Several weeks ago, I was invited into a school to consult with a support team concerning a six-year-old student's educational needs. The team was looking for solutions to help this young student to engage with his surroundings. It was presented that the student did not understand the concept of cause and effect and would not engage with an augmentative means of communication.
While on-site, I quickly noticed that the student easily became overstimulated by the crowded therapy space and coiled against the wall where he placed his ear against the flat surface so that he could hear the noise and feel the vibration of his tapping on the wall. He soothed himself by tapping the door.
Since I brought my "bag of tricks" with me I was able to get this student to engage with other cause and effect activities lead by his behavior.
From this encounter, we at MoAT introduced the Pathway to Cause and Effect Development Kit last week via this newsletter. This kit can provide you with a "bag of tricks" to direct engagement for those students that are working on Cause and Effect and basic communication. This week's newsletter will introduce you to the functions of some of the separate components that I used with this student.
If you have any questions about how these devices may help someone that you are working with, please contact Laura Hoffman.