Spatial concepts can be tricky but they are so important to help our students learn to follow directions and build functional vocabulary. I find focusing on one concept intensely with many repetitions and in different environments really helps. This approach is supported by research.
This book contains pictures of everyday objects (and some silly objects to keep it fun) to teach the concept of "between". Pictures are age appropriate for older students as well.
Presented on a white background to avoid confusion and distraction, these simple pictures encourage vocabulary development. The book provides opportunities for multiple repetitions. A visual sentence strip at the bottom of each page allows students to follow along during group work.
Because "between" is based on the relationship between three objects, it's a little more complicated than teaching the concept of "under" or "next to". That's why I created three levels to avoid confusion and to start at the simplest level. Then, gradually make it more complicated and more realistic so the student can transfer the skill to his environment.
Level 1: teaching the concept between two similar items with a white background
Level 2: teaching the concept between two different items with a white background
Level 3: teaching the concept in an environment
The book allows the student to match the pictures using velcro, while having the opportunity to verbalize or sign the word. Picture support in the sentence strips allow for extending sentence length for students at that level.
Because of the consistency and repetition, students that can’t read can feel like they are reading by following the consistent structure and visuals.
The interactive component gives hands something to do and makes it easier for groups to follow along.
This is literacy based, functional and helps with following directions
Read more about how I developed this product, how I use this product and the research that inspired the product in this article