If you have been wondering how to teach your autistic child letters and the frustration has you wanting to give up on your home program all together, these 5 awesome ways to teach special needs learners letters post can help! These fun activities teach letters and letter recognition to children with special needs in a simple and straightforward way.
Teaching Letters and Letter Recognition to Special Needs Kids
Teaching letters, letter recognition and letter writing to any child can be very difficult, but it is particularly challenging for children with autism or other special needs.
The concept of writing letters to create a word that has a particular meaning is quite abstract. This concept can be so difficult to get across to special needs learners.
For children who are in school, the situation is particularly frustrating because writing and reading are often essential skills for remaining in the classroom.
5 Fun Ways to Teach Letter Recognition
Ice Cream and Sprinkles Alphabet Writing Practice Trays from Modern Preschool
This activity is colorful and eye catching and sure to engage your child’s senses. I love this unsual and creative way to work on writing letters, as well as letter recognition.
Road letters from Gift of Curiosity
Most of our kids with special needs LOVE trains! “TRAIN” is one of the first signs I teach the kids who come to see me who are non-verbal or really struggling with communication and speech.
Dirt Play Dough + Rocks Writing Tray from Frugal Fun for 4 Boys
I love how this letter activity encourages messy, sensory play. How fun! When you’re done with this dirt and rocks playdough activity, why not go outside and play with some real dirt?! Many of our favorite autism activities involve play dough.
Sensory Letter Hunt from Busy Toddler
Sand is one of my favorite sensory toys. It can be used in so many different ways with your child to encourage learning, interaction and communication. It is such a fun tool for teaching letters and letter recognition.
Playdough Learning : Prewriting for Toddlers from Kids Activities Blog
This is such a fantastic play dough activity! If you love play dough as much as I do, you will love this sensory activity. You just need a handful of simple materials (play dough and straws) to teach letters and letter recognition in a fun and engaging way.
Related : Sensory Activities for Autistic Students
6 More Ways to Teach Letters, Letter Recognition and Letter Sounds
- Fish Bowl Playdough Mat (Free Printable)
- Sensory Communication Workbook
- Animal Play Dough Mats Bundle
- Autism Chew Toys
- 3 Fun & Educational Montessori Tray Ideas for Your Autistic Child
- 10 Fabulous Ways to Be Present with Your Child with Autism
More Autism Learning Resources
- The Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism Course – learn to better understand your autistic child or students with this complete course.
- Autism Activities Workbook Bundle – build communication skills, fine motor skills, sensory play skills and daily living skills, while helping your child or students to successfully manage any difficult behaviors, with these fun, educational, printable activities.
- Sensory Communication Workbook – Build communication skills with simple sensory activities.
- How to Make a Communication Binder Guide & Workbook – Learn how to create a Communication Binder for your child or student with autism using real photos. Follow my expert guide to learn how to use it to increase communication skills.
- Zoo Animals Play Dough Mats Bundle – use these printable play dough mat to work on the names of the animals, build language skills, and increase fine motor strength and precision in a fun, sensory way!
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