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Unicorn File Folder Games

File folder games are a great way to teach children with autism (as well as typically developing children!!) new skills. All you have to do is print them out, laminate if you want, and put them into manila folders. Below are 10 unicorn file folder games including: number sort, shape match, shape puzzle, patterns, letter match, missing letter, number match, size sort, make ten, and number puzzles. Perfect for a preschool or kindergarten classroom in math or literacy centers, or for use at home.

 

Number Sort

Shape Puzzle and Shape Match

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Patterns

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Missing Number

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Number Match

 

Size Sort

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Make Ten

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Click Below to check out the unicorn file folders as well as my other file folder games!

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Outer Space File Folder Games

File folder games are a great way to teach children with autism (as well as typically developing children!!) new skills. All you have to do is print them out, laminate if you want, and put them into manila folders. Below are 10 outer space file folder games including: number sort, shape match, shape puzzle, patterns, letter match, missing letter, number match, size sort, make ten, and number puzzles. Perfect for a preschool or kindergarten classroom in math or literacy centers, or for use at home.

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Identical shape matching

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Shape puzzles

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Patterns

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Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

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Missing Number

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Number Correspondence Match

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Make 10

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Number Puzzles

Click below to download this bundle!

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Autism 101: Evidence-Based Practices

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When choosing an intervention for your child with autism, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of choices offered. It is important to choose an intervention that has been researched and shown to be effective. The National Professional Development Center* on Autism currently identified 27 interventions as effective through research. Below are some of these interventions (if a book is available for an intervention, the image is below. Click the image to see it on Amazon):

Antecedent-Based Interventions

“Antecedent-based interventions can be used to decrease an identified interfering behavior and increase engagement by modifying the environment.”

Differential Reinforcement

“Differential reinforcement is an application of reinforcement designed to reduce the occurrence of interfering behaviors (e.g., aggression, self-injury, stereotypic behavior).”

Discrete Trial Training

“Discrete trial training consists of an adult using adult-directed, massed trial instruction, reinforcers, and clear contingencies and repetition to teach a new skill or behavior.”

Functional Behavior Assessment

“A functional behavior assessment can be used when the intensity, duration, or type of interfering behavior creates safety concerns or impacts a child’s development.”

Functional Communication Training

“Functional communication training can be used to replace interfering behaviors with more appropriate and effective communicative behavior.”

Modeling

“By using modeling (MD), the learner with ASD can acquire and generalize new skills/behaviors.”

Naturalistic Intervention

“Grounded in behaviorism, naturalistic intervention (NI) consists of applying principles of applied behavior analysis during a learner’s everyday routines and activities in order to increase a target behavior or decrease an interfering behavior.”

Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention

“With a foundation in behaviorism and social learning theory, PMII involves systematically teaching peers without disabilities ways of engaging learners with ASD in positive and meaningful social interactions.”

Picture Exchange Communication System

“The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to teach learners with limited functional communication skills to initiate communicative exchanges and interactions within a social context.”

Pivotal Response Training “PRT was developed to create a more efficient and effective intervention by enhancing four pivotal learning variables: motivation, responding to multiple cues, self-management, and self-initiations.”

Prompting

“Prompting is an effective practice to increase success and generalizability of target skills or behaviors for learners with ASD.”

Social Narratives (Social Stories)

“Social narratives (SN) describe social situations for learners by providing relevant cues, explanation of the feelings and thoughts of others, and descriptions of appropriate behavior expectations.”

Social Skills Training

“SST refers to any adult-directed instruction in which social skills are targeted for improvement. “

Video Modeling

 “Video modeling is a mode of teaching that uses video recording and display equipment to provide a visual model of the targeted behavior or skill.”

Visual Supports

“By using visual supports (VS), the learner with ASD might be able to process information easier and more quickly.”

Training modules are available online for all evidence-based practices through Autism Internet Modules

*Information is from the National Professional Development Center on Autism

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Autism 101: Warning Signs

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With autism, there are many characteristics* that can be listed as ‘red flags’ or ‘warning signs’. It is important to be aware of these signs as a parent and a professional.

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Lack of eye contact

Does not respond to name (post-12 months)

Monotone voice

Plays alone

Lacks boundaries

Does not understand feelings

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Delayed speech

Loss of speech

Repeats words

Limited gestures and pointing

Does not understand jokes or sarcasm

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Lines up toys

Lack of functional play

Spins objects (wheels, propellers)

Repeated play with same object

Rigid routines

Obsessive interests

 

 

*Note: Every child is different. Just because a child does or does not have these red flags does not mean that they for certain have autism. If you suspect your child has autism, take them to a local agency for a formal diagnostic evaluation.

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Apple Unit

au5Fall is almost here! Hurray!! September is a perfect time to work on apple themed activities with our Preschoolers and Kindergarteners. Below is what is included in the bundle:

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Here are images of the bundle contents:

 

File folder games where you can use the provided apple graphics or use things like apple erasers! Mine are from target, but they are no longer in stock. You can use these erasersor these Learning Resources apples for it as well.

 

Sequencing file folder games

 

 

Letter and number clip cards

 

 

Puzzles

There is much more included in the bundle. Click the image below to check it out!!

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