I downloaded this FREE ebook just the other day. I have to say, after using it 3 times, I am already impressed. It is a simple story about a hedgehog named Ned who is looking for a home for the winter. He stumbles upon homes that are already taken and the residents inside tell Ned “this is my home.” Then, the residents tell Ned to check somewhere else to stay for the winter.
The book provides a great way for my kids with autism to practice intonation and stress (e.g. “my home.”). There is the opportunity for the student to record his/her own voice in order to hear what his/ her stress sounds like. If you prefer, the narrator can read the book as well and hear the correct stress.
It also provides and excellent opportunity to make inferences (e.g., if Ned can stay in the homes or not) from indirect requests (e.g., to check somewhere else without directly saying “no”). I simply ask, “Can the hedgehog stay here?” after each animal asks him to move on.
The story line also provides opportunity to practice preposition including “in,” “out,” “up” and “down” while Ned is looking for a home.
If you are working on 2-3 word combinations, I have created this draft of a topical communication board guide novel utterances such as “leaf falling” “blowing wind,” “open door,” “look in.” The leaf animations are engaging and fun.
Not to mention the opportunity for an abundance of “L” practice!
What a great find!