How Do I Teach This Kid?: Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum

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Future Horizons, 2005 - Education - 101 pages
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First Runner-Up in the 2006 Writer's Notes Book Awards, this book utilizes the strengths of children with ASD to help them develop new skills. Tasks are visually oriented, consistent; expectations are clear. Using easy-to-make "task boxes" children learn:
  • motor
  • matching
  • sorting
  • reading
  • writing
  • and math skills
Tasks include:
  • pushing items through a small openings (children love the "resistance" it takes to push them through)
  • matching simple, identical pictures or words
  • sorting objects by color, size, or shape.
Ideas are plentiful, materials colorful, and children love the repetitive nature of the tasks, which help them learn to work independently! Sample data sheets are included.    



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I am an early childhood special education teacher and I have used workboxes for two years. I find them to be most useful for children who are just entering my classroom at the age of three and four and for children who are unfamiliar with colors, shapes, and matching activities. Older children, five and older, may have outgrown some of these task boxes usless you make them significantly harder. They are practical and simple as advertised. They can be customized to be used with items you already have or pictures that your child needs to become familiar with. The nice thing about these work boxes is that they can be completed independently and then the child can ring a bell, etc. and have an adult check their work. 

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User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

Checked this out from the library and loved it! Could only glean a few skills that ds didn't have, but the methods are generalizable. Awesome ideas for teaching static (academic) skills visually for ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Kimberly Henry holds a Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Johns Hopkins University. With twenty years of experience working with students with autism, she is now a Teacher Specialist for a public school system, and an adjunct faculty member at several universities.

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