Children with autism often love playing with trains. Let’s use your child’s interest to help him or her progress. These are 5 Ways to use trains to teach your child with autism to communicate.
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1. Teach your child to use a sign to ask for the train.
This is the adapted autism sign for train :
Sign language is an effective way to increase communication in children with autism. If you are getting started with teaching your child to sign, download this free signing poster and you will have photos of the first 9 signs I recommend you teach your child in your hands.
2. Teach your child to listen to your instruction and show you the train.
Say “show me the train!” and expect your child to point to the train or touch the train. This is a receptive instruction and will help your child process auditory information and respond to it.
3. Play a fun imitation game with your child with the sound “choo choo”.
Take turns making this fun sound! Step it up a notch and you can even take turns making the sound louder or softer.
4. Have your child ask you for a certain number of trains.
If you are working on numbers with your child, why not ask him or her to ask you for the number of trains needed for the game.
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5. Do a fun train art project and have your child label the colors of each train car during the activity.
This is one of my favorite art projects within the train theme, as well as a wonderful and easy ways to work on spelling first names.
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