Autism Adapted Vocabulary Books: Clothing Words (Special Ed.)

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Students with autism will love these interactive books teaching receptive and expressive clothing vocabulary.

To see a preview of the books, check out this video
Adapted Vocabulary Books for Autism: Clothing Words

The books are differentiated to work with early learners of the skills and increase complexity through the books as the student masters the skill. They can be used in morning meeting and group story times as interactive books that reinforce these concepts.

They can also be used in discrete trials or PRT instruction 1-1 or in small groups to explicitly teach vocabulary. The books are set up so that teachers can use errorless teaching, to prevent errors, or error correction as is appropriate for the students. Within the packet is a sequence of steps for teaching the skill in discrete trials as well as a data sheet for tracking progress.

Finally, once mastered, these books can easily be placed in a student’s independent work tasks and they can practice the receptive vocabulary they have mastered to maintain it.
Included Materials:
Let's Make a List adapted book focuses on just identifying the clothing item (e.g., find the hat).
Let's Go Clothes Shopping adapted book focuses on identifying clothing items by 1 characteristic (e.g., find the one you put on your head).
What Can We Find in the Closet? adapted book focuses on identifying clothing items by 2 characteristics (e.g., find the one that is blue and you wear on your head).
Teaching program and data sheet for tracking progress across the steps
Extension activities and differentiation suggestions
Vocabulary pictures for manipulatives

Students with autism and other language delays and disorders need explicit instruction in vocabulary beyond simply naming items. One way that we address this is to work on receptive and expressive characteristics of items and actions. Specifically we work on features (i.e., adjectives like color, size etc.), function (i.e., what we use it for) and class (i.e., categories it can fall into). This set of activities was developed to help students practice these skills in a variety of ways in addition to the explicit instruction of them. The books are scaffolded so that the first one teaches just the label of the item, the second one teaches identifying items by one characteristic (feature, function, category) and the third teaches identifying items by 2 characteristics. Teaching vocabulary using a variety of materials and interventions is important to assure that students generalize their skills. For more ideas of how to teach vocabulary, check out these blog posts:

More early learning activities and supports for students with ASD can be found in my store or through the following links:

For more vocabulary activities see the following:
Sweet Directions: Attending to Multiple Cues

QR Code Receptive Vocabulary Task Cards for Autism: Basic Vocabulary

Receptive Vocabulary Sorting for Autism: File Folders and Worksheets

Matching Real Life Vocabulary File Folders for Autism

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For more ideas for working with students with autism, check out my blog at Autism Classroom News.

Adapted Vocabulary Books for Autism: Clothing Words 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 2013
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Autism Adapted Vocabulary Books: Clothing Words (Special Ed.)
Autism Adapted Vocabulary Books: Clothing Words (Special Ed.)
Autism Adapted Vocabulary Books: Clothing Words (Special Ed.)
Autism Adapted Vocabulary Books: Clothing Words (Special Ed.)