Jack Entering Puberty. (Activity To Practice Reading Comprehension, Social And Conversation Skills For Autistic Children)


This material is a tool designed to assist autistic children with in enhancing their reading comprehension and conversation skills. The story, ‘Jack Entering Puberty,’ is about a boy named Jack who is experiencing the natural changes of puberty and learning about privacy. This relatable narrative provides a comforting context for young readers to explore these universal themes.

The story is followed by comprehension questions that encourage the reader to recall key details and themes, helping them understand and relate to Jack’s experiences. The children are guided to answer these questions in their own words, fostering self-expression and communication.

In the later section, illustrations from the story are provided. These are meant for the child and their caregiver to engage in conversations about specific moments in the story, encouraging them to contextualize, empathize, and articulate their thoughts. This activity not only helps in developing conversational skills but also in cultivating social understanding and empathy.

Using this material can provide a supportive and interactive environment for autistic children to learn and grow at their own pace, just like Jack in the story. Remember, everyone’s journey is unique, and the most important thing is that there is always help and love surrounding us, and it’s okay to have our own time and space.”



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