................9 Shema Kolainu Welcomes Guests

from Tel Aviv, Israel.................................................11 Shema Kolainu Hosts

18th Year of its Annual Legislative Breakfast.......12-13 Ten Ways to Encourage Speech............................17 A Day In Our Classroom....................................18-19 Activity Highlights...................................................21 Shema Kolainu Partners with

Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures...................23 Generalization of Language

Outside of the School Setting................................25

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EVENTS

Shema Kolainu

AUTISM WORKSHOPS on VERBAL BEHAVIOR and LEADING SENSORY STRATEGIES

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uccessful workshops on "Verbal Behavior and Assessment" and "Leading Sensory Strategies to Support Children with Autism in the School Setting," organized by Shema Kolainu and funded by New York City Council Autism Initiative, were held on November 28th and December 19th at Touro College in New York City. The events attracted a wide range of people, coming from different backgrounds, including specialists, family members and caregivers, therapists, students, educators, scholars, and the general public. The workshop on "Verbal Behavior and Assessment," led by Ariela Fuchs, M.S.Ed at Shema Kolainu, provided a comprehensive description of applied behavior analysis in relation to verbal behavior. The speech drew largely on ‘Verbal Behavior,’ a work by B.F. Skinner, in which he analyzed language from a behavioral perspective and the impact that language has on a person’s environment. Ms. Fuchs supported her talk with numerous examples taken from Skinner’s work and her personal experience as an ABA Therapist. The workshop on "Leading Sensory Strategies," led by Alexa Moses, MS, OTR/L at Shema Kolainu, highlighted the latest innovative sensory strategies. Some of the major issues outlined in the presentation, www.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

included Sensory Processing Disorder, SelfStimulatory Behaviors and Interventions, Snoezelen Room Use and Function, Easing Transitions During the Day, The Role of ABA and the ABA/Occupational Therapy Collaboration, and Backpack Education for School/Home. Additionally, the audience was engaged in the preparation of slime, a jelly-like toy aimed at providing different sensational experiences for children. The workshops achieved their primary goals of providing parents, caregivers and professionals with practical guidelines of teaching autistic children language and other vital skills essential for their future, as well as addressing their various sensory challenges. As a nonprofit, specializing in quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs in a warm and nurturing environment. The school reaches out to children and their families in all five boroughs of NYC and helps students develop the necessary skills to reach their greatest potential. 5


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EVENTS A THERAPEUTIC APPROACH TO THE

A DISCUSSION ON PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR

POSTURE AND GAIT ISSUES

ERADICATING BULLYING

For Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs

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By Dr. Stephen Shore

hema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, held its first workshop of 2018 at Touro College in New York City. The workshop was presented by Dr. Stephen Shore, an education professor from Adelphi University. He spoke with guests about how to prevent bullying from happening in schools, what an adult can do if they witness bullying, and what lasting effects bullying can have on children, especially ones with autism. Dr. Shore’s presentation began with a simple activity. Guests crumpled a piece of paper and then unfolded it, while Shore asked if the paper can be returned to its original form with no wrinkles. He discussed how this was related to bullying and how kids feel after a student bullies them. The damage can leave the child severely scarred and may even have an everlasting effect. Dr. Shore briefly talked about what it was like growing up with Autism, while guests shared their experiences with bullying. One of the guests, a man in his early 20's, who has Autism, shared what his personal struggles were during his childhood. “I was the one who got in trouble for something I didn’t do. My teacher blamed things on me”, he explained. “I threatened to bring in a camera to record her nonsense and send it to the principal. That really changed her attitude towards me”. Another activity Dr. Shore conducted was a sensory overload activity. In groups of five, each person played a specific role. Person number one had autism, while others did different things to distract them, including patting them on the head, putting an index card on their neck, reading a paragraph loudly close to their face, while another person read a different paragraph in a normal voice. Many guests realized how overpowering everything was around them and it changed their perspective on how autistic people might live on a daily basis. Dr. Shore is the author of Understanding Autism for Dummies and his most recent book College for Students with Disabilities. We extend our thanks to the New York City Council Autism Initiative for providing the necessary funds for these programs

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In Individuals with ASD

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By Dalia Zwick, PT, PhD

n Tuesday, February 27th, Shema Kolainu Hear Our Voices hosted a free autism workshop at Touro College. Acclaimed Physical Therapist, Dalia Zwick, PhD, presented a therapeutic approach to the posture and gait issues in individuals with ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. The room was filled with Physical Therapists, parents of autistic children, Special Education teachers, Early Intervention Specialists and other healthcare professionals. This workshop focused on proper body alignment and physical positioning for children with Autism but was also very informative on general posture imbalances and the importance of correcting them. Her unique specialty was derived from her yoga practice as well as taking on an interest in sketching and animation to better understand correct body posturing whether it’s sitting, standing, walking, or even sleeping. People are often disconnected with how they feel in their bodies and this especially true for those on the spectrum. For these individuals, there can be a lot of sensory issues that play into uncomfortable body positioning and even toe walking which can lead to more serious issues The group participated in a few exercises to experience imbalanced strain, realignment and proper body positioning. Dr. Zwick developed using parallel bars in her practice to help individuals feel how to stand correctly and comfortably aligned. Another interesting point she made was that children on the spectrum don’t ever get a chance to relax if their body isn’t supported and comfortable. Relaxation is extremely important for our overall health and particularly necessary in order for children to be alert and engaged in their learning environment. The free workshop series is a great opportunity to gain knowledge from some of the best resources in the field of Autism. These Autism workshops are made possible by the NYC Council Autism Initiative and are held throughout the year. The next event will take place on March 27th featuring Sara Goldstein on AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication. To sign up for a free workshop, please visit shemakolainu.org or contact info@skhov.org. 7


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EVENTS

SHEMA KOLAINU UPCOMING FREE AUTISM WORKSHOPS

AAC - Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Sarah Goldstein, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Teaching Yoga and Other Physical Activities to Children with Autism and Developmental Delays Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Dr. Gruber, MEd, PhD, BCBA-D, Lic. BA

Opening Doors for Employment: Observations on Promoting Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Dr. Stephen Shore

Autism Feeding Disorder Treatments Thursday, June 28, 2018 Dina Ezagui, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

We extend our thanks to The New York City Council Autism Initiative for providing the necessary funds for this program. All workshops will take place at Touro College 33 W 23rd St., New York, NY Room 314 9:30am - 12:00pm

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EVENTS

Shema Kolainu Welcomes GUESTS FROM TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Dr. Weinstein led the meeting and offered valuable

insights. Among the topics discussed were Home and

Center based programs, training programs extended to parents and caregivers, and Applied Behavior Analysis

(ABA), the underlying educational approach practiced

at Shema Kolainu. ABA entails the comprehensive

application of behavioral principles to enhance the development, abilities, and self direction skills of children and adults.

During their visit, our guests were particularly impressed Mrs. Shirley Rimon Bracha and Dr. Joshua Weinstein

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hema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, was pleased to welcome Mrs. Shirley Rimon Bracha, Chief of the

Department of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel, along

with her colleagues and Ms. Sivan Aloni, Assistant to the

with SKHOV's Daily Living Skills Center, where our

children are trained to lead independent lives to their full potential. The tour also entailed our fully equipped classrooms, including the Multi-sensory room, which

offers a therapeutic approach to teaching the children visual tracking and cause-and-effect associations.

Consul General of Israel to meet our children, observe, and learn about our programs and the methods practiced

and implemented daily in the lives of ASD students and their families.

The delegates were greeted by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, SKHOV Founder and CEO, Mr. Ezra Friedlander, CEO

of The Friedlander Group, Mrs. Suri Gruen, our Program Director and Mrs. Gili Rechany, our Educational Director.

Chief and Members of the Tel Aviv Board of Education, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Ezra Friedlander, and SKHOV staff

In appreciation, Mrs. Rimon Bracha and colleagues

presented Dr. Weinstein with a gift from Israel and, in turn, were given an individual piece of SKHOV students' framed artwork, commemorating the milestones of their many accomplishments.

As the meeting concluded, Dr. Weinstein reflected on From center counterclockwise: Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Mr. Ezra Friedlander, Mrs. Shirley Rimon Bracha, Mrs. Liza Ben-Hamo, Mrs. Lea Zida, Mrs. Ruthy Enzel, Mrs. Gili Rechany, and Mrs. Suri Gruen

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the many blessings and miracles that have contributed to Shema Kolainu's success and our students' achievements.

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SHEMA KOLAINU HEAR OUR VOICES HOSTS

18TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST “Dr. Joshua Weinstein reflected on the many blessings and miracles that have contributed to Shema Kolainu’s success and its students’ achievements.”

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Shema Kolainu, “Hear Our Voices”, celebrated the 18th Year of its Annual Legislative Breakfast with a new venue and location: The Princeton Club in New York, New York. Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Shema Kolainu, “Hear Our Voices” Founder and CEO, welcomed and thanked esteemed guests and honorees for their support of Shema Kolainu and its international research constituency, ICareForAutism. The Legislative Breakfast played host and stage to New York City’s most notable legislative supporters and political representatives for Autism Advocacy: Dr.Kathleen Cashin, PH.D, Member of the Board of Regents, Kalman Yeger, the esteemed Master of Ceremonies for the last seven years, and Letitia James, the Public Advocate for the City of New York and the second highest ranking elected official in the City. The 18th Annual Legislative Breakfast celebrated the 2017 Honorees and their accomplishments and contributions to the Special Needs Community: Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson for the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Jennie Berger, Community Liaison for the Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and New York City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Mark Levine. The honwww.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018


orees were bestowed with awards, individual pieces of students’ framed artwork, which serve as commemorative milestones of the Shema Kolainu students’ accomplishments. The four honorees next delivered inspiring addresses pledging and reaffirming their support and commitment to Shema Kolainu and the Special Needs Community. The first honoree, Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson for the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, was the recipient of the International Champion Award whose made valuable contributions to the Autism Community. The award was accepted on her behalf by His Excellency Masud Bin Momen, the Bangladeshi Ambassador to the U.N. Saima’s advocacy and commitment to autism rights has resulted in Bangladesh revolutionizing their approach to advocating for autism rights and has become a role model for the international community. The second set of honorees, Brad Lander and Mark Levine, New York City Council members, were the recipients of the City Leadership Award. Their commitment to the Autism Initiative, funded by the New York City Council, greatly enhances Shema Kolainu’s ability to provide parent training workshops for families with www.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

autistic children. Their ongoing advocacy has allowed us to fund our parent training and workshops for caregivers, advocates, parents, and families. The final honoree, Jennie Berger, Community Liaison for the Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, was the recipient of the Hakoras Hatov Award. Jennie’s has tirelessly championed the autism initiative and has also been an advocate for children and families with autism. Jennie’s efforts have furthered Shema Kolainu’s mission and preserved the existence of its educational programs across the city. As the 2017 Legislative breakfast came to a close, Dr. Joshua Weinstein reflected on the many blessings and miracles that have contributed to Shema Kolainu’s success and its students’ achievements. Dr. Weinstein also thanked the school’s many community supporters and commented on how 2018 will be a monumental year for Shema Kolainu with the onset of its 20th anniversary and the commencement of the school’s $2.1 million grant awarded expansion project for the 3rd floor to the existing building.

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10 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE SPEECH Every child may not speak at the same pace, but every child is also very different. Even the slightest improvement in their communication can help reduce frustration in their everyday routine. Below are 10 ways for parents to help encourage language for their child. PLAYING Creating a time, even 15 minutes a day, to sit down with your child with minimum distractions and engaging them can be fundamental for their speech development. Play allows time to practice skills learned in school or elsewhere. Let your child take the lead, as play builds confidence without pressure to talk.

say. For example, if your child already says “bear,” you can say “big bear” or “brown bear.” PAUSING Often it will take children longer to process your question or understand what is being spoken about. Give your child a chance to respond. PRAISING Try to include specific comments about what the child is doing exactly, so that they are earning praise. They learn best from your interest in things, especially your interest in the things that they do and say.

READING REPEATING Make a habit of reading to your child or It is important to repeat what your child letting your child read to you every says, clearly and correctly, so that he/ day. Select books that are easyshe can hear how it should sound, “The basic building of to-follow, with familiar stories for and reinforce the language that young children. Talk about what good communication is the goes with the action. If the child you're seeing in the pictures. repeats the words incorrectly, feeling that every Asking your child what sounds just gently repeat the words in the animals in the pictures make human being is unique and the correct way, so that he/she gets him/her to practice speech understands the difference. of value.” skills, as well. LISTENING Children are motivated when they feel that you place value in what they say. Set aside some quiet “listening time” during discussion or play time alongside the child. SLOWING DOWN Family members can reduce their conversational rate of speech to a slow, soothing style. Try to use simple words and an easy tone of voice. MODELING Modeling useful words can help children jumpstart their vocabulary-building. Expanding on what was said is another useful tool (i.e. "Want cookie?" "I have cookie." "I have a chocolate cookie." "Do you want more cookie?”). Add more words to what your child can already www.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

USING YOUR ENVIRONMENT Having some things that are out of your child’s reach can be very helpful in building language. To do this, you will need something that you know your child will want, such as a favorite toy or food. They will need to ask you for help when getting it if it is in a place that they cannot reach. You can teach them to ask you for attention and to say, “help me,” or label the item that they cannot reach. BEING PATIENT Remember that every child learns at and individual pace, and that development takes time and patience. You cannot expect things to suddenly change overnight. By Jennifer Lian, MA CCC-SLP 17


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A DAY IN OUR CLASSROOM

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hat does an average day in our classroom look like? With six energetic boys, there’s no such thing. Our day includes a variety of activities designed to facilitate learning and interaction. The children’s excitement about being in school is evident on their smiling faces. MORNING CIRCLE The children sing “Good Morning” and discuss the day of the week and the weather. But a closer look reveals that more is actually going on. When asked what the weather outside is like, Ronnie says it’s raining. This is a major step for him, as he is learning to answer 18

questions! Aryeh told the class that a storm is coming. That is significant progress, as well, as he learns to socialize with his peers. WORK TIME

The children are working on different skills geared toward meeting their specific needs. Today, Daniel is

learning to tell time on an analog clock. He’s so excited as he reads the hour hand and can tell everyone when

it’s ten o’clock. Jacob is learning to do simple addition. You can see the pride on his face when he shows his completed math sheet to his teacher.

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SUCCESS S TO R I E S SCIENCE CENTER TIME Filled with anticipation, our children eagerly try to guess what we’ll be learning as they sit down around the table. Aryeh asks, “Is it going to be sink and float today?” He’s using the vocabulary words the class had learned. The children listen quietly to the lesson about “melting” and “freezing,” which also introduces a big word such as “temperature.” We discuss what happens to water when the temperature falls. The students are puzzled when we give them an ice cube with a little toy frozen inside. We ask them how we get the toy out? Jacob suggests using a toy hammer. Daniel is curious to see what happens if we throw the cube onto the table. Aryeh tries to roll the ice cube to loosen the toy, and Ronnie comments that it’s “all wet.” These are more steps towards our students goal. The children are interacting and learning from each other, making predictions, and using new words. Ultimately, we discover that warm water will melt the ice cube and release the toy. The children excitedly run to the sink to give it a try. Every day, our children are learning social, academic, and daily living skills, and we as educators celebrate their every success.

chooses the one he wants to hear. LUNCHTIME This is another opportunity to practice learned skills. The children wash their hands before eating and bring their own placemats and lunch to the table. Today, Daniel is learning to eat his chicken cutlets independently and his friends are cheering him on. Eliyahu requests a drink using his communication device, and Ronnie says he is “all done lunch.” Mordechai remains seated at the table for the entire time. Another step for each of them! LIBRARY TIME The children have been looking forward to this visit all week. Each child holds a teacher’s hand as we walk to the Brooklyn Children’s Library. Faces light up at the sight of the familiar-looking building. Ronnie says, “We’re going to the library.” That’s five words in one sentence! Once inside, we proceed to the children’s section and sit on the floor. The teacher begins to read a book while the class listens quietly. This is another step for our students, who are learning to attend to stories of progressively longer duration. It’s amazing to see the avid interest on their faces as the story continues.

This is an “ordinary” day at Shema Kolainu, but what is going on is "extraordinary".

GYM TIME Now is a great time to release pent-up energy. As we turn off the lights, Eliyahu runs to line up at the door, a step for him in learning to follow the daily routine. The children walk down the hallway nicely and quietly as previously practiced. In the gym, Mordechai runs to choose a song for Zumba (another step for him – he’s learning to read!), and the children follow the motions together — another step! Our class has learned to imitate the motions and follow along in action songs. “Let’s play Hide and Seek,” Daniel calls out. This recently-learned game requires cooperation and turntaking skills. Daniel counts in the front of the room, while the other kids run to hide. When it’s time for cooldown, Mordechai reads the list of relaxing songs and www.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

Afterwards, the children browse through the aisles for books that interest them. Aryeh is looking for a book on insects and Jacob wants a book on zombies. Ronnie finds a book on whales and sits down to read. When it’s time to leave, the children eagerly clutch their library books and head to the check-out booth, patiently waiting their turn to scan their books. Mordechai thanks the librarian while making eye contact, and Eliyahu walks down the stairs so nicely. Another step for our children! This is an “ordinary” day at Shema Kolainu, but what is going on is extraordinary. Every day, our children are learning social, academic, and daily living skills, and we as educators celebrate their every success. 19


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ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS Children at Shema Kolainu participated in a variety of fun and skills-based activities that demonstrated their many talents, including challah- and cookie-baking, and arts and crafts. The SKHOV staff enjoyed sampling their tasty treats and displaying their creative artwork in our classrooms and offices.

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major focus for children with special needs is activities of daily living including hygiene and grooming, such as brushing your teeth and hair. There are also a lot of sensory issues that come into play where these children can be hyper or hypo-sensitive to these activities and their needs need to be addressed with special attention. A lot of parents reach out to our staff asking for help with their children’s oral health habits. Shema Kolainu with the direction of Alexa Moses, one of our Occupational Therapists, is partnering with Colgate ® to introduce a dental care and oral health program to all of the children at Shema Kolainu.

The classroom is a great place to teach dental care and oral health to kids using exciting games and activities. These activities are geared towards helping children get excited about taking great care of their teeth and gums while encouraging healthy habits Shema Kolainu is excited to launch this new program through the OT department aimed at promoting independence in tooth brushing. Keeping up with one’s oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. For many children on the Autism Spectrum, oral health habits and getting good oral care can be challenging. Shema Kolainu decided to tackle this issue head on, and applied to participate in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures ®. This program is designed to help all children learn healthy habits that bring a bright smile and a bright future with a simple dental hygiene curriculum. Colgate prides itself as being a company that feels a civic responsibility to support the health, education, www.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

and welfare of the community. As one of the selected programs, Shema Kolainu received a kit containing easy to use in-class materials and enough tooth brushes and tooth pastes for all students to work on this very important grooming skill. To launch our program, we created visual schedules and designed a task analysis to examine where underlying issues may occur. Each classroom received a number of printable materials, and lessons were broken down from the simple mechanics of tooth brushing to targeting sensory issues surrounding it. Our students also learned about overall hygiene through a series of fun activities (i.e. mazes, word searches, coloring and cutting activities, and creating tooth boxes and other crafts). Fears surrounding dentists’ visits were dispelled through social stories and videos educating our students about what to expect when they visit the dentist. We also sang a collection of catchy songs to make brushing teeth an enjoyable experience. At the conclusion of the program, each student will receive a well-earned certificate acknowledging their success as a “Tooth Defender.” We can’t wait to see the bright smiles of the students at Shema Kolainu! The Tooth Defender Pledge reads: “I’ll give good oral health a try And dazzle the world with my brilliant smile. So here’s the secret I now know: Healthy teeth helps keep me healthy… From tooth to toe!” Alexa Moses, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices 4302 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686-9600 x1140 amoses@skhov.org

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GENERALIZATION OF LANGUAGE OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL SETTING

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s much as we would like a child’s speech and language to develop overnight, it unfortunately does not. As a speech-language pathologist who has experience working with children who are nonverbal or who have language delays, I have heard many parents express that they want their child to develop a communication system as soon as they can! Other parents say that they don’t see the wonderful words they are using at school, at home or when they are playing with siblings or friends on the playground. There are many tips to assist parents in ‘pulling out’ the language that children use in their school environment, at home. Generalization is when a certain skill is exhibited in various settings with various people. When a teacher reports that the child generalizes skills in different settings, they are expressing that the child has shown that they have the skill in different places besides the classroom, such as the speech room, the gym, or even in a different classroom from their own. Generalization with other individuals is when the skill is represented with different people, such as the classroom teacher, speech-language pathologist, physical education teacher, or even family members! Some skills are more difficult to generalize then others, whether it may be regarding different places, or with different people. Communication is both verbal and nonverbal. Believe it or not, if your child is pointing to desired items, they are requesting for it using nonverbal language! Nonverbal language may also be represented by hugs, waving, or even smiling! For children who are at the beginning of their language and speech development process, it is important to encourage them to use their voice! If they are babbling (goo goo gaga) do it back! As funny as this sounds, your child may do it back, and before you know it you will be having a ‘conversation.’ There are many ways to elicit language and communication, and here are some ways that your child’s communicawww.ShemaKolainu.org | Kolainu - Our Voice | March 2018

By Sara Goldstein, M.S. Ed CCC-SLP

tion can be generalized with you as well as out of their school environment! 1. Repeat what your child is doing during play- Play is a great way to elicit language! When your child is playing, say, “choo-choo” as you play with the train, or “vroom vroom” when playing with a car. If your child produces “ahh” when moving a train around, do it back! The child may think that it is funny you are making the same noises they are! 2. Deception- Although many people think deception is a negative thing, it is one of the best ways to elicit spontaneous language and communication! By leaving a desired item or item needed to complete the task out of the environment, it encourages children to ask or reach for an item! For example, if your child is eating and a spoon is not accessible, it provides an opportunity to ask for the item! Another way to use deception is when a piece from a game is left out or even a puzzle piece from a puzzle. The child is more willing to ask for the item, as they need it to participate! 3. Reading books!- Books are an awesome way to increase vocabulary, as well as to provide a topic of discussion. By reading books that include topics that the child is interested in, the child is more likely to engage. This encourages an increase in vocabulary! Books that include sounds or manipulatives are even better to use, as it makes it more fun for the child, as well as more opportunities to request for items!

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Kolainu Magazine March 2018  

Our publication covers topics on Autism as well as the most recent events and community news from Shema Kolainu, Hear Our Voices, a school a...

Kolainu Magazine March 2018  

Our publication covers topics on Autism as well as the most recent events and community news from Shema Kolainu, Hear Our Voices, a school a...

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