Sequencing: The Order Matters

Enrichment Therapies

January 25, 2017

By Jaimi Bird, M.A., CCC-SLP

Do you have a hard time following your child’s stories? Does it seem like they have difficulty expressing themselves clearly?  It may be that they have difficulty with sequencing. 

When it comes to storytelling, sequencing is very important.  Sequencing is putting information in the correct order. This skill is important in both spoken language, written language, and comprehension.  We need sequencing skills to talk about something that happened in the past so others can follow the story.  We also need sequencing skills to understand how to complete certain tasks that require the steps to be done in a specific order.  Some children have difficulty with sequencing and need to be directly taught.  At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center, this can be one of the skills we focus on during a child’s speech-language sessions.  You can practice these skills at home too.

Start with practicing the concepts of “first” and “last”.  For example, you may use pictures of a child with muddy hands, and then a picture of the child washing her hands.   Place the pictures in order and verbalize what you see in the pictures using the words “first” and “last”.

Once your child understands these concepts move on to 3 step sequencing.   Use the terms “first”, “next” and “last”.  Continue building the complexity by adding steps in the sequences you practice. 

Check out this great visual organizer to practice sequencing from Speech and Language Kids Blog.

If you feel like your child has difficulty expressing herself well or difficulty following complex directions, contact us at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center.  Our speech pathologists can provide your child with a full speech and language evaluation and recommend a plan to increase their skills.

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.

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North Liberty, IA 52317


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Johnston, IA 50131


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