Changing Colors: The Blog of Spectrum Pediatrics

April 29, 2015

Sequencing with Spectrum Pediatrics Summer Groups

By: Ashley Dowler, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Sequencing is the process of putting events, ideas, & objects in a logical order.
  • Sequencing helps us all in our daily lives by helping with problem-solving, logical thinking, and scheduling.
  • There are many fun ways that you can practice sequencing through crafts and daily activities

Sequencing is the process of putting events, ideas, and objects in a logical order. In a practical setting, this can mean ordering objects by size (i.e., smallest to largest); telling the steps to completing a task (i.e., making a sandwich, getting ready for school, or finishing a craft project); or putting the events in a story in the right order. Some of the important vocabulary for sequencing includes the following words: first, last, when, next, after, then, before, in conclusion, finally, now, beginning, middle, and end.

Sequencing is important across all ages, from toddlers to adults. But why? In daily life, it is an important part of problem solving and logical thinking. We need to sequence our day or activities (such as cooking or building) to know what we need to do first, second, and last.  Sequencing helps us organize information and ideas efficiently, and it helps us recognize patterns that make the world more understandable and predictable. It is also an important literary skill;  it helps a story make sense by allowing readers to visualize what has happened in the story and aids in comprehension. Without sequencing, we would have a hard time understanding the world around us and completing the tasks we must complete each day.

During our summer groups at Spectrum Pediatrics in 2014, we regularly practiced sequencing skills across a variety of activities. We practiced this skill during our craft projects. Our younger group made construction paper trucks, and the older group made paper airplanes. We used our instructions to make the projects and then retell the steps when we finished.

We sequenced the steps to the book The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist, Julia Gorton, and Will Grace, by taking turns putting the events from the story on sticky contact paper that was taped to the wall. We then decorated the scenes using paper and stickers.

 

Spectrum Pediatrics Summer GroupWe sequenced the steps to make playdoh pizza. We also used this activity to practice sharing our tools and playdoh colors.

 

 

Spectrum Pediatrics Summer GroupWe sequenced the steps to playing board games. We talked about the steps – first, you choose your piece; next you decide on the order (who goes first, second, last); then you choose your card to see how many spaces to move; finally, the game is finished when you go all the way around the board, etc.

 

We had lots of fun during summer groups learning about sequencing, following directions, answering questions, being good friends, and other important speech, language, and motor skills! We hope you can use some of these ideas to practice these skills in an exciting and engaging way at home, too.

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