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Positive Pedagogy: How to Bring Positive Psychology into Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms for Students with Autism

How can you help your students discover stillness? joy? authenticity?  Positive psychology is the science of well-being, which applied, can bring more positivity and happiness into your classroom. Try investing in these easy “rituals,” or habits, to transform your classroom into an oasis where your students can learn to flourish, no matter their challenges. 

Updated on 5/10/18 11:42 AM

Updated by Arianna Riccio on 5/10/18 11:42 AM

Autism & Transitions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and Physical Spaces

How to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Child with Autism

Summer camp can be a positive and enriching experience for children on the autism spectrum, providing an alternative to the rigorous school year routine and opportunities for peer interactions. However, finding the right fit for your child can be intimidating and does require research and planning - here are some steps to help get you started.

Updated on 1/15/18 8:59 PM

Updated by Lauren Panzano on 1/15/18 8:59 PM

Health & Nutrition

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and Physical Spaces

Best Sports for Children with Autism

5 Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in Sports

It is no secret that sports are a big part of most people’s lives. More than 100 million people in the United States alone tune in to watch the Super Bowl every year. However, being a sports fan and playing a sport are two completely different things–especially in the eyes of a parent. You probably know enrolling your child in a sport has tremendous benefits such as endurance, strength, and general fitness. But as you might have guessed, for many children with autism, finding the appropriate sport can be challenging.  

Updated on 2/8/17 11:22 PM

Updated by Zholl Tablante on 2/8/17 11:22 PM

Autism and Physical Spaces

Cool Down Spaces: Best Practices for Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom or the Home

Parents and teachers can feel confused and uncomfortable when students shout, cry, or act in ways that appear developmentally or culturally inappropriate. It’s helpful to learn who you can turn to for training or advice on behavior management and it’s equally useful to learn a few strategies to help children regulate their emotions and, in turn, their behaviors.

Updated on 9/19/16 4:13 PM

Updated by Briana Brukilacchio on 9/19/16 4:13 PM

Autism and Physical Spaces

Creating Spaces that Work for Children with Autism

If you’re like me, there’s nothing more appealing than a home renovation show where a grand reveal shows furniture that is perfectly staged and pristine. As a teacher, this enthusiasm for design and decoration carried over to my classroom even though I was often tasked with making the best out of discarded furniture, fixed bookshelves, and dollar-store items rather than a design team and unlimited budget. Over the years, I learned what design concerns and investments in furniture and materials were worth my time, resources, and energy and what was not.  Ultimately, classrooms are just as, if not more important, than any grand home makeover as it is within those spaces that we, as educators, provide the learning opportunities and experiences of our students.

Updated on 9/15/16 12:29 PM

Updated by Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai on 9/15/16 12:29 PM

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