Play is the most successful tool in teaching children in need to develop effective communication skills. Motivate to Communicate! is packed with easy-to-implement games and activities that remind communication partners to playfully squeeze learning opportunities out of practical, everyday materials and situations. Excellent! --Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, speech pathologist and autism consultant
Simone Griffin has put together a broad array of materials and teaching strategies within Motivate to Communicate! Parents and professionals alike will find a delightful range of common objects used in creative ways to promote functional communication by children with autism and related disabilities. The book is well organized and will help readers find numerous suggestions for how to design lessons that promote initiation and expansion of communication skills. A great deal of attention has been built into the activities to promote fun an important key to fostering communication within ever growing social situations. --Dr Andy Bondy, president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Children with autism tend to live in a world of their own, not motivated as much as other children to interact and talk. However, there are activities that can increase motivation to communicate and facilitate social play. This excellent book has 300 of these games and activities that are also great fun for the child and adult. Parents, educators and therapists will regularly consult this book for sound advice and creative ideas. If you are not sure what games to play with a child who has autism, this book will provide you with lots of practical ideas and sound advice. --Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
About the Author
Simone Griffin is a speech and language therapist, and has worked with children with autism for the past ten years in Australia, UK and Canada. Dianne Sandler is currently working as a specialist teacher in the UK. She has worked with children of all ages with autism and people with complex needs for the past 30 years. Dianne has also designed a number of toys which are commercially available for children with special needs.