Attention autism is an intervention, developed by Gina Davies to support speech and language development for autistic children. Attention autism goes through a series of stages that intend to encourage spontaneous communication through visually engaging and motivating activities.
The children in the class love these activities and they are fantastic for concentration and communication. I will upload videos of examples, for you to try at home if you wish. Have fun because your children love it!
Session 1 - guidance on the adult role
Session 2 - Stage 1 (the bucket), lovely singing please!!
Literacy - Read the story "Jack and the Beanstalk together using powerpoint from: http://www.communication4all.co.uk/http/Traditionaltales.htm
Retelling the story using puppets and props, talk about the story/characters.
Maths -Make springy-leg spiders. Provide card circles for the children yo collage and strips of black paper. Show them how to fold each strip into zigzags to make 8 springy legs. Count them. Can you count forwards and backwards? they would also draw on 8 eyes!
Topic - Take a long roll of paper into the garden and lay it out. The children can then gather lots of leaves, twigs and other natural materials to create a beanstalk on the paper. Take photographs.
Literacy - Imagine that a beanstalk appeared at the bottom of your garden! what would be at the top? talk, draw and mark make/write your ideas.
Maths - provide the children with a range of loose parts such as buttons, beads, pebbles, shells, seeds and a homemade 10 frame.
Ask them to count 6,7 and 8 items onto the 10 frame. Can you place items on, how many can you count?
(They may enjoy making large frames outside using sticks?)
Topic - Try painting - show the children some images to paint, the beanstalk, giant, Jack and his cow etc. If you can provide blue, yellow, white and black paint for children to explore mixing to create shades of green paint to use to paint on long strips of paper to make the beanstalk.
Literacy - Play a ‘What’s in the Box? Initial Sounds Game’ with the children. Show the children a selection of items/pictures from the story (or any household items)which all begin with different initial sounds (such as bean, hen, cow, egg and giant). Add them to the box, say the initial sound of one of the items and see if they can work out the item.
Maths - Children to continue to apply counting rules when counting to 5/10/20 when counting forwards and backwards. They can represent these numbers in different ways and can count out the required number of objects from a larger group. Use the 10/5 frame to support.
Topic - Play a movement game based on different types of beans! Children should perform different actions based on the type of bean called out by an adult. For example, if the adult says ‘runner bean’, the children should run around, ‘frozen beans’ means that the children stand still, ‘magic beans’ means the children can pretend to climb a giant beanstalk, etc
Literacy - Cut out leaf, egg or bean-shaped paper for the children to use to explore writing, drawing and mark making.
Maths - Number formation. Use the formation sheet in your learning pack to practice your number shapes. Adults could write the numbers in yellow first for you to go over and then you can try on your own.
Topic - Plant some bean seeds with the children so they can grow their own beanstalks. Add a lolly stick to the pot to support the growing plant – this can also be used to hold a picture of the giant’s castle surrounded by cotton wool clouds. Encourage children to observe the plants as they grow and talk about what they notice.
Literacy - Look at the above powerpoint. Talk about the different stages. Go into the garden to look at real examples. Ask the children to draw and mark make/write captions for their pictures. (I would just do 4 stages)
Maths - Play a counting game using magic beans. Cut out some bean shapes from coloured paper and place them on to a sheet of brown paper or material and count them as a group. Move the beans into different arrangements and count again. Create sets of different amounts of beans to discuss and compare.
Sing a counting song based on the magic beans. Sing to the tune of ‘Five Currant Buns’: “Five magic beans just waiting to grow. Small and shiny, all in a row. Along came Jack with a penny one day, bought a magic bean and took it away.”
Topic - Have a range of junk-modelling materials and construction toys available for children to create their own castles for the giant.
Provide construction toys for children to use to build beanstalks of different heights. Encourage them to compare the heights of the beanstalks and introduce language such as taller and shorter.