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Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Link4fun Lesson Plan: Identify, Categorize & Communicate!

Lesson Overview

Students will use the Link4Fun Cards to practice identifying, categorizing, and communicating with vocabulary words. Students will interact with the teacher or therapist using vocabulary cards with interactive technology. Each part of the lesson plan can be extended or shortened depending on the needs of the child.

Updated on 1/23/17 12:27 AM

Updated by Grace Chen on 1/23/17 12:27 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Link4fun Lesson Plan: Early Literacy & Social Skills Development

Lesson Overview

Students will use the Link4Fun book and app to develop their literacy, social skills, and vocabulary. Students will interact with the teacher or therapist using a print-based picture book with a digital device for an interactive reading experience. Each part of the lesson plan can be extended or shortened depending on the needs of the child.

Updated on 1/22/17 12:36 AM

Updated by Grace Chen on 1/22/17 12:36 AM

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Link4fun Lesson Plan: Learning About Verbs

Lesson Overview

Learn about different action verbs through the animals in the Link4fun Pets book

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Skills Practiced

  • Acting
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Materials

  • Link4fun Pets book and app

  • Markers or other drawing supplies

  • 8.5x11” paper

  • Index cards

People

This lesson can be for an individual child or adapted for a larger group, ideally for preschool or kindergarten, or a beginning ELL student

Updated on 1/16/17 2:17 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 1/16/17 2:17 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Link4fun Lesson Plan: Learning About Textures

Lesson Overview

Learn about different textures through the animals in the Link4fun Wild Animals book.

Updated on 1/11/17 12:30 AM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 1/11/17 12:30 AM

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Practicing Math and Engineering Skills with Blocks

Lesson Overview

Using the Language Builder Blocks and customized dice, children practice math and engineering skills in this creative challenge.

Updated on 11/17/16 2:10 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/17/16 2:10 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Hide and Seek with Blocks Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Play this twist on hide and seek to teach collaboration and teamwork.

Updated on 11/16/16 2:10 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/16/16 2:10 PM

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Practicing Number Skills with Blocks Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Use the Language Builder Blocks as a quick way to practice number skills.

Updated on 11/2/16 11:54 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/2/16 11:54 PM

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Improv Storytelling with Blocks Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

This lesson will build storytelling skills in a hilarious, creative way.

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Skills Practiced

  • Storytelling
  • Gross motor development
  • Geometry, numerical skills
  • Communication skills

Materials

People

Play with just one child or in small groups of preschool/kindergarten children

Setup

Find a space with room to spread out the blocks.

Updated on 10/21/16 3:21 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/21/16 3:21 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Building Vocabulary with U-Play Mat Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Students will use the U-Play Mat to practice identifying, categorizing, and communicating with vocabulary words. Each part of the lesson plan can be extended or shortened depending on the needs of the child.

Updated on 8/23/16 10:37 AM

Updated by Grace Chen on 8/23/16 10:37 AM

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Sequencing Cards Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Students will use sequencing cards to review vocabulary words and practice ordering events.

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Skills Practiced

  • Picture identification and vocabulary
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Conceptualization skills
  • Communication skills
  • Sequencing skills 

Materials

People

This lesson is designed for 1:1 instruction with a teacher or therapist. It can also be adapted for use with a small group of 2-4 students.

Updated on 7/23/16 3:30 PM

Updated by Grace Chen on 7/23/16 3:30 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Bingo Generator Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Students will review vocabulary words and play bingo using Stages Learning Bingo Generator Cards. Students can also review vocabulary in foreign languages since the Bingo Generator Cards are available in Spanish and French.

Updated on 6/22/16 5:17 PM

Updated by Grace Chen on 6/22/16 5:17 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Feelings Box Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Students will review the Emotion Flash Cards and create their own chart depicting various emotions. Students will then think of emotions they show outside and inside to make a feelings box.

Updated on 5/30/16 2:35 PM

Updated by Grace Chen on 5/30/16 2:35 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Animal Cards Dance Party

Lesson Overview

Students will make an animal that they would most like to be or admire in some way. Students will then choose a song that their animal likes and move their animal to the rhythm of the music. Students will then listen to various types of music and choose other animals to move, following the rhythm of the song. Students will then see how different animals might interact with each other. This is an early childhood activity that can be adapted to special needs students by breaking down the activities and reinforcing the steps separately. Students can build skills that they can use to interact with their peers.

Updated on 4/1/16 11:01 AM

Updated by Grace Chen on 4/1/16 11:01 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

What Just Happened?

Lesson Overview

Students will verbalize an inference about the events leading up to a visual scene by explaining “what just happened” in response to visual cues.

Updated on 2/22/16 8:00 AM

Updated by Grace Chen on 2/22/16 8:00 AM

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Occupation Card Perspective-Taking

Lesson Overview

Students will infer how professionals feel at work by verbally elaborating on visuals from occupation cards.

Updated on 1/27/16 1:42 AM

Updated by Marysa Sheren, M.Ed. Technology, Innovation, and Education on 1/27/16 1:42 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Emotion Card Holiday Stories

Lesson Overview

Students will match December holiday vocabulary words with emotion cards by creating a holiday sentence. 

Updated on 12/18/15 6:50 PM

Updated by Marysa Sheren, M.Ed. Technology, Innovation, and Education on 12/18/15 6:50 PM

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 8:00 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 11/17/15 8:00 PM

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Using the Free Language Builder App and Language Builder Cards Together

Lesson Overview:

Students will use Language Builder cards with the Language Builder App to practice similar matching in both a digital and physical setting.

Updated on 10/2/15 1:11 AM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 10/2/15 1:11 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Receptive Labeling Lesson Plan

 Lesson Overview:

By touching or pointing to the appropriate card, students show that they recognize the word and can identify the corresponding picture. This activity can be prefaced by the Picture ID lesson to familiarize the student with the pictures he/she is finding.

Updated on 7/30/15 3:15 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 7/30/15 3:15 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Expressive Labeling Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

Students will practice expressive language skills by verbally identifying a picture on a card. Skills practiced include expressive language, picture identification and photo identification.

Updated on 6/30/15 12:27 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 6/30/15 12:27 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Picture ID Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

Students will learn picture identification based on word association. Skills practiced include receptive language and photo discrimination.

Updated on 5/30/15 1:05 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 5/30/15 1:05 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Guess Who Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

Students increase their understanding of jobs, tools used for certain jobs and identify features of particular workers by guessing which occupation the teacher is describing.

Updated on 4/22/15 5:14 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 4/22/15 5:14 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Tell Me About Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

Students will learn job identification and better understanding of tools and identifying features of particular workers as they respond to the prompt, "Tell me about..." to describe a worker and/or a worker’s job as depicted on Language Builder Occupation Cards.

Updated on 4/22/15 5:07 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 4/22/15 5:07 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Identical Matching Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

This lesson plan teaches fine motor and receptive language skills in order to have students match identical pictures of familiar objects.

Updated on 3/18/15 12:22 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 3/18/15 12:22 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Adjectives Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

This lesson plan focuses on the uses of adjectives and other descriptive terms to discuss the attributes of objects shown in the pictures with a teacher, and develops picture identification and vocabulary skills.
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Updated on 3/16/15 3:48 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 3/16/15 3:48 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Functions Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

This lesson plan practices sentence building, picture identification and vocabulary development. Students look at pictures of objects and describe the function of each item.

Updated on 3/16/15 12:52 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 3/16/15 12:52 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

"I Need Help" Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview:

This lesson plan reinforces the idea that sometimes, you just need a little help! Students use their problem-solving skills to identify when they need help, then advocate appropriately to get the assistance they need to complete a puzzle that is missing a piece.

Updated on 10/4/14 9:26 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 10/4/14 9:26 PM

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Teaching with Pictures

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Autism & Emotions

Go Fish with the Language Builder Emotion Cards!

This lesson plan gives the classic card game Go Fish an emotional makeover! Students work on their expressive and receptive vocabulary and understanding of the five basic emotions, all while practicing social skills, taking turns, and following the rules of the game.

In a hurry?  Download a one page description of this lesson plan by clicking on the picture below:

Updated on 8/30/14 7:57 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:57 PM

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Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

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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 7:51 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:51 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 7:49 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:49 PM

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Basic Matching Activities

Basic matching is one of the first lessons taught in an ABA program with kids with autism. Generally a therapist will start with “nesting items” such as bowls or cups. You put one bowl on the table and hand the other bowl to the child. Then you teach the child to “match” the two items.

Updated on 4/15/14 3:37 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/15/14 3:37 PM

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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 2:16 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 2:16 PM

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 2:08 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 2:08 PM

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 12:14 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 12:14 PM

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 11:56 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 11:56 AM

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