Visual register board for children with autism

This is the register board I use with my class of children with autism at the beginning and the end of every day. First thing in the morning, the class sit as a group in a semi circle and sing a ‘good morning’ song to each child (the same song every day to keep the routine familiar). After singing to each child, the child walks to the register board and moves their photo or name from the home section to the school section. Once we have sung to every child who is in school, I then choose a child to count “how many children?”. The child counts how many children (with or without support) and chooses the amount from a number board which I then show to each child and it is put below the school section as seen in the photo.

registration board

At the end of the day, we sing a ‘time to go home’ song and then each child takes it in turn to move their name or photo from the school section to the home section. This enables the children to know that it is now time to go home. This is a good familiar routine for the children which can be easily learnt and also a great visual for everyone to see who is in school that day.

First post!

Hello and welcome to asdteacher.com

This is my first post and it will hopefully be the first of many!

My name is Steph and I teach in a primary special school for children with autistic spectrum disorder and severe learning difficulties in the East London borough of Hackney.

I studied Early Childhood Studies combined with Special Needs and Inclusion Studies for my undergraduate degree followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education specialising in the teaching of Early Years.

I have worked with some amazing children over recent years who have inspired me to learn as much as possible about how to positively teach and support children with a ASD.

I have started this blog in order to contain all the information and resources I find valuable and interesting in one place. Knowing how useful and important this information is for me and teaching, it is likely that other education professionals, parents or anyone supporting children with ASD will also find this useful. I also wanted somewhere to express my thoughts and opinions and to share them with you so we can learn from each other.

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