Autism Awareness: Building Social Communication

Although every person with autism is unique, social communication is one of the hallmark areas of challenge. Having a speech and language pathologist (SLP) on the team can be a huge benefit to help build skills and overcome obstacles. At Communication Works, social communication is one of our areas of expertise. Here are some favorite…

Book Works: What Does It Mean to Be Present?

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Learning to Be Present Mindfulness is getting lots of well-deserved attention lately, and it turns out to be an excellent strategy for teaching social and emotional skills Honestly, it’s great for learning any new skill because…

Book Works: Puppy Mind

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Taming a Puppy Mind Children’s books offer a terrific way to launch the discussion of what it means to be mindful. Books can give students a way to make connections to their own lives and become…

Book Works: Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Teaching Mindfulness with a Monkey and a Panda Meditation expert Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention, on purpose, without judgement.” For many of the children we support at CW, mindfulness can be the missing piece…

Planning a Fun Valentine’s Day While Teaching Speech, Language, and Social Communication!

At Communication Works, we love to embrace holidays and special events as teachable moments for speech, language, and social/emotional goals. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to share some creative ideas from our CW therapists: From Brianna: In my social groups, I do a lesson on compliments for Valentine’s Day. We talk about what…

Don’t Forget to Fill Your Pitcher and Make Self-Care a Priority in the New Year!

While making your list of New Year’s resolutions, remember to build in time for self-care. As educators, therapists, or parents—especially when supporting those with special needs—our day-to-day lives can be stressful and focused on meeting the needs of other people over ourselves. There’s a good reason for the statement, “Put on your own oxygen mask…

Hidden Rules for Receiving a Gift

I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly shaken up, and I thought about how this drama could have played out so differently. Whether it’s a birthday, the winter holidays, or any other time…

Tools to Try: Barrier Games

We recently asked our therapists about their favorite resources for building speech, language, and social communication skills.  Jennifer Wayman’s pick was Barrier Games, which can be easily used at home, in the classroom, and in therapy sessions to provide a fun and useful way to easily tailor goals and objectives to your child’s needs. Barrier Games…

Fall Leaves: Learning to follow directions in a specific sequence

Hands-on crafts activities offer great practice for following directions and sequencing (completing tasks in a specific order with a goal in mind).  Here’s a seasonal activity with modifications for different skill levels to enjoy with your child. Here’s what you need: Paper Glue Leaves that have fallen to the ground Scissors Pen, pencil, crayons, or…

Prep Your Little Monster for a Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a thrilling event for many kids, but it can be overwhelming for those who face challenges with social communication and self-regulation. It can stir up anxiety, confusion, giddiness, and fear. There are many hidden social rules and norms associated with Halloween. Some kids understand hidden rules without explicit teaching and don’t need to…