This year my morning class is mostly nonverbal. They have a few words here and there but not a lot. Out of these kids about half of them have great receptive language and want to talk, but can't so I made these fun sentence strips to start to get them talking. 

I want to make sure the things they are talking about are important to them so I chose some topics that are important to them. 
I like to eat
I like color or I see
I like to play (sport)
I like to (general)
I like to drink

Here is how to use it:
Print all pieces on cardstock. Laminate. Cut apart cards on p. 7-14. place Velcro on p. 5-6 in squares and behind pictures.
Students will choose the item of their choice or if showing the card (will need to print a second copy of p. 10-14).  Then, students with the picture prompts will repeat the sentence. Place the cards to be chosen as the answer in the holding charts on p. 5-6

I have some similar activities and we are in the works of using PECS with the students so this is a great supplement for that! 

You can find this product here! 


I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 
This past week we did activities related to fall and apples. 
1. This year I am using a little different placemat. This year the placemat is double sided. 
One side with visual prompts for the students to point to or model how to communicate more, all done, eat, etc. 

The other side is for my students who are verbal and no longer need the visual prompts. 

2.  We started the letter of the week with letter A. 

Here are some of our activities in action. They are from my ABC Mega Pack. You can find that here. All of the activities are also sold separately. 

A book and writing practice.  

Finding A and beginning sound A. 

3. We did some apple size sorting. You can find it here.  

I got these fun file folder shape games from Teaching Special Thinkers. 

Here is an AB apple patterning file folder. 

4. We raked up some ABC leaves. To help my students wait their turn I had them hold a wait card and once it was their turn they gave it to the child that just completed their turn. It helped A LOT! 

5. We made these apples from CDs and torn paper. You can have the kids have their finger be a worm eating through the apple. 

Have a great weekend!

This is a simple trick that I do to make my life a little easier. I have an AM and PM class and to separate them I use separate colors for pretty much everything. 
My morning is all red. All their tags are red, behavior folder, journals, nametags, etc. It makes it much easier when you are going to file things or trying to organize things. Another thing I do that makes it easier for me is when the am class moves up I keep the color with them. So if the am class is red and following year they are still red because that color is always associated with their name for me. 

Do you use a color coding system to separate your am and pm class? 

I am participating in a fun fall blog hop. Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite books to read with my kiddos...Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka.

My pm class loved the book because some of the things are so silly. I made an emergent reader that has some of the items that were mixed up and the students color what is correct. This is a great activity for some of my students because they didn't completely understand why some of the things weren't possible or why they were not silly. If they don't understand it I explain why it is and we talk about what it should be and why. 

You can find the book here. 

Your next stop is A Special Kind of Class. 

We are supposed to have objectives for our students, but in the past I have just written them on the board and I do not refer to them. The students do not know them. So this year to make it more meaningful for my little ones I have started using I can statements with visuals. I currently am using tacky to keep the pictures up on the charts, but you could also use velcro. Before we start table time or circle time, etc. I say we are going to... and show them the pictures. It gives them a visual of what we are going to do but also helps me make sure I am meeting all of my objectives. 

You can grab this freebie here. 

This original idea came from Lindy at  The Considerate Classroom
 A Wait stick. My students get very anxious and jump up and try to run up to the line even before i have called them. So to help reduce the pushing and shoving and the "I was sitting" being yelled out here is a wait stick. I used a large paint stick and attached velcro to it and then added the students pictures. 
When introducing it I show the students that this is the wait picture and that when I come to them and show them their picture they may line up. Once I show them their picture I take it off and move on to the next child. 
The students can see whose turn is going to be next and when their turn will be. It is also is great because the special helper (this changes daily for me) can always be first. If a child is not sitting nicely or jumping I show them their picture and remind them that if they do not want to be moved to the end that they need to wait and usually they start sitting nicely and quietly. 

This year I have started using it consistently and it really has seemed to help! 

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 

1. We practiced sorting. 

Noodles (great fine motor practice too!)


Pom Poms...we used tongs to pick up the pom poms.

2. We practiced cutting and made some suns. 

3. We practiced positional words...we need a lot more work in this area!!! My kiddos love the objects though. I got the kit from Lakeshore Learning

4. We explored the school sensory bin. 

5. I put up my birthday board and got my wait stick ready to go. 

This reduces the amount of kiddos running  up to the line and pushing the kids. :)

What were you up to this week?

I am linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! 
1. Last weekend my husband and I went to Arts, Beats, and Eats and checked out some fun bands and ate some yummy food! 
2. We did some matching activities. 

3. We sorted good and sad behavior. 

4. Open Houses were a success! Everyone came and brought all of their paperwork!

5. We had Chinese food tonight! Yummmm! Here was my fortune from tonight! If only it came true!!!!

Happy Friday!

This one is short and sweet. For the first couple weeks of school I do not do work boxes so next month I will have more, but this is one I will be ending at the end of the month when we do start them. Apple Emotion Magnet Matching. All you need is a cookie sheet and some magnets. This is great for my young kiddos because it is matching and this whole month we will be talking about emotions and how to read people. Enjoy!

You can grab this freebie here. 

Workbasket Wednesday Linkup for Structured Work Systems and Independent Work Systems

Check out Christine's blog The Autism Classroom News for more work box ideas.

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