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Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Building Basic Letter Knowledge with U-Play Mat

Lesson Overview

In this activity, children will work on recognizing beginning letters of words and will find corresponding plastic letter to build basic letter knowledge. 

Updated on 11/17/15 5:00 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 11/17/15 5:00 PM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Language Builder App

Autism and Language

Autism Technology

Using the Language Builder App with Picture Bingo

Lesson Description

Students will use the “Picture Identification” activity within the Language Builder app to call out the bingo prompt.  

Updated on 8/30/14 4:51 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 4:51 PM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Language Builder App

Autism and Language

Autism Technology

Using the Language Builder App and Language Builder Cards Together

So you’ve just downloaded the new Language Builder app. That means you can throw out all your paper flash cards right? NO!! As you may have already realized through our previous blogs, we are big proponents for blending hands-on and digital learning. There are so many ways that you can combine both digital and tangible resources to support deeper engagement.

Our intent with the app is to complement, rather than replace, the physical products. We will begin a new blog series demonstrating ways to use your physical language builder cards and other Stages products in conjunction with the app. 

Updated on 8/30/14 4:49 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 4:49 PM

About Autism

Teaching with Pictures

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

How to Modify Chores for your Child with Autism

When you have a child with autism or other special needs, chores are often overlooked or parents don’t consider it a possibility for their child. Just as modifications are needed in the classroom, small modification or supports can be developed to not only make chores a possibility, but part of the daily routine.  Find out more about increasing your child's independence with chores at home!

Updated on 4/18/14 7:20 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/18/14 7:20 AM

Early Childhood Education

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism Technology

Using Apps to Support Fine Motor Development

Most early childhood classrooms are stocked with blocks, crayons, puzzles, and many other tools that support fine motor development. With the iPad becoming ubiquitous across all subject areas in the classroom, does this mean that the manipulatives and toys we once loved no longer have a place in the classroom and will begin to collect dust? One big question continues to pop up: should we replace traditional fine motor development activities and exercises for iPad apps? 

Updated on 4/17/14 11:55 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 11:55 AM

About Autism

Favorite Autism Stories of 2013

 
As 2013 comes to a close, we look back at some of the news articles that had the biggest impact on our thinking this year.

  1. Telling your child about autism should not be the “Big Talk.” Saying that it's big makes it seem like it's bad. Read more of Brenda Rothman’s article at Huffington Post Education.

Updated on 4/17/14 11:41 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 11:41 AM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Blending Hands-on and Digital Learning: Holiday Edition

Building on our theme of blending hands-on and digital learning, the holidays are a great time to utilize technology to help kids understand tradition and explore not only the world around them, but also beyond their own communities. No need to stress about how to keep your kids entertained over winter break, because this week we examine photo and video apps that help build basic language skills, Santa letter writing websites to build emergent writing skills, and a video to illustrate what magic occurs inside the oven as we bake our sweet treats this season. 

Updated on 4/17/14 11:21 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 11:21 AM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

SXSWedu Special Education Overview

This past week Stages Learning Materials fled the arctic tundra of Boston and Cincinnati to (what we thought would be) the warmer weather of Austin, Texas and SXSWedu.

What is SXSWedu? It is an annual conference filled with panels and discussions focusing on technology innovation and learning. SXSWedu brings together an audience of stakeholders from backgrounds ranging from business development, research, and policy to early childhood educators. Aside from the obvious draw of meaningful conversations and the live music of Austin, we were looking forward to hearing how technology is having an impact on special education and experiencing some of the latest innovations in assistive technology. 

Updated on 4/17/14 9:29 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 9:29 AM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning Part 3

Are you still on the fence about letting your child use an iPad or other mobile technologies?  The latest survey by Common Sense Media shows that even since their last survey two years ago, media habits of children have changed significantly. One large difference includes the average daily use of mobile devices. Time spent on a mobile device has tripled from 5 minutes to 15 minutes in the past two years.

Updated on 4/15/14 10:13 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/15/14 10:13 AM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning Part 2

Continuing with our series on blending digital and hands-on learning, we are going to switch focus today from one-on-one activities to ways to blend hands-on and digital learning in a whole group (classroom) setting. 

Keeping in mind Beth Holland’s questions regarding appropriate use of screen time in early childhood, we will be exploring an appropriatemeaningful, and empowering way to teach kids features of 2-dimensional shapes using the VoiceThread app and various tangible 2-dimensional shape resources.  

Updated on 4/15/14 8:22 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/15/14 8:22 AM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning Part 1

Stages Learning Materials presents a new blog series to discuss blending digital and hands-on learning. Mixed messages abound when it comes to using technology in early childhood. In a recent Edutopia article, Beth Holland advises teachers and parents to look beyond all the negative screen time publicity and to ask themselves three questions when choosing to use digital materials:

    1. Is it appropriate?
    2. Is it meaningful?
    3. Is it empowering?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be taking Beth Holland’s advice and showcasing various examples of how you can meaningfully blend hands-on and digital learning both at home and in the classroom to meet the needs of all learners.  The following showcase will feature the Stages Lang-0-Learn Everyday Object photo flash card set paired with the Kid in a Story Book Maker App. After briefly introducing each product, we will suggest how your lesson can be strengthened by pairing the hands-on product with the digital product.

Updated on 4/15/14 8:09 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/15/14 8:09 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Collaborating with Stages Cube Puzzles

Lesson Overview

Student will gain familiarity with the Stages Cube puzzles through hands on exploration. 

Objectives/Goals

  • Spatial awareness and hand eye coordination
  • Peer collaboration - working with others to solve a problem. 
  • Demonstrate an increasing attention span by remaining on a task until completion. 

Updated on 4/14/14 11:24 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 11:24 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Autism and Language

Lang-O-Learn Everyday Objects & Kid in a Story App

Stages Learning Materials is starting a new blog series around blending digital and hands-on learning. There are a lot of mixed messages surrounding the use of technology in early childhood. In a recent Edutopia article, Beth Holland advises teachers and parents to look beyond all the negative screen time publicity and to ask themselves three questions when choosing to use digital materials:

  1. Is it appropriate?
  2. Is it meaningful?
  3. Is it empowering?

Lesson Overview

Students will use Everyday Object Lang-O-Learn Cards in conjunction with Kid in a Story app to build vocabulary on common objects that can be found around the home and at school. The app enables sharing between parents, therapists, and teachers, which leads to consistency across all environments. 

Objectives/Goals

  • Build expressive and receptive vocabulary surrounding common objects. 
  • Sharing activities across all learning environments (home, school, therapy).
  • Build digital and print literacy.

Updated on 4/14/14 11:16 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 11:16 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Food Description Bingo

Lesson Overview

Using Stages Bingo sets provides children an opportunity to build various language skills through seeing and hearing new vocabulary words. 

 

Objectives/Goals 

  • Recognizing and naming familiar foods
  • Building descriptive vocabulary. Recognizing foods by description and providing basic descriptions for foods.  

Updated on 4/14/14 11:08 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 11:08 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Matching Things That Are the Same

Lesson Overview

Students will use Stages Learning Memory game to practice matching things that are the same.

Objectives/Goals

  • Identify things that are the same. 
  • Engage in turn taking when working with others.

Updated on 4/14/14 9:14 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 9:14 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Autism & Emotions

Identifying Feelings with Emotion Cards

Lesson Plan Overview

Use Stages Emotion Cards with literature to support a child's recognition of facial emotions and feelings in various contexts.

Objectives/Goals

  • Learn and name parts of the human face.
  • Learn that people carry many cues to identify how they feel.
  • Learn that facial expressions change as emotions change.

Updated on 4/14/14 8:56 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 8:56 AM

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