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Using a cell phone to call home – POPARD
Using a cell phone to call home

Using a cell phone to call home


Using a cell phone to call home is a task that allows the student to work independently and engage in a social interaction using a Work System.

Materials you’ll need:

  • cell phone
  • visual phone script
  • photo of the person the student is calling (i.e. Mom, Dad)

Before introducing this task, make pre-arrangements with the parent, outlining the parent’s role in the conversation. The call should be short and have a purpose (as in the attached example). Practice the phone conversation while monitoring and coaching the student before including it in a Work System.

Some ideas for extending this task include changing the conversation topic, phoning the parent’s cellphone, leaving a message on an answering machine, finding the number in “contacts” and sending a text message.

The student can follow instructions given in written and picture form available in the attachment below.

Work systems allow a student to work independently in the classroom and eventually in work settings.

Tasks for work systems should be directly related to a student’s IEP goals. Work systems include preferred and motivating activities.

Use ‘graduated guidance’ if a student requires support while completing a work system task. Briefly, this means providing enough physical guidance to prevent error; reducing this support as the student gains independence. For additional information, refer to Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, Teaching Independent Behaviour by L. McClannahan & P. Krantz (First Edition: 1999, Second Edition: 2010).