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A Three Period Lesson used in Montessori, IBI, ABA Therapy

A Three Period Lesson

The three period lessons are scientifically based lessons used in Montessori education and with children on the Autism Spectrum.   When I was a lead therapist working with a team of ABA therapists before I was a trained Montessori teacher I used three period lessons to evoke language from a non-verbal child on the Autism Spectrum.

It is a strong tool for teaching language and three period lessons combined with an intensive IBI program helped the child I worked with become verbal (2.5 year old child).

I used three period lessons as a Montessori teacher to teach the names of countries, continents, colours, sight words or high frequency words and sounds etc.  It is the most powerful teaching tool in the Montessori 2.5-6 preschool classroom and in ABA and IBI therapy programs to help children learn.

How to Use A Three Period Lesson:

The first period of the lesson always gives the names or identifies the three items you are teaching.

“This colour is blue, this colour is yellow, this colour is red.”

The second period is a game of mixing items up and having the child identify the item by pointing or touching it when asked.  The second period helps with their cognitive recognition of each colour.  “Give me blue or point to yellow or show me red.”

The third period is introduced when you know the child will be successful and identify the name of the item you ask them to name each colour.  “What colour is this?”

Three new items are introduced at a time and a maximum of six are done in one sitting.  Keep it fun so your child wants to do the lesson again.

The Colour Tablets (Montessori) used for a “Three Period Lesson”

First Period:

The first period gives the child the name of the object while pointing to it.

“This is the colour blue, say blue.”

Second Period:

In the second period you make it fun by moving the three objects around and go slower and faster saying with enthusiasm.

“Point to the colour blue” or “Give me the colour red.”  “Put yellow on your head.”

Third Period

The third period demonstrates that a child has understood or memorized the information.  This period should be done when the child will be successful.  Point to each object and ask, “What is it?”  If you ask the child, “what colour is it?” and he/she cannot identify the colour, stop in a positive way and know you need to do more work in the second period.  

It was amazing for me to discover the “three period lesson,” such a powerful teaching tool in both ABA, IBI therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum disorder and teaching children for years as a Montessori Preschool teacher.

DO NOT CORRECT YOUR CHILD IF THEY ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY.  INSTEAD TAKE A BREAK AND OBSERVE HOW YOU GAVE THE LESSON.  OR GO BACK TO THE FIRST PERIOD AND GIVE THEM THE NAMES AGAIN.

LESSONS ARE SHORT AND ARE NOT DONE UNTIL SUCCESS OCCURS YOU MAY NEED TO SHOW THE LESSON SEVERAL TIMES ON DIFFERENT DAYS BEFORE THE CHILD IS SUCCESSFUL IN THE THIRD PERIOD.  KEEP IT FUN NOT LONG AND MONOTONOUS.

REMEMBER EVERY CHILD DEVELOPS AT THEIR OWN RATE BE PATIENT AND HAVE FUN!

PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR HOW THIS LESSON WORKED WITH YOUR CHILD.

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