What have we been up to all summer? A little bit of work, a little bit of fun, and a LOT of heat! - The Autism Helper

What have we been up to all summer? A little bit of work, a little bit of fun, and a LOT of heat!

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It’s down to less than a handful of days left of summer school and I have to admit the 6 weeks of our extended school year program (ESY) have FLOWN by. I had a lot of big plans for this summer many of which were trampled by our extremely short school day (less than 3 hours) and the intense heat. It’s just not fair to ask anyone to try to do anything challenging when it’s 110 degrees – yes my school has no air conditioning. And as much as I’d like to be working on site words in a bikram yoga studio – it’s just not happening.

I’ve been trying to make good use of my time – a lot of new games, a little maintenance work with flashcard sets, and lots of walks and playground time. We played an awesome game of pictionary on the fly today and it went so well! I will definately be making some leveled pictionary cards for the next school year to add to our set of games. My kids were SO cute playing and a lot of them got really into it! One funny part was that none of them got that they could shout out their ideas – they kept raising their hands – awww my well behaved little guys 🙂

We were lucky enough to have our regular speech therapist with us this summer which was great. We do cooking in speech a lot and my guys had a ton of fun making smoothies last week in speech. Below is a free printable of a visual recipe for pineapple smoothies. Cooking is great for vocabulary building, fine motor skills, sequencing, receptive/expressive language, and measuring skills. I also included a set of pictures for any students you have that use PECS (picture exchange communication system).

Pineapple Frosty Pieces (1)

Pineapple Frosty Pieces (2)

 

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