Teaching Personal Pronouns

teaching personal pronouns

Personal Pronouns & Autism

Many children, like my son Jack who are Autistic, struggle to understand what may be considered “abstract” parts of speech & language such as personal pronouns.

Personal Pronouns include; I, you, he, she, it, we, they.

I have been focusing recently on personal pronouns with my second son Jack as he was very confused when referencing pronouns during play activities and in his daily life.

If you have been following me over on Instagram you will know that on the daily I am sharing videos and posts of how I educate my Autistic sons at home in the evenings. (You can watch some of my videos here.) One post that I received a lot of feedback was about Personal Pronouns & Feelings.

Autism Pronouns Free Printable

I have created a Pronoun Sorting Printable that proved very beneficial for hands on learning with Jack, which I am sharing in this blog post for FREE!

Here’s how I teach Feelings & Pronouns using my Pronoun Sorting Printable:

✅ Ensure student can understand the difference between boy/girl and he/she.

✅ Using the @superduperpub Feelings Deck we go through all the cards, identifying the feelings that are being displayed- I sometimes use a tabletop mirror and imitate what is expressed in the photo card and encourage Jack to do the same.


✅ Using the Pronoun Sorting Printable we sort through the Feelings Deck by gender, placing the correct card and using the correct pronoun. “He is happy”.

Autism Pronoun Free Printable

✅ I provide a collection of mini figures and ask Jack to sort them into the correct gender while also using the correct pronouns.

2023 Update –

This post was originally written some years ago on pronoun teaching. One addition I would make to this teaching activity to day in the present understanding of pronoun identification is that I would have discussions with my son Jack about always being respectful and asking an individual what their pronouns are and not just assuming to know by what he may presume is presented by how a person looks on the outside.

Autism Pronoun Free Printable

You can obtain your FREE Pronoun Sorting Printable Download here.

Post originally written in 2017

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