Power Card Strategy involves including special interests with visual aids to teach and reinforce academic, behavioral and social skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since many children with Asperger Syndrome and autism tend to have highly developed special interests, this strategy is especially beneficial for this population. By using their special interest, the individual is motivated to use the strategy presented in the scenario and on the power card. It is a positive strategy that is often entertaining as well as inexpensive and simple to develop.
It can be used when an individual lacks the understanding of his/her expectations, to clarify choices, to teach cause and effect between a specific behavior and its consequence, to teach another's perspective, to aid in generalization, or as a visual reminder of appropriate behavioral expectations of a situation.
The materials below were created by Laura Dickenson, a teacher in Unit #5, Normal, Illinois. They were developed to help a young woman with autism learn game playing skills.
The contestants on Survivor love to play games! In fact, playing games on the show is how they win rewards or win immunity. Sometimes the players and teams win their games, but sometimes, they lose. When they win, they give each other "high fives," smile or say, "Alright!" When they lose their game, the Survivors might not be happy. They could take a deep breath and say, "Maybe next time," or say "Good job" to their opponent. The contestants on Survivor think everyone should have fun playing games. They also want you to remember three things when playing games with other people:
Play games the Survivor way and your friends will have fun playing games with you!
Front of power card has the logo on it.
Back of power card
The contestants on Survivor think everyone should have fun playing games. They also want you to remember three things when playing games with other people:
Myles, B. S., Trautman, M. L., & Schlevan, R. L. (2006). The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations. Autism Asperger Publishing Company: Shawnee Mission, KS.