Autism

Autism is diagnosed in children at higher rates than ever. Chances are you have several children in your practice who can benefit from autism resources from Between Sessions. We provide resources for therapists working with children with autism, including games, worksheets, award certificates, and more. Download our therapy tools today, and don’t forget to check out our autism resources for teens and adults, too.

What Makes A Friend-Word Search — This worksheet is designed to help children understand the value of friendships. (emotional intelligence, social skills, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD).

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Autism, Study to Explore Early Development — This brochure from the CDC gives risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder. (PDF)

Autism Activities — This brochure details basic facts on Autism Spectrum Disorder. (PDF)

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Emotions Card Game — The Emotions Card Game is designed to help teach a variety of skills to children and teens related to awareness of emotions and problem-solving. The cards are intended to be used in a flexible manner. The instructions describe four different games than can be played. 27 pages (1118, emotional intelligence)

Teaching Social Flexibility (Card Game) — This activity for kids and teens teaches the importance of flexible social thinking. It includes two “poster” handouts to open a discussion on flexible thinking and a simple card game to practice new skills. (Asperger Syndrome, social intelligence, autism, ADHD, 1018)

Voice Volume Meter — This fun tool is designed to teach children to pay attention to their voice volume in different social settings. It takes just a minute to assemble a Voice Volume Control-o-Meter, which can be used in a variety of setting. (Autism, ADHD, social skills, communication) (Autism, ADHD, social skills, communication, 1018)

Ready Set Respond Game for Kids — This social skills game helps kids learn to take responsibility for their actions in social situations. It’s a fun group game and particularly useful for kids with ADHD and kids on the Autism Spectrum. Recommended for grades 3-7. (052318)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings. PDF

Teaching Young Children To Listen — This simple game is played like the classic game Simon Says. It can be used to teach young children the importance of listening to adult requests. PDF

Social Rules Card Game — This game is intended to help children talk about the importance of social rules. The game consists of 40 printable cards. You will need to add your own 6-sided die. (MSWord)

Feelings Toss — This game is designed to help children express their feelings. Players toss a penny and tell about a time they had a particular feeling. Form Type: PDF

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Autism Fact Sheet — Basic facts on symptoms of Autism. (PDF)

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Following the Rules — This story helps children see the importance of following adult rules. Form Type: PDF

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Finding People to Help You — This worksheet is designed to help children see that there are many adults around to help them in times of need. It asks children to think about the people around them (teachers, counselors, etc.) who can give them support and to identify specific times they might seek adult guidance. (resilience, 1118)

Asking Questions-Fortune Teller — This worksheet shows you how to cut out and fold a Fortune Teller which is designed to help kids talk about their themselves, their likes and dislikes, and more. (conversation, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, emotional intelligence, 102918, 2 pages).

Exploring Social Isolation (Kids) — Loneliness is a serious problem at all ages, but it is particularly problematic for children. Developmental psychologists say that children have a window of opportunity to learn certain social skills during their elementary school years and if they spend most of their time alone, it becomes very difficult to develop their social intelligence. This worksheet is designed to help children think about how much time they spend alone and to examine ways they can be more active with other people. (shyness, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, anxiety, 1018)

What I Could Have Done Differently (For Kids) — This worksheet gives children a template to think about what they could have done differently in terms of their behaviors. Children are asked to draw a problem they have had and write about and draw a picture of what they could have done differently. (behavior problems, autism, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, 1018)

Be Flexible About Your Plans — This worksheet is designed to start a conversation with children about the importance of being flexible in social situations. (social intelligence, autism, Asperger Syndrome, 0117)

Controlling the Volume Of Your Voice — This worksheet can be used to help children learn about the importance of controlling the volume of their voices in different situations. (Asperger Syndrome, Behavior, 0816)

Listening During A Conversation — This worksheet is designed to help children understand appropriate conversational responses. PDF (0216, conversation, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD)

Talking To A Friend Who Is Angry — This worksheet is designed to help children see the hidden rules about their social behavior. It specifically asks them to identify the hidden rules about how to approach a friend who is angry. The worksheet can be used to spark a conversation about hidden rules. Type: PDF (0515)

What Makes You Special? — This worksheet asks children to think about five things that make them unique. It can be used to help children understand their strengths and to spark a discussion about how everyone has special qualities. Form type: PDF (0215)

Note for Kids to Ask For Help — This worksheet can be used to children who are having difficulty asking for help. They can fill out the help (with or without the aid of a counselor) and then give it to the appropriate adult. . PDF

Belly Breathing For Kids — This is a brief explanation of breathing techniques and the supporting research for their use, intended for therapists. File Type: PDF

Teaching Kids To Be Thoughtful — This coloring sheet can be used to introduce the concepts of thoughtfulness and consideration to children. It can also be used as a mini-behavior program, letting children color in a star every time they do something thoughtful. PDF

Certificate of Effort — Use this certificate to reward children for making a great effort on their school work or when working on behavioral goals. Form Type: PDF

Certificate of Appreciation — Use this certificate to reward children for good behavior. Works great with random acts of kindness programs. Form Type: PDF

How to Treat Others — This worksheet can be used to help children learn important rules about how to treat others. Form Type: PDF

Arriving Late To Class — This worksheet explains what a student should do if they are late to class. (Form Type: PDF)

Learn About Feelings — Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF

Making Friends — This worksheet is designed to help children identify the right people to make friends with. PDF

Create Your Own TV Show — This worksheet can give insight on how children perceive their families. Form Type: PDF

Name That Feeling — This worksheet will help children talk about important feelings. PDF

Cooperation Maze — This maze helps teach kids the importance of cooperation by asking two children to do the maze together, one blindfolded. Form Type: PDF

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