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Episode #103: REPLAY: Autism Early Intervention- Joint Attention

“Rose, I am working with a student who is not engaging during therapy!”

This is a message I get week after week from my listeners! So this week I am playing back my most listened episode of 2022, number 62, all about joint attention. I go over some key strategies to not only increase attention during therapy but help your child or client on their journey to communication

These activities involve shared activities through playing with toys, singing songs, and reading books. It is okay if your student isn’t ready to fully engage when you introduce these activities, note their baseline data and move forward with goals. You will be amazed to see the transformation and excitement over these simple activities.

Playing with toys in therapy is all about creating an interaction in a semi-structured environment. Remember to use simple language and allow for natural curiosity and play and not bombard with questions. 
Examples of toys I love to use:

  • Car and car track 
  • Mini Objects
  • Farm Set

Build excitement around the book, use books with repetition, and if your kids like it try an animated voice which can be really fun.
Pete the Cat and his White Shoes, Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Students love songs, they are familiar, and create engagement. I also love to use visuals that can be just laminated pictures or little toys that match the activity of the song. It can also be engaging to sing songs that have motions for the words.
Songs I love:

  • Old Macdonald
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

It can be difficult to keep data and set goals around these abstract ideas, be sure to check out my goal bank on ABA speech. I hope you love these ideas and get use out of them in your next therapy session! 

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What’s Inside:

  • How to increase learner engagement?
  • What is joint attention?
  • How to embed joint attention across a student’s day.
  • Where to start with joint attention.
  • Integrating shared activities into therapy.
  • Why should you focus on the connection before communication?

Mentioned In This Episode

IEP Goals for Students with Autism – ABA Speech
ABA Speech: Home
ABA SPEECH Your Autism Resource

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