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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.

There are also activities in the Skills® curriculum to focus on teaching the concepts mentioned in each book’s description.  Visit http://www.skillsforautism.com to learn more.