-Ability to fill in words to song “Happy Birthday”
-Understand the sequence of events at birthday party (light candles, sing song, blow out candles)
- Talk about their birthday or friend’s birthday party (for memory and LP)
- Hide an object in one of the presents and have child locate
- Ask child who they want to invite to their party (remember names of friends and family members)
Bakeware (bowls, pans, mixer), cake mix box
Velcro cake with candles and toppings
Books: Birthday Parties & Celebrations
-Wrap present using diverse materials
-Ask child to cut cake using knife
- Assemble puzzle
Form board (sugar cookie puzzle - School Specialty)
-How feel about it being a birthday party (happy, excited)
- Play Facilitator talks about favorite type of cookie/cake and see if child responds
Book can help with eliciting feelings
-How many steps of party theme can the child work through?
-Can child stack nesting cakes, if using?
Doll collection, animal family
- Have children match objects (glasses, plates, silverware) - this would apply more for lower functioning children
- Have child place candles on cake corresponding to age of child’s birthday
- Give out nesting presents and have child reassemble during clean up time; ask for the biggest/smallest present
Pre-drawn place setting
- birthday- themed books available - look at pictures and talk to children to compare if we have that at our party like they have in the book, etc.….
Writing: paper, writing utensils
-Older versus younger
- Labeling objects in box
- Telling about their preferences
- Asking for help
- Ask child, “What are you doing?” during hands-on activity
- “Give me a plate.” (following simple directions)
- “Put the present in the box.” “Hide the present behind your back” (directional words)
-Generalization of party “rules”
- ask child to serve cake (or take present to) to parent or facilitator and watch for eye contact
- ask them to show parent what’s in the gift box and watch for eye contact, joint attention
-gift box with present inside
-encourage child to imitate stirring when making cake
-Modify “if you are happy and you know it” song to: “If it’s your birthday and you know it……” (this could also be used for action words)
-Grasping candles and putting them on the cake of choice, grasping utensils when making cake
-Using playdough, if applicable
- Ask child to wrap a present
- Make a necklace as a present
Make card if guest of honor is not the child
- A variety of toys that could be presents
- Wrapping paper
- Beads and string
- Do emotions fit the situation during HB song and celebration
- Show excitement for baby doll when doll receives a present
- If we sing HB to child, does child show embarrassment
- Is there an element of silliness displayed?
-When gift is presented, is expression appropriate to the gift?
-Can the child wait to blowout candles?
-Can the child comply with requests (e.g., put the party hat on the baby doll; give Mommy a piece of cake)?
-How much prompting does the child need?
-Is the child the leader or the follower, or do they alternate?
- Blow up a balloon and hit back and forth (also would address gross motor, vision, pragmatics)