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Inclusive Education

Early Childhood Education

Autism and Physical Spaces

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Health & Nutrition

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

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism & Transitions

Autism & Emotions

Parent Strategies for Helping Children with Autism Cope with Transitions and Changing Routines

Transitions from one activity to the next can be difficult for any child, especially if they are being asked to leave a preferred activity to instead do something they need to do. While some behaviors in response to transitions may look similar between neurotypical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the reasons behind the behaviors can differ. When a child is navigating life with ASD, the world can be an unpredictable place, and a set routine can help them feel more in control, greatly easing anxiety and frustration. If that routine needs to change for any reason, it can feel like someone pulled a rug out from underneath them, and they may feel emotionally overwhelmed in response.

Updated on 5/8/18 12:30 PM

Updated by Lauren Panzano on 5/8/18 12:30 PM

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Health & Nutrition

Autism & Emotions

5 Positive Play Therapies to Help Your Child with Autism

Despite being riddled with its own challenges and stressors, childhood can often be idealized as a time of magic and freedom. What often makes childhood so uniquely sacred is the acceptance and endorsement of play. While play can often seem like a time of rest and rejuvenation unburdened by demands, it can also be carried out in a therapeutic manner to help your child with autism practice important life skills. Furthermore, enhancing play therapy through engaging principles of Positive Psychology, the scientific study of well-being, can make your child’s play even more beneficial by inviting in more positivity, happiness, and joy during playtime.

Updated on 4/16/18 11:30 AM

Updated by Arianna Riccio on 4/16/18 11:30 AM

Autism & Emotions

Helping Children with Autism to Communicate & Recognize Emotions

Recognizing, Showing, and Regulating Emotions

Think about the different ways that you recognize the emotions of others in your daily life. Do you focus on their facial expression? Their body language? Or their tone of voice? While some of us may do these things in our daily lives without thinking twice, for children with autism it is often difficult to communicate their emotions and recognize the emotions of others. Parents and educators often find that their children or students with autism display inappropriate behaviors due to their difficulty recognizing and communicating their emotions. For example, children may have tantrums that seem easily triggered, they may become aggressive, or may become withdrawn. Although difficulty communicating and understanding emotions is not a universal challenge in those who have autism, it is very common. Therefore, parents and educators should become familiar with the different ways to help children communicate and recognize emotions.

Updated on 4/2/17 5:05 PM

Updated by Kasey Salvatore on 4/2/17 5:05 PM

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism & Transitions

How to Help Young Children with Autism Avoid Behavior Problems

Linda Hodgdon has been a long-time friend of Stages Learning and is author of the best-selling book, "Visual Strategies for Improving Communication." We have invited her to impart some of her wisdom and experience in a guest blog and she discusses an important topic that comes up often in the autism space.

If you have a student with autism, you probably have a list of situations where you deal with problem behaviors and meltdowns. Children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are frequently identified because of their difficulties with communication and behavior.  Visual strategies provide a solution.

Updated on 3/17/17 11:17 PM

Updated by Linda Hodgdon, CCC-SLP on 3/17/17 11:17 PM

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

5 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

It’s likely that we all know someone who experiences anxiety, and there’s no doubt that anxiety can be exhausting and can interfere with daily life. For children with autism, anxiety can occur more frequently and can be very intense. Seemingly simple daily activities such as leaving the house, interacting with peers, riding in the car, or taking public transportation can become increasingly difficult and anxiety provoking.  In order to help children who may be experiencing anxiety, it is important for parents and teachers to understand anxiety and how it may be affecting children with autism.

Updated on 3/7/17 1:10 AM

Updated by Kasey Salvatore on 3/7/17 1:10 AM

Early Childhood Education

Autism and Language

Autism & Emotions

Social Thinking: 6 Strategies for Teaching Children with Autism

What is Social Thinking?

Social Thinking is a flexible teaching framework that is designed to help individuals ages four and up with autism spectrum disorder and other social and communication difficulties. The framework helps these individuals better understand the process by which we interpret the thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, and actions of another person within the context of a situation. We use this information every day to better understand the experience of those around us. This understanding helps us respond in a way that will effect the other person’s thoughts about us in order to ultimately achieve our social goals.

Updated on 2/1/17 11:25 PM

Updated by Courtney Chase on 2/1/17 11:25 PM

Autism & Emotions

Autism and Language

Early Childhood Education

How to Foster Social Skills Development at School: A Guide for Teachers and School Counselors

Social Skills & Autism 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by deficits in social communication and interaction. This can include challenges in social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication used in social interactions. This can often lead to children with autism having a hard time developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with their peers.

Stages Learning Emotion Cards

Updated on 12/8/16 11:54 PM

Updated by Courtney Chase on 12/8/16 11:54 PM

About Autism

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Global Autism Awareness

教自闭症儿童进行情感表达 (Teaching Kids with Autism about Emotions)

This article was originally written in English and has been translated into Chinese.

 

家长和教育工作者往往需要费很大的力气教自闭症儿童表达他们的情感。当自闭症儿童不能够辨别和表达他们的情感时,他们可能会有一些不恰当的行为。例如,发脾气、产生敌对情绪,甚至是避世。如果自闭症孩子们能够表达他们的情感,他们的挫败感会得到减少,我们也能够帮助他们减少他们的不满。

Updated on 12/7/16 11:24 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 12/7/16 11:24 PM

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Strategies for Responding to Rude Comments About Your Child’s Behavior

 *Print out out Free Card to give to a stranger when your child is having a difficult time in public.

The “Five W’s”: Choosing when to be an ambassador for autism and when to walk away

Children with autism and their families often find themselves in uncomfortable situations during encounters with strangers. Despite much more widespread awareness about autism, strangers can be outright rude, insensitive, or simply ill informed. Any parent wants to step in and defend their own child, but for parents of children with autism, there often is an even stronger desire to defend and protect their child. These psychologically demanding public encounters with strangers are confusing, hurtful, and stressful for parents and children (Ryan, 2010).

Updated on 9/26/16 1:48 PM

Updated by Marina Ebert, M.A., Ed.M., Ph.D. candidate on 9/26/16 1:48 PM

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism & Transitions

Helping Kids with Autism Understand Death

Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult for everyone. The idea of death can be particularly scary for kids, and the thought of not being able to see or talk to a loved one again may be confusing and overwhelming.

Updated on 3/25/15 2:00 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 3/25/15 2:00 PM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Teaching with Pictures

Autism & Emotions

Autism and Language

Go Fish with the Language Builder Emotion Cards!

This lesson plan gives the classic card game Go Fish an emotional makeover! Students work on their expressive and receptive vocabulary and understanding of the five basic emotions, all while practicing social skills, taking turns, and following the rules of the game.

In a hurry?  Download a one page description of this lesson plan by clicking on the picture below:

Updated on 8/30/14 7:57 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:57 PM

About Autism

Autism & Emotions

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Teaching Kids with Autism about Emotions

Parents and educators often struggle to help children with autism communicate their feelings. When children with autism have trouble recognizing and communicating how they feel, it may contribute to inappropriate behaviors such as tantruming and aggression, or even increased social withdrawal. If our kids could tell us how they feel, they would be less frustrated, and we would be better able to help solve their dissatisfaction.

Updated on 4/17/14 11:56 AM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/17/14 11:56 AM

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Autism & Emotions

Identifying Feelings with Emotion Cards

Lesson Plan Overview

Use Stages Emotion Cards with literature to support a child's recognition of facial emotions and feelings in various contexts.

Objectives/Goals

  • Learn and name parts of the human face.
  • Learn that people carry many cues to identify how they feel.
  • Learn that facial expressions change as emotions change.

Updated on 4/14/14 11:56 AM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/14/14 11:56 AM

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