This a power point developed specifically for students on the Autism Spectrum. It was used for elementary aged students (K-3) who were both readers and non-readers. The powerpoint is framed as a social story. It utilizes Social Thinking strategies coupled with a stop light system for concrete learners to describe appropriate playground behavior. Both social stories and Social Thinking are best practice frameworks for supporting students on the Autism Spectrum.
Both teachers and social workers can use this powerpoint in group or individual teaching. Students who are readers can review the powerpoint independently on a daily basis before going to recess with their classmates.
I utilized this powerpoint immediately before recess for the first three weeks of school. When an issue on the playground emerged, I was able to problem solve with my students (i.e., What was the problem? What did you do? Was that a red light or green light behavior? How can we change it next time?) using the expected (green light) and unexpected (red light) behavior verbiage. This type of repetition seemed to help my students develop a concrete grasp on appropriate playground behavior, provide structure during the first few weeks of school, and help them develop some basic problem solving skills.