As you may have noticed in previous posts, I am a Behavior aide. I am currently working with a 7 year old autistic girl. I have been with her for almost 3 years now. And in trying to mainstream her, I’ve had to modify the curriculum quite often to fit her needs. At first, I was completely stumped. What could I do, at her level, that would be similar to what the rest of the class was learning. I started combing the internet, found a lot of good ideas and tried to modify them to fit our needs. I will post the basic ones here, from time to time, to help those, who like me, need ideas by the dozens.
BASIC WORD RECOGNITION
I created a series of center activities to help with word recognition. There are several different levels. You can start with basic single letters, numbers,or you can do words as I show.
I started with an easel style pocket chart.
Next, you write simple words on 3×5 cards.
Then write the corresponding word on a second card.
Then simply have the child match the words as they say them aloud.
This is a great activity and can be varied in all sort of directions.
Friday was my last day of work for two weeks. I looovveeee Spring Break! We decided to celebrate by driving to San Luis Obispo for the day. So, I got home at 11:00 and waited for my daughter to get out of class. My hubby informs me that my new mac was in route and should be delivered any second. Dilemma.. do we wait for the UPS man, or do we leave with the hope that my “baby” doen’t get liberated off the front porch. So we putter around checking everything twice and finally decide to go. As we are loading the car, we hear the distinctive purr of the UPS truck. The hubby is so excited, he goes running into the street, bouncing up and down. It was like hearing that Eddie Murphy skit about a kids reaction to the ice cream man. “The ice cream man!!!!! The ice cream man is commmmiiinngggg!!!!!” My daughter and I watched (laughing hysterically) as the truck stopped. The UPS man climbs out with a hugh grin. He stated he didn’t blame my husband for being excited. Tears running down my face, I climbed back in to the car so we could start our trip. It’s nice to know that he still has a bit of his inner child left. Oh, by the way… the Mac is beautiful ;0)