Friday, April 20, 2012
Language and Speech Development
AMI Trainers insist:
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE ENTIRETY OF THE LANGUAGE ALBUM.
When the language album is providing a set of keys to the child, these same keys unlock information for the adult to guide the child in further learning; and special assistance as needed.
Because they are keys, every presentation is necessary in some form or another. It could be a quick presentation, the child demonstrates he's got it and is beyond it, so you move on quickly - but don't skip anything assuming the child already knows it - let him prove himself!
Every presentation, yes - every material? Do you need a complete set of card materials for every interest a child has? NO! Have a small number of card sets (less than 5) that go "all the way through" the entire sequence of card material. Then have additional sets at varying stages to provide information and experience-review at the child's age and interest. You might only create a booklet of something (child creates the cards if interested); or you might create only 4-part or 5-part cards for something (and the child creates their own booklet).
Perhaps a little boy is interested in the parts of a car engine at age 5 and he's already reading; he does not need the spoken language card set for this topic. AND he can make his own 3-part cards if desired. Remember the 3-part cards (and higher levels) are used as REVIEW of already-learned information, providing reading practice and practice with definition usage. They are not used to TEACH.
However, if he is having some speech or language difficulties and you are starting the language album over, you might modify the reading classification cards to have a spoken language game with him.
Following the primary language album to a T, allows for the easy identification of special needs. Most needed adaptations will be intuitive; some not so much, but you'll have documented information to take to a professional assessment and any needed therapists.
And there is a plethora of internet information now for modification ideas in needed areas. Start with the keys; identify any additional needs, and provide for them at that time.