Stand Up When You Hear Your Name

By Activity Bank on Nov 21, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Charlotte Cushman and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Learning to respond to one’s name is more than just recognizing a word: it means developing one’s self-concept. This activity teaches students to understand and recognize their name, which in turn allows them easier participation in group activities and turn-taking in structured activities. Lessons include Concept Development, English Language Arts, Social Skills and Independent Living Skills.




Form a circle with students and explain that each person should stand up when he hears his name. Ring a bell and call a name. Give the student time to stand up, with prompting if necessary. Reinforce him with lots of praise. After the student is seated again, ring the bell and call another name.


  • If the student cannot stand easily, he could respond by raising a hand or vocalizing.
  • Students can ring the bell as reinforcement if they stand up when they hear their names.
  • Students may wish to take turns being the “teacher” by ringing the bell and calling another student’s name.

Hint: Take attendance each morning as part of the daily routine. Ask students to say, “I’m here,” or to wave “hello” if they are unable to speak, when they hear their name.