Friday, March 15, 2013

Put on your future glasses!

Yesterday I talked about becoming a future sketcher to help plan and visualize what a completed task, usually homework, will look like. Today I'd like to share another great tip courtesy of Cognitive Connections.

This tip is to help younger children plan ahead and "see" what the final outcome will look like. Kids love anything that is silly, because being silly makes it more fun! To help a child "see" what the future will look like, simply put on a pair of "future glasses."

You can get a pair of silly glasses, like these ones available from Amazon:
And then you'll be able to "see" the future! Whenever you put on these "future glasses," you will be able to "see" what the future will look like! If your child is cleaning her room, but is a little stuck on what a clean room should look like, just put on your future glasses and say, "Hmmm...I wonder what it will look like?" [Remember, use declarative language!] "Let me put on my future glasses and find out!" With your future glasses on, you can help your child visualize the clean room by saying things like, "I don't see any dirty clothes on the floor," or "I see all of your toys lined up."

Give your child a pair of future glasses, too, and try to visualize the future together! See what completed homework looks like, or a finished chore, such as cleaning her room or setting the table for dinner. The possibilities are endless!

*The information in this post is based on a presentation I attended by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, co-founder with Kristen Jacobsen, MS, CCC-SLP, of Cognitive Connections.
For more information, check out their website Cognitive Connections or follow them on Twitter! 
Follow Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP on Twitter: @swardtherapy
Follow Kristen Jacobsen, MS, CCC-SLP on Twitter @KJSLP

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