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Motivate to Communicate!: 300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism [Paperback]

Simone Griffin
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15 Nov 2009
This practical resource is brimming with exciting ideas and guidance for motivating children with autism and other communication difficulties. The clear, user-friendly format enables quick access to over 300 practical, fun-filled games and activities for developing your child's communication skills. The book suggests creative ways to use everyday toys and objects. For example, if your child likes to pop bubbles, perhaps he would also enjoy counting bubbles, catching bubbles on a wand, stomping them with his feet or even playing bubble volleyball! The innovative ideas in this book have been developed over 40 years of clinical and educational experience, and are designed to be fun for both the adult and the child. All resources mentioned in this book are readily available and can be used to advance communication skills at all levels, from reaching out for an item, to extending verbal communication. Motivate to Communicate! is perfect for supporting parents, care-givers and professionals in motivating and developing the communication skills of children on the autism spectrum.

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849050414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849050418
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!!! 13 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Communication is not just about talking, it involves so many other aspects which a child with ASD can lack.

After a long day sometimes you just dont know what to do with your child especially when they have special needs like autism or ppd-nos or any similar perversive disability. This book provides a way in to communicate and improve your child's communication techniques without it being 'laboured'. These fun technqiues will motivate your child to engage with you and also with other children and adults.

I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you have a verbal or non-verbal child or one who has just had a diagnosis, an older child or even just a normal developing child to get them to be more engaging and enjoy communicating! The more a child communicates the more they understand the world around them.

The books is divided into sections because children are motivated by different things eg food, toys, school, home etc so you can see at a glance which types of games you want to do with your child to improve their communication skills, resources are also inexpensive and can be easily purchased or photocopied.

The thing about this book is that it covers things that are missing in other books, it is fresh and up-to-date.
This book also re-empowers parents/ carer givers that they can do something with their child and that the child can improve just by having fun....

Cant wait for the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivate to Communicate 14 Dec 2009
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Motivate to Communicate!: 300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism
A well researched and user-friendly book which will provide invaluable resource for those working, living or caring for children who have autism. Congratulations to Simone Griffith and Diane Sandler for producing a book that addresses the motivational tools we all need to enable us to make a difference - being able to tap into their experience is an enormous help. Look forward to the follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivate to Communicate 14 April 2014
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Great book - useful ideas for using with all children to help with communication development, but particularly useful for children with communication difficulties
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2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy. Has no new ideas 7 April 2014
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Not very informative. No new ideas really as you can get most of the things by searching the net for free!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!!! 14 Dec 2009
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Format:Paperback
Communication is not just about talking, it involves so many other aspects which a child with ASD can lack.

After a long day sometimes you just dont know what to do with your child especially when they have special needs like autism or ppd-nos or any similar perversive disability. This book provides a way in to communicate and improve your child's communication techniques without it being 'laboured'. These fun technqiues will motivate your child to engage with you and also with other children and adults.

I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you have a verbal or non-verbal child or one who has just had a diagnosis, an older child or even just a normal developing child to get them to be more engaging and enjoy communicating! The more a child communicates the more they understand the world around them.

The books is divided into sections because children are motivated by different things eg food, toys, school, home etc so you can see at a glance which types of games you want to do with your child to improve their communication skills, resources are also inexpensive and can be easily purchased or photocopied.

The thing about this book is that it covers things that are missing in other books, it is fresh and up-to-date.
This book also re-empowers parents/ carer givers that they can do something with their child and that the child can improve just by having fun....

Cant wait for the next book
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun ahead! 19 Jan 2010
By barbara sher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thanks to this book, we are going to squeeze custards from baggies and tickle each other with blown up latex gloves today in class this week. This book is full of fun original ideas that anyone can add to their repertoire, even me who has written 9 books on games! I love more ideas. Novelty, learning the same lessons in different ways, is what keeps children (and teachers and parents) interest high. Check out their video on you tube too for a good overview of communication stimulation.
Barbara Sher, author of Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for speech therapy! 1 Aug 2012
By lilbird - Published on Amazon.com
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I work as a speech therapist and had this book recommended to me. I love, love, LOVE this book! It is such a great reference in planning therapy with young children, and because it has so many ideas, you can cater to individual needs. I whole heartedly recommend this if you are working with autistic children or with a disordered population.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource!! Amazing! 20 Dec 2009
By Lauren Tippett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. Reading through this resource has given me so many more ideas as a teacher to assist the learning of my autistic students. I will be referring to this often and teaching my students many activities with I know will motivate and engage them in their learning. It's fabulous, money well spent!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring 11 Dec 2009
By REH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're working in a school, feeling stuck for ideas, or struggling to find activities that motivate a child you're working with, then try this book for a breath of fresh air! It's easy to read, and designed to be 'dipped into', so easy to glance at as a busy SLT. I like the fact that many of the activities involve resources that are readily available in a primary or special school environment, but give you a fresh new slant on how to use them e.g. putting cotton wool balls into balloons before blowing them up, or cutting shapes out of toast! Some of the activities are more suited to home, and would be great to give as ideas to parents looking to keep their child entertained in the school hols. Great to have a resource that helps to keep the creativity and fun in communication and play!
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