6 puzzles that every autism playroom should have!
Puzzles are a valuable learning tool for autistic learners.
Make sure that you have these puzzles in your autism playroom
At my learning center in Paris, I use puzzles in my sessions and in the classroom on a regular basis to teach a wide variety of skills.
Use puzzles with your child with autism to :
- Build fine motor skills.
- Build communication skills.
- Build vocabulary.
- Teach animal sounds.
- Teach tranpsortation sounds.
- Ask “what” questions. (“What is this?” “cow!”, “sheep”, “train”, etc.).
- Explore new textures and provide sensory input.
- Teach numbers.
- Teach colors.
- Teach letter recognition.
- Teach beginning reading skills.
- Teach beginning writing skills.
Farm animals puzzle
We love this sensory farm animals puzzle at my learning center for naming the farm animals, providing sensory input, working on animal sounds and building fine motor skills.
This puzzle makes realistic transportation sounds which makes it a lot of fun and naturally reinforcing to play with. I use it to teach sounds and new vocabulary and to build fine motor skills with children with autism.
Every autism playroom needs a wooden numbers puzzle. You can use it to teach numbers and colors.
An alphabet puzzle is essential for working on letter recognition and beginning spelling and reading skills.
I love Melissa & Doug products – in case you can’t tell! Their puzzles are well made and last a long time. I absolutely love this musical puzzle. The sounds are realistic and naturally reinforcing for kids with autism. You can build new vocabulary skills and even discuss different types of music and instruments if your child is speaking.
2 Pieces animal puzzles
The next step after working with one piece puzzles is to begin building figures using two pieces. If your child is just progressing to the next level now, this is a great puzzle to use. Just two pieces to build several different animals!
Want to learn more about using puzzles to teach your child with autism? Take a look at these posts!
Are you going to add these puzzles to your autism playroom? Would you add other puzzles to this list?
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