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Resources for teachers working with children with Autism. Resources include lesson plans and activities that help to teach emotional regulation and turn taking. There is also a range of differentiated resources to be used in workstations as part of a TEACCH system or resources to form part of your daily teaching; including Space, Animals, Seasons, Shapes and more...

Resources for teachers working with children with Autism. Resources include lesson plans and activities that help to teach emotional regulation and turn taking. There is also a range of differentiated resources to be used in workstations as part of a TEACCH system or resources to form part of your daily teaching; including Space, Animals, Seasons, Shapes and more...
Anger Management and Emotional Regulation Lesson Plans and Activities
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Anger Management and Emotional Regulation Lesson Plans and Activities

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This Anger Management Pack 'Fizzing like a Firework' is a No Prep pack containing 5 lesson plans, 5 lesson activities and a display pack! These lessons and activities teach students how to manage their anger and begin to self regulate by identifying what might be triggering them and how this feels. The pack works through how we have a choice to ignore these feelings until we explode like a firework, or we can use our newly learnt calming strategies to cool us off and put out the firework before we explode! The pack makes clear how we have the option, no matter how we are feeling, to try and use a calming strategy. The activities allow the students to have a go at a range of strategies, role play using them and discuss if they are effective! A brilliant resource for children with Autism, ADHD, Social Emotional and Mental Health, students dealing with anger management or great as a whole class activity to teach the all important skill of self regulation! Accessible for a wide range of students and easy to understand! The activities require zero preparation! The planning has everything covered, so you don't need to worry about a thing! Please leave feedback for this product and follow me for more Special Education resources.
2d and 3d shape TEACCH tasks - independent Autism activities
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2d and 3d shape TEACCH tasks - independent Autism activities

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A brilliant 2D and 3D Shape TEACCH pack full of activities that can be completed independently by your students with Autism to work towards their targets! The tasks are differentiated to suit a range of learners. The tasks progressively get harder providing challenge and stretching those pupils who are ready to move on. There are 24 activity cards and 6 matching/sorting tasks. You can also create more activities by mixing and matching the base boards with the manipulatives! Some of the tasks included within this pack include: shape to shape matching, shape to outline matching, shape to name matching, moving on to sorting 2d/3d shapes, identifying properties of both 2d and 3d shapes, including how many sides, faces, etc! These activities are also great for Maths centres in EYFS settings. In order to get the tasks ready - Print out the pack, laminate and then cut and add Velcro where needed. Pop activity into a file folder or box and you are ready to go! Please leave a rating and feedback. Any questions and queries, don’t hesitate to ask! Please follow my store for updates and more TEACCH file folder tasks as well as other Special Education resources
Animals Science TEACCH Tasks
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Animals Science TEACCH Tasks

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A brilliant 'Animals' Science TEACCH pack to add to your file folders. Great for your students with SEND, especially your students with Autism. These tasks help to consolidate knowledge for the 'animals including humans' science topic, as well as working on independence and fine motor skills. This Pack covers most of the'animals' objectives from KS1 National Curriculum Science topic 'Animals including Humans' Some of the file folders also have two levels to help you differentiate and to provide further challenge for those students who are ready to move on. Print out the pack and cut out the required pieces (all of the pages that need to be cut are clearly labelled) laminate and then add Velcro. Pop activity into a file folder or box and you are ready to go! Please leave a rating and feedback. Any questions and queries, don't hesitate to ask! Please check out my other TEACCH file folder tasks as well as other Special Education resources.
Lanyard Visuals for your pupils with Autism
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Lanyard Visuals for your pupils with Autism

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A selection of visuals to be used on a key chain, necklace or lanyard to help support your students understanding. Helps keep communication and expectations clear. Great to be worn by all staff around school. Hole punch visuals and add to a lanyard so you always have them with you. Please rate this product and follow me for more Special Education resources.
Space TEACCH tasks – Independent Autism and SEN tasks - World Space Week
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Space TEACCH tasks – Independent Autism and SEN tasks - World Space Week

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A brilliant Space themed TEACCH pack to add to your file folders. A brilliant addition to your teaching on World Space Week. Great for your pupils with Autism. A selection of early Maths, early Reading and early Writing tasks. The tasks included are: Colour sorting Sorting by size (big and small) (big, medium and small) Letter matching Number sequencing to 5 (2 levels included) Pencil control Matching picture to picture Matching picture to word When creating this resource, you will need to print it and cut out the instructed parts. Laminate, cut and add velcro. You can then add this into a folder or put it into a tray. TEACCH is an effective system for pupils with Autism. The structure allows pupils to work independently and master a skill. When using TEACCH the task to be completed is to be placed on the left hand-side - the pupil then completes the task and then places this into a finished box on the right-hand side. I would recommend using the same tasks for the specific session for around 4 - 6 weeks depending on level of the pupil. It is important to remember that when completing TEACCH it is about building independence and success at the task, you do not want to provide too much challenge. If the pupil can complete the task, this then means they can concentrate on working independently and can complete several tasks without the need for staff support. If the tasks are too tricky, the pupils will not be independent, may get up and wander or refuse to participate. I hope this resource is useful, if you have any questions about how to use it, please just ask!
Winter TEACCH tasks and activities - Autism and SEND Independent activities
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Winter TEACCH tasks and activities - Autism and SEND Independent activities

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Winter/Christmas themed activities TEACCH pack. Great for your students with Autism, SEND and for continuous provision. A selection of early Maths, early Reading and early Writing tasks. Includes concepts such as sorting, matching, ordering, alphabet work, fine motor skills and more… Also includes bonus Christmas activities. This resource pack is also available as part of a Season BUNDLE - save 25% These file folders are also great for Maths, Reading and Writing consolidation. Some of the file folders also have two levels to help you differentiate and to provide further challenge. Print out the pack and cut out the required pieces (all of the pages that need to be cut are clearly labeled) laminate and then add Velcro. Pop activity into a file folder or box and you are ready to go! Please leave a rating and feedback. Any questions and queries, don’t hesitate to ask! Please follow for updates and more TEACCH file folder tasks as well as other Special Education resources
Autumn and Halloween TEACCH Tasks and Activities - independent Autism tasks
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Autumn and Halloween TEACCH Tasks and Activities - independent Autism tasks

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Autumn themed activities TEACCH pack to add to your file folders. Great for your pupils with Autism. A selection of early Maths, early Reading and early Writing tasks. Includes concepts such as sorting, matching, ordering, alphabet work, fine motor skills and more… BONUS Halloween Tasks also included! 12 activities included that will last the whole of the season to save you on more preparation! This resource is also available as part of a Season Bundle - save 25!! Some of the file folders also have two levels to help you differentiate and to provide further challenge. Print out the pack and follow the quick instructions page to quickly add this wide variety of activities to your TEACCH resources. Please leave a rating and feedback. Any questions and queries, don’t hesitate to ask! Please follow for updates and more TEACCH file folder tasks as well as other Special Education resources!
Summer TEACCH Tasks - Independent Maths and Reading activities for pupils with Autism and SEND
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Summer TEACCH Tasks - Independent Maths and Reading activities for pupils with Autism and SEND

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Summer TEACCH Tasks contains 11 activities for you to help your pupils with Autism or SEND meet their targets. The activities include a mix of early reading and early maths tasks: Colour matching at two levels to help provide challenge and easy differentiation Sorting ‘one’ and 'lots’ Matching numerals to quantity 1-10 and 11-20 Summer scene picture match Ice cream cone - Alphabet and upper and lower case letter match Summer shape match (4 cards) This resource is also available as part of a Season Bundle - save 25% When using TEACHH tasks the task that is to be completed should be placed on the left hand side of the desk/workstation. The pupil then completes this task and places it on the right when completed. Having a clear visual for the pupil to identify where the finished tasks go is preferable. This clear structure allows the pupils to focus on the task they are completing and not be distracted by the work process. It is important to remember that when completing these tasks it is also about creating and building independence as well as success at the task, this is why the consistent work approach (working from left to right is so important) When using these tasks I would recommend using them for at least 4-6 weeks. For some children it may take up to a term for them to master the skill and be able to complete this independently. This product is also available as part of Seasons bundle! Check out my store for more Autism specific resources! Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Season TEACCH Bundle - Independent Autism and SEND Activities
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Season TEACCH Bundle - Independent Autism and SEND Activities

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Save 25% with this Seasonal Bundle. Activities and tasks for your pupils with Autism! Includes early reading, writing and maths activities to help achieve those early targets and build on working independently! These are the individual resources included: Spring TEACCH Tasks £3 Summer TEACCH Tasks £3 Autumn TEACCH Tasks £3 Winter TEACCH Tasks £3 When using TEACCH tasks the task that is to be completed should be placed on the left hand side of the desk/workstation. The pupil then completes this task and places it on the right when completed. Having a clear visual for the pupil to identify where the finished tasks go is preferable. This clear structure allows the pupils to focus on the task they are completing and not be distracted by the work process. It is important to remember that when completing these tasks it is also about creating and building independence as well as success at the task, this is why the consistent work approach (working from left to right is so important) When using these tasks I would recommend using them for at least 4-6 weeks. For some children it may take up to a term for them to master the skill and be able to complete this independently.
Social skills: Taking Turns Pack -  Including Social Story, Visuals and more...
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Social skills: Taking Turns Pack - Including Social Story, Visuals and more...

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This Turn Taking Pack is great for your pupils with Autism who may find Taking Turns, waiting for their turn and sharing difficult. Social skills can be difficult for children with Autism and understanding how and why to take turns can be challenging. This pack includes a variety of resources to assist you in helping your pupil/pupils to learn to turn take and develop those important social skills. Includes: A Turn Taking Social Story A Visual 'Taking Turns' board Visuals - wait, nearly finished and finished A visual pupil comments board A visual staff comments board and a 'How to use...' guide, to help you an your staff best support your pupils with Autism. Please check out some of my other Special Education Resources...
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Diary Activity
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Diary Activity

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This diary is great used alongside the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Great to be used with EYFS, Special Needs pupils or pupils with EAL Group activity and worksheets included!! The pack includes: 2 Diary front cover options Group Diary - 5 diary pages: day of the week, foods tried, comment on how it tasted. Also hidden caterpillars on each page! Individual Diary - to allow children to draw/write what they practiced as a group. All of the foods found in the story! A TEACCH task great for independent work! Just print, cut, laminate and velcro! Great bound as a book! Great for speaking and listening, days of the week, commenting, group participation and encouraging those with restrictive diets to explore new foods! The TEACCH task is a lovely activity to help build independence!
Who is in school today? - Visual poster for children with Autism
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Who is in school today? - Visual poster for children with Autism

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This poster is a simple strategy to ensure your pupils know who is in class, at home or in school. I find this product really useful for pupils with Autism who find change of staff difficult. It helps pupils to deal with anxiety of you being out of class for PPA, staff absence or change of staff. It can be used in advance to prepare the pupils for the next day/ for the afternoon etc. It also works very nicely as part of a morning group session, allowing the pupils to sign themselves or their peers in to school. Just print small photographs of each pupil and staff and add Velcro to board. Best printed in A3 for a small class. Please leave feedback and follow for more Special Education resources.
Fidget Spinner - All About Me Activity / Getting to know your new class
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Fidget Spinner - All About Me Activity / Getting to know your new class

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This ‘All about me’ fidget spinner activity pack is a great back to school activity for getting to know your new class. The pack consists of 12 fidget spinners for your pupils to write or draw on about hopes for the end of the school year, dreams for the future, what makes them happy/angry, what they are good at, want to be better at and things they really want you to know! !! A no hassle pack that doesn't require any preparation from you! Just print in your choice of colour (great for display) or black and white and let the pupils design their own fidget spinners! Brilliant when cut out, threaded together and hung to create a fidget spinner mobile. Looks stunning when used as a whole class display! Please rate and leave feedback for this product! Follow for more resources and Special Education resources! Good luck on your return to school, you got this!!
Spring and Easter TEACCH Tasks and activities - Independent Autism Activities
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Spring and Easter TEACCH Tasks and activities - Independent Autism Activities

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Spring and Easter TEACCH activities pack for your students with Autism. A selection of early Maths, early Reading and early Writing tasks. Includes concepts such as sorting, matching, ordering and fine motor skills. Also includes bonus Easter activities. This resource is also available as part of a Season Bundle - save 25%!! These activities are great to develop your students independence as well as working on basic concepts until they have been mastered. Some of the file folders also have two levels to help you differentiate and to provide further challenge. Print out the pack and cut out the required pieces (all of the pages that need to be cut are clearly labeled) laminate and then add Velcro. Pop activity into a file folder or box and you are ready to go! Please leave a rating and feedback. Any questions and queries, don’t hesitate to ask! Please follow my store for updates and more TEACCH file folder tasks as well as other Special Education resources