Children with ASD learn animal concepts with large, simple pictures; a step-by-step progression; and comprehension activities.
- Identify and label animals
- Answer questions about animal concepts
- Build vocabulary
- Generalize concepts of animals to new experiences
The attributes and functions of a concept are introduced one at a time with simple illustrations and plenty of learning helps, including:
- 9 pages of large-size illustrations with corresponding rebus-style descriptive sentences that clearly show the distinguishing features of the concept
- a mini-page booklet for review/home practice
- 20 comprehension questions (yes/no, wh-, how)
- a generalization exercise to expand the child's understanding of the concept
- an extension activity
The book presents these animal-themed concepts and their corresponding vocabulary/attributes:
Autism & PDD Concept Development Animals may be purchased individually or in a set. The 6-book set consists of:
Autism & PDD Concept Development Animals
Autism & PDD Concept Development Clothing
Autism & PDD Concept Development Food
Autism & PDD Concept Development Household Items
Autism & PDD Concept Development Toys & Entertainment
Autism & PDD Concept Development Transportation
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Until I was introduced to LinguiSystems, I spent hundreds of hours making my own picture stories with accompanying questions, sequence boards, and games! I am hooked on the LinguiSystems' programs that I have used with my students with autism. They have clear, age-appropriate rebuses with wonderful lessons that target social skills, basic routines, and concept development and a great approach for teaching comprehension. I want to buy it all. I've become "evangelical" about the products and have spread the word to my students' parents, behavior therapists, speech and occupational therapists, and my fellow teachers. I have been in the field of special education for over 25 years in positions from teacher to principal and this is the most excited I've been about an entire line of materials.
I have been so wowed by the Autism & PDD Concept Development books, Autism & PDD Primary Social Skills Lessons, and Autism & PDD Picture Stories and Language Activities series, that when I took on a student to tutor with SLD, my first source for program materials was LinguiSystems. I find myself referring my colleagues, who are teaching English Language Learners, to the LinguiSystems products for their clarity regarding language arts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking skill development).
Laura Gross, Teacher
Woodland Hills, CA
- Early intervention that addresses skill acquisition in the areas of interaction, attention, play, comprehension, and expression will support the development of an even profile. The acquisition of key developmental skills supports the later development of communication, language, and speech and enhances emotional, social, and academic development (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Students need to understand semantic connections among words for academic success (NRP, 2000).
- Vocabulary intervention should provide opportunities for students to use target words in multiple contexts (Boone et al., 2007).
Autism & PDD Concept Development Animals incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Boone, K., Letsky, S., Wallach, S., Young, J., Gingrass, K., & Daly, C. (2007, November 28). Role of SLP: A method of inclusion. Paper presented at the 2007 ASHA National Convention. Retrieved March 24, 2009, from http://convention.asha.org/2007/handouts/1137_1371Letsky_Sarah__107277_Nov28_2007_Time_071812AM.ppt
National Reading Panel (NRP). (2000). Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction—Reports of the subgroups. Retrieved March 24, 2009, from www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/report.pdf
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.