This game is great for children with autism , learning difficulties or speech delay. Teaches both reading and writing through the matching of words or letters to pictures. The pictures used are photos rather than clip-art as I have found that children with autism respond much better to photographic images.
I have designed this game myself as I work with autistic children and find that visual aids such as this one really help them to learn.
The idea of the game is simple... just match the correct word to the correct picture (or vice versa). This listing is for four cards which have spaces for words and pictures to be placed. Included are four 3-letter words with corresponding pictures (Car, Bed, Dog, Hat), four 4-letter words and pictures (Shoe, Fish, Ball, Kite), and four 5-letter words and pictures (Teddy, Train Lemon, Apple). The idea of the game is to ask the child at first to just match the pictures to right colour card, then give them the words one at a time and ask them to put them with the correct picture. When they become practiced at this change the order so that the words are on the cards and they have to match the pictures to the correct word card as this harder, as well as gradually building up to the longer words. You can also build up the difficulty of the game using the letter cards (shown in preview file) and asking the child to write the word that matches the picture. Ideally, the cards and all pieces would be laminated before cutting out and attaching velcro (as pictured).
This listing is for a PDF copy of this Words-to-Pictures Matching game. Note: The preview file is watermarked with "SENtoys" - the file your receive upon purchase will not contain this watermark.
All of my items are learning aids that I have created myself based on autistic children being visual learners. Most children learn and practice skills through play, but a child with autism will need practice and prompting to do so. All of the games that I design are meant for the child to use with the help of an adult. There are lots of wonderful resources to help children develop but children with autism can find the colors and quantity of objects too overwhelming and many do not know what to do with it all, for this reason the games are kept simple and information is presented clearly and visually.
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SENtoys Words-to-Pictures Matching Game by Gemma and Kerry Hutchinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License