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

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"While reviewing this book, I immediately recognized some activities that my son did . . . and I remembered how much he benefited from these activities . . . such as sorting and matching, reading, math, and motor tasks. The book also provides IEP goals in an Appendix, which can be a helpful resource for parents."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565249
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 101
  • Sales rank: 644,835
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

What are task boxes?
Creating an independent work system
Stuff to save for task boxes
What do you do with the stuff once you get it?

Task Boxes to Make:

Put blocks in slot
Pull clothespins off box, put in hole
Put mini balls in hole
Pull blocks off box, put in hole
Pull teddy bears off box
Put big checkers in slot
Park cars in spot
Assemble film canisters and drop in slot
Put poker chips in slot
Put coins in bank
Put facial features on a potato toy
Block construction

Plastic egg color match
Clothespin color match
Puzzle piece outline match
Blocks color match
Tile sample color match
Simple picture match
Match block pattern
Memory match
Shape match
Border picture match
Box top match
Object to photo match
Lotto picture match

2-Color car sort
3-color poker chip sort
4-color game piece sort
3-way colored beads sort
Colored straw sort
Boy-girl sort
Teddy bear color sort
Balls and Blocks sort
Ghosts and pumpkins sort
Apples and pumpkins sort
Paint card sort
Crayon sort
Plastic utensil sore
Sort sports cards by category
File index cards by color
Same/different sort
Texture sort
Category sort
Sort by size

Alphabet sequence
Upper-to-lower case letter match
Word-to-word match
Word-to-picture match
Clothespin word-to-picture match
Blocks-to-color words match
Paperclips-to-color words match
Sentence to picture match
Initial sound sort
Initial letter match
Character and setting sort
3-part story sequence
File by first letter
File words by category
Alphabetical order on clothespins
Holiday-to-month name binder
Opposites binder

Trace lines
Draw lines to match
Spell name sequence
Letter match to spell word
Attach clothespins to spell words
Simple sentence construction with pictures
Simple sentence construction with words

1:1 Correspondence with pegs and film canisters
1:1 Correspondence with cotton balls and ice-cube tray
Count dots, match to number
Count sets of items, match to number
Sequence numbers on strip
Make sets on a box
Fill in the sequence with missing number
Sequence by skip counting
Size seriation
Make sets in ice cube tray
Make sets in cups
Extend pattern with stickers

Appendix I: Sample IEP goals
Appendix II: Data sheets for tracking independence

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