I donâ€™t know about you but it seems like everyone on my caseload needs help in the spatial concepts department. It used to daunt me that â€œoh my gosh, I have no materials to use to target this.â€ Well, silly me, because you can use literallyÂ ANYTHINGÂ that you already have in your speech room. Iâ€™m even talking pencils, tape, water bottle…
Grab four objects.Â Â Iâ€™ll use a ball, dice, pen, and tape as examples. Then, manipulate the objects around each other.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Put the diceÂ next toÂ the pen.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Put the tapeÂ underÂ the ball.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Put the penÂ betweenÂ the dice and tape.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Put the ballÂ besideÂ the dice.
I also like to have them tell me where to place the objects. This way they are practicing spatial conceptsÂ expressively, as well as receptively.
For the parents:
Instead of sending home worksheets for homework (although you can do this sometimes too), I like to show parents how to practice it at home and how they can use household objects.Â I also explain how routines are the perfect time to work on spatial concepts (meal time, bath time, bed time, etc.).
Side note: Did you scoop up any inflatables from the Target Dollar Spot? I grabbed the inflatable dice and shark and used those this past week to target spatial concepts. It was a big hit and changed things up a bit. Inflatables seem to be VERY motivating! ;]