ASD table time crafts-prepositions



Way, way, back in the day when my children were little I was trained in a program called the Jumpstart program here in Arizona that basically teaches families how to do ABA therapy with their ASD (Autism spectrum disorder) children.

It was and is a great program that I would encourage all families to go through even if they have a child who is not on the spectrum. A lot of the ABA behavioral tips would work great with all children at all levels.

So every month I thought it would be nice to share with anyone else out there some old tips of mine from the past. I am not an expert. I am not a professional in anyway but I am a mom. This new monthly post of mine is never meant to mommy shame or make anyone else feel bad about their own children or styles of raising their kids. It is just me sharing some fun projects I did with my two children long ago.

When my son stopped speaking, looking at us, and basically only wanted to spin his father’s bike wheel outside over and over I never thought I would see a day where he would speak to me. There were a lot of melt downs and very sad moments for my husband and I.

Today you would not recognize that child from long ago. My son has passed me in academics. He has conversations, and he is attending college. We are talking about difficult subjects too,  like biology and human anatomy. He is working very hard to keep his grades up so he can get those scholarships.

It is so hard to see ahead when you are right in the middle of something that is a really difficult experience you may be going through in your life. Please be encouraged, never discouraged. My son has passed everything I had hopped for him. He is such an amazing little man, although he is no longer little. He is almost 6ft tall now and he is only 19.

I will sometimes add the spiritual side to what I believe and that is that I believe God only gives us what he knows we can handle. I know there are some followers of mine that do not share my belief in God and I try to keep most of my post neutral because I don’t want to exclude anyone from what I want to share.I want to include everyone as much as possible. I will always believe God set up my life in a way to help me when it came time with my own child and his special needs. Now I want to share that with as many people as possible.

You see when I was a little girl there was some chaos in my life and my way of escaping that was to create. My art was my quiet place, it was my pretty place where nothing terrible ever happened. God knew someday I would need those skills in order to teach and reach a little boy I would have later in my life. People who remember my son from the early years are always amazed when they see him now. They always ask ” How did you do that?”.

A mother knows their child and what ever they accomplish in life, however small others may see it, it is huge in your child’s life. Take every day, minute by minute and those little goals will be  accomplished. Just remember, that each little thing your children learns is a gift.

Anyway, these little projects of mine were just creative ways to teach my children. I would design games, make toys, sew puppets, draw out coloring pages. I used everything I had in me to make teaching fun. As all good mother’s know…we will do everything and anything for our babies.

My first project is on prepositions. This was one of the most difficult subjects to teach my son when it came to communicating. To make it less intimidating and more entertaining I used dollhouse furniture and little miniatures to teach him all about prepositions.

Supplies needed:


Small table and chair

An assortment of Miscellaneous items


I found this table and chair set at a dollar store here in the city. It was all ready to paint and decorate. Have your children paint their table and chair set. Make sure to keep the table and chair set a solid color. Don’t paint it all different colors making it very busy and distracting. Having visually loud items will distract the child and make them focus solely on that.


A Brown table and chair is fine. I did end up adding a tiny flower to mine later, which also might be distracting because I used puffy paints. Some ASD children may want to just go over the textures of puffy paint for sensory play.


Be careful of adding too many colors and textures when designing your speech toys. After the lesson let them design their own table to play with later. This will help with melt downs. Plus your child will see that they always get to end their lessons with something fun that they like doing. Always end everything on a positive. That goes for everything in life.


To make my table look more realistic I decoupaged some faux wood paper to the top.


ABA therapy was always done at a table when I was taught but I switched it up when I got home and did ABA therapy everywhere. In our pool, at the park, out to eat, and of course at our kitchen table. This was years ago, so things could have changed since then. You all know your children best, so make a program that you feel will work best for you and your child.

One of the items I am using for this project is a little clay vase I made with some left over clay.


Which I added tiny flowers to once dry.


And a pillow and table runner to set on the table. All these items can be used in your lessons.


You can use just about anything. If your child has an obsession with certain characters (careful with this one because it could lead to too many distractions) then use those obsessions to your advantage. Sometime I would bring out Thomas the tank when I was teaching my son prepositions.

A little pillow is perfect because it is an every day item we use, just adding another word to a child’s vocabulary that way. An example of this lesson would be “Put the pillow on the table” or “Put the pillow under the table” you can go on and on with one step directions then moving on to two step preposition directions the more your child learns. “Put the vase under the table and the pillow on the chair”.


Language is not the easiest skill for some and the English language can be a bit confusing at times. It is my language and I even have problems with it…like I just wrote up above, I am no professional as many of my regular followers know, I make tons of mistakes.

Anyway, I do hope this quick little craft project and speech lesson helps someone out there. There’s all kinds of information on ABA therapy online. When I first started ABA with our son, cell phones were just taking off. Now I wouldn’t be surprised if dogs didn’t start walking around with a cell phone strapped to their faces watching cats running around on screen. Probably have some sort of App that does ABA prepositions online. I still like doing things the old way.


Happy teaching everyone.

Copyright 2019 Our Little Red House  ©

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Dandelion B says:

    your childhood story makes me think maybe the universe knew I’d one day need to be creative for my son as well, creating and pretend play helped me through my childhood ( as an only child as well for 10 years)
    programs are great but not always available to some, our son was “too intelligent” we kept being told for any programs available and once the doctor diagnosed him on the spectrum but more of sensory processing disorder and select mustim, bam no one treated those disorders around us. I did my own research, I use to make him books to teach him with visuals of the life around him, real pictures of people in his life, real settings in school the neighborhood and our home. wish I had though of this! hands on teaching with a doll house sound like a great way!
    thanks for sharing and I too can attest to how when you are in the thick of things you can not see the light but at almost 15 our soon has blossomed, one thing others should keep in mind is NEVER EVER expect or force them to be “normal” or “conform” I had to learn that along the way, I worried he would not be a functioning child or adult unless he was like society expected him to be, NOT TRUE

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    1. Your childhood sounds like mine. I love how you made little books to help your son and so true about everyone accepting each individual for who they are. How boring the world would be if we were all alike. I believe everything happens for a reason and the moment we all realize that the easier things become.


  2. ekurie says:

    I am glad you include God sometimes in your posts. He includes everyone in Himself, whether they believe or not.

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    1. Thank you Ekurie, that is so true.

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  3. kat says:

    This brings me back to my ABA interventionist days. I have fond memories of teaching prepositions, and definitely could have used this! It’s amazing how far your son has come, and even more wonderful how hands on you were. I worked with some parents who always seemed lost at sea and were very hands off when we weren’t there.

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  4. Thank you Kat, I tried looking for your link to that post earlier because I wanted to include that with this post. I remember you writing about ABA therapy and how great it is. I really enjoyed reading that. It really helped my son. I have noticed that too with some parents not being as hands on with their special needs children, but I figure even if they didn’t have a special needs child they would still be a hands off type of parent. I witnessed this a lot with the preschool I volunteered at sometimes. It can be overwhelming at times, with all children, so who knows what their story is behind closed doors. I would just give those parents and kids extra attention and even invited some to house craft parties I would put on for social skill lessons.


  5. simplywendi says:

    thank you for sharing part of your son’s story as it gives me hope. one of my children struggles a lot with academics and I fear for her future……….

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    1. Your very welcome Wendy, I hope there is something I post that will help. It is so hard when children struggle with school and learning. Find what your daughter loves, which I know you already know and just concentrate on that, Everyone on this planet has something they were born to be good at.

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      1. Whoops…Wendi, I always mix up names. Hope you all are having a great week too.


      2. simplywendi says:

        🙂 thank you so very much…..i really needed someone else to acknowledge that it is “so hard” because, it really is hard! God bless you.


  6. Such a great idea! I love the hands on learning approach as well and find it so effective with kids of all abilities and ages! Thanks for sharing this cute craft and learning idea!

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    1. You’re welcome and thank you.

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  7. This is amazing! I hope this helps mothers everywhere in the same situation with teaching. These students melted my heart!

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    1. Sorry! I meant to add I subbed for a few autistic children. These students melted my heart!

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      1. That’s okay, I knew what you meant and they are wonderful children.


    2. Thank you Renee, I hope so too. They are so sweet and I had a lot of fun volunteering with special needs preschools.


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