Center Activities #2

This is the second installment of center activites created to help children in the mainstream classroom. These folders are for categorizing.

I found this picture simply by browsing around the internet. There are some great sites out there. Don’t give up… I cut out the bear, made a “dirty clothes hamper” by folding over card stock and stapling up each side. I glued the bear onto a file folder and laminated it. I then attached the hamper with velcro and placed pieces of velcro on the bear.

Next, I down loaded several different outfits, cut them out and laminated.

I then attached velcro to the back of the pieces of clothes. Then let the child go! You can ask who would wear certain items, i.e. clown or doctor. You can also make it as simple as “Where are the Clown’s pants?” “Which shirt goes with it?” Sky’s the limit.

I have even used a paper doll set I found.

Same idea with the clothes.

Have fun with it!! :0)

Center Activities 1#

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.

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.


Comparision between Alzheimers and Autism.

I guess you can say I have a unique perspective on this subject. My father has Alzheimer’s and I work in an elementary school helping kids with special needs “mainstream”. I currently aide a student with moderate to severe autism. I am constantly amazed by the similarities of the two. First, the frustration levels. All is good until you require them to do unfamiliar tasks. Almost instant volcano. BOOM!! Both will react with rage, physical and emotional. If that doesn’t redirect the request, then they go to belligerence. In the case of my student, she’s non-verbal, so she whines and moans. My dad, belittles and insults. Second, both have repetitive requests and questions. Over and over, the same things. I try to be patient…but wow. The only difference, I am extremely excited when I see my student learn a new word or action. It makes everything worthwhile. Sadly, I know that my Father will never be able to regain what he’s lost. So I sit with him, answer his questions over and over, hoping that the next time I visit, he’ll remember my name.