Turn Taking Activities


Turn taking can be a challenging skill for our young autistic students. It is a beginning social skill and is also related to sharing. It can be hard to know where to start with teaching turn taking at the early childhood level. Hopefully, these tips and strategies can help you get started.

Where To Start With Turn Taking

It can be helpful to start by using a “your turn” visual during fun games, such as a car ramp or ball run. These are nice activities to start with because they lend themselves to turn taking with a clear beginning and end to the turn. They are also super fun with the sensory aspect of both of these types of toys. You can easily work on modeling the “your turn” visual by sliding it back and forth between the two children. It will become a predictable routine and soon the children will be doing it on their own!

Click here for the “your turn” visual. I created a list of simple turn taking games in my Amazon Shop. You can check the list out here.

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If you use visual supports in your classroom or home, you are going to want to sign up for this free Visual Supports Starter Set ASAP! Click here to have one sent to your inbox. Also, be sure to read more about visual supports and how they can help autistic children here.

a photo showing several visual supports for young children with autism

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