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Idioms are hard for our children on the spectrum and for our students whose native language is not English!

I was recently working with a young lady who has autism and has great difficulty with idioms.

It was hard for me to use idioms with her because she would just look at me and not know what to say!!! I started teaching her what to say quickly when an idiom was used so that she could avoid that awkward stare.

This is what I did on paper:

When someone says:                                         You can say:

1.  Do you want to run by the store?              Sure, lets go!

2.  His comment was off the wall.                    I think so too.

3.  I lost track of time.                  Don’t worry, we’re not late.

4.  This game is dirt cheap.    Good, cause I don’t have a lot of money.

5.  I’ve hit a snag.                                     What’s wrong?

You’ll see my nephew, Noah go through a list with me so you can see this in action!  

Take a look!

As a special bonus for my subscribers, I will soon be posting a couple of pages of Quick Social Responses for Idioms already made for you to download from my Resource page.  Stay tuned!

Don’t forget the current slang when you are teaching idioms to your secondary students.  You don’t want your child with autism to go cra cra (crazy) trying to figure things out!

Have fun with this!  This student I mentioned above actually took notes on some of my idioms because she was excited to use them at home with her family!!!!  Interesting!

I would love to know how this goes for you.  Let me know in the comments section!  Can’t wait to hear!

See you next time!



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