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150 Beginner Noun Flash Cards (ABA, Autism, Speech Therapy)

Grade Levels
PreK - 5th
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18 pages
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Good flash cards help to make ABA and speech therapy so much easier! This collection of 150 high-quality flash cards covers 50 common early words for children with language delays. Each noun has three pictures: two that are illustrated and one live photo on a plain white background. Having three pictures ensures that children learn a variety of examples of each noun. This prevents students from learning too "narrowly". For example, if you always teach with red apples, the student may not be able to identify a green apple.

Here are just some of the skills you can teach using these cards:

  1. Receptive Identification ("Touch Apple")
  2. Expressive Identification ("What's this?")
  3. Feature Function Class Identification ("Touch the one that's red; Show me the one you eat; Which one is a vehicle?")
  4. Non-identical matching
  5. Sorting by category (15 food items, 15 household items, 10 animals, 5 toys, 5 clothing items)

They are PERFECT to use in ABA or discrete trial instruction for kids with autism. They are sized to be small enough (2.5" by 2.5") so that you can place as many as 10 or 12 on a desk in front of a student for a big array. I provide the pictures in two formats: 3 printable PDF files with 6 pages each of 2.5" x 2.5" flash cards and individual JPG files. If you prefer, you can also easily make larger flash cards with these pictures.

NEW: If you're interested in a printed version of these cards, I am currently selling them on Amazon for an introductory price of $29.99. They are printed on thick paper that is really durable and rip-resistant. They also come with a 1 year replacement guarantee.

As a BCBA, I selected these words to reflect some of the earliest words that children with autism and other language delays should learn. They are selected based on their functional value so that children can quickly learn to request their desired reinforcers quickly (e.g., chips, cookie, car, blocks.). In sum, there are items included from five categories: animals, clothes, food, household, and toys. I also include a free data sheet to take data on the child's progress learning these words.

List of included words:


1. Bird

2. Cat

3. Chicken

4. Cow

5. Dog

6. Duck

7. Goat

8. Horse

9. Pig

10. Sheep


1. Hat

2. Pants

3. Shirt

4. Shoes

5. Socks


1. Apple

2. Banana

3. Bread

4. Broccoli

5. Cake

6. Carrot

7. Chips

8. Cookie

9. Corn

10. Cupcake

11. French Fries

12. Grapes

13. Orange

14. Pizza

15. Pretzel


1. Bed

2. Camera

3. Chair

4. Couch

5. Cup

6. Fork

7. Knife

8. Pencil

9. Phone

10. Plate

11. Scissors

12. Spoon

13. Table

14. Toothbrush

15. TV


1. Ball

2. Bicycle

3. Blocks

4. Car

5. Plane

IMPORTANT: This product includes 3 ready-to-print .pdf files and 150 JPG files. They are included together in a .zip file you will need to extract before you can use them.

If you are interested in the FREE language tracker that comes with this set of flash cards, see my other listing here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/50-First-Nouns-Language-Tracker-Data-Sheet-ABA-Special-Ed-Speech-Therapy-5108065

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.


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