Autism Activities: Actions and Words Matching Game
This game was developed for use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are able to read, but do not yet possess all of the vocabulary for action words. I have frequently encountered hyperlexic children in my years of working with children with ASD. They are able to read anything and everything, but lack a significant amount of vocabulary.
The game is simple- The child has to match each word to the corresponding picture. Depending on the age of the child, the facilitator should decide how many pages of actions and words to present at a time. Once the child has matched the word to the correct picture, I like to stimulate a whole sentence, based on the child’s abilities. For example: Drinking: “The boy is drinking juice.”
Pages 3 – 9: These pages consist of 7 pages with 28 action pictures. I like to laminate these pages and put hard velcro in the sections where the words need to go. This way, I am able to use the product over and over.
Pages 10 – 11: Two pages with 28 action words. I choose to laminate these pages, cut the words out and put soft velcro on the back of each word.
Pages 12 – 18: 7 pages with 28 action pictures in grayscale. I often give this activity to parents for homework as a cut and paste activity. I find it effective to print pages 10 -18 for parents, two sheets per page.
Page 19: A response form to track the student’s progress. Every day that I work on this activity, I put a √ in the column that matches the response given by the student. There are four response options: No response, incorrect response, correct response with prompting and correct response (independently). Sometimes I run through this activity three times in one session, but I make use of one form per session. This way, I am able to report back detailed data to the parents, or graph it for reports when necessary. In my experience, the student has mastered the particular “action and word matching” once he/she is able to give the correct response independently three times.
*NOTE: As children with ASD are often visual learners, the students sometimes memorize the words and the way that they look on a page. I like to ask the child to label the actions verbally without written words before concluding that they have acquired the vocabulary of the action words targeted.
Page 20: 4 labels in case you wish to put your activities in file folders or label them wherever you decide to store them.
Enjoy the product!
- Nicola Sowah (Speech4Africa)