Speech Therapy: “I WANT/ DON’T WAN’T / I LIKE / DON’T LIKE/ I SEE / I WANT (NUMBER) (COLOR) SENTENCE STARTERS.” This is a staple product for me, as I use these daily with my students. I use this with my students that are minimally verbal or non-verbal. It helps to develop language, expand utterances and for communication of needs (i.e., I want…/ don’t want). It also helps with my students that are language delayed to refine and structure their sentences. I have also found this product useful for children with autism, severely handicapped, etc.
This is to be used as as a tool or to supplement your own activity. So, if you have toys, for example,
the child can use the sentence starter to help communicate his/her wants and needs. Or, you can use the sentence starters to help expand utterances in tandem with objects (toy food, Mr. Potato Head, puzzle pieces, cars, dolls, etc.).
I like using the I want/don’t want sentences starters with toy food and a puppet (to feed). This packet includes:
I want (a, an, the, (blank)) ___
I don’t want (a, an, the, (blank)) ___
I like (a, an, the, (blank) ___
I don’t’ like (a, the) ___
I see (a, an, the, (blank) ____
I want (number) ____(s).
I want (color) ____.
I want (number) (color) ___(s).
Color happy faces.
This product is pretty self-explanatory and I’m sure you have your own ideas for using this, but here is how I use it:
First, choose some objects (toys, toy food, cars, Mr. Potato Head, puzzle, etc.) that the child has an interest in.
Have the child practice naming the objects that you have chosen for him/her.
Introduce the “I want” sentence starter. Have the desired object there, near you. Model “I want (car)” pointing to each word. Have the child try it, with your support. After child says the “I want (car).” or makes an attempt, give him/her the object. Later, present choices of two or more objects and have child request using the “I want” sentence starter.
Practice with other sentences starters (I see, I like).
When child becomes familiar and has had some success, introduce the “I don’t want/ don’t like options. Use object choices (one favorable, one unfavorable.)
For a more advanced activity, try the “I want (number) (color)” sentence starter. Here
is the progression:
For color choices, you say a color and have child point to it on the color paillete. Next, have color happy faces in front and have child point to the color he/she wants, and give the child that color happy face. Now, get objects of different colors and use the “I want (color paillete) ___” sentence starter and have child request. As in, “I want the red car.”
For number choices, use the number choice page and have some objects (like blocks) in front of you. Have the child point to a number and give the child that number of blocks. Next, have some objects in front of you and use the “I want (number choices) ___” sentence starter. Have child request the number of items he/she wants. As in, “I want 2 cars.”
When child understands choosing color and choosing number (as in quantity), move onto to I want (number)(color)____(s). As in “I want 2 blue cars”, or “I want 3 green blocks.”