If you follow my posts you will know that I am dedicating the entire month to Autism Awareness on my blog. I decided to continue with the few themed days that I participate in - but use these days to bring autism to the forefront.
This Friday for S&T I wanted to show you some of the items I was able to purchase for Zak. I use these cards during his therapy sessions each day. Children challenged with autism often have an easier time learning if they are taught concepts through pictures. This has proved true with our Zak. These cards are some of my favoirtes!
Here are the cards I use to teach him manners.
One side of the card has the 'bad' manner pictured:
The other side of the card has the 'good' manner pictured:
When doing therapy with Zak we go over these cards about 2-3 times each therapy session. When I hold up the 'bad' side he always says, "UT, ohhh..." and then tells me the best way he can what is wrong in the picture. I then turn it over; and as innocently as he can he says, "Much better..." It has been fun using the cards to help him. I am noticing that he is catching himself outside of the therapy session doing a 'bad' manner. He then will say, "UT, ohhh..." and then start doing the 'good' manner. He keeps doing it over and over again pushing me in the arm until I say, "Much better..." It has brought a few smiles into my days - and helped me feel like something is working.
Thanks for stopping by my S&T. Would you consider posting my picture with a link over to my blog to help raise Autism Awareness? Our kids need people to understand their challenges. If you would - I would be very grateful.