Sunday, April 26, 2009
Duck Duck Goose!!!
In the type of autism 'thearpy' that we do there is a flip on the game duck duck goose. There are a variety of ways to change it (sky is the limit) but one version is 'Splish Splish Splash. In this version, you take a cup of water...tap people on the head..splish ..splish..splish... and then for the person you pick you say SPLASH and dump it on their head. And run!
That..um.. doesn't work if you have a cochlear implant on your head. This WOULD be a wonderful NONVERBAL game to play with autistic implanted kids with ears off. I do not recommend this sort of thing immediately after implantation. You need to spend lots of time with ears on and ALL efforts should be to get that hearing muscle working. But...after a few years..let kids have time with ears off for a game like this. You could play this with hearing and deaf kids but say....voices off. Just tap each individual for a 'SPLISH' and dump the water for a 'SPLASH.' And this would be a great activity for those that use different languages; ASL, English, even Spanish! It can be a fun way for the kids to connect!
On to another 'listening' version. If you are working on specific word groups, tie those into a game. For the beginner you might STILL do Duck Duck Goose but could do Dog Dog Cat! A higher level might be Cage Cage Page! Harder still: Ron Ron Wrong! Even if you are focusing on the words, you can still share a ton of emotion sharing!