Song Fill Ins

Song fill ins

The objective of “song fill ins” is for your child to be independently able to complete missing words in songs by either word, approximation or an electronic device.
Communication is hard for children with autism. They often have trouble just forming sounds and therefore they are not very eager to learn to communicate. Teaching them fun ways to communicate and starting with simple sounds should entice them to at least give communication a try. Filling in simple words in songs is a great and fun way to learn to form simple words. Later on theses words can be used as building blocks to form sentences and being able to communicate.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.3.
  3. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) let’s sing a song. Let’s sing the “the Itsy Bitsy Spider”. I’ll sing and you fill in some words.” Then start singing. “The itsy bitsy _____,”
  4. Perfect outcome: your child says “spider”, praise and continue singing.

Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.

  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) let’s sing “the itsy bitsy spider. I sing and you fill in the words. Start singing again “the itsy bitsy ____, then say spider”.

Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child says “spider”, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.


It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Song fill ins” program.

Items you need:

A list off kid friendly songs to sing.

Autism Support Now offers ABA Therapy in Kansas City and throughout Southeast Missouri. Founded as an ABA self help video site in 2013 (by 501c3, Ella's Hope for Autism) ASN began offering in home ABA services in December of 2016 in Kansas City. In June of 2018 Autism Support Now, LLC opened it's second location in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.