Hands-On Activities For Little Learners With Autism
My students need math and literacy materials, games and centers to increase their comprehension and sight word knowledge, as well as early math skills.
Do you remember your first day on the job? Although I have been teaching for almost seven years, next year will be the first time I will have a classroom full of 15 students with autism all at once! Because I am doubling in class size, I need to ensure that I have enough academic, hands-on materials.
I am a Special Education teacher in an inner-city school district in CT.
I teach in a self-contained classroom where my students with Autism Spectrum Disorder have difficulty with not only academics, but language skills, self-help skills and social skills. For the past five years my room consisted of eight students, most of whom are non-verbal or have very limited verbal communication skills. Next year, my classroom will be made up of 15 energetic students with autism! This means I need to be prepared with hands-on materials ready to keep them engaged and motivated!
With these math and literacy hands-on materials, my students will learn not only academic skills, but independence skills because they will be working towards using these materials in a small group independently. Although it may take time, the goal is to get them comfortable enough with the materials where they do not always need the support of an adult right next to them. With 15 students, some of the students are going to need to be independent and these hands-on literacy and math materials are just the thing to teach them!
These materials will make such a difference in our daily activities and will help my new students learn essential skills necessary for reading and everyday math skills.
I have not relied on my district to provide me with the necessary materials to teach my students in the past, and I certainly am not about to start now! My students need reinforcing, academic materials that will engage them and teach them reading and math skills.
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