Target "why" questions and other essential language skills with the highly-successful framework of Matt and Molly stories. Sequential story cards, sentence strips, lesson plans, and teaching strategies complete the program.
- Answer "why" questions
- Learn to sequence, infer, and predict
- Identify, name, and use parts of speech
- Advance and reinforce literacy skills
A "why" question is posed in each story, giving students a choice between two different story endings. The format builds anticipation and lets children determine and participate in the story's outcome. Each story is a launch pad for interactive language activities in:
- inferring, predicting, and reasoning
- "why" questions
- narrative language and descriptive language
- literacy and text comprehension
- parts of speech
The program has materials and lesson plans for 8 stories and includes:
- 40 sturdy, full-color 8½" x 11" sequence pictures (5 for each story)
- 48 large-print sentence strips per story (6 for each story)
- a teacher manual with:
- two-day lesson plans for each story
- take-home page with mini-story pictures for each story
- teaching techniques and adaptations for nonverbal children
- progress chart
You can easily adapt the lessons and materials to meet the needs of individuals, small groups, or an entire class. The lessons are infused with teaching techniques especially for children with autism and PDD. The activities include:
- describing the people, places, and things in the story pictures
- learning new vocabulary concepts
- predicting the next event in the story
- answering a "why" question and choosing the story ending
- retelling the story
- identifying the missing picture
- matching sentence strips to pictures
- acting out the story
- identifying parts of speech
- take-home story sheets
You may purchase Autism & PDD More Picture Stories & Language Activities Why Questions individually or as part of the Autism & PDD More Picture Stories and Language Activities 5-Program Set. The 5-program set consists of:
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- It is important to ensure a child's ability to respond successfully to a wide range of wh- forms. Wh- questioning and responding is a common method of teaching and learning that affects a child academically, linguistically, and socially (Parnell, Amerman, & Hartin, 1986).
- Stories about specific social situations help students with autism syndrome disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
- Based on the core challenges of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, ASHA suggests intervention goals that focus on expanding word knowledge and use to include action words and more complex grammar (ASHA, 2006).
- Visual supports have been used successfully to increase social communication and generalization to new activities in students with ASD (ASHA, 2006).
Autism & PDD More Picture Stories & Language Activities Why Questions incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2006). Guidelines for speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders across the life span [Guidelines]. Retrieved October 17, 2011, from www.asha.org/policy
Kuoch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.
Parnell, M.M., Amerman, J.D., & Hartin, R.D. (1986). Responses of language-disordered children to wh- questions. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 17, 95-106.