Many students with autism are provided with access to favorite activities upon completion of “work”. These activities often include jumping on a trampoline, swinging in a swing, dancing, running, engaging with an exercise ball, etc. Unfortunately, when our students are given free access to these activities, they may be missing out on many opportunities to practice functional communication. Capturing communication opportunities during active play (when motivation is strong) can turn this “free time” into fun language-training time! As teachers, we can make these activities even MORE enjoyable with our interaction.
Watch this video to see how some highly-preferred active play opportunities can be used to increase language opportunities for students with autism.