Holiday Photo Activity: Help your child take digital pictures of your Holiday Gathering. Possible language activities with Holiday Pix:
If two different people, say grandpa and your child, both take pictures of the same event, say the family meal or the card game after dinner, there can be some great comparison discussions about what happened, what was the best and the worst, who did what and why--this activity can help your child see the same event through the eyes of another person.
If you put your child's photos in a word document or glue them on blank white paper, you can make a book that teaches new vocabulary, simple phrases, or how to tell the story of an event.
You can quickly print up the best of your child's photo's and let your child give each holiday participant a gift to take home.
You can take full body shot pictures of every person standing against a door and then print the pictures up, 8 x10 size and then cut heads off and mix and match different people's heads with different people's bodies. Or, match the correct head with the correct body--depending on which activity would be the most fun for your child.
If you have better or more holiday photo ideas, send them to me!
Why Games? is a discussion about why playing with your child is important and how structured games can make your play times more successful. Creating Common Ground is a discussion of how to get started with children who are not yet talking and often move away, ignore you, or protest when you try to play.
Playing is like breathing, hugging, prayer--you need to play. Everyone needs to play.Playing is a means of growing attraction between any two souls. You suspect two people are falling in love if they start to play together.If you want a child to love you, learn from you, imitate you, communicate with you, enjoy you--then play with that child. Both of you will experience joy.
It sometimes helps, when one is trying to understand the meaning of a phenomenon , to see that phenomenon in a different context. Watch here as a Husky and a Polar Bear come together in play. Although not as dramatic, I recently saw a rabbit and a squirrel play together in my back yard. Who knew this even happened? Watching them, I felt they provided me with a confirmation, yet again, of the importance of play to the well-being of all beings who are capable of playing. Dr. Stuart Brown Director of the National Institute of Play, speaking in 2007 on Speaking of Faith, describes how play promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life's complications. I see the capacity to communicate and enjoy social interaction grow every day with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders as they play with family and friends at the clinic where I practice. This blog and the companion web site, Autism Games are dedicated to inspiring you, fellow lover of a child with autism, to play in a thousand different ways and for a thousand different reasons with your child.
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