The next post I have planned is for color recognition. You can use this technique with any segmented picture. I had this center activity in “D”s basket for free choice. She became very good at it and so it became a calming activity for her. This would also be a great activity for teaching pre-school aged children their colors! There are ALOT of great websites out there that you can glean adaptable activities from. Here are a few.
DLTK-kids GREAT site!! Lots of adaptive materials.
Kids Activities Neat site. Activities are divided by grade level.
There are so many free sites out there. Don’t pay for downloads. (Unless you realllly want to… 😉 Just be patient and use your imagination!
For the next re-post, I am using a center activity that is for slightly more advanced learners. The center activity is for simple word building. The most important thing I want to stress is don’t be intimidated!! If you are in a mainstream classroom, try to adapt the handouts and work the class is using. It really helps the child feel like apart of classroom activities. It also helps the other children in the classroom relate to the autistic child.
This was probably one of “D”s favorite center activities. Well, this and dressing the bear 😉
In honor of Autism Awareness month, I will be re-posting some past posts that were directed towards helping 1 to 1 aides, paraprofessionals, teachers and parents come up with some alternative teaching techniques.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll reply asap..
This post is showing one of the activities used to teach color recognition.
First, I chose a picture that could be divided into colored parts. I believe this was just a piece of clip art from the computer. You can also use simple color books for pictures. They do need to be at least 6-8″ large to allow for the student to be able to manipulate.
I colored each section separately.
Then, I colored corresponding colors on the tips of cloths pins.
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.