Autism and PDD - Concepts Development

Autism and PDD

Concepts Development

Pam Britton Rees and Nene C. Challenner


· Ages: 3 - 8 Years


Start with simple illustrations (that beg to be coloured), add a literacy component (students make their own mini-concept books), throw in comprehension questions (yes/no, wh-, and how), finish with generalisation activities (exclusion), and you have a concept develop-ment program unlike any other.


Each book targets 10 different concepts grouped by categories:

· Animals attributes - dog, cat, bird, fish, rabbit, bear, snake, horse, cow, chicken

· Clothing attributes and seasons - shirt, pants and shorts, skirt, dress, coat, shoes, socks, hat, mittens and gloves, pyjamas and nightgowns

· Transportation attributes and uses - tricycle, bicycle, motorbike, car, truck, bus, train, boat, ship, aeroplane

· Food and mealtime - water, milk, sandwich, ice cream, apple, banana, carrot, corn, hamburger, bread

· Household items attributes and uses - chair, table, couch, sink, toilet, refrigerator, bed, lamp, telephone, television

· Toys and Entertainment attributes and play - ball, doll, bubbles, blocks, play dough, puppet, balloon, sand box, swing, slide


Each lesson introduces one concept and works through a hierarchy of steps with pictures, words, and sentences, including:

· Labelling or naming the item shirt

· introducing attributes one at a time with pictures A shirt is clothing. Some shirts have collars.

· answering comprehension questions Is a shirt a toy? Do some shirts have collars?

· demonstrating generalisation skills on an activity page Circle the shirts. Put an X on each picture that is not a shirt.

· creating a mini-book with pictures identical to the ones used in the lesson (Students put the pictures in order to create their books.)


Extension activities and suggested literature to reinforce the concepts are provided in each book.


Each Book: Approximately 140 pages, reproducible activities,  



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