Introduction: Question Activity for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This project is great for speech-language pathologists, teachers and parents who work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Below you will find an activity to help children gain skills to successfully ask and answer questions.
Step 1: Make a Canva Account
Pick a program to make your cards. I have found https://www.canva.com is a great site to make simple projects. In order to use the website, you will need to make a free account.
Step 2: Create a Design
Once you make an account and log in, you will see a page that looks similar to this one. Select “Create A Design” on the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Step 3: Custom Dimensions
In order to create a custom project, select the “Custom Dimensions” on the top right-hand corner of the screen. To make your card the size of a standard notecard put in the dimensions 3 and 5 inches.
Step 4: Create Your Design
After clicking “Create New Design” you will be taken to this page. Now it is time to start designing! You can either select a template on the left-hand side of the screen or you can make an original design. For the sake of this project, I will make my own.
Step 5: Adding Text
Start by clicking on “Text” on the black sidebar on the left side of the screen. Then, select “Add a Heading” which will create a text box on the first card.
Step 6: Card Uniformity
Next, I will add an “Element” on the left-hand sidebar to keep every card more uniform. This will make every picture that is added to the cards the same size. I will add the “square grid."
Step 7: Coping Pages
Hitting the “Copy Page” button will make the next page the exact same. Again, this will help with the uniformity of all your cards. It is up to you how many cards you would like to make and you can always add more cards as you go.
Step 8: Uploading Pictures
To add a picture, click on the “Uploads” button. Once you get onto this page, select “Upload an Image." This will allow you to browse your computer for a picture.
*I suggest getting pictures from Google and saving them onto your computer. The cards look best when there is a white background around the photo.
Step 9: Adding Pictures
After uploading a picture to the website, it will show up on your sidebar. You simply drag the picture to your card and it will take the place of the “square Grid.”
Step 10: Adding Text
The final step is to add text to the “Add a Heading” box. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a difficult time answering “wh questions" including who, what, when, where, why, and how. I will add these types of questions to each of my cards. The picture on the card gives the child a visual that will assist them in answering the question on the card.
Step 11: Repeat!
Now that know how to make cards you can add as many as you want by repeating steps 8-10!
**I suggest making at least 2 cards with each “wh-word” (who, what, when, where, why and how). This way the child using the cards is able to practice each type of question.
Step 12: Downloading Your Cards
Once you have made all your cards you can click “Download.” This will download your cards into a PDF document that will allow printing.
Step 13: Print Your Cards
After printing, cut out the cards and then you are ready to start using them!
**I suggest laminating each card to ensure a longer use out of your cards.
Step 14: Enjoy Your Final Project
Here are six examples of cards that I made! I hope you enjoy your new question card activity!