Sequencing Activities

By Giny Mackey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Understanding a sequence of activities, as well as organizing our thoughts and statements into a sequence, is a skill we need to develop so that we can be good story tellers. Without it our stories meander and jump around so that the listener has difficulty following and understanding them. If instructions or directions are organized sequentially, they are much easier to follow.

Practice this skill when making something, such as cooking or building or repairing something, or doing household activities by talking about the steps used in the process.

When finished, help your child to repeat it back to you (you may need to provide some hints or reminders). Use words that show an order or sequence, such as “first, then, next, finally, at the same time, before, after.”

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