A great way to learn the basic social skills of turn taking and sharing is by playing simple card games and board games. For students who are just beginning to learn these skills it’s important to start with simple games with not too many rules, such as dominoes or lotto.
Here are a couple of my games which are great to start with
Animals Domino Game
Both these games involve simple matching skills in addition to teaching kids to wait until it’s their turn to play. It’s best for students to play games with an adult first until they have grasped the basic social skills required.
Once your students are ready to play games with a few more rules, here are some games they might enjoy. I love how sturdy Orchard Toys games are- they last for years.
To see more of my turn taking games in Curriculum for Autism’s TPT store then CLICK HERE
Games really are a great way to combine Academic goals with Social Skills goals. Have fun!
Do you have students who seek proprioceptive (deep pressure) input? Do they stamp around the room or crash onto the floor?
If your students don’t want to wear a weighted vest, or they are just to expensive to purchase, why not try putting wrist weights into your students pockets or backpacks?
These sports wrist weights are so easy to use (this is an affiliate link).
They’re affordable and portable, and a lot more subtle for students who would feel self conscious using therapy equipment in the classroom. They’re also great for wearing at home our when you’re students are out and about. Just remember to remove them before putting the clothes in the laundry.
If you’re looking for more sensory ideas and activities you can follow my Sensory Processing Pinterest board.
We often think of our students with autism as being visual learners.We provide them with visual schedules and visual prompts. In the school environment they may see attractive classroom displays and have to walk along bright, busy hallways.
For some students, however, too much visual information can cause sensory overload. They find it difficult to attend to tasks because they’re having to process too much visual information on the page or cards in front of them. Whether I’m creating math, language, or science resources I aim to design my resources with clear layouts and as few visual distractions as possible, in order to reduce the amount of visual information which students are required to process.
This FREE Visual Preference Cut & Paste will enable your students (who are readers) to tell you what their individual visual preferences are.