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Old 10-18-2020, 12:17 PM
 
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I wanted to teach my son about Living Things/Non Living Things. So I started very basic with just living things are people, animal, and plants. He really doesn't understand what a plant is so I tried to do a sort with just people and animals but just focus on people. He was super confused. I don't think he understands how to discern between the two because many times he would say (people that he knows)go under animal (and yes I know we are all essentially animals). So we tried adding a characteristic of boy and girl which still didn't help. Then we tried people live in a house, they talk (which may be confuse him later because the animal characters in the books will sometimes talk). We tried people have two arms and two legs. I cannot provide a visual for every single person in this world. How do you think I should go about this? I thought he understand girl or boy because he used the correct pronouns...


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Is he able to sort by color? Sizeóbig or little? Geometric shape?
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Is he developmentally ready for the concept?
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Kids on the spectrum arenít able to generalize so he literally canít apply what youíre trying to teach him to different situations/items.

He also may not be ready for the concept youíre trying to teach him yet.

Have you heard Temple Grandin describe how her mind works? It might give you some insight into how your sonís brain works. I watched it for a graduate class I took and found it fascinating.

https://www.ted.com/talks/temple_gra...xt?language=en

If it were me, I would start talking about living things constantly. Point out everything around you so he can start building his visual databank. DS forgets nothing so that would be a better approach for us. YMMV
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Yes, he does.
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Have you talked about characteristics of living things as opposed to categories?

Living things grow.
They move, get energy, die...


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He wouldn't understand that at all. That's way too complex. I'm just trying to teach him the difference between animal and people right now.
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Okay. I think diffentiating between a living thing and a nonliving thing may still be an easier concept than animal vs person.

What about answering the question "does it grow?"

I don't know anything about your child, though.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:28 PM
 
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I would start by taking a walk and pointing out plants, people, and animals. Over and over and over. Have him name the ones he knows, and then you tell him what category. You could even take pictures as you go so that later you are sorting things he has actually seen.
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