Language & Autism - Strategies - Context (Word Relationships):
Basic Concepts - Location

As a person develops, there are certain basic concepts that he or she is inclined to investigate. It is important to discover where something is. A person should note how much or many there might be. The size, color, and shape, and what it may be part of will be of value. A person may look at when it occurs in our day. And a person will surely develop a feeling based on the emotion he or she experiences in his or her learning. These notions of location, number, description, time, and feeling serve as anchors for this new memory he or she is building. And they become important pathways for recall and additional learning.
        My students may acquire vocabulary to name a specific object or photo that is presented to them. Making the connection that there are similar items that bare the same name is a much harder task for them. When teaching new words it may be helpful to present several versions of the target in different media formats and with varied sensory aspects. Related information with regard to basic concepts, functions and categories and the language that describes these aspects can help make important connections. Placing an item within a typical event with attention to setting and people may be another helpful strategy. Selecting typical iconic representations of words within typical events and scenarios can often insure a high degree of redundancy in day to day experiences.

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Goldilocks     House     Where Is The Cat


Goldilocks and The Three Bears


Goldilocks Story - Places: This is a classic fairy tale about a girl who visits the home of three bears. The lesson includes pictures of each character and the background of places in and outside of the house. They can be cut out and manipulated to identify a location, follow a direction, and/or tell the story.

Rooms in a House


Rooms in a House - Places: Choose a word to match each image. Then produce the sentence. Pointing can be a prompt for "reading" the sentence. Print, cut, and assemble strips into books.
(Printable 1)     (Printable 2)     (Printable 3)     (Printable 4)     (Printable 5)    

Where Is The Cat


Where Is The Cat Stories: Places 1 Manipulate cards to describe locations using prepostions "in", "on", and "under". Print, and cut the cards.


Where Is The Cat Stories: Places 2 Place images in empty boxes to describe locations using prepostions "in", "on", and "under". Print, and cut the small cards to place in the empty boxes.