In my last entry, I wrote about why the “Finding Out #1” activity is a vital activity that we should teach our children with autism. This activity is designed for the child to pick up more advanced tools to find out more about another person.
As in previous activity, the child should ask the questions first, then once the child has mastered these questions, we can move on to asking other people these questions.
The goal we are looking at is for the child to be able to ask people these questions from memory.
Look through the list of questions and choose the questions from the list that are age appropriate for your child to know. For example, C is four, he should know his name and age but it is not required for him to do what B and me does for a living.
Materials needed (adapted from Teach me language):
- Conduct an initial assessment with the child on what he or she knows.
- Read out the questions one by one. If the child is able to answer, put a tick in the box. If the child is unable to answer, put a cross.
- For C, I wrote each question down on a white board as a visual cue before asking him the question. I would write the answers down too. (It is not necessary to do this step if your child is a strong auditory learner.)
Rule of thumb: You may stop teaching the child the question/answer once they have achieved three ticks.
Note that I have taught my child on a series of activities before attempting this one. It might be useful to read up on the other activities to see how they are work together to assist the child to build up on their social language.
- How to Teach Social Language Part 1 – Turn-taking
- How to Teach Social Language Part 2-“It’s a…”, “This is a…”, “I have a…”
- How to Teach Social Language Part 3 #1 -Increasing General Knowledge
- How to Teach Social Language Part 3 -Increasing General Knowledge #2 ‘Fill-in-the-blanks’
- How to Teach Social Language Part 3 – Increasing General Knowledge #3 using listening
- How to Teach Social Language Part 4 – ‘Before and After’
- How to Teach Social Language Part 5 – Use Listening to Teach Sequence
- How to Teach Social Language Part 6 – Simple Word Association
- How to Teach Social Language Part 7 – Finding out about someone #1