When working with high-schoolers and other young adults with communication challenges, the evidence suggests we need to work more at the discourse level. (You can read more about this point here.)
Lots of resources focus on storytelling and personal recounts. But explaining things in writing:
- is more demanding than giving a recount or telling a story;
- supports comprehension, as it requires students to understand and convey knowledge about the world to others; and
- is functionally important for school, work, and life.
When learning this complex skill, it helps to have clear models: practical examples that clients can read and emulate when writing their own explanations.
In this 21-page no-prep resource, we include models and exercises to help students practice writing short explanations about ‘real world’ choices, opportunities, and topics. The resource can be used in conjunction with Think, then Write Volume 5, or as a standalone resource.
The models and exercises cover several functional projects for young adults, including choosing school subjects, reflecting on who to hang out with at school, volunteering in your local community as a source of pride, getting your learner driver licence, opening a bank account, making dinner for your family, making arrangements to meet up with friends for lunch, applying for an after-school job, writing your first resume, applying for a tax file number, and applying for an apprenticeship or short course.
The idea is to make the most of limited therapy time by working on complex, discourse level language tasks, with clear models, in the context of functional, real world situations and goals that are commonly encountered by adolescents and young adults in Australia.
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