Autism Activities: Opposites
This product was designed to target the following adjectives in the form of opposite pairs:
- Big and small
- Full and empty
- Open and closed
- Dirty and clean
- Long and short
It includes a sorting game and a matching game for each set of opposites (10 Activities in total). It was originally designed for use with children on the Autism Spectrum, but can be used in typical language therapy as well. It is recommended that you target one set of opposites at a time. For example, if you are targeting ‘big & small,’ complete the sorting and matching game for ‘big & small’ before moving onto the next pair.
I like to introduce the concepts with the sorting pictures. I don’t expect the student to know the difference at first. Instead, I model the differences using the pictures. For example: Hold the pictures of the big bag and the small bag and show one by one, saying, “this bag is BIG and this bag is SMALL.” Let the student paste them under the correct headings with your guidance. Later, the sorting game can be used as a means to check if the student has grasped the concepts. I like to initially use the pairs of objects. For example, an open box and a closed box. Once the student is more familiar with the concepts you can put all the “open” and “closed” pictures in a pile and let the student sort them one by one.
The matching games each consist of 9 different scenarios to which a corresponding adjective needs to be matched. Target one pair at a time (for example ‘big and small’). Separate the picture cards into two piles- big and small pictures. Then go through each scenario, one at a time. Let the student select either big or small to match each scenario.
This product works well as file folder games. I used one file folder for each sorting game, and one for each matching game. However, 2 folders can be used for the matching games if you do not wish to have any content on the back of the file folders.
I like to give this activity as homework for caregivers to reinforce- one set of opposites at a time, printed in grayscale, two sheets per page. They then do it as a cut and paste activity.
Enjoy the product!
~ Nicola Sowah (Speech4Africa)