Following Simple Directions with Colors

Categories: Basic Skills | Resources | Spring

Fun and seasonal freebie today! It’s similar to the receptive language worksheets that I have been making loads of versions of lately – but makes it a little more structured. I have a few students working on some more basic ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) tasks such as color identification and following one step direction. Following one step directions can be tricky for some of my students with low receptive language. I made these tasks to work on this skill in a structured way and provide a visual prompt as well. Download for free: Following Simple Directions with Colors and please leave some feedback love!

Each worksheet is basically a coloring sheet:

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and comes with coordinating flashcards for the one step directions:

The Autism Helper - Following Direction Freebie


You can show the student the flashcards to provide a prompt or just read the directions to make it more challenging. The set contains 5 worksheets with 3-6 flashcards per sheet. This activity is perfect for a paraprofessional to run. It’s simple and straightforward but still requires some adult guidance! Happy Friday 🙂


  1. Thanks for the freebie! I can’t wait to use it with my kiddos!

  2. I used this in class the other day and loved it. The kids seemed to enjoy it, and they did way better with following the directions than I would have predicted. Thanks!

  3. Love doing activities like this with my kiddos. We also do a lot with 100s charts and visual directions for that too. Also, TheMailbox had a nice K-1 book called “listen and do” which can be easily adaptable for the slightly higher ones.
    Thanks for the freebie!

  4. Love this idea! As a speech language pathologist this is something I could definitely use. Would you mind asking your SLP what assessments she uses for the children in your room. The only standardized tests I have are for younger gen ed students. I have nothing for low or non-verbal children. Thank you!

  5. I have an answer for you! Here is her response:
    That is the problem that many of our students can’t complete standardized testing.
    Depending on the student’s level, I try and given the student the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test if they can attend to pictures.
    Here are 2 resources they can use to help with assessments. It doesn’t give a standard score but it helps identify what the student is doing to help write the report and figure out goals
    -Functional Communication Profile – from LinguiSystems
    -Communication Matrix (it is available on line)
    I usually use my own made up assessment which I make a checklist. I break it down into receptive language skills, expressive language skills, and pragmatic language skills.

    Hope this helps! 🙂


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