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Joey's birthday was coming up on Saturday and he really wanted to have a party. Every day for a week he asked his parents, "Can I please have a party? I don't even need presents, just a party."
His parents always said, "No Joey I don't think so," and then asked a question like, "If you were going to have a party, what would you do?" Joey said, "Swim in the hot tub."
The next time he asked for a party, they said, "No I'm sorry, but if you were going to have a party, what would you eat?" Joey sadly said, "Pizza and blue cake." Even though they said no, Joey kept asking.
Joey woke up on his birthday morning and decided to stay in bed. He wanted to keep thinking about his dream party. He pictured his friends eating pizza and swimming in the hot tub in his backyard. A blue cake was on the table and mint ice cream was in the freezer.
All of the sudden, he heard the doorbell ring. He waited but nobody answered the door. The doorbell rang again and again. Joey was puzzled why no one answered the door so he rolled out of bed and slowly walked to the front door. He opened it and a huge grin spread across his face. All of Joey's friends were standing there in their bathing suits. They yelled, "SURPRISE!" and started singing "Happy Birthday to You!"
Joey's friends all came in and went to the kitchen. There was pizza and a big blue cake sitting on the table. Joey said, "This is my dream party! We are going swimming. There is pizza and blue cake on the table."
But then he stopped. "Wait a minute," he said and ran to the freezer. Sure enough, there was mint ice cream in the freezer. He turned to his parents and said, "I never told you about that. How did you know?" And they just smiled back and said, "Happy birthday son!"
One day a lonely bunny was hopping around looking for friends. He saw a big red building in the distance and decided to go exploring. He hopped along until he met a little green bug and he said, "What's in that big red building green bug?" But the bug didn't answer.
So he kept hopping until he came to a little mouse and he asked him the same question, "What's in that big red building little mouse?" But the mouse just said, "Squeak."
The bunny was getting more and more curious about what was in that big red building. He guessed he had ten more hops to the door when a brown chicken came out. The bunny anxiously said, "What's in that big, red building brown chicken?" But the chicken couldn't answer because she had just pecked a worm out of the grass with her beak.
The bunny was getting sad because he had made no friends yet, but he got excited as he hopped his last hop through the big red door. It was even bigger than he imagined. And it smelled interesting. Even though it was big and smelled funny, the bunny thought it was warm and cozy like home. And then he heard lots of different noises.
He was trying to figure out what each noise was when a giant black horse stepped out in front of him. The bunny was scared for just a minute until the horse said, "Welcome bunny. What are you looking for?" The bunny replied, "I'm looking for friends."
The horse smiled and whinnied loudly. All of the animals in the big red building came out and gathered around the bunny. The bunny matched all of the noises he heard to the animals he saw. The pigs snorted, the sheep baaed, the cows mooed, the goats maaed, and the horses whinnied.
The big, black horse said, "When you're in the barn, you're friends for life." And the bunny's heart swelled happily. He said, "So that's what the big red building isâ€¦ a barn. And that's what's in it...FRIENDS." All of the animals made their noises in agreement.
Johnny's mom asked him to set the table for dinner. Johnny was a very good boy and he always did everything he was told. He immediately stopped playing his game and went to the kitchen. He counted four plates, four cups, four forks, four spoons, and only three knives because there were four people in his family, but only three of them needed knives.
He couldn't use a knife yet because he was too young. His dad always came home in time for dinner. His mom always made delicious food. And his sister, Lexie, always said please and thank you at the dinner table. He was the youngest, but that didn't stop him from being a big help to his family.
He set out everything perfectly on the table just like his mom had shown him. He even put napkins by each plate. He tried to fold the napkins to look like swans from a fancy restaurant, but he wasn't sure you could tell what they were. He stood back to admire his work and realized that, for the table to be complete, the cups needed water.
Johnny found the water pitcher and tried to fill it up in the kitchen sink, but the sink was too high. The bathroom sink was also too high so he decided to use the bathtub. Johnny carried the heavy water pitcher to the dining room. He filled the first three cups and felt pretty good because he had only spilled a little, here and there.
Johnny started to fill up the fourth cup when he slipped on some spilled water. His feet came out from under him and he tumbled to the floor. The water pitcher spilled everywhere and landed in Johnny's lap. He got up quickly to look at his beautiful table.
Everything was soaking wet including his swan napkins. He was so sad that he started crying. His mom came in and saw the mess. She was going to scold him for playing with water, but then she saw the wet swan napkins. She smiled and bent down and gave Johnny a kiss.
She scooped him into her arms and said, "Dry your tears Johnny. Accidents happen to all of us, big and small, short and tall." Johnny looked sad.
"Really?" he asked.
And she said, "Yes. You were just being obedient. And I love your swan napkins!" Johnny smiled so big.
"She saw my swan napkins," he thought, "and I WAS being obedient!"
Katie's best friend was her pet hamster, Bugsy. She named it that because it had little buggy eyes that were so cute. She loved to take care of Bugsy. She gave him fresh food and water every day. And once a week she would put Bugsy in a little box while she cleaned his cage.
The best part of cleaning his cage was shredding newspaper to put in the bottom. When she put Bugsy back in his clean cage, Bugsy would always run around a few times and then snuggle up in the newspaper till it made a cute, little nest around his body. Then he would go to sleep.
One day Katie came home from school and went to Bugsy's cage like she always did. But this time Bugsy was not there. She immediately opened the cage and searched through the shredded newspaper. Bugsy was missing! Katie yelled to her mom. Her mom came running and saw Katie crying. "What's the matter Katie?" she said.
"It's Bugsy. He's gone, "cried Katie.
Katie's mom said, "Don't worry. I bet he's just loose in our house somewhere. Let's clean up the house and I bet we'll find him."
Katie and her mom worked hard cleaning up the house. They were finally done except for one pile of laundry, but Bugsy was still missing. Katie started to worry again. But Katie's mom said, "Fold this laundry and then we can really worry."
Katie didn't want to, but she folded the shirts anyway. Just as she finished folding the pants, Katie saw a pair of underpants wiggling. She whispered, "Mom look. Those underpants are moving!"
She slowly picked up the underpants and there was Bugsy. He was all snuggled up in a pile of socks just like he did in the newspaper. Katie softly grabbed Bugsy and held him to her chest. "I love you," she said, "Don't ever leave me again."
Then she looked at his buggy little eyes and said, "Promise?"
And even though Bugsy couldn't talk back, his buggy eyes seemed to say, "I promise."
One day I was sitting with my sisters eating breakfast. We started to get really silly. My big sister put a spoon on her nose and it stuck there without any hands.
My little sister took two forks and put them on her head to look like antlers. Then I decided to take a Cheerio from my cereal bowl and put it in my nose. I laughed and said, "Look at me."
My sisters looked over and started laughing too. Then I accidently breathed in through my nose and the Cheerio went up inside. I tried to get it out with my finger, but the Cheerio just went higher. I started to worry how I was going to get that cheerio out.
My mom came in and said, "Gracie that's gross. Get your finger out of your nose."
I said, "But Mom I have a Cheerio in my nose."
My mom looked inside my nose with a flashlight and, sure enough, she saw the Cheerio way up at the top. But it was bigger than normal. It looked like a Cheerio that had been sitting in a bowl of milk and had soaked it all up.
My mom worried that if we used tweezers to get it out, the Cheerio would get pushed up inside my head or that it would break into pieces and get sucked inside my head when I took a breath. She also didn't want to take me to the doctor for something as silly as a Cheerio stuck up my nose either. But we didn't know what else to do.
Just then my mom thought, "Hey, what if we could suck it out. Hmmm..." and she left to get a vacuum.
My mom came back and said that she was a little scared to use the vacuum hose, but she thought it would work if it wasn't too strong. She turned the vacuum on and tested it at the end of her own nose first and nothing bad happened.
So she was ready to try it on me. I was still a little scared, but then I thought about what I would look like if I never got the Cheerio out. I pictured myself with a huge, brown Cheerio-colored head that kept getting bigger and bigger to make room for the soggy, exploded Cheerio inside.
I held perfectly still while my mom slowly moved the vacuum hose closer to my nose. It was near the end my nostril for a split second when the Cheerio sucked right out and down the tube. It was the best sound ever!
All of my sisters and my mom apparently had been holding their breath too because we all let out a huge sigh of relief. My sisters started giggling again and I flashed them a goofy smile. My mom looked at us seriously. She was not smiling.
"NEVER, EVER put anything in your nose, or your ears, or your eyesâ€¦ or anywhere for that matter, again!" she said.
Then she smiled at me and said, "I'm glad you're okay Gracie," and gave me big hug.
This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with this language principle.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing at home.
Home practice will make progress toward meeting individual language goals much faster.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week.
This is not enough time or practice for someone to strengthen their understanding of this important language concept.
Every day that your loved one goes without practice it becomes more difficult to help them.
We know life is busy, but if you're reading this you're probably someone who cares about helping their loved one as much as you can.
Practice 5-10 minutes whenever you can, but try to do it on a consistent basis (daily).
Please, please, please use this list to practice.
It will be a great benefit to you and your loved one's progress.