Adapted Books for Following Directions with Cookies and Multiple Cues

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PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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58 pages
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These 4 adapted books, along with the lesson plan and data sheet, are a fun, engaging tool for teaching students with autism and language disabilities to follow directions and respond to multiple cues in reading and educational materials. The interactive books are differentiated to work with early learners of the skills and increase complexity through the volumes as the student masters the skill.

Who Are These For?

These books are great for students with autism and related disabilities who have significant receptive language delays. They are appropriate for any age. IEP goals that are addressed by the books are included below.

How to Use Them

They can be used in 1-1 instruction through discrete trials or Pivotal Response Training or during group activities for interaction and generalization/practice.

Included Materials:

  • Volume / Book 1: Focuses on attending to 1 characteristic of materials (red cookie)
  • Volume / Book 1A: Is the same as book 1 but with added visual cues in the text (e.g., the word red is colored red)
  • Volume / Book 2: Focuses on attending to 2 characteristics of materials (red, round cookie)
  • Volume / Book 3: Focuses on a characteristic of the cookie (color and shape) as well as a characteristic (red or green) of the plate it is put on.
  • Teaching program and data sheet for tracking progress across the steps
  • Extension activities and differentiation suggestions
  • Cookie manipulatives

Responding to multiple cues is considered to be a pivotal skill for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is part of the basis for Pivotal Response Training (PRT). Simply put, it means that the student can focus on more than one element of a item, interaction or task at a time. It is part of what makes up joint attention (being able to look at a speaker and to what the speaker is referencing), which is also considered to be a critical early learning skill for children with ASD.. Whether we teach it with PRT, discrete trials or any other teaching method, students on the spectrum benefit from explicit instruction in being able to attend to multiple stimuli simultaneously in order to begin to learn effectively from their environment more independently. For instance, if a student can’t reference more than 1 element in an academic environment, he can look at the teacher or look at his work, but he can’t focus on both. Similarly, if he is looking at materials, he can’t identify pictures or words with more than 1 relevant element. For example, he could find words that begin with P but not one that begins with P and ends with K.

Potential IEP Goal and Objectives:

GOAL:  Max will follow different types of directions with different types of materials requiring attention to at least 2 cues within the direction (e.g., put the green, round cookie on the plate or put the green cookie on the red plate) with 80% accuracy daily for one week in at least 2 settings during the school day by the end of the IEP period [insert date].

Objective 1:  

Max will follow a one-step direction that requires 1 discrimination between at least 4 similar items to complete it (e.g., put the green cookie on the plate) with 80% accuracy daily for 3 consecutive days by the end of the first quarter [insert date].

Objective 2:

Max will follow one-step directions that require attending to two cues of the material (e.g., put the red, round cookie on the plate) when given a field of at least 4 choices with 80% accuracy daily for 3 consecutive days by the end of the second quarter [insert date].

Objective 3:

Max will follow one-step directions that require attending to one differentiation among the material to be chosen and differentiating where to place it (e.g., put the red cookie on the green plate) with 80% accuracy daily for 3 consecutive days by the end of the third quarter [insert date].

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Sweet Directions by Christine Reeve is copyrighted for single classroom use only. This product may not be resold and can be copied for personal use within a classroom only. If extra copies are needed throughout a school district, please email for prices. © Christine Reeve

Total Pages
58 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.


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