Friday, December 02, 2016

Asking for Help Social Scripts Mini Flip Book {Free Printable}

Asking for help, especially when frustrated, can be quite difficult for kids with autism or hyperlexia. This set of free printable social scripts about asking for help are perfect for these kids. It gives them a handful of appropriate things to say when they need help with something. Hopefully these written cues can help reduce a few meltdowns because it gives them the tools they need to effectively communicate their needs.

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About This Speech & Social Scripts Mini Flip Book

This speech and social scripts mini flip book gives appropriate prompts for kids with autism or hyperlexia to say when they need to ask for help. It's small in size, so it can fit in the palm of your hand or be tossed in a bag for on the go. Or you could even clip it to your child's belt loops so that it is handy at all times.

Kids with hyperlexia and autism often have trouble expressing when they need help. Scripts, like these, can help them learn what to say and what not to say. That's why I have created these mini social scripts flip books! They're like text only mini social stories to take on the go!

The scripts are just there to help your kid choose an appropriate question or response to say when they need help with something. Use these scripts ahead of time to practice and role play so that they will learn to express themselves when the time is right. With time, you can hopefully phase the scripts out.

To assemble this mini flip book, simply download, print, and cut along the black lines. Blank cards have been included so that you can write your own speech scripts. You might also want to laminate the cards for durability. Then hole punch the cards and put the book together using a a binder ring.

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Download the Free Printable Asking for Help Social Scripts

This printable is two pages long and includes 20 cards. It also has four blank cards so that you can write your own to include in the mini flip book.


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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Minecraft Cake

A day before my niece's 9th birthday part with our family, my mother-in-law phoned and asked if I could make a Minecraft birthday cake for my niece since it was beyond her abilities. Since my niece is practically like my own daughter, I happily accepted and whipped together this amazing (and simple!) Minecraft cake in a few hours.

This homemade Minecraft cake features chocolate cake bricks, rice krispies bricks, and the most awful tasting coconut water jello blocks ever. If I had a chance to go back and redo this cake, then I would splurge on the sugary store bought jello packages rather than attempting to make my own jello again. I still cringe thinking about how terrible that coconut water jello tasted! Shudder...it's like it haunts me in my dreams now. Seriously, it was that bad!

Thankfully, the rest of the cake tasted delicious!

How to make a Minecraft birthday cake from And Next Comes L

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What You'll Need to Make a Minecraft Cake

Here's what you'll need to make your own Minecraft birthday cake:

I opted to use a cake mix to streamline the cake making process, especially since this was a last minute request. However, I always, always, ALWAYS make my own buttercream icing because store bought icing is just gross and doesn't compare. It really doesn't.

Having said all that, use what you prefer.

How to Make a Minecraft Cake for a Minecraft Themed Birthday Party

1. Bake the cake as the recipe calls for. Let cool completely before assembling the cake.

2. Make your rice krispie squares. For the best rice krispie squares ever, substitute coconut oil for butter/margarine. It makes the squares irresistible and amazing. And I always use equal parts marshmallows and rice krispies to ensure the squares are chewy and delicious.

3. Prepare your jello and pour into a square 9 x 9 pan to refrigerate. Again, I used coconut water jello and I'm choosing to NOT give you the recipe I used because it was terrible. Horrible. Absolutely disgusting. Ick!

4. After the cake has cooled, remove it from the pan. Hopefully your cake doesn't break like mine did during this step...sigh. Then cut a piece off to make the upper level of the Minecraft landscape. I cut the cake as if I was cutting a staircase into it.

5. Place the smaller cut piece of cake and place it on top of the larger cake piece. Kind of like you see below.

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6. Make your chocolate icing (skip if using store bought).

7. Ice the entire cake with chocolate icing using the icing spatula or butter knife.

8. Chill the cake to let the icing stiffen up a bit.

9. Make your green icing (skip if using store bought).

10. Use a piping bag and the appropriate tip (pick one that looks like grass) to make the green grass for the landscape.

11. Chill the cake while you cut the rice krispie cake and blue jello into squares.

12. Assemble the squares of rice krispies and jello to make sand and a pool of water next to the cake landscape.

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13. Skip this step if using LEGO Minecraft figures or other Minecraft figures to decorate the cake. Otherwise, print off and assemble some paper minecraft figures (I didn't save the website that I got mine from, but there's plenty of sites that offer these same printables). Glue them to the toothpicks. Insert the toothpicks into the cake to decorate the cake.

14. Decorate the cake with any Minecraft figures you have on hand before serving. When I took the cake over to my niece's, she grabbed all of her LEGO Minecraft figures and added them to the cake to give it the final touch.

15. Chill the cake until serving time.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Turn Taking & Sharing Social Scripts Mini Flip Book {Free Printable}

Taking turns was a social skill that my son J struggled with for quite some time. He's pretty good now, but from time to time, he will still have difficulties waiting for his turn. He would usually get upset if he didn't go first or if the other person is "taking too long" (his words). Hopefully, this mini flip book of free printable social scripts about taking turns and sharing will be helpful for him.

Free printable social scripts about taking turns & sharing for kids with autism or hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

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About This Speech & Social Scripts Mini Flip Book

This speech and social scripts mini flip book gives appropriate prompts for kids with autism or hyperlexia to say when taking turns and sharing. It's small in size, so it can fit in the palm of your hand or be tossed in a bag for on the go. Or you could even clip it to your child's belt loops so that it is handy at all times.

Kids with hyperlexia and autism often have difficulties taking turns and sharing. Scripts, like these, can help them learn what to say and what not to say. That's why I have created these mini social scripts flip books! They're like text only mini social stories to take on the go!

The scripts are just there to help your kid choose an appropriate question or response to say when playing with others. Use these scripts ahead of time to practice and role play so that they will learn to express themselves when the time is right. With time, you can hopefully phase the scripts out.

To assemble this mini flip book, simply download, print, and cut along the black lines. Blank cards have been included so that you can write your own speech scripts. You might also want to laminate the cards for durability. Then hole punch the cards and put the book together using a a binder ring.

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Download the Free Printable Turn Taking & Sharing Social Scripts

This printable is two pages long and includes 30 cards. It also has four blank cards so that you can write your own to include in the mini flip book.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DIY Snowman Stress Balls

Stress balls are a great tool for kids, especially those with autism or sensory issues. Kids can use the stress balls as a fidget, for building hand strength, and for providing proprioceptive sensory input. These DIY snowman stress balls for kids are the perfect winter-inspired homemade fidget!

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How to Make DIY Stress Balls Inspired by Snowmen

There's no reason to buy stress balls when they are so easy to make! Plus, with homemade stress balls, you get to use textures that you and the kids enjoy squeezing. You can make them any color you want, but with winter here (or with winter coming since we are currently without snow here in Saskatchewan, which is unusual!), I decided that I wanted to make some snowmen inspired stress balls. 

The kids thought it was hilarious to squish and squeeze the snowmen's faces! 


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Losing a Game Social Scripts Mini Flip Book {Free Printable}

I have been convinced for a long time that Snakes and Ladders is the devil. Every single time we play, there's a meltdown and J quits the game, making sure that all players are wiped off the board so that no one else can win. So yes, losing a game is an area that he still struggles with and likely one that he will struggle with for a few more years.

However, we've been working on it through family game nights and by playing cooperative games instead of competitive ones. I'm also hoping that this free printable social scripts mini flip book about losing a game will help him learn to say appropriate things when he does lose a game.

Free printable social scripts about losing a game for kids with autism or hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

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About This Speech & Social Scripts Mini Flip Book

This speech and social scripts mini flip book gives appropriate prompts for kids with autism or hyperlexia to say when they lose a game. It's small in size, so it can fit in the palm of your hand or be tossed in a bag for on the go. Or you could even clip it to your child's belt loops so that it is handy at all times.

Kids with hyperlexia and autism often get upset when they lose a game and can say some rude things when they do lose. Scripts, like these, can help them learn what to say and what not to say. That's why I have created these mini social scripts flip books! They're like text only mini social stories to take on the go!

The scripts are just there to help your kid choose an appropriate question or response to say when losing a game and to show others that they are a good sport. Use these scripts ahead of time to practice and role play so that they will learn to express themselves when the time is right. With time, you can hopefully phase the scripts out.

To assemble this mini flip book, simply download, print, and cut along the black lines. Blank cards have been included so that you can write your own speech scripts. You might also want to laminate the cards for durability. Then hole punch the cards and put the book together using a a binder ring.

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Download the Free Printable Losing a Game Social Scripts

This printable is two pages long and includes 20 cards. It also has four blank cards so that you can write your own to include in the mini flip book.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Greeting People Social Scripts Mini Flip Book {Free Printable}

Due to J's hyperlexia, greeting people was particularly challenging when he was younger. Besides the obvious struggles with WH questions like "what's your name?" or "how old are you?", he often responded inappropriately or with something that made no sense in the context. I had to guide him with verbal prompts like "you can say hello back" or "you can tell her your name is J."

This free printable greeting people social scripts mini flip book is something that I would have loved to have had in my purse while shopping when he was younger. But, then again, I didn't even know what hyperlexia was at that point.

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About This Speech & Social Scripts Mini Flip Book

This speech and social scripts mini flip book gives appropriate prompts for kids with autism or hyperlexia to say when greeting people. It's small in size, so it can fit in the palm of your hand or be tossed in a bag for on the go. Or you could even clip it to your child's belt loops so that it is handy at all times.

Kids with hyperlexia and autism often say awkward or inappropriate things when greeting people and might need guidance when trying to say hi to others. Scripts, like these, can help them learn what to say and what not to say. That's why I have created these mini social scripts flip books! They're like text only mini social stories to take on the go!

The scripts are just there to help your kid choose an appropriate question or response to say when greeting people, either those they know or those they don't know. Use these scripts ahead of time to practice and role play so that they will learn to express themselves when the time is right. With time, you can hopefully phase the scripts out.

To assemble this mini flip book, simply download, print, and cut along the black lines. Blank cards have been included so that you can write your own speech scripts. You might also want to laminate the cards for durability. Then hole punch the cards and put the book together using a a binder ring.

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Download the Free Printable Greeting People Social Scripts

This printable is two pages long and includes 20 cards. It also has six blank cards so that you can write your own to include in the mini flip book.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

How to Apologize Social Scripts Mini Flip Book {Free Printable}

I'm not one to force my kids to make apologies when they don't understand why they are apologizing in the first place, but I do think it is still important to teach them how to say sorry in an appropriate manner. A manner in which they take responsibility for hurting someone else, whether it was intentional or not. That way when they do apologize for their actions or words on their own, they'll have the tools in place to do so appropriately.

So I created this free printable how to say sorry social scripts mini flip book as a way to practice different ways to say sorry and apologize.

Free printable apologizing social scripts for kids with autism or hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

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About This Speech & Social Scripts Mini Flip Book

This speech and social scripts mini flip book gives appropriate prompts for kids with autism or hyperlexia to say when apologizing. It's small in size, so it can fit in the palm of your hand or be tossed in a bag for on the go. Or you could even clip it to your child's belt loops so that it is handy at all times.

Kids with hyperlexia and autism often have trouble knowing when to say sorry and may have even more difficulty expressing themselves when they do need to apologize. Scripts, like these, can help them learn what to say and what not to say. That's why I have created these mini social scripts flip books! They're like text only mini social stories to take on the go!

The scripts are just there to help your kid choose an appropriate way to say sorry to others. Use these scripts ahead of time to practice and role play so that they will learn to express themselves when the time is right. With time, you can hopefully phase the scripts out.

To assemble this mini flip book, simply download, print, and cut along the black lines. Blank cards have been included so that you can write your own speech scripts. You might also want to laminate the cards for durability. Then hole punch the cards and put the book together using a a binder ring.

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Download the Free Printable How to Say Sorry Social Scripts

This printable is three pages long and includes 30 cards. It also has four blank cards so that you can write your own to include in the mini flip book.


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