Hands-on learning helps teach children important life skills at an early age. Teaching life skills at an early age is an important part of raising a child affected by autism. Regardless of a child’s ability level, practicing life skills now can best prepare them for success throughout their life. Basic self-help skills, such as dressing, eating, and grooming are an essential part of daily life. These skills should be taught at a young age so that children can continue to develop them as they grow.

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Children gain an understanding of life skills by imitating others and through hands-on exploration and practice. Games, toys, and pretend play that introduce life skills at an early age can help prepare children for real life experiences in the future. The products on this page teach important life skills such as telling time, counting and using money, and healthy eating habits.

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The All About Me Mirror Boards have been a fantastic asset to my class. I have emotion flash cards that we've used for many years to help identify emotions - happy, sad, surprised, angry, etc. Now we use them along with these mirrors. We identify the picture and then I have the students imitate that emotion in a mirror.

Jennifer F., Teacher, Evanston, IL


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Magnetic Money
Ages 5
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Time Activity Mat
Ages 5
$44.99
Double-Sided Magnetic Human Body
Pretend & Play® Ice Cream Shop
New Sprouts® Munch It!
Ages Under 2
$24.99
All About Me Mirror Boards
Big Time™ Demonstration Clock
Giant Magnetic Gallon Set
Ages 8
Was: $24.99 $17.49
Double-Sided Magnetic Money
Where is Howie's Owie?™
Pupil Clock Dials, Set of 10
Cash Pax® Money Briefcase
Magnetic Daily Schedule Clocks
New Sprouts® Cook it!
All About Me 2 in 1 Mirrors
Ages Under 2
$32.99
Classroom Clock Kit
Giant Classroom Money Kit
New Sprouts® Serve it!
Magnetic Time Activity Set
Pretend & Play® Pro Chef Set
Big Time™ Mini Clock
Pretend & Play® Doctor Set
Time Tracker® Visual Timer & Clock
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