Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Hyperlexia Handbook {free eBook}

What is hyperlexia? How common is hyperlexia? Find out the answers to these questions with this free ebook about hyperlexia.

What is hyperlexia? 

What are the signs of hyperlexia? 

How can I help a child with hyperlexia at home or in the classroom? 

Well, if you have ever asked any of these questions, then The Hyperlexia Handbook is for you. This free eBook is a quick introduction to hyperlexia and answers all of the above questions and more. It's a perfect little resource guide for parents and educators to learn all about hyperlexia.

Free ebook for parents to learn about hyperlexia including what is hyperlexia? and what's the difference between autism and hyperlexia?

What is Hyperlexia?

Have you wondered what hyperlexia is?

Maybe your child was just diagnosed with it. Or maybe you are a teacher or professional working with a hyperlexic child.

Maybe you just learned about the term hyeprelxia for the first time.

Well, when I first wrote about my son's hyperlexia, it was my intention to turn my blog into a hyperlexia resource hub. And according to the many emails that I have received, many other parents and educators are thankful for what I have already shared here on the blog. 

Yet, sometimes, it's nice to have everything easily accessible in one short little eBook. Something that you can quickly peruse and learn as much as you can in a short time frame. So The Hyperlexia Handbook is the result.

About The Hyperlexia Handbook

With a fresh update for 2019, The Hyperlexia Handbook is a 27 page PDF that will is intended to be a comprehensive guide to learning all about hyperlexia. This handbook is designed to help you understand the following:

  • What hyperlexia is
  • What the signs of hyperlexia are
  • What the three proposed subtypes of hyperlexia are
  • How hyperlexia is assessed and diagnosed
  • How a hyperlexic child learns best
  • How you can support a hyperlexic child at home and in the classroom
This handbook will also provide you with:

  • Practical strategies for helping the hyperlexic child at home
  • Practical teaching strategies for teachers
  • A detailed resource list where you can learn more about hyperlexia
  • A list of helpful printable resources to help the hyperlexic child
  • A list of online support groups

How to Get Your Copy of The Hyperlexia Handbook

The Hyperlexia Handbook is a free eBook, which means you will receive a PDF copy of the book. That means you can read the book on any computer or mobile device or even print off a copy (although you'll miss out on all the interactive links)! Just click the pink image below that says "Download here."

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Free Printable Winter Visual Routine Chart for Kids

Build strong winter routines and independence with this free printable visual routine chart for kids!

When my son was in kindergarten, he really struggled to get himself ready for recess time during the winter. I wrote him a super simple getting dressed for winter one page social story and hung it in his locker. It worked really well considering how ridiculously simple it was.

I decided to spice up that simple little story and turn it into a visual routine chart checklist in case others are encountering the same issues transitioning into wearing winter gear.

Free printable winter visual routine chart for kids

How to Use this Visual Winter Routine Chart

Here's what you'll need to use your morning routine chart:

This visual routine chart was designed for autistic, ADHD, and/or hyperlexic kids who benefit from using visual schedules and routines. Simply print, laminate, and hang somewhere that makes sense. That may be by your door or in your child's locker at school.

The kids will enjoy checking off the items on their list with the dry erase marker. They don't have to go in the exact order list, which is why they are no numbers on this chart. Instead, it's more like a checklist. Then simply wipe it clean before the next use.

Download the Winter Clothes Visual Routine Chart for Kids

This free printable routine chart has five different colored options (white, blue, pink, yellow, and green) so that you can pick the one that fits your family and your child. Simply print the page you need as there is no need to print all five pages.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Free Printable Snowmen Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

This winter themed free printable barrier game is a perfect way to work on speech and language goals.

Looking for an easy way to work on speech and social skills with your kids?

Well, barrier games are one fun way to do that!

This simple free printable winter barrier game features cute snowmen for your kids to place around a winter scene. Since this barrier game uses less objects than some of my other ones, you'll find it's a great option for those kids who may need something simpler to practice their skills.

Free printable winter snowmen themed barrier game for speech therapy

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Winter Snowmen Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Free Printable Winter Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

This winter themed free printable barrier game is a perfect way to work on speech and language goals.

While winter doesn't officially start until late December, winter is a reality much earlier here in the Canadian prairies. We spend a good 5-6 months in snow with cold temperatures. That means we get to enjoy sledding and making snowmen for a lot longer than most people do...

So since we embrace winter around here for a long time, I put together this free printable winter barrier game for speech therapy. It's a pretty simple one, making it great for even the littlest of kids.

Free printable winter themed barrier game for speech therapy

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Winter Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Free Printable Christmas Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

This Christmas themed free printable barrier game is a perfect way to work on speech and language goals.

This free printable Christmas barrier game is all about Christmas decorating! Let your kids decorate the shelves with nutcrackers and snow globes.

I'm personally obsessed with nutcrackers and have been collecting them since I was a little girl. Every year we add one to my collection. And every year we set them up all over the house. We even like to set up a Christmas village and have the smaller nutcrackers invade the village (it was my husband's idea, can you tell?). So I have been trying to make use of this nutcracker clipart at every chance I can because I just love them!

Free printable Christmas themed barrier game for speech therapy

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Christmas Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.

Click here to subscribe

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More Free Speech Barrier Games

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Free Printable Christmas Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

This Christmas themed free printable barrier game is a perfect way to work on speech and language goals.

Yesterday, one of my piano students reminded me that Christmas was only two weeks away. Eek, she's right! Christmas is sneaking up quickly!

This free printable Christmas barrier game is a great Christmas themed speech therapy activity to play leading up the big day. The kids can help the adorable kittens decorate their house for Christmas while practicing all sorts of speech goals, whether it is prepositions, following directions, expressing oneself, and so much more.

Free printable Christmas themed barrier game for speech therapy

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Christmas Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.

Click here to subscribe

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More Free Speech Barrier Games

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Jingle Bell Christmas Slime

Get ready to make some Christmas slime for kids! Find out how to make slime with this simple jingle bell Christmas slime recipe.

Nothing says Merry Christmas like slime...

Okay, not really, but this jingle bell Christmas slime recipe is a pretty festive way to enjoy the season through sensory play. It's a perfect mix of tactile sensory play and auditory sensory input.

The itty bitty red, gold, and green bells are so so cute. Seriously, they're so tiny and have the tiniest little jingle that rings when you shake them.

I whipped up this batch of Christmas slime as a surprise for the kids as an after school activity recently and it was such a hit! It's super simple to make and I used supplies from the dollar store so it's inexpensive too. Also, just a heads up, but the clear glue from the dollar store works amazing for homemade slime. I had my doubts that it would because sometimes the craft supplies from the dollar store aren't that great.

Christmas slime recipe: how to make slime with jingle bells

How to Make Jingle Bell Christmas Slime

I'm pretty sure this Christmas slime has been the most favorite slime we've made to date. My youngest, K, has spent hours playing with this slime. I'm convinced that this won't be considered Christmas slime for much longer. Or maybe he will think Christmas lasts for weeks or months.

And honestly, I'm as obsessed with this slime as much as he is, but for a different reason. I loved taking photos of the slime. Even if we had to take photos squished in a corner of my kitchen with giant photography lights placed on each end of the table. You gotta do whatcha gotta do when it's pitch black outside by like 4:30 PM each day, right? 

But don't worry, I'm not going to spam you with all the photos of this glorious slime...but just know I had a very hard time deciding which were my favorites out of the almost 100 photos. Eek.

Ready to learn how to make this homemade Christmas slime?



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