Now, to Jacob's Lessons: For clinicians who like to vary their activities for speech and language targets, there is no such thing as too many resources. There is a website called jacobslessons.com, that can be a great tool for working on a variety of different skills with an applied behavior analysis (ABA) twist. The website was created by parents to provide fun and structured practice for their son with autism. The website notes - and we at I*I*S think that this is always important when incorporating technology into practice - that this website is supposed to be used with the guidance of an adult and not by a child independently. Generally, I like the combination of drawn pictures and photos they use, the style and consistency of feedback, and the simplicity.
There are many different activities on jacobslessons.com, so here are my top 5:
1. Frog's Eyes (perspective taking) - in this game, and animated frog's pupils move around in a circle scanning a selectable number of different food options. After a few seconds, the eye's stop and he cues you to guess which one he is thinking about. If the wrong item is clicked on, a circle appears around the frog's eyes and is connected to the item he is looking it. Once the correct item is chosen, the frog's tongue reaches out an grabs it. This is a great follow up (or intro) to the activity where a student guesses what the clinician is thinking about by looking at his/her eyes.
- he/she wants
- give him/her
Two to four images are presented and the student is prompted according to the pronouns. For example, for boy/girl, there are two images and the prompt will say "which one is the ______"
4. Three image sequencing - three images are presented at the bottom page, on no particular order. A moving box indicates where the next image should go. When you click on the correct image, it moves up to the box, and the box slides over to the next space. Once all of the images are in oder, there is a simple verbal description of the images. *Incorrect responses are treated as in object functions.
- Opposites - these can be isolated by one of four different sets, or practiced with greater variety. The presentation is similar to to identifying boy/girl.
- Prepositions - in this section, you choose a field of 2, 3, or 4 possibilities. The presentation continues to be consistent with the other activities on the website (e.g. cueing, response to incorrect answers). I really like how they show the prepositions flexibly, for example, "in" is shown as a pencil in a cup, a fork stabbed into an apple, a boy in a toy car, etc.