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Autism and Differentiation

In a previous post we have mentioned the criteria we use to select and plan the learning activities. For more information, see here.

Once we have chosen the activity, it is important to plan it in such a way that we can differentiate it according to the abilities and needs of the students in our class.

1. Learning Objective

When planning an activity, it is important to define the learning objective. In order words, what we want students to learn.

We have chosen to plan a matching activity with objects we use in the classroom. The aim of the activity is for students to build and maintain new vocabulary through matching.

2. Difficulty levels

It is important to plan the activity into different levels of difficulty. In this way, each student works according to their learning needs and abilities. Each student individually can start from the stage that best suits their abilities and once they have mastered it, move on to the next one.

In this particular case:

Stage 1: The student learns to match the object with the symbol.

Stage 2: The student learns to match the symbol with the symbol with the word.

Stage 3: : The student learns to match the symbol with the word.

3.Demonstration of the activity.

Is it important for the adult to demonstrate the activity first so that the student knows and is able to anticipate what to do.

4. Student's turn

After the demonstration, it is the student's turn to do the activity. At first, the adult may need to assist the student, such as helping hand over hand or with verbal encouragement.

5. Repetition

It is important that the student does the same activity several times during the week so that they get used to it and consolidate the new knowledge.

6.Adapting the activity

When the student can complete a stage as independently as possible, then we can move on to the next stage.

You can find the matching activity here.


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