Break Cards for children with ASD - Teaching Resources

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This listing is a digital PDF file for a Break Cards which are used as a teaching resource by teachers, aides and parents.
Break cards can be used for children with ASD or that have trouble verbally expressing how they feel when they are overwhelmed by a certain situation. Instead of attempting to verbalise these feelings, a child can present a card to an adult in charge and be granted the time to cool down without using any words.

I designed these cards for a particular child in my class, who gets very angry at times and runs out of the room during class time. This presents issues for me and the classroom teacher, as we need to continue teaching the class and now worry about where the child in question has bolted off to.
Since introducing these cards, this child only bolts from the classroom approximately 15% of the time. I am not saying that this cards cure certain behaviours, but if implemented correctly they can minimise negative behaviour linked to anger and feelings of being overwhelmed.

With this purchase you will gain access to a PDF file that has 12 different Break cards for you to use. Please note this is a DIGITAL file and not a FINISHED product. These break cards have different activities on each one. They look best when printed in colour, back on coloured paper and laminated.
The PDF should become available to you instantly after you have paid for this product.
The alternative activities on this set of break cards are:
-Computer game
-iPad time
-Physical Activity
-Quiet time
-Game (cards or board game)
-Stretching exercises
-Playing with a ball
-Go to the toilet & get a drink
-Sensory toys

As you can see, there is quite a variety of activities on the break cards, and obviously not all 12 will work for every child out there. I typically get a child to choose two or three activities on the cards that they like and then we make three or four copies of those.
This listing is also for those of you who wish to make their own break cards with the content of the cards being supplied for you.
There is another option to purchase where I will back and laminate the cards for you and post them out if you aren't feeling super creative or adventurous.