Research indicates that structured teaching and naturalistic approaches may both positively affect different children (Bernard-Opitz, Ing, & Kong, 2004). To provide a program that is likely to benefit different children, TeachTown: Basics includes a structured approach (On Computer Lessons) and a naturalistic approach (Off Computer Activities). PRT (Koegel, 1989) and other naturalistic approaches (e.g. McGee, Daly, & Jacobs, 1994; Rogers & Dawson, 2010) are the recommended instructional methodologies for implementing the Off Computer Activities, but the activities are written for caregivers and teachers to understand and implement easily. There are approximately 300 activities in the program.
The curriculum for the Off Computer Activities includes the same 6 learning domains and 5 levels as the computer curriculum, and each activity is linked to one or more lessons in the TeachTown: Basics computer program. Within each activity there are specific objects that can be directly included into a child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
There is a sliding ability curriculum map within each activity to provide easy accommodations for differentiated instruction for every child:
Each activity has simple instructions on:
Each activity is child-friendly to foster child motivation, but includes behavioral and measurable objectives that can enhance the IEP planning process. The Off Computer Activities use motivating materials and incorporate child choice.
|Language Development||Receptive Language Skills, Expressive Language Skills, Verbal/Vocal Imitation, Receptive and Expressive Multiple Cues, Auditory Discrimination, Descriptive Language, Answering Questions, Asking Questions, Intraverbal Language Skills, Pronouns, Language Scripts, Fill in the Blank, Adverbs, Question Discrimination, Related Statements, Describing Objects, Actions, Nouns, Descriptors|
|Social and Emotional Skills||
Attending, Waiting to Respond, Observational Learning, Pointing, Following a Point, Imitating Peers, Following Directions, Waiting Turns, Listening Skills, Verbal Behavior in Play, Social Interaction, Making a Choice, Joint Attention, Initiating, Singing, Conversation Skills, Social Communication, Responding to Nonverbal Communication, Imaginative Play, Commenting, Gender, Perspective Taking Skills, Inferences, Social Questions, Eye Contact, Social Thinking, Responding to Social Scripts, Joining Social Routines, Making a Choice by Pointing, Communicative Intent, Using Gestures for Communication, Emotions, Causes of Emotions, Greetings, Responding to Name, Approaching an Adult, Track Eye Gaze, Sharing, Familiar People Identification, Gaining Attention, Social Skills, Social Problem Solving, Express Own Feelings, Compromise, Understanding Personal Space, Helping Others, Responding to Distress, Social Rules, Cooperation, Adjusting Proximity, Shifting Attention, Introducing Self, Encouraging Peers, Remains with Group, Social Categorization, Emotion Categorization, Social Prediction, Role Playing, Complimenting Skills, Self Interests, Peers’ Interests, Requesting, Delivering a Message
Organizational Skills, Sequencing, Self Help and Independence Skills, Neighborhood Safety, Safety and Danger Categorization, Flexibility, Self Regulation, Relaxation, Dressing Skills, Shopping Skills, Body Parts, Clothing, Rooms of the House, Room Functions, Community Places, Community Functions, Occupations, Community Helpers, Seasons, Life Skills, Time Telling, Scheduling, Money Skills, Coin Value, Coin Identification, Community Signs, Sign Functions, Time Categorization, Time Management, Personal Address, Food Categorization, Making a Grocery List
Categorization, Matching Identical and Non-Identical Items, Conceptual Skills, Functional Relationships, Associations, Memory, Cause and Effect, Prediction, Size Concepts, Right and Left, Visual/Spatial Relationships, Recalling Events, Identification of Partials, Time Concepts (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow), Time Concepts (Morning, Day, Night), Visual Performance, Exclusion, Face Matching, Problem Solving, Sorting, Directional Cues, Shapes, Puzzles, Blocks, Conditional Directions, Multi-Step Directions, Comparisons, Identify What’s Missing, Sequencing, Seriation, Features, Functions, Same and Different, Mazes, Opposites
|Language Arts||Early Literacy, Printing, Spelling, Handwriting, Matching Word-Picture, Syntax, Grammar, Visualization in Reading Comprehension, Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Story Telling, Writing Letters to a Friend, Conjunctions, Match Uppercase Letters, Tracing, Finger Tracing, Print Awareness, Writing Name, Acting Out Stories, Environmental Print and Symbols, Scribbling, Upper and Lower Case Letter Identification, Matching Letters, Match Own Name and Peers’ Names, Making Letters, Expressive and Receptive Letter Identification, Invented Spelling, Phonics, Syllables, Personal Yearbooks, Phonic Starts, Phonic Ends, Phonic Medials, Blends, Sight Words, Reading Comprehension, Story Fill-ins, Answer Comprehension Questions, Basic Book Report Skills, Color Sight Words, Decoding, Rhyming, Segmenting and Blending Word Family Words, Create Stories with Prompts, Read and Follow Written Directions, Parts of Speech, Write Sentences, Compound Words|
|Mathematics||Quantities, Some/All/None, Number Recognition, Counting, Expressive Number Identification, More and Less, Rounding Up, Measuring Tools, Calendar, Match Non-identical Numbers, Match Identical Numbers, Rote Counting to 10, Receptive and Expressive Identification of Numbers, Number Categorization, Match Numeral to Quantity, 1:1 Correspondence, Patterns, Estimating, Sequencing Numbers, Sequencing Size, Two-Digit Numbers, Addition Single Digits with Manipulatives, Addition Single Digits without Manipulatives, Number Lines, Subtraction Equations, Matching Fractions, Fraction Identification, Count by Tens, Bar Graphs, Sums to Ten|
"Both of my sons with autism love TeachTown! I don't think they even realize that they are doing work because they are having so much fun."