Many kids with autism love doing the same things over and over again.
They crave the familiar and want everything to always be the same including their educational activities.
Teaching students with autism matching skills, then having them use those skills to learn a variety of educational lessons not only fills their need for sameness at the academic level, but it makes their learning experiences more fun and effective.
And if all that isn’t enough to convince you of the importance of autistic kids learning to match, there are even more benefits for them to reap by being able to do so!
Why matching is an important skill to master.
- Matching trains students to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Working on matching activities gives students practice in remembering, storing and retrieving information.
- It also gives kids practice in thinking; reasoning; and problem solving, all important skills that can be transferred to other areas of life.
- Matching activities exercises and stimulates the brain.
- Teachers can incorporate matching skills when teaching other concepts such as academics.
- Students can transfer and build on their basic matching skills when learning academics.
My daughter, Bethany loves matching activities and has used all of the following Games to learn basic matching skills.
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- Picture Perfect
- Pixy Cubes
- Mental Blox
- Magnetic Super Mighty Mind
- Pattern Play
- Peg Board
- Magnetic Match Rings
- Cube Puzzle
- Flower Pot Sort and Match
Once your child has mastered basic matching skills you can build on that ability and go on to teaching all kinds of academic lessons!
Our favorite ways to incorporate matching into Bethany’s homeschooling lessons are by using:
- Two piece puzzles
- Matching letters to spell words
- Math Dominoes
- Language Arts dominoes
- Math Bingo
- Language Arts Bingo
- Science Bingo
- Geography Bingo
- Math and Word Zingo Games
- Dot Markers
The educational possibilities are almost endless when your child knows how to match!
What are some ways your child has learned using matching skills?
You may also enjoy reading my post, Fun Ideas to Teach Sight Words to Students With Autism
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