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Designed for pupils with special needs, such as autism, this lesson calls for learners to practice saying hello to others. The teacher begins by modeling the behavior she expects and practicing with each pupil before pairing learners together to practice with each other. This kind of sheltered practice is designed to foster and reinforce social skills. In order to complete this lesson as it is designed, teachers must have access to Model Me Kids videos and worksheets.
Here are a variety of lessons geared for young children with Autism. There are 12 short activities intended to build attention, imitation, communication, independent living, social, motor, and literacy skills. Each skill is geared toward increasing interaction and attention. Good ways to supplement a full day.
Stimulate the senses with this fun activity for young children with Autism. The class makes sensory bottles to use during breaks, down time, or sensory time. They fill the bottles with water, beads, string, glitter, and food coloring, then let the fun begin. Miniature water bottles are great for making these pocket-sized!
Practice interpersonal communication with your young learners with autism. They play a game to practice asking appropriate questions. They each take turns asking, "What's in the bag?" Additionally, they discuss reasons for asking questions, such as to gather information or to maintain a conversation
Build a sense of self while honing prewriting and fine motor skills by having your learners with autism draw a self-portrait. The lesson is intended for younger pupils but could be used with learners of any age in need of motor and prewriting skills. Tip: While they draw their portraits, build an interpersonal connection by having them also draw you. This would be a good time to discuss what different emotions look like.
Children with autism can benefit from a regular schedule; Why not have them complete a chore as part of their daily routine? Provided here are the necessary steps to assisting autistic learners complete one, two, and then three daily tasks. Helpful hints and troubleshooting suggestions are included!
Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about the game, practice content-specific vocabulary, watch a cartoon about baseball, discuss social skills, and if time permits, play the game.
Here is a lesson designed for children with autism which is aimed at helping them understand that using their words to express what they need is an important social skill. They are charged with using their words to explain to the teacher exactly what needs to be done in order to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. While it sounds like a simple activity, this is exactly the kind of practice that kids with autism need.
Intended for an Autism class, this lesson teaches self-expression through music while facilitating an understanding of the concept of tempo. Pupils engage in a call-and-response song, clap, discuss, and sing keeping feelings and tempo the focus of each activity. This would be appropriate for any special education class where learners are functioning at a three to five year developmental level.
Students read the book On the Seashore and complete activities such as reading a book, color and cut out animal cards, model rock making, shell graphing, shell patterns, and more. In this seashell lesson plan, students use the sea shells to reinforce math, language, and science skills.
This social story is about what one can expect on Valentine's Day. It explains what happens on Valentine's Day in the classroom and what kind of behavior each pupil should have. Perfect for an Autistic child learning social skills. Note: Talk about what they can do if they feel socially overwhelmed during a holiday party.
ï»¿For this Pi Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Pi Day.
If your special education class has reviewed St. Patrick's Day vocabulary and customs, then this book is perfect. Travis the Train gives them clues related to St. Patrick's Day items. They use their deductive reasoning to provide answers. Single images are included to be posted around the room for a real treasure hunt.