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Speech in Action

Speech in Action

Interactive Activities Combining Speech Language Pathology and Adaptive Physical Education

America X Gonzalez, Lois Jean Brady and Jim Elliott

Paperback: £21.99 / $36.95

2011, 279.4mm x 216mm / 11in x 8.5in, 160pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-846-9, BIC 2: JN MMZL

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Children, particularly those on the autism spectrum, are able to acquire communication skills much more easily when their learning incorporates movement. Even very simple actions such as tapping and hand clapping can have a noticeable impact on their speech and language development.

Speech in Action is an innovative approach to learning that combines simple techniques from speech and language pathology with physical exercises that have been carefully designed to meet the individual child's particular needs and abilities. This practical workbook describes the approach, and how it works, and contains 90 fully-photocopiable lesson plans packed with fun and creative ideas for getting both mouth and body moving. Suitable for use either at school or at home, the activities can be dipped into in any order, and are organised by level of ability, with something for everyone. The final chapter contains the success stories of children the authors have used the activities with, demonstrating how the approach can be used in practice.

This will be a useful resource for teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals who work with children with delayed communication skills, as well as parents and carers who would like to support their child's speech and language development at home.

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“I realized that I could help others find their voice” – An Interview with America X. Gonzalez, co-author of Speech in Action

24 March 2011

"Speech in Action works well with children on the autism spectrum is because it is fun...If the student is bored out of his or her mind they won't pay enough attention to learn anything. On the other hand, if they are actively engaged in a lesson they will pay enough attention to allow the information to enter their brains. They might need some repetition to completely learn the concept but since the activities are fun the kids beg us to do them all the time."

Video: Get the mouth AND body moving for best results in teaching communication skills

15 March 2011

Lois Jean Brady, co-author with America X. Gonzalez and Jim Elliott of Speech in Action, was recently interviewed on the Autism Hangout about the book and about teaching communication skills by combining speech and language pathology with physical education:   Lois Brady is a Speech Language Pathologist with 20 years’ experience, America X. Gonzalez is...

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Cover of Speak, Move, Play and Learn with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Speak, Move, Play and Learn with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Activities to Boost Communication Skills, Sensory Integration and Coordination Using Simple Ideas from Speech and Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy

Lois Jean Brady, America X Gonzalez, Maciej Zawadzki and Corinda Presley
Illustrated by Byron Roy James