Visuals to help children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders to improve listening skills
Children on the autism spectrum can find it painfully difficult to tune into the words and meaning of other people. They may hear extraneous sounds in the room. They may be distracted by more interesting things to look at. The person talking may be competing unsuccessfully with the autistic child’s inner thoughts.
Picture worksheet to raise awareness of the components of listening
I have made a very simple sheet to help kids to focus when the teacher or another person is talking. Here are two suggestions on how to use it.
1. Place it on the child’s desk. Taping it down securely might be a good idea for some kids. Either you or the child can be the one to put check marks on the sheet. Putting little reward stickers on the various boxes should work nicely as well.
2. When you are working with a small group: Get a worksheet for each child in the group, and write their names on them. Place these worksheets on a vertical surface next to you, facing the group participants. As your group activity progresses, put check marks on each worksheet within the various categories to indicate observed success within the various categories. If you happen to be running your activity with a co-worker, this system works even better.
Wall display to help kids with ASD with listening skills
I designed these wall panels as simply as possible with a minimum of words, so they might be used in a range of grade levels. Here is what they might look like on your wall:
CLICK HERE: Listening picture sheets and panels
Other materials for listening skills: Click here to go to other downloads I have posted.
If you find some nice way to use these that I have not thought of, I would be obliged if you might take a photo or two and email them to me: joelshaul (at) gmail.com.
Joel Shaul, LCSW