Sequencing is one of many skills that helps a child learn and understand events in his or her environment. For some children, sequencing can be a hard concept to grasp, especially when they have language challenges. When a child learns to sequence basic things around them, it makes events easier to understand and accept. Sequencing is also for problem-solving, especially for children with learning differences. To build the concept of telling simple stories, you don’t need to spend money buying sequence cards. Use your child’s personal experiences, take pictures of your child performing daily tasks and events. Print and create a photo album and use them as needed to help your child learn to tell and answer questions about personal events and daily activities. The following activities are fun to use to practice sequencing and answering questions.
- eating breakfast,
- putting on shoes,
- taking a bath
- washing hair
- eating lunch
- setting the table
To help the child understand that events have orders, use key words “first,” “next,” “then,” and “last.” If your child has not yet done two panel sequence, you should begin with two panels representing beginning/end or first/last, and then progress to three panels, then four, etc. For example, First, put toothpaste on the toothbrush and last brush your teeth. The more language your child understand and uses the more panels he/she should be able to arrange in correct order and then share with others. Try to teach it in a dialogue style by making it a little “mini conversation.”
Parent: Did you brush your teeth today?
Child: Yes or Yah
Parent: Tell me what you did
Child: First get my toothbrush (Put the picture on the panel), next, I put toothpaste on my tooth brush (put picture on the panel) and last, I brush my teeth (put last picture on the panel).
Parent: Great job!
Parent: Who helped you brush your teeth (show or point to the picture of the person)
Child: Mom or dad etc.
Five Finger sequence taken Education.com. For older children you can use the Five finger story sequencing concept to help with recalling and sharing stories and daily events in a cohesive organizer style.
Uduak (Udie) Osom holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from San Jose State University. Udie has served students of all ability levels from preschool through grade 12, for over 20 years. She is very passionate about neuro-developmental disabilities and social-cognitive disabilities. She is the owner/director of Innovative Therapy Services, a pediatric speech, language and social skills clinic in Santa Clara, CA. She can be reached at http://www.pediatricspeech.com