My students have suspected autism and speech/language delays. I have a demographically diverse classroom population across six grade levels (Kindergarten through 5th).
The social, behavioral, and communication issues they face daily impact their ability to learn tasks and concepts that are taken for granted with typical children.
Especially helpful are manipulatives that provide unique visual, kinesthetic, and/or tactile input. Materials that are self-correcting in nature also benefit my students as they allow for more independent exploration of items and the concepts associated with them.
Teaching students with autism about money can be challenging because of the abstract nature of economics and finance.
Using games, puzzles, and other manipulatives can give students with autism meaningful examples and tools for understanding money and how it works.
With these materials, I can teach my students about the types of coins and bills used by American consumers. I can also help them engage in related community interactions, such as visiting a grocery store or restaurant.
By having high quality, realistic examples of money and games that can teach financial transactions, my students can more successfully learn how money works and use that knowledge in real life contexts.
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