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This is an excellent one-stop shop for purchasing assistive tools for transitioning individuals with autism from a classroom or homeschool environment to an independent living and/or business environment.
Their task boxes are self-contained and have a small footprint so they can be stored in a minimum amount of space. They feature hands-on manipulatives, which appeal to the an autistic child’s tactile senses and they are brightly colored, which appeals to their visual senses. The child does not need to be able to read, write or verbalize to use most of these unique boxes. (There are just a few that require reading skills.)
Parents, caregivers and educators can choose from task boxes that teach and reinforce skills like motor skills, problem solving and cognitive development.
Series one contains 7 tasks, series two 8 tasks, and series three 7 tasks. Prices range from approximately $228 to $285. The tasks in these three series are interactive activities like putting bugs into jars, zipping a zipper on a purse, and sorting coins that kids will love and want to do repeatedly. These tasks can also be purchased individually at prices ranging from about $31 to $43.
There are 33 tasks available in the matching group, many of which are bi-directional in nature; the second task is an extension of the first. For example, your child puts a washer on a peg and then takes it off.
Some life skills that can be learnt by using the matching series boxes are matching and folding socks and sorting and storing coins. Series one costs around $399, series two $475 and series three $436; prices for individual boxes average between $31 to $52.
The stacking tasks encourage hand-eye coordination and exercise fine motor skills. The 21 tasks are broken down into three series of seven tasks each with price points ranging from approximately $280 to $295 for sets and $35 to $47 for individual tasks. Some typical tasks in this group are making pyramids, stacking objects on posts, and matching and stacking shapes and blocks.
With 47 tasks from which to choose from, you can keep your kid learning in an enjoyable way for many hours. Children sort a wide range of objects like pencils, clothespins, toy cars or rocks that are fashioned from a variety of colors, textures and materials.
There are 16 tasks in series one, which retails for around $625, 15 in series two ($557) and 16 in series three ($643). Single tasks start at $32 and top out at about $46.
There are three series available in the fine motor boxes and each series contains 10 tasks.
The series one tasks are primarily age appropriate for kindergartners and include activities like threading lace through eyelets, stringing wooden beads, or matching nuts and bolts and then assembling them.
Series two teaches some vital skills that will help children learn to dress themselves like zipping a zipper, buttoning and unbuttoning and lacing and tying.
Series three tasks are a little harder. Activities like weaving a basket, opening a combination lock and tying a shoe may or may not be appropriate for your child depending on their overall skill levels.
Series one retails for about $337, series two for $436, and series three for $411. Single tasks from series one range from approximately $31 to $40, series two from $33 to $51, and series three from $32 to $55.
Note: All prices have been rounded up to the nearest dollar, do not include shipping or handling, and are subject to change.