In this unique time, we want to offer some online exercises that can be used at home. We will be releasing three separate exercises on August 11th, 18th & 25th and you will be able to find them here indefinitely. Follow along, try them at home, and let us know how it goes!

Accompanying each video is a brief description of the exercise as well as some of the muscles it flexes. While our goal is to allow for fun and creativity, we also know that these exercises can help with communication skills, making eye contact and listening to those around us. These exercises are suitable for all ages, all audiences (parents, siblings, neurotypical and neurodivergent children), and can be modified as necessary for your home.

The newest exercise will be showcased on this page each week.  For exercises that were previously shared, scroll to the bottom of this page for the links.

 

AUGUST 25, 2020

 

TWO-FACED ALIEN

In this exercise, we become a two-headed alien that can only speak one-word-at-a-time, alternating contributions from one head to the other.  Pair up and decide on your alien name, which can be a combination of your two names or a completely made up alien moniker.  Start by introducing yourself one.word.at.a.time.  If there is another person in the room, have them ask your alien some questions.  Or if there are four of you, try to have two aliens (four heads!) communicate back and forth. We have found that the "alien" premise works from the perspective that it takes the pressure of reality out of the equation.  Anything goes!  No one really knows what life is like on Planet Bloorpitybloop or if they have a different grammatical structure than Earth, so all contributions are fair game.

 

What does this teach?

This exercise requires participants to really listen before speaking.  So often we are thinking about what we are going to say that we don't really ingest what is being said to us first.  This exercise is valuable for EVERYONE, whether you are working on your communication skills at the dinner table or in the (currently Zoom-based) boardroom.

 

What if this is too much?

If the premise of answering questions or speaking as an alien proves to be challenging, try just forming a sentence one word at a time or try writing the words down on a paper to create a sentence.

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