Exceptionality Addressed: Autism – Visual Discrimination
- To improve visual discrimination skills
- To improve language development
- To improve fine motor skills
- To improve pincer grasp
Given letter collage and Eye Spy Goggles, Tyler will utilize his visual discrimination skills to pick out the correct letter told with 50% accuracy 2 out of 4 times.
- Eye Spy Goggles
- Precut cut out letters
- Cupcake holders
- Colored paper
- Nontoxic glue
Procedure (5 points):
Have Tyler sit down in front of the teacher. The teacher will then explain that they are going to make a game called “Going on a Letter Hunt”. The teacher will place 3 precut letters and 3 cupcake holder in front of Tyler. The teacher will then put some glue on the first cupcake holder and instruct Tyler to pick one of the letters and put it on the glue spot. Once the first one is completed then the teacher will repeat the same process for the last 2.
The teacher will then move the pasted cupcake holders to the side and place a piece of paper in front of Tyler. The teacher will then give Tyler the remainder of the letter cutouts. She will put dabs of glue on the paper and instruct Tyler to put one letter on one spot of glue. Once Tyler is finished the teacher will give Tyler the cupcake holders with the pasted letters. She will then put glue on the paper in 3 different places and instruct Tyler to put one cupcake holder on one spot of glue. When Tyler is finished the teacher will give him positive praise for doing a good job with the gluing. Next the teach will give Tyler his Eye Spy Goggles that he had made during a previous art time. With the letter collage in front of Tyler the teacher will demonstrate the game.
The teacher will place the alphabet collage in front of Tyler. The teacher will demonstrate how to us the goggles by putting them to her face and look in the direction of the collage. The teacher will then instruct Tyler to do the same. Next the teacher will tell Tyler to find the letter A on the paper and point to it. The teacher will encourage Tyler to continue looking until he points to the correct letter. The teacher will follow with positive praise and talk to Tyler about what he thought about their adventure so far.
Having Tyler create his own collage gives him a chance to work on his fine motor and pincer grasp skills while picking up the cut outs and placing them on the glue spot. The teacher will be encouraging language development as they discuss there adventure. Tyler’s visual discrimination skills will improve as he focus’ and distinguishes the letters on the collage. Having some of the letters higher then the rest works with depth perception and being able to visually discriminate each letter not based on position alone. And as Tyler begins to improve his accuracy, the teacher can then use the same technique and have Tyler create a letter or food collage to give the game variety.