Friday, February 21, 2014

Star Wars Phonics: Activity #1

One of the behaviors of autism spectrum disorder and Dabrowski's gifted overexcitabilities is hyperfocus and obsessions. Some frequent special interests are Legos, minecraft, Star Wars, Titanic, Subway, etc. It can be very difficult to redirect a child to anything outside of his interest.

So what's a mom to do?

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

One activity I have found that will capture my hyper-focused child's attention is to use word cards combined with Star Wars characters.

I downloaded some Star Wars printables from Teachers Notebook, cut out the characters, and glued them on construction paper. It would be great to have these laminated for durability.

For the activity, I put all the Abeka short vowel word cards on the floor and have my child make sentences. Sometimes we write extra words on paper; sometimes we just say any extra words that are needed.

"Darth Vader [chews] gum."

"Princess Leia met Luke Skywalker and zip[ped down] the hill."

Simple and effective.

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