Color My Conversation (CMC) 2nd Edition 

#CMC200

$149.00

$119.00


Sale thru 11/25/19


Description

The "go-to" resource for teaching pragmatic social language skills!

The Color My Conversation program is an engaging, multi-sensory approach to teach children the language skills needed for face-to-face conversations. Utilizes 12 specific lessons to systematically guide children through the conversation flow starting at a basic greeting and then building toward the most complex conversation that the child is capable of having. The holistic approach fosters the development of turn taking, eye contact, social awareness, self-regulation, executive function, and meta-cognitive and meta-linguistic skills. Includes comprehensive supporting tools for the SLP allowing seamless implementation of each lesson with success. Age Range: 5-12 years. Made in USA.

How It Works:

Includes 12 specific lessons to systematically teach the elements of conversation. Uses language that is simple and practical allowing the concepts to be recalled easily in the classroom, home and community.

View Lesson #1 Instructions & Reproducibles >

Beginner Level – The Conversation Pathway

Lesson 1: The Hello and The Goodbye
Lesson 2: Small Talk / Chitchat
Lesson 3: Embedded Topics of Conversation

Intermediate Level – Take it to the Table

Lesson 4: WH Questions
Lesson 5: Interrogative Reversals: Yes, no, maybe so!
Lesson 6: Comment–Question Connections
Lesson 7: Topic Changers
Lesson 8: Nonverbal Communication & Emotional Literacy
Lesson 9: Assessment and Additional Supports

Advanced and Expert Levels

Lesson 10: Gaining Perspectives and Social Filters
Lesson 11: Carryover Activities
Lesson 12: Customized Conversations

Lesson Support for the SLP:
Each lesson includes resources to guide successful implementation.

  • Video Overview of that Lesson
  • Detailed Written Instructions for Implementation
  • Lesson Goals and Helpful Hints
  • Parent Letter Template for At-Home Support
  • Reproducible Worksheets
  • Home Practice Activities
  • Teaching Tools
  • Song Downloads

What's in the Box?

  • 12 “Conversation Path” Floor Graphics
  • 100 Topic Prompt Picture & Emotion Cards
  • 50 Game Tokens
  • 50 Dry Erasable Wall Display Cards
  • 2 Dry Erase Pens
  • Cloth Ribbon (approx. 9.5ft)
  • Foldable Game Board With 4 Additional Activities on Reverse Side
  • CMC Ball
  • Classroom Poster
  • Plus! Program Manual, Including 12 Lesson Plans with Tons of Downloadable Reproducibles

Age Range and Populations:

For students in K – 7th grade who struggle with social language skills. Populations include language delayed, learning disorders, children with autism, as well as students in general education. This program can be used in a variety of settings including school, therapy room, or home environment. The lessons have been written for small groups (2-4 children). However, they can be adapted easily for an individual child or a classroom environment. Guidance is also included for adapting the lessons for special needs populations.

Implementation & Training:

Your purchase includes free, instructional videos to guide implementation of each lesson.

Also available is a 6-hour in-depth online training course related to this approach. Offered for 0.6 CEUs. More details here >

"I love CMC! It uses a kinesthetic approach that kids of all ages can benefit from." – Melissa T.B., SLP

"We have been using Color My Conversation at work and it has been working nicely for engaging in conversation with kids with ASD. So far, we've used it with children ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade who are verbal, minimally verbally, and even with a child using AAC. It's been easy to incorporate into classrooms, a small social group, and in therapy sessions. Also, I just trained a parent on how to use it. Really have seen great progress in many of my students!" – Debra W., SLP

"I use CMC with my higher functioning autism students. They enjoy the lessons and they’re generalizing the skills."  – Deborah B.M., SLP

"I use it with my lower functioning students when I'm teaching concrete conversational skills." – Alicia M., SLP

"I find CMC to be helpful for those who struggle with the basics and with those who like to launch into monologue after you greet them." – Melissa E., SLP

"I have CMC, and I like it. Great for upper elementary and middle school students who find conversation challenging. It's very well thought out in terms of sequence and skills taught." Krista D., SLP

"I use Color My Conversation with my students who range in age from kindergarten to grade 4 and I love it." – Deborah B.M., SLP

"I absolutely love this program! It has been so helpful for the kiddos that need to work on conversation skills." Read full review
– Shannon from Speechy Musings

"CMC was such a delight to use, extremely easy to implement into our homeschool routine and we will continue to use this program for years to come. Being an effective communicator is a powerful tool that every child needs to learn!  Read full review
– Pam from Simply Passionate

"I just started using this program a few weeks ago. I have really enjoyed it. I've modified the lesson and pace to match my students' needs. I use it with my 5th/6th-grade students. Thinking of possibly using for a few of my high school kiddos." – Andrea J., SLP

"It's good to see my son beginning to use the skills he is learning to engage more fully in life and understand the finer points of conversations as they happen. I like the way the program purposes to explain fully how conversations work in a step by step method. Until now I had never thought about what goes into learning how to carry a conversation. Why is it that some people do it so easily and others struggle? I feel that Color My Conversation is a fabulous resource for every single home. It is a program that not only special needs children need. This is a program that all children should have access to."  Read full review
–Chareen from Every Bed of Roses - Contemplations of a Home School Mom

"I run Social Skills camps and groups for children between the ages of 6-11 who have a range of diagnoses including Autism, ADD, fluency disorders, and language disorders. We use the Color My Conversation (CMC) curriculum as it provides the kids a practical multi-sensory method for learning where, when, and how to have successful conversations with peers and adults. I notice that the children are better able to carry on conversations about non-preferred topics, ask questions, and use comments to show their partners that they are listening and caring about what others are sharing. They love to walk the conversation path and it gets the kids moving and learning. I notice that their anxiety level when conversing with peers is lower after training. Giving out tokens for comments and questions during the game provides a system for measuring progress as well." – Speech-Language Pathologist

"I’ve noticed several remarkable changes in 'A' since he began using the Color My Conversation program with Rosslyn. The first significant change, and a real “a-ha” moment for 'A', was when he finally understood the importance of eye contact. This small detail changed everything for him. For the first time in his life, he began to engage with the people around him and, more importantly (to him) began to get friendly, interested responses in return. For me, a huge encouragement has been the feedback I’ve received from many of my friends, most of whom do not know that 'A' is receiving any kind of therapy. Several have taken the time to seek me out to tell me that they’ve seen a real change in him. They’ve told me of the great conversations they’ve had - and most have commented that this is something very new in their relationship with him. Some have been a little more blunt and have told me he doesn’t talk nonsense anymore, and they feel that they can really talk to him now and meet the real 'A'. One mother of children with severe relational issues sought me out to ask me what I had done. Whatever it was, she wanted it! It really isn’t an exaggeration to say this program has begun to change 'A’s life. He has confidence, he is able to engage in one to one conversation, and AMAZINGLY he has friends for the first time ever. In the past, kids have avoided him and refused his invitations to hang out in our home because they found him odd and hard work; but now they actively seek him out and respond to his social invitations. As a mother, there are no words to describe what it’s like to see your desperately lonely, socially awkward (formerly) child interact with friends for the first time. We love Color My Conversation." – Parent

"I have a child with Asperger's Syndrome and even though he is a genius, he had no idea how to "act appropriately" with his peers. He did not possess the tools to properly initiate conversation with people. He was unable to express himself through words or facial recognition. In a nutshell, he was a grumpy looking, unapproachable boy who estranged himself from people through hyper-focusing on books and self-interest. We were referred to Rosslyn Delmonico through a friend because I was having anxiety about my son having difficulty transitioning into the next level of school and social obligation (high school). Rosslyn worked hard with my son that summer. Through the Color My Conversation program, he was given the tools to initiate basic conversations, introduce preferred topics and use proper eye contact and body language. The pivotal point was when he was able to show emotion through facial expressions, which he had very much struggled with. With all of this, he was able to transition into high school in a socially acceptable manner, which enabled him to make friends, and excel profusely. I know for a fact that my son would not be the same person socially, emotionally and in general if it were not for Rosslyn Delmonico and her extraordinary Color My Conversation. My son is proud to be graduating this year, with full academic credits, and is looking forward to continuing his education within the culinary arts." – Parent

1. Color My Conversation incorporates inquiry-based learning!

Inquiry-based learning fosters exploration problem solving, discovery and dramatization. "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." – Chinese proverb

2. Color My Conversation connects!

  • Through a common language which is shared between educators, parents, and children.
  • Through a hierarchy in lesson development which moves from basic greetings to more complex social interactions.
  • Through cross-cultural experiential learning opportunities between home, school, and community.

3. Color My Conversation emphasizes the value of social-emotional awareness!

Social-emotional development fosters a child's awareness for self (i.e. self-concepts, self-reliance, and self-regulation) and awareness of others (i.e. empathy). "If we want our children to care about their conversations with us – We have to matter to them." – R. Delmonico

4. Color My Conversation provides engaging activities for all learning styles!

Through the use of multi-sensory teaching methods, lessons inspire ideas (i.e. brainstorming), provide knowledge (i.e. social rules), build relationships (i.e. role plays), and ignite independent learning (i.e. project development).

5. Color My Conversation focuses on leading others to lead another and/or leading others to lead self!

Through the lesson activities, the children are given direct and indirect activities to support the development of self-leadership and the opportunity to lead others. "When we are working on social language, it is not enough to say that we are helping our children learn how to have a conversation. We are literally changing lives...One Conversation at a time!" – R. Delmonico

What's Included

Included in the 14"x16" CMC Kit Box:

  • 12 “Conversation Path” Floor Graphics
  • 100 Topic Prompt Picture & Emotion Cards
  • 50 Game Tokens
  • 50 Dry Erasable Wall Display Cards
  • 2 Dry Erase Pens
  • Cloth Ribbon (approx. 9.5ft)
  • Game Board (foldable) with 4 Additional Activities on Reverse Side
  • CMC Ball
  • Classroom Poster
  • Plus! Program Manual including 12 lesson plans with tons of downloadable reproducibles

Each Lesson Includes Comprehensive Support To Guide Successful Implementation:

  • Video Overview of that Lesson
  • Detailed Written Instructions for Implementation
  • Lesson Goals and Helpful Hints
  • Parent Letter Template for At-Home Support
  • Reproducible Worksheets
  • Home Practice Activities
  • Teaching Tools
  • Song Downloads

*Ball pump not included.

Target Audience

For SLPs, educators, special educators and others working with children who struggle with conversation skills. Appropriate populations include: high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, LLD, language delayed, ADHD, fluency, articulation, children with mild intellectual disabilities, as well as children within general education. Student ages: K-7th grade.

Author

Rosslyn Delmonico, MA, RSLP, CCC-SLP, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 35 years both within the private and public school systems and has had her own private practice since 1991. Through her years of experience, she has worked almost exclusively with school-age children, with her main focus of interest being on those with language impairments.

Rosslyn saw a need for a connected and comprehensive social language program, one which would take language-impaired children from a basic greeting to the most complex conversation that they were capable of having. In 2006, she started developing a speech-language therapy tool for children within her caseload called Color My Conversation. Since that time, it has continued to emerge as a social language based program applicable to both special needs and general education children.

Rosslyn discovered that her best teaching practices developed over her years of experience included movement, color, song, and hands-on learning. If the children were having fun, they were engaged. When they were engaged, they were learning! Her multisensory approach to teaching has proven to be highly effective with her students. Rosslyn's personal philosophy is that all children are special, can learn, and have something to give the world through their unique personalities.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Rosslyn Delmonico is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Rosslyn Delmonico is the author of "Color My Conversation" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Rosslyn Delmonico has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Customer Reviews

"Color My Conversation is awesome!" Kent M., SLP (April 2019)

"I loved having this at my previous school and miss it daily!" Alicia Rossi, SLP (April 2019)

"I love CMC! It uses a kinesthetic approach that kids of all ages can benefit from." – Melissa T.B., SLP

"I use CMC with my higher functioning autism students. They enjoy the lessons and they’re generalizing the skills."  – Deborah B.M., SLP

"I use it with my lower functioning students when I'm teaching concrete conversational skills." – Alicia M., SLP

"I find CMC to be helpful for those who struggle with the basics and with those who like to launch into monologue after you greet them." – Melissa E., SLP

"I have CMC, and I like it. Great for upper elementary and middle school students who find conversation challenging. It's very well thought out in terms of sequence and skills taught." Krista D., SLP

"I use Color My Conversation with my students who range in age from kindergarten to grade 4 and I love it." – Deborah B.M., SLP

"I absolutely love this program! It has been so helpful for the kiddos that need to work on conversation skills." Read full review
– Shannon from Speechy Musings

"CMC was such a delight to use, extremely easy to implement into our homeschool routine and we will continue to use this program for years to come. Being an effective communicator is a powerful tool that every child needs to learn!  Read full review
– Pam from Simply Passionate

"We have been using Color My Conversation at work and it has been working nicely for engaging in conversation with kids with ASD. So far, we've used it with children ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade who are verbal, minimally verbally, and even with a child using AAC. It's been easy to incorporate into classrooms, a small social group, and in therapy sessions. Also, I just trained a parent on how to use it. Really have seen great progress in many of my students!" – Debra W., SLP

"I just started using this program a few weeks ago. I have really enjoyed it. I've modified the lesson and pace to match my students' needs. I use it with my 5th/6th-grade students. Thinking of possibly using for a few of my high school kiddos." – Andrea J., SLP

"It's good to see my son beginning to use the skills he is learning to engage more fully in life and understand the finer points of conversations as they happen. I like the way the program purposes to explain fully how conversations work in a step by step method. Until now I had never thought about what goes into learning how to carry a conversation. Why is it that some people do it so easily and others struggle? I feel that Color My Conversation is a fabulous resource for every single home. It is a program that not only special needs children need. This is a program that all children should have access to."  Read full review
–Chareen from Every Bed of Roses - Contemplations of a Home School Mom

"I run Social Skills camps and groups for children between the ages of 6-11 who have a range of diagnoses including Autism, ADD, fluency disorders, and language disorders. We use the Color My Conversation (CMC) curriculum as it provides the kids a practical multi-sensory method for learning where, when, and how to have successful conversations with peers and adults. I notice that the children are better able to carry on conversations about non-preferred topics, ask questions, and use comments to show their partners that they are listening and caring about what others are sharing. They love to walk the conversation path and it gets the kids moving and learning. I notice that their anxiety level when conversing with peers is lower after training. Giving out tokens for comments and questions during the game provides a system for measuring progress as well." – Speech-Language Pathologist

"I’ve noticed several remarkable changes in 'A' since he began using the Color My Conversation program with Rosslyn. The first significant change, and a real “a-ha” moment for 'A', was when he finally understood the importance of eye contact. This small detail changed everything for him. For the first time in his life, he began to engage with the people around him and, more importantly (to him) began to get friendly, interested responses in return. For me, a huge encouragement has been the feedback I’ve received from many of my friends, most of whom do not know that 'A' is receiving any kind of therapy. Several have taken the time to seek me out to tell me that they’ve seen a real change in him. They’ve told me of the great conversations they’ve had - and most have commented that this is something very new in their relationship with him. Some have been a little more blunt and have told me he doesn’t talk nonsense anymore, and they feel that they can really talk to him now and meet the real 'A'. One mother of children with severe relational issues sought me out to ask me what I had done. Whatever it was, she wanted it! It really isn’t an exaggeration to say this program has begun to change 'A’s life. He has confidence, he is able to engage in one to one conversation, and AMAZINGLY he has friends for the first time ever. In the past, kids have avoided him and refused his invitations to hang out in our home because they found him odd and hard work; but now they actively seek him out and respond to his social invitations. As a mother, there are no words to describe what it’s like to see your desperately lonely, socially awkward (formerly) child interact with friends for the first time. We love Color My Conversation." – Parent

"I have a child with Asperger's Syndrome and even though he is a genius, he had no idea how to "act appropriately" with his peers. He did not possess the tools to properly initiate conversation with people. He was unable to express himself through words or facial recognition. In a nutshell, he was a grumpy looking, unapproachable boy who estranged himself from people through hyper-focusing on books and self-interest. We were referred to Rosslyn Delmonico through a friend because I was having anxiety about my son having difficulty transitioning into the next level of school and social obligation (high school). Rosslyn worked hard with my son that summer. Through the Color My Conversation program, he was given the tools to initiate basic conversations, introduce preferred topics and use proper eye contact and body language. The pivotal point was when he was able to show emotion through facial expressions, which he had very much struggled with. With all of this, he was able to transition into high school in a socially acceptable manner, which enabled him to make friends, and excel profusely. I know for a fact that my son would not be the same person socially, emotionally and in general if it were not for Rosslyn Delmonico and her extraordinary Color My Conversation. My son is proud to be graduating this year, with full academic credits, and is looking forward to continuing his education within the culinary arts." – Parent

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