We've been learning about 'Emergency' Vehicles this week. We have to make activities really interesting to get the boys to take part, so I used James' desire to thread everything as a way to encourage him to look pictures of fire engines, police cars and ambulances.
He loved this, so I imagine we will repeat it for various things we learn about. I add in 'lables' by just saying the words as he threads them onto the cord. With other threading activities we may talk about colours or count the items threaded. I've found this article about Non-Verbal Thinking from the TEACCH Autism Program very helpful for both understanding James' developmental stage, and for ideas of appropriate activities within that.