Autism & PDD Answering Questions: Level 2 Linda Mulstay-Muratore

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Ages: 3-9
Grades: PreK-4

Children with ASD find it easier to answer questions with this book that uses highly-visual content to help them picture the concepts behind the questions.

Simple illustrations help students understand the logic behind questions and respond appropriately. Students look at the picture, read the question or statement at the top of the page, and respond. The complexity of response can range from single-word answers to complex utterances. Visual prompts can be faded and question forms intermixed to facilitate generalization of the question concepts This book is a continuation of Autism & PDD Answering Questions: Level 1 with a subtle progression in content and detail of the pictures.

Eight chapters include:

  1. Describing Feelings: Students answer the question "How does he feel?" and identify emotions of hurt, mad, sad, happy, and scared (e.g., "Luke did a great job on his school project. How does he feel?").
  2. What Happened: Students answer the question "What happened?" and explain situations like a broken lamp or a bee sting.
  3. What Do You Do When: Students draw from personal experiences or the experiences of others to answer questions such as "What do you do when you get in a car?" This section gives practice in answering questions in novel, yet logical ways.
  4. Why/Because: Students give logical reasons for questions such as "Why do people use paper plates?" and "Why do you look before you cross the street?"
  5. Going To: Students learn to make and express predictions and draw conclusions as they answer questions that pertain to related objects (e.g., "Hannah has a rake and big black bag. What is she going to do?").
  6. What Do You Need: Students name two items needed to complete tasks like washing a car or making a birthday card (e.g., "What do you need to take a picture?"). Simple organizational skills like verbal sequencing and basic storytelling are developed.
  7. What Should: Students demonstrate beginning logic and problem-solving skills by stating solutions to simple problems such as "Jesse's friend has no lunch. What should Jesse do?"
  8. What If: Students hypothesize about events they may not have experienced themselves (e.g., "What happens if you step on gum?").

190 pages • 8.5 x 11 • softcover • ©2006