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      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Lesson Plan: Using Identical Matching to Teach Beginning Language Skills to Children with Autism

      Lesson Overview

      Students will use Language Builder 3D – 2D Matching Kits to practice matching things that are the same.

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      Skills Practiced

      • Matching
      • Social skills

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      This activity can be done with just one child or in a larger group, in a classroom or therapy setting. 



      Updated on 3/9/18 9:04 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 3/9/18 9:04 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Storytelling and Recall with Animals Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      Teach storytelling skills, animal names, and recall skills with this story-based lesson plan.

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      Skills Practiced

      • Storytelling
      • Recall
      • Improvisation

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      This activity can be done with just one child or in a larger group, in a classroom or therapy setting. Children should be familiar with basic elements of a story and with animal names.

      Updated on 3/6/18 7:06 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 3/6/18 7:06 AM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Mastering Matching 3D - 2D Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      In this lesson, the child will learn how to match 3D objects to 2D picture cards of the same object.

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      Skills Practiced

      • 3D - 2D Matching
      • Receptive Language

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      This lesson is best suited for one-on-one sessions with a teacher or therapist. The child should have mastered 3D object to 2D picture matching.

      Updated on 3/3/18 6:43 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 3/3/18 6:43 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Spelling/Reading Food Names Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      Practice reading and spelling food names with these movement-based activities.

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      Skills Practiced

      • 

Reading
      • Spelling
      • Recognizing food names

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This game can be played with children in a small group or in a larger classroom group setting.

      Updated on 2/25/18 9:23 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 2/25/18 9:23 AM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      My Favorite Things Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      Learn about different action verbs and express why they dislike or like common activities

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      Skills Practiced

      • Asking and answering “why” questions
      • Identifying and associating verbs and common emotions

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      This lesson is ideal for any number of students, ideally for kindergarten - 2nd grade, a beginning ELL student, or for a one-on-one session with a therapist. Students should be familiar with the emotions chosen for review in this lesson.

      Updated on 2/16/18 7:47 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 2/16/18 7:47 AM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Where Do You Move? Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      Learn about different action verbs and review prepositions through the Stages Learning Verb Cards

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      Skills Practiced

      • Vocabulary
      • Grammar (present and prepositions)

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      This lesson is ideal for any number of students, ideally for kindergarten - 2nd grade, or a beginning ELL student

      Updated on 2/9/18 7:34 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 2/9/18 7:34 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Let's Move With Verbs Lesson Plan

      Lesson Overview

      Learn about different action verbs and review present and past tense through the Stages Learning Verb Cards

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      Skills Practiced

      • Acting
      • Vocabulary
      • Grammar (present and past tense verbs)

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      This lesson is ideal for 2+ students, ideally for kindergarten - 2nd grade, or a beginning ELL student

      Updated on 1/21/18 12:57 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 1/21/18 12:57 PM

      Autism & Transitions

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids with Autism

      Travel can be a beautiful way to explore a new environment, bond as a family, and learn together. For children on the autism spectrum, travel can also mean venturing through unfamiliar routines and adjusting to stressful, chaotic situations. However, with thoughtful preparation, traveling can be an opportunity to show your child that a break from the usual routines can be a wonderful adventure. Use these 10 tips to help create a travel experience that is rewarding for everyone in your family.

      Updated on 12/20/17 6:00 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 12/20/17 6:00 AM

      About Autism

      Ten Holiday Gifts for Children with Autism

      Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday, finding the “perfect” gift for a child with autism can be hard, given the range of sensitivities and needs a child may have. Because autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes a wide list of symptoms and affects each child differently, it may be best to ask the child’s parents or guardians for some guidance. Avoid gifts with surprising sensory inputs like moving robots, toys with swirling lights, or toys with strong scents without consulting the child’s parents. Consider asking about the child’s sensory needs, as that can guide the types of sensory toys you can gift. Are there any triggers you should be aware of? Any sensory inputs the child particularly enjoys? Also, ask about the child’s cognitive and motor skills level, to find a gift the child will love. Finally, don’t forget about the gift of an experience - sometimes, in lieu of a toy, the gift of time together may be the perfect present.

      Updated on 12/19/17 6:04 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 12/19/17 6:04 AM

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Ten Tips for Visiting Family When Your Child Has Autism

      With the holiday season comes family gatherings, cozy meals, vacation plans, and yes — a dash of festive chaos. Traveling to visit family can be stressful even when everything goes as expected. However, a bit of planning and preparation can help keep your holiday season the most wonderful time of the year.

      Updated on 12/18/17 12:16 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 12/18/17 12:16 PM

      About Autism

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Can Horseback Riding Help Children with Autism?

      The Benefits of Equine Therapy 

      What is Equine Therapy?

      Updated on 9/5/17 7:41 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 9/5/17 7:41 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      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

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      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 11:17 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 1/16/17 11:17 AM

      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 1/10/17 9:30 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 1/10/17 9:30 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      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 11:10 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/17/16 11:10 AM

      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 11:10 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/16/16 11:10 AM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      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 8:54 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 11/2/16 8:54 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Let's Build: How Playing With Blocks Benefits Children

      It’s no surprise that colorful building blocks are a staple in early childhood centers, given the robust research that supports benefits gained from playing with blocks. Besides the simple joy in building and creating, playing with blocks improves literacy and storytelling skills, builds engineering and mathematical concepts, and teaches young children about communication and collaboration.

      Updated on 10/22/16 8:00 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/22/16 8:00 AM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      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

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      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 12:21 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/21/16 12:21 PM

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