The objective of animal sounds is for your child to be independently able to make the sound of an animal either by sound, approximation or electronic device.
Communication is hard for children with autism. They often have trouble just forming sounds and therefore they are not very eager to learn to communicate. Teaching them fun ways to communicate and starting with simple sounds should entice them to at least give communication a try. Animal sounds are a great and fun way to learn to make sounds. Later on theses sounds can be used as building blocks for making words, form sentences and being able to communicate.
Instructions For Lesson
- Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
- Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.3.
- After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) a cow says (moo).
- Perfect outcome: your child says “moo”.
Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.
- What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) a cow says (moo) and say moo.
Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered
After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child says “moo”, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.
Please make sure that you start animal sounds with the intro of “A (animal) says (sound)”. Once your child has mastered all animal sounds in that fashion you can move on to “What does a (animal) say?”.
It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Animal sounds” program.
Items you need:
A list of animal sounds.