Everybody loves Mr Potato head. Here are some of the things I use Mr Potato head for in the clinic:
*Making requests (e.g., ‘I want…’ ‘Can I have…?’).
*Reinforcing grammar. Target different grammatical forms such as pronouns (e.g., HE is flying. This is HIS… It belongs to HIM…) or tenses (e.g., Describe what the potato will do, is doing or did).
*Giving/receiving instructions (e.g., ‘First put the legs on and then put the nose on’).
*Teaching location words (e.g., ‘Put the nose IN the box’, ‘He is ON the stairs’).
*Build relevant vocabulary.
*Naming body parts or colours (You can also use visuals for the body parts/colours to reinforce learning and assist your child with making requests and choices. If your child is using sign, you can use known signs and natural gestures to make requests and communicate what happened).
*Reinforcing emotions. Discuss how the potato head might feel if it was real (e.g., if he sees something scary and gets a fright or falls over etc). Reflect on situations you have felt these emotions.
I*ntroducing social detective (social thinking) concepts
*Describing pictures or scenes using your targeted speech sound, voice techniques or ‘smooth talking’. You can also use a target phrase (e.g., ‘f’ Find the…/I found the…; ‘s’ I can see…/I saw the…).
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