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Teach Me Language: A Language Manual for Children with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Related Developmental Disorders [Hardcover-spiral]

Sabrina Karen Freeman
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  • Hardcover-spiral: 410 pages
  • Publisher: SKF Books; Lslf edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965756505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965756501
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 24.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 21 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
I bought this to help me teach my autistic 4 year old between starting school and finishing nursery. I found it extremely useful to help plan his lessons and lent it to his mainstream teachers so that they could use some of the exercises. You can dip in and out to use the plans that apply to the particular child.

I think this would be useful for either teachers, parents or indeed, speech and language therapists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach Me Language 24 Mar 2000
By Cindy - Published on
A Real Winner! This book is an excellent resource for parents and therapists who teach language to children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other related developmental disorders. Instructional friendly explanations, games, and cards teach language skills used in school and in life. The key feature that I really like about this book is that all information is very visual and structured. This book targets the areas of social language, general and functional knowledge, grammar and syntax, written expression, and academic concepts such as sequencing, problem-solving, time and money. Once a child has some basic vocabulary and can answer simple "what" and "where" questions, this book should be in your hands! Activities in this book are practical with children from kindergarten through the teenage years.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book couldn't be more on target! 24 July 2000
By Frances - Published on
Teach Me Language really zeros in on the areas of difficulty which our children with Autism and related disorders are up against. As a mother and educational advocate of a son with "high-functioning autism," I was thrilled to find this user-friendly educational tool that helps our kids "fill in the blanks." It provides a wonderful curriculum that can be used in collaboration by teacher/speech pathologist and parent, thereby offering our kids a very solid program. I've found the suggested instruction/therapy schedules (similar to lesson plans) particulary helpful.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Parents of Children with Autism 17 July 2006
By Angie, Mom of 3 - Published on
When I discovered how expensive speech/language therapy cost for my 9-year-old son with autism, I began looking for resources and ways that I could improve his language in our home. I came across this book and it has been invaluable.

'Teach Me Language' is for children who have done some preliminary language work and have a fairly good foundation in labeling objects as well as pre-reading skills. The exercises are based on written words instead of pictures, so you will want to make sure your child is ready for that step.

The Manual features exercises on a variety of topics - everything from reading and comprehension skills to grammar basics to lifeskills like telling time and dealing with money to understanding emotions. In other words, the book features every area with which my son struggles. There is also an excellent chapter on social language and how to teach reciprocal conversations.

I found the layout of the manual to be just a bit confusing because it is not linear but that actually makes sense because the way our children learn isn't linear! Some children with autism or asperger's may be particularly strong in certain areas and weak in others.

Chapter 7 in the manual explains how to set up a language schedule for your particular child and you then go through the exercises and decide which ones to teach.

For parents, this book is easy to read, understand and implement. I highly recommend it, especially for children with autism who have emerging language and reading (decoding) skills.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for parents and professionals 17 July 2003
By Bobby Newman - Published on
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This manual provides a tremendously useful resource for anyone involved in teaching conversational skills to individuals with language-based disabilities. There are pre-requisite skills a student must have, so this is probably not going to be the first book you start with if the student has few verbal skills. It is, however, the book that you will build up to and use extensively during that "middle" ground on the way to completely fluent conversational and language skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely amazing!!! 22 May 2008
By olivia717 - Published on
As an educator for children with autism, I read A LOT of books because my job is to learn skills and strategies in order to train people. One of the most requested things that teachers need help with is how to teach social skills to their students on the spectrum. This is by far the best social skills training manual that I have gotten my hands on. It gives examples of what to say to the child and why that skill is important. A lot of times, social skills books will contain great programs that you can implement, but not everyone is proficient enough to actually get them started because the instructions are not very clear. All I have to say is, you need to get this book for yourself if you work with children with special needs!
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