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.
This activity is to introduce word families. Pick some fairly common “chunks”.
Then take the time to figure out all the letters that will create words. Some can be used in more than one “family”.
Attaching the velcro will help the child see the word.
I usually attach long strips somewhere on the folder to hold the pieces when not in use. Remember… velcro is our friend. :0D
I’ve talked about categorizing quite a bit, so I decided to hit math. I’ve been with my student for about 3 years. So we have had to grow quite a bit. this was one of the earlier folders she used. I made it for the purpose of number recognition and counting. This was actually just a handout in her Kindergarten class. I decided to make 2 copies.
I colored both copies and cut them out. I glued the first set onto a filefolder and glued the second set to card stock and laminated everything.
I attached velcro and she was ready to go. This can be done a variety of ways depending on your child. ;0)
This activity is very simple. The autistic girl I am with, has very weak fine motor skills. So we work ALOT on handwriting. I try to get her to practice 4- 5 times throughout the day. This is one of the things we have her do. First, I got some large graph paper.
Next, I highlighted the words she’s currently practicing. We started with her name. Once she mastered that, we moved on to simple words.
Outlining the block the word is in, helps give a boundary to the child. In this case, we are trying to teach proper proportion along with spelling.
You can highlight in different colors. It really doesn’t matter to some children. You can stop there, and let the child use a pencil to trace. You can also laminate and bind the pages creating a reusable book. The idea being to gradually wean the child off of the highlighting. Enjoy!!