Mand List #1 – Parachute Play

Mand List #1 – Parachute Play

Manding (or requesting) is the foundation for all language development. Think about the first words a baby says: mama, dada, eat, an approximation of their favorite item or food, cookie, hug, etc. For learners with autism and other developmental delays, language development can be hugely challenging. One way to encourage language is by teaching mands during highly motivating activities. For learners who love parachutes, here is a list of potential mands you can teach for that activity. You can also click here to see three games I play with the parachute.

MAND LIST (what the child says is in quotation marks)

  1. “parachute”
  2. “swing” (appropriate when the child lies down on the parachute, you pick up the handles, and swing the child back and forth)
  3. ready, set, “go”
  4. “stop” parachute
  5. “up” (appropriate when the child is lying on the floor, you pull the parachute up as high as you can before letting it float down on the child)
  6. “down” (appropriate when the child is lying on the floor, you have the parachute up high in the air, then let it float down once the child requests it)
  7. “bounce” (appropriate when you have items placed on the parachute and are going to bounce them up and down)
  8. “shake it” (appropriate when you have items placed on the parachute and are going to bounce them up and down)
  9. “spin”
  10. “walk” (appropriate when all players are holding a handle of the parachute and moving in a circle)
  11. “march” (appropriate when all players are holding a handle of the parachute and moving in a circle)
  12. “jump” (appropriate when all players are holding a handle of the parachute and moving in a circle)
  13. “sit” (appropriate when all players are holding a handle of the parachute and moving in a circle)
  14. “pick up” or “pick it up”
  15. “let go”
  16. “put on” or “put it on” or “put the _____ on” (appropriate when items are being placed on the parachute for an activity)

You will not teach all of these mands simultaneously. Instead, you will select the ones that correlate with the activities your learner is most interested in, then add in new mands as those are mastered.

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