I love playing with the parachute with young children, and have found it a great way to focus children's singing. I have compiled a collection of song based activities I have used, mostly with very young children with Special needs but will be useful for most preschool groups (Or homes with a child's blanket). I have uploaded to Scribd and it can be purchased for a very reasonable price
The concept of the "Work Station" comes from Division TEACCH and is designed for individuals with autism or related conditions. I am in no way an expert, but have basic training and have had the privilege working in a class that follows TEACCH principles. Here is a pack I produced to assist people when creating workstations- I hope you find it useful. I would HIGHLY recommend training with TEACCH if you are given the opportunity
Inclusive Communication Essex, by Essex County Council have produced an excellent resource for those working with people of all ages who need to alternative or additional communication strategies put in place. Including these wonderful signing videos
They are a range of topics, with a good list of signs
So it's been forever.... since I posted doesn't time fly? I've had rather a lot going on sorry, so here we go.
Simple shape puzzle bought from supermarket (or charity/ thrift store) select photos of child and their family and stick under the shapes. I laminated mine to make it durable and also can be pulled up eventually with a sharp knife.
You could also stick photos underneath that relate to words a child with language difficulties is working on.