Meet Language Leo
Last year, I moved into a new therapy room with about twice as much space as I’d had previously. I found myself with lots of bare white walls. Now, no good Southern woman can stand bare white walls for 8 (or more) hours a day. That’s how Leo was born.
I traced Leo from an online image onto a piece of bulletin board paper, then added a whole bunch of characteristics of a good language model. Leo…
- keeps his eyes in the group
- uses his eyes to look at people who are talking
- thinks about how other people use their faces and bodies to communicate
- thinks about what other people are talking about and stays on topic
- listens to his friends and adults when they are talking to him
- brushes his teeth so his breath smells okay and he is healthy
- remembers to use his speech sounds the right way so others will be able to understand him when he talks.
- uses friendly words and makes nice comments about what other people want to talk about
- uses a nice voice without whining or yelling
- wears clean clothes and takes a bath so his friends will want to talk to him
- keeps his body in the group
- keeps his hands to himself
- does not distract other people with his hands
- turns his hips, shoulders, and nose to the person who is talking
- has a kind heart and uses friendly words. He controls his feelings when he is in a group. He does not get too angry, sad, mad or excited.
- keeps his hands clean and away from his mouth and nose
- keeps his feet still and quiet when other people are talking
- moves his body close to people who he is talking to, but remembers to respect their space bubble.
Doesn’t Leo sound like a fun kid to be around and communicate with?