This application is intended for children, approximately ages 2-10, in order to build vocabulary and develop grammar skills. Here are some ideas that you can use in therapy. As always, use cues as needed, then fade the cues.
For younger children, this app is a great way to build up an action word vocabulary. As they get older, you can use this app to increase utterance length and develop complex sentences. Here are examples of ways to do this.
- Teach action words. This is for building up a vocabulary of action words for the younger kids. Have the child watch Milo complete an action, then you say the verb. Have the child imitate the word, then move to labeling the action.
- Teach third person present progressive “is + –ing” verb (e.g. Milo is running). Try changing “Milo” to “He” or “It” for variations.
- Teach first person present progressive “is + -ing” verb (e.g. I am jumping). Have the child watch Milo complete the action first, then have child imitate the action and form the sentence. This is a great way to get kids moving.
- Teach past tense. (e.g. Milo scooped.) Have child watch Milo complete the action, then say “he’s all done, what did he do?” Again, you can vary this by having child imitate the action and saying “I scooped.”
- Teach auxiliary verb “will.” (Milo will clap.) Have child watch Milo complete the action, then say “Let’s do it again. What will Milo do again?” Again, try changing “Milo” to “He” or “It” for variations.
- Teach third person singular. (Milo drives). This works well when you can add an adjective or noun after the verb (Milo drives a car, Milo drives fast).
- Increase utterance length. Add adjectives, prepositional phrases, nouns, etc. to the above sentences. (Milo is running fast, Milo is jumping high, Milo scooped ice cream, Milo will drive through the tunnel.)
- Other ways to use this app: Answering questions, simple inferencing. e.g. What does Milo bake? What else can he bake? What do you bake? What will he bake tomorrow? Does he like to bake? How do you know? What does he need to bake? Where did he get the ingredients?