Books are a wonderful way to introduce the new concepts and vocabulary related to holidays. Here are some Halloween books that can be integrated into your child’s ABA program.
– Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? By Karen Katz – A lift-the-flap toddler book. Great for practicing following instructions, protodeclarative pointing, and learning Halloween labels.
– Spooky, Spooky, Spooky! By Cathy MacLennon – An exciting, adorable, and only slightly spooky introduction to Halloween critters for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Wonderful for practicing choral responding, generalizing colors, animals and object labels, and practicing descriptions and attributes.
– The Spooky Wheels on the Bus By J. Elizabeth Mills – A spooky version of everyone’s favorite preschool song! Count the creepies and sing along with new seasonally appropriate lyrics.
– Glad Monster, Sad Monster, A Book About Feelings By Ed Emberly and Anne Miranda – Another fun book for pre-K and early elementary. Generalize emotions and talk about emotional cause and effect with these goofy colorful monsters.
– The Biggest Pumpkin Ever By Steven Kroll – A country mouse and a city mouse both tend the same pumpkin, unbeknownst to each other. Appropriate for ages 4-8 and perfect for generalizing social cognitive concepts, including beliefs, intentions and perspective taking.
– The Bernstein Bears Trick or Treat By Stan & Jan Bernstein – A creepy neighbor turns out to be nice! Good for practicing social cognitive skills, particularly intentions and deception. It can also be used as a starting point for discussing safe trick-or-treat behaviors.
– Halloween Mad Libs Jr. An elementary school classic! Mad libs give children a structured opportunity to practice turn taking, conversation skills,academic language skills, listening comprehension, flexibilities and absurdities, including social humor.