For children with autism, practicing different life skills is important to establish independence. Whether it’s at home, at school, or in a new environment, your child will need a wide range of skills to adapt to different situations. By introducing these skills in their formative years, children with ASD will gain tools that increase their self-esteem and independence.
To help your child, we’ve compiled a list of free resources that focus on social skills, motor skills, and more! These resources can be downloaded as a PDF or read on a tablet/phone. Check back often - we’re always adding new resources!
Social Stories, first developed by special education teacher Carol Grey in 1989, help children with ASD absorb new information in a child-friendly format. Using bright colors and fun images, social stories “fill in the blanks” of social interactions that many people take for granted.
The goal of social stories is to help children adapt to new environments. Across several studies, social stories have been shown to improve social communication, conversational skills, and on-task behavior. To help your child learn new skills and reinforce lessons from our exceptional staff, we’ve prepared several social stories below:
Visiting Santa Social Story - In this short tale, your child will learn about visiting Santa at the mall and taking pictures!
Christmas Social Story - Help your child adapt to changes during the holiday season with this social story!
Coloring is a great way to engage children with ASD! In addition to being a fun, engaging activity, coloring has many benefits. For children with ASD, coloring helps them develop fine motor skills, increase focus, and manage anxiety.
Worksheets can help children with autism improve the following skills:
Communication Skills: Children with ASD may have trouble communicating their thoughts and emotions. Worksheets can help children develop language and communication skills through activities that focus on vocabulary, sentence formation, and conversation skills.
Social Skills: Social interactions can be difficult for children with Autism. Worksheets and activities can help them practice social skills such as turn-taking, eye contact, and body language. In turn, this can improve their ability to communicate and interact with others.
Increased Confidence: Does your child struggle with confidence? Completing worksheets can give them a sense of accomplishment, and boost their self-image!
Download our activity sheets below: