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Motivation is the Key to Communication

My students need Magnet tiles, Legos, Mr. Potato head, ramp race, various animals, doodletop, spinner wheel, and various puzzles.

My Students

My amazing elementary school students attend an elementary school in a large urban city. These students are in a self contained communication-behavior classroom for students who have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

My hard working students are impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism is a brain-based disorder characterized by social-communication challenges and restricted repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests.

Although our students have significant needs in the areas of academics, communication, behavior and play skills they also have many strengths in terms of working hard and being part of a large elementary school.

My Project

One area that my students in our autism classroom struggle with is communication. Evidenced based research has shown that when students are offered choices and have child-preferred activities that their overall communication improves and that there is a decrease in their disruptive behaviors.

These motivational items that have been requested will help my students with autism improve their communication and play skills.

My non-verbal students are much more likely to be actively engaged and motivated to request a toy or activity if they are interested in it than they are to label a flashcard that is not meaningful to them. Research has shown that these skills are most likely to carryover to other environments within a student's day if they are part of a natural consequence.

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PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional • Amazon Business $69.99 2 $139.98
LEGO Education Community Minifigures Set 4598355 (256 Pieces) • Amazon Business $49.87 1 $49.87
Playskool Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase • Amazon Business $39.67 1 $39.67
Wooden Jungle Ramp Racer • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Learning Resources Jumbo Jungle Animals • Amazon Business $22.69 1 $22.69
Learning Resources Jumbo Farm Animals • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
Learning Resources Jumbo Forest Animals • Amazon Business $21.42 1 $21.42
Learning Resources Jumbo Ocean Animals • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Doodletop Double Doodle • Amazon Business $9.27 2 $18.54
Flashing Panda Meteor Storm LED Changing Pattern Spinner Wand • Amazon Business $8.33 2 $16.66
Disney Pixar Cars - Lightning McQueen Pit Crew - 6 Figure Play Set - In Display Box • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Windy City Novelties Hand-Held LED Light Up Galaxy Spinner with Flashing LED Lights • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Ravensburger Wild Jungle - 100 Piece Puzzle • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Lego 200 Random Pieces of Good Clean Used Bricks and Parts Bulk Lot • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
What Goes Together Puzzle, 24 2-Piece Puzzles • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Color Magnetic Drawing Doodle Board with Stampers • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Playskool Mr. Potato Head • Amazon Business $9.02 1 $9.02
SpongeBob SquarePants 8 - 1" to 1.5" FIGURES Figurine Set • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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This project will reach 15 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 8 other donors.

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