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Autism: How do we plan an activity with a purpose?

Flora, like many children with ASC, finds it difficult to participate actively in learning activities.

That is why it is important to differentiate them. More information about differentiation can be found here.

In addition to differentiating, it is important that the activity has a purpose that can be understood . In this way the activity becomes more attractive to the student as they can understand what to do and why they need to actively participate in the activity.

How can we plan an activity with a purpose?

1. Learning Objective

When choosing an activity, it is important to have a clear learning objective.

Once we have chosen it, we need to think about how we can make it more attractive to the learner.

This week we have chosen an activity aimed at developing fine motor skills.

More information about fine motor skills can be found here.

Our aim is for the student to use their finger muscles. To make the activity more engaging for the student we ask them to decorate their own robot.

More information about the activity can be found here.

2. Objects - Symbols

As in any activity, it is important to create the matching symbols so that the student can learn and communicate the new vocabulary. In this particular case, the vocabulary is 'unfold', 'scrunch', 'stick'.

3. Demonstrating the activity

The adult should demonstrate the activity so that the student understands what to do.

4. Student’s turn

Now it is student's turn. At first the student may need to do the activity with the adult's support, hand on hand, and gradually become more independent.


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