An example of a turn-taking card made with Boardmaker.
Turn-taking card game
Using a turn-taking card in a simple game.
When to use:
- Use when teaching turn-taking.
- Use during games, shared play, and other social activities.
How to use:
- Present the card to the student so that the “my turn” text and icon face them. Direct them to begin with a verbal of “Your turn”.
- When the student finishes their turn, they should slide the card back to you and say “Your turn.”
Teaching Using a Turn-taking Card
- Start by selecting a preferred item or activity that you will use to teach the student the skill of turn-taking (e.g.- a game in which one player acts at a time or a toy that can only be played with by one person at a time).
- Place the “My turn” card in front of the student and hand them the item. During the student’s turn, model appropriate waiting behavior and narrate your actions- e.g. “It’s your turn, so I am waiting quietly with my hands in my lap.”
- As you retrieve the item from the student, model placing the “My turn” card in front of yourself. During your turn, reinforce the student for waiting- e.g. “Great job sitting quietly!” or “I like the way you are waiting with your hands in your lap.” If the student is not waiting appropriately, prompt appropriate behaviors- e.g. “hands down until it’s your turn.” Initially, your turn might be quite short.
- When a turn ends, model passing the card to the student and say “Your turn”. When the student’s turn is over prompt them to pass the card back and say “Your turn.”
- As the student is able to wait for a short time, start extending the interval.
Tip: Two-player games and sharing a single toy are good starting points for teaching a student how to take turns.
- After a student is proficient with taking turns with one person, introduce additional partners. Pass the card among partners to indicate whose turn it is.