Use these 8 designs to help your students develop "Friend Files" on their friends and classmates, which will encourage them (especially those on the autism spectrum) to think about others’ interests and to have a starting point for social interactions.
These resemble collectible cards, with a place for the name and picture of an individual on the front, and that person's “stats” on the back. My students really like drawing pictures of their friends for each card. They also have fun making and decorating some sort of special container to keep them in, like a small shoebox. Or you can put them on a key ring instead, if you want them to be more portable.
You can use these in a couple of different ways. You can work individually with a student to--over time--create his/her own collection of friend files. This requires him to ask questions of other students and pay attention to the answers. However, if you make them with a group and don’t have as much time, each child can fill out his/her own card and you can make copies for everyone. Then have them cut each out and glue the halves front-to-back on index cards. You can use them like flashcards, where you read the info from the back of a card, and the students have to guess who it is. Or use the information from a card to role play ways of engaging that friend in a conversation. Or look for commonalities between friends' facts. You get the idea---this is an activity that can be used over a number of sessions and revisited throughout the year.
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Graphics: Creative Clips www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden
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Fonts: Cara Carroll www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Cara-Carroll