I am often asked how best to use Clicker 7 to support pupils who have autism. All pupils will have different needs, however Clicker is the perfect tool to meet some of those needs.
Pupils with autism can often have difficulties interacting with both their peers and with adults. I worked with a pupil who could not remember the names of the teachers. He had learnt that using ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ was perfectly adequate, so did not see the need in knowing their names. You can use the matching activities within Clicker to help.
Just add the pictures into a matching activity, select ‘word’ for the target and ‘picture’ for the choice. This works extremely well as a touch screen activity, as pupils can tap on the text to hear the name read out to them.
Social Stories and sequencing
Clicker Books are ideal to use for Social Stories. The stories can then be shared with others, either on the device used, or as a printed out book.
You can also use Clicker Books for sequencing activities, from getting dressed for PE to making your own sandwiches.
Photographs can be used instead of symbols and they make the sequencing activity much more personal and meaningful to the individual.
Pupils with autism often have special interests. These can vary and often staff have little or no knowledge of the subject. Examples of special interests can include trains, bus timetables, flags, Pokémon or even pylons. Using a special interest is often a great way to encourage and motivate pupils to write.
Often, learners have a really good knowledge of the subject, but have difficulties in getting this down onto paper. Clicker Board can be a great tool to help.
Working one-to-one with a pupil, they can give staff the vocabulary and information that they want to include in their writing and the adult can create a Clicker Board.
The board is a very visual resource which is ideal as pupils with autism are often visual learners.
The Clicker Board can be easily converted into a Word Bank (right clicking on an empty part of the board will bring up this menu).
Pupils can then use the Word Bank to create a piece of writing about something that really motivates and enthuses them.
These are only a few of the resources that can be created and used to support pupils on the autistic spectrum, but Clicker’s ability to be tailored to the specific needs of the individual can make it a very motivating and rewarding tool.