Autism and the need to teach in a different way

Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others and experiences their environment. It is characterized by impaired social skills, difficulty with expressive and receptive communication and the presence of repetitive and restrictive behaviours. Autism is often accompanied by sensory differences which means either an over or under-sensitivity to specific sights, sounds, smells or textures.

Because people on the autism spectrum learn, think and problem solve differently, traditional teaching strategies are often less effective, especially those that rely heavily on verbal instruction and social reinforcement.

Why flashcards can help

Flashcards are an excellent resource for teaching people on the spectrum. Here’s why:

  • They are simple in design.
    This simplicity allows a student to focus on one concept at a time, setting them up for success.

  • They offer plenty of repetition.
    This repetition is crucial to consolidating a student’ s understanding of what they are learning.

  • They are visual in nature.
    Research has shown many people with autism process visual information with greater ease than information which is written or spoken.

  • They can explain abstract concepts clearly.
    This clarity is crucial to our students on the spectrum, who often struggle with the abstract world.

What our flashcards can teach

Our flashcards support many areas of teaching for students on the spectrum of autism. These include:

  • Emotional literacy
    The ability to understand and express feelings

  • Vocabulary development.
    A set of familiar words within a person’s language

  • Syntax
    The arrangement of words or phrases to create well-formed sentences.

  • Abstract language concepts
    Language that represents concepts rather than physical things

  • Pragmatics
    The social language skills that we use in our daily interactions with others

  • Memory
    The process of taking in, processing, storing and recalling information.

  • Cognition
    The mental action of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses.

How to use our flashcards

Each  of our flashcard sets includes an easy to use set of instructions. There are a mix of matching, touching, sorting, acting, saying and describing activities.

These activities are typically organised in order of difficulty, with the easier activities described at the start and the more challenging ones described in the later stages. There are activities that are appropriate for students:

  • of any age
  • who are verbal or non verbal
  • at different stages in their level of understanding

Product suggestions

Here’s some recommendations about which products to choose and why.

Emotional literacy
Emotions Volume 1 and 2 are designed to teach the fundamentals of emotional literacy, which is the ability to identify, understand and respond appropriately to our own emotions and those around us.

Vocabulary Development
The Nouns and Categories Sets are ideal for enhancing a student’s vocabulary. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Abstract language concepts
The Prepositions and Opposites Sets are all about teachint abstract language concepts. Understanding and using abstract language extends your student’s thinking abilities.

Syntax
Verbs 1 and 2 and Go Togethers can be used in so many ways. This includes a focus on syntax – putting together well formed sentences – which is the basis for clear and concise communication.

Or – our entire flashcard range in 2 premium value box sets

  • 520 captivating cards

  • Language Library
    Includes Categories, Go Togethers, Emotions (Vol 1 & 2), Opposites, Prepositions and Verbs (Vol 1 & 2)

  • Nouns
    12 types of nouns – animals, appliances, clothes, food, furniture, household, locations, nature, occupations, rooms, shapes and transport

  • Carefully organised with dividers and color coded cards for ease of use

  • Step by step instructions included with each set

What our valued customers say

I work with students on the autistic spectrum and purchased the Verb and Categories sets. They are a perfect resource to increase expressive and receptive language skills. Each picture clearly identifies the verb and category intended. I also like that the cards are large and are constructed very well. I would highly recommend!

Jessica Rowe

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