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Episode 127: Using Games to Teach – Part 2: Social Skills, Emotional Regulation and More

USING GAMES TO TEACH PART 2: SOCIAL SKILLS, EMOTIONAL REGULATION & MORE Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDPart 2 of Using Games to Teach - check out Part 1 here. Games are great for teaching kids social skills, including winning & losing, turn-taking, sharing, and much more. What this podcast contains: ✅ "Emotional Literacy" explained ✅ Why talking about your own emotions is important ✅ Sue reads an excerpt from the book, The Red Beast (check out my podcast where I interveiw the author here) ✅ How to use the Socially Speaking Boardgame at home & school ✅ How to make your own fun Emotion Game the whole family /class will love   Check out my previous podcasts on Social Skills: Episode 126: Using Games to Teach - Part 1: All the Skills you can Learn Episode 73: Top 10 Tips to use when Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Epsiode 4: Promoting Social Understanding - Social Scripts...

Episode 126: Using Games to Teach – Part 1: All the Skills you can Learn

USING GAMES TO TEACH PART 1: ALL THE SKILLS YOU CAN LEARN Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhat can Boardgames and Card Games do for the children you know? Over the next two weeks I am going to do a deep dive into how to use Boardgames and Card Games to make learning fun and teach lots of skills along the way. Using Games to Teach - Part 1: All skills you can learn 🧠 Maths - Counting, Adding, Money (Monopoly, any Dice / Card Games)🧠 Reading (ie. Scrabble, Social Speaking, Cluedo, Pictionary, etc)🧠 Comprehension (same as above)🧠 Fine Motor (ie. Pictionary, Operation, etc) Next week: Social Skills, Emotional Regulation & More   Ideas discussed in this Podcast ✅ Let children watch others play first or give them a job like rolling the dice✅ Take current interests and buy games or make your own to motivate them to play✅ Make your own Guess Who using class photo or family photos✅ Learning at Home: send...

Episode 125: Replay of Setting up Learning From Home for Students with Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ODD, PDA & Neurodiversity

REPLAY OF SETTING UP LEARNING FROM HOME FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM, ADHD, ODD, PDA & NEURODIVERSITY Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDParents / Carers & Educators, you have a very complex role, supporting children to learn from home during lockdown…..aghhh Discussed in this episode replay With the COVID-19 pandemic and lots of changes, it's all very confusing, stressful and uncertain. Especially when we keep going in and out of lockdowns. To reduce some of this stress I have created 11 Top Tips to Support Learning from Home with a podcast explaining these tips. I highly recommend you give it a listen. This podcast is aimed at providing you with strategies and solutions to help to support the children you know & make learning from home a success. Lovely Feedback from using Timers after listening to Podcast   Resources Mentioned in this Podcast & For Recommended for anyone who...

Episode 124: Teacher Assistant Tips for Supporting Learning at School and Home – Your Questions Answered

TEACHER ASSISTANT TIPS FOR SUPPORTING LEARNING AT SCHOOL AND HOME - YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhat you can learn in this podcast ✅ Swearing - What you can do? ✅ Motivating & Stretching students ✅ Building Rapport with students & what to do if they don’t want help ✅ How to frame things in positive ✅ How to reduce overwhelm ✅ How to engage students in lockdown / learning from home ✅ How to build confidence and accept making mistakes This podcast includes the answers to these questions asked by you! Don't forget to sign up to the Sue Larkey Podcast Community to ask your questions! Teacher Assistant Course Part 2 “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Neurodiverse Students” If you have already completed the Teacher Assistant Course - please check your emails for access to NEW Free E-book, Webinar & Information on New Course. If you haven’t got the email please email...

Episode 123: Make Learning FUN – Using Cooking to Teach at School and Home

MAKE LEARNING FUN - USING COOKING TO TEACH AT SCHOOL AND HOME Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDUsing Cooking to Teach Cooking is a daily activity for everyone. It is a wonderful activity to teach ALL ages and stages. Cooking is an activity families, schools, community groups – indeed anyone can do it – and it provides long term recreation and independent living skills. Through cooking you can teach all curriculum areas (see below). By providing a structured programme with goals/learning outcomes you can develop a cooking programme that addresses the learning style and needs of the individual student. One child may use the programme to learn to read while another may use it to communicate, using visuals.10 Ways to Use Cooking to TeachHere are some examples of how cooking can be used to teach a wide range of skills at both school and home:Sequencing: cut up recipes and get the child to put in the correct...

Episode 122: Why Change = Behaviour – and what you can do about it

WHY CHANGE = BEHAVIOUR - AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDMany children with ASD have difficulties accepting change and transition from one activity to another. In fact, most behaviour happens during change/transition. In my experience this is because it requires problem-solving, choices and adults tend to use more verbal information instead of visual information. It can also be a time of movement and high noise level, which can cause sensory processing difficulties. Below, I have listed some key times you may need to put in place strategies to support children during change.  Transition Example Activity / Behaviour Structural Change Routine Change   Pack away / finish activity Give five minute warning. Use a Time Timer so can visually see ‘how long’. Use a visual schedule that shows what is happening throughout the day or use ‘Now, Next, Later’ visual to tell them when...

Episode 121: Love on the Spectrum – Sex Therapist shares her Tips

LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM - SEX THERAPIST SHARE HER TIPS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDHave you been watching Season 2 of Love on the Spectrum? I love the show, and it's such a good insight into the difficulties people with autism can face in the dating world. To take a closer look, this week on the podcast I'm joined by Counsellor and Sexologist from the show, Jodi Rodgers.  What we discuss in this episode: ✅ What needs to be changed in the current sex education programmes in schools ✅ Step by step ways we can support kids on the Spectrum with having relationships  “Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Partner” ✅ How do we support and respect Autistic students to guide them through the ups and downs of relationships? ✅ How Jodi uses interests/knowledge to explain how to build relationships, i.e. “Clark Kent & Superman” ✅ How to quickly build a relationship/rapport   Want to find out more about Jodi and Love on the...

Episode 120: Strategies & Insights to Inform your Teaching Practice with Temple Grandin and Sue Larkey

STRATEGIES AND INSIGHTS TO INFORM YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE WITH TEMPLE GRANDIN AND SUE LARKEY Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDThis FREE Ebook and Webinar are focused on Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum - Strategies & Insights to Inform your Teaching Practice with Temple Grandin and Sue Larkey. They are designed for Educators to use lived experience and evidence-based research to increase engagement and participation for their students with Autism Spectrum. The free Webinar is also the first lesson in my BRAND NEW Temple Grandin and Sue Larkey Course - check it out if you enjoy the Webinar!   Another FREE E-book with 100+ Tips & Strategies! Download the free E-book so you can read along while I explain in this week's Podcast. What you will learn: An Inspirational Story: Strategies Behind Temple Grandin’s Amazing Successful Life. The 9 Compelling Reasons To Use Visuals to Communicate How to...

Episode 119: Webinar Replay – Sensory Strategies for Educators – the often Overlooked Causes of Behaviour

Webinar Replay - SENSORY STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATORS - THE ​OFTEN OVERLOOKED CAUSES OF BEHAVIOUR Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDMy Live Virtual Webinar last week was a success! But it's not too late if you missed it - sign up HERE to watch the Replay of the hour of power! Available for a limited time FREE sign up includes:  E-book  Webinar Replay  Handout    What will you learn in the Webinar? 🌟 What Role do Sensory Solutions have in De-escalating Behaviour & Increasing Participation?🌟 Benefits of a Simple Sensory Programme in your Classroom🌟 What is SPD?🌟 How to Identify Students who could have SPD🌟 Checklist to Identify Underlying Sensory Causes of Behaviour🌟 The MOST Overlooked Sensory Tools & How to use🌟 Quickfire Solutions to Implement this WeekJoin me for a Live Workshop this...

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Episode 118: Sensory Strategies for Educators to Increase Engagement in a Busy & Complex Classroom

SENSORY STRATEGIES TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT IN A BUSY AND COMPLEX CLASSROOM Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDTeaching in a busy and complex classroom can be very difficult, but this term I have collated my top Proven Sensory Strategies to increase engagement and participation. A sensory focus is crucial to maximse class engagement, as well as to understand the often overlooked causes of behaviour. So I am hoping to help you with a New E-Book, Webinar & Podcast - ALL FREE - filled with quick tips and strategies to make sure your kids are getting the most out of the amazing work you do! I am also running live FACE TO FACE workshops again this term! Check them out below.   Brand new FREE E-book with 100+ Tips & Strategies Download the free E-book so you can read along while I explain in this week's Podcast. What you will learn: ✅ Simple Classroom Adaptations That Make a Huge Difference to students and...

Episode 117: Top Tips for Teaching Children with Autism in The Early Years

TOP TIPS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE EARLY YEARS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhen working with any child with ASD it is critically important that the programme implemented is realistic, both for the child and for the family. By realistic I mean setting everyone up for (achievable) success and that everyone across all environments has the time to implement it. I believe the best way to create a realistic programme is to only address one or two ideas at any one time. I recommend in the early years you always have visuals of the goals you are working on in a prominent place (e.g. fridge or preschool office) so ALL people engaging with the child know the week’s two goals. Over the years I have found by displaying the goals ensures consistency and everyone creating opportunities to reinforce the goal. As children with autism spectrum disorders are highly individual, not all strategies may work...

Episode 116: Temple Grandin – one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World – shares her Insights into Sensory, Social and Behaviour

TEMPLE GRANDIN - ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD - SHARES HER INSIGHTS INTO SENSORY, SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOUR Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDIn this podcast, I take inspiration from my exclusive interview from Temple Grandin - one of Times Magazine's most influential people in the world - and share her insights on sensory processing, social skills and behaviour. I discuss the amygdala and it's impacts on behaviour and sensory processing. Many people with autism - including Temple Grandin - have an enlarged amygdala, causing an increased emotional response to stimuli. Sensory tools can be a huge help - jump here for more information. The Amygdala and ASD Have you heard of the ‘Amygdala’? Did you know it is thought that an enlarged amygdala could be causing anxiety, sensory processing differences, and more. The amygdala is part of the limbic system within the brain, which is...