Sharing Space

Interacting with peers can be difficult for many children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Guide them through a collaborative activity, during which class members come up with self-care solutions to a scenario in which they must share physical space with other people.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson with a group activity in which learners practice standing in a line or participating in the same activity
  • Incorporate into an upcoming social challenge, such as having lunch in a cafeteria or sharing playground equipment with other classes
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for students with autism, but helpful for students with other special needs as well
  • Individuals may need further differentiation based on specific sensory issues or social stressors

  • Differentiates instruction and real-world examples into age levels (child, adolescent, and adult)
  • Provides a helpful reference sheet and graphic organizer

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