I love using TinkerCAD, a fun, free 3D modeling program, to work on language (specifically manding) with my students with autism. 3D modeling can be fun and motivating for students, and its basics aren't hard to learn for the teacher or parent.
This free guide will give you an overview of how I teach using 3D modeling, including:
-What is 3D modeling?
-Why use 3D modeling for teaching language and communication?
-Ways to Teach with 3D Modeling: Mands
-How to Prompt
-How to Use TinkerCAD
-Videos on How to Teach Manding
When we’re teaching kids with autism, we often ask them lots of questions, and we teach them to respond. They get very used to answering questions, which is helpful for their language and vocabulary development.
However, it’s also important that we teach them to ASK questions. This gives them the skills to initiate an interaction with another person (social skills) and ask about things they don’t know the words for (language development).
This guide with give you ideas and strategies for helping you teach students with autism to ask questions. It includes a teaching guide and some printable worksheets.
Learn more about this guide and see sample pages here. I'm so excited to share it with you!
If you have a winter holiday activity for the classroom or home (including Social Stories), share them as a comment on this blog post, and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!
"Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Story
"Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Skill Article (for older/more verbal kids)
Christmas Tree Token Economy
"Going to Visit Santa" Social Story
"Getting Presents at Christmas" Social Story
Christmas Tree Colors and Counting Folder Game Set (4 Games in 2 Folders)
"What to Expect at Christmas" Social Story
Christmas Opposites: Tall/Short
Christmas Opposites: Big/Little
Christmas Manding Activities
Christmas Activity for Speech Therapy Sentence Building
FREE Winter Activity for Autism, Same and Different, Snowflakes
Rock Your Speech is a project started by Alison and Tom Petersson of the rock group Cheap Trick. They noticed that their son with autism had a particular interest in music, and they started to brainstorm how they could use music to help him with language and communication. They created rock songs that included speech and language lessons to help children learn social skills (such as asking, “What’s your name?”) and communication skills (such as telling people that they’re hungry, tired, don’t feel well, etc.).
They created a CD of songs, as well as a few music videos that feature the lyrics on the screen to help kids learn the words. According to their website, "We used images that reinforce the language and show close ups of the singers mouths to help learn the mechanics of how the speech sounds are made."
To learn more about Rock Your Speech, see some of the videos, and listen to samples of the songs, visit their website at https://rockyourspeech.com/
You can also follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/rockyourspeechmusic/
The music is available from Amazon.com too: http://amzn.to/2AFcTan
If you're in the Los Angeles area, they are also doing a concert on December 2nd to benefit the Autism Society of America. More info is here: https://rockyourspeechconcert.org/
Please note that Rock Your Speech does not necessarily endorse this blog post or Positively Autism. We are not affiliated, I just wanted to share this resource and the concert information.
If you have a Thanksgiving activity for the classroom or home (including Social Stories), share them as a comment on this blog post, and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!
Thanksgiving Social Story: a book about what to expect at Thanksgiving. There are places to customize the book by writing in your family's specific Thanksgiving plans.
Thanksgiving Flashcards (foods/people)
Thanksgiving Flashcards (verbs/action words)
Yes No Questions for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Vocabulary Cards
Thanksgiving Bundle - Vocabulary Cards, Activities, Worksheets
FREE Thanksgiving Activity - Matching Halves, Turkeys
Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Printable Pack
Turkey Action Verb Binder Match and Worksheets
Pilgrims Of Plymouth Colony and Cornucopia Reading Comprehension Bundle
Thanksgiving Snack Visual Directions FREEBIE
What's in this post:
What is Drawing Imitation?
The goal of "drawing imitation" is to teach a child to copy a written mark made by another person. While it often starts very simply (such as copying a single line), the idea is for the child to eventually learn to copy more complex writing. This is particularly helpful when learning to write letters/numbers, drawing shapes, etc.
One way to teach this skill could be as follows:
Ozobots are a fun tool for teaching drawing imitation. These little robots have a color sensor built-in, so if you draw a black line on paper, the robot will move itself along the line.
To use them for drawing imitation, you'll do the drawing imitation steps. After the child draws a line or shape, you can put the robot on the line (or let the child do it). The robot will "drive" itself along the lines you and your students make. My students enjoy this, and watching the robot serves as a fun reward for drawing the line.
Click the photo above to learn more about Ozobots on Amazon.com. I think your students will love them!
One benefit of using Ozobots is that they serve as a "natural reinforcer" for the activity (reinforcer = reward). In a very basic definition, a natural reinforcer is a reward that is inherently related to the task. It's something that would follow as a natural consequence of the activity. Here's an example to illustrate the idea:
I use arbitrary reinforcers sometimes, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, I think it's also important to use natural reinforcers whenever possible because they help show the child a direct link between what they're learning and fun/useful outcomes. This gives the child a natural context for why the skills you're teaching them are useful in the real world. It makes learning more relevant and meaningful for the child, and helps with generalization of skills taught to "real-world" situations. For more information about natural reinforcers, I highly recommend this wonderful book:
Please note that this blog post is not endorsed by or affiliated with the developers of either Ozobots or PRT.
I'm so excited to be teaching and consulting for this new program! The goal is to provide technical training and portfolio development for young adults with autism in any of the following areas: robotics, circuitry, digital communications, computer graphics, software engineering, programming, and game design.
This program is located in Rockwall, Texas - just a little east of Dallas. For more information, please visit this link: https://www.thecorerockwall.com/adult-autism
"Different Like Me introduces children aged 8 to 12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy.
Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn.
Fully illustrated in colour and written in child-friendly language, this book will be a wonderful resource for children, particularly children with autism, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings."
If you've got a Halloween or Fall activity (free or for sale) for autism or special education, leave a comment with a link and description. I'll add the links to this main post before I send out my newsletter for October. Thanks for sharing!
You can find all of Positively Autism's Halloween and Fall Social Stories (including Trick-or-Treat stories), games, and activities here: http://positivelyautism.weebly.com/freebies-community---halloween.html
Squirrel and Acorn Speech Therapy Synonyms
Halloween Sentence Building Pack, Adapted Books
2D Shapes Sorting Pages - Halloween
Halloween Theme Bundle
TOUCH POINT Addition To 18 TASK CARDS PUMPKIN Theme “Task Box Filler” for Autism
Halloween Bundle - Vocabulary Cards, Activities, Worksheets
Square Numbers, Spider Theme Middle School Math Center, Autism
No Print Halloween Activities for Pronouns, Concepts, Descriptions
Halloween Adapted Story and Questions
Yes No Questions for Halloween Worksheets for Autism and Special Education
Stellaluna and Bat Nonfiction Book Study for Halloween
I received an e-mail from ADDitude Magazine about this free webinar. It's going to be Thursday, October 12, from 1PM-2PM Eastern U.S. time. If you're teaching at that time and can't attend, they'll send you a recording of the webinar if you register.
You can learn more and register here: https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/mindfulness-meditation-for-kids/
This webinar sounds so interesting to me, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about the topic. Here are a few other similar resources, if you're interested.
Please note that Positively Autism is not affiliated with or endorsed by ADDitude Magazine. I just wanted to share this webinar.
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