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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

Early Childhood Education

Autism and Language

Autism & Emotions

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

Early Childhood Education

Inclusive Education

Autism and Language

Let's Build: How Playing With Blocks Benefits Children

It’s no surprise that colorful building blocks are a staple in early childhood centers, given the robust research that supports benefits gained from playing with blocks. Besides the simple joy in building and creating, playing with blocks improves literacy and storytelling skills, builds engineering and mathematical concepts, and teaches young children about communication and collaboration.

Updated on 10/22/16 11:00 AM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/22/16 11:00 AM

Early Childhood Education

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Choosing Meaningful Gifts for People on the Autism Spectrum

These days nearly everyone knows a friend or family member who is touched by autism. Perhaps it’s your own child or your sister’s child. Perhaps it’s the child of your neighbor, your dentist, your mail carrier, or hair dresser.

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be asking yourself: are there any gifts for people on the autism spectrum that are both meaningful and appropriate? 

Updated on 4/29/14 12:56 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/29/14 12:56 PM

Early Childhood Education

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism Technology

Using Apps to Support Fine Motor Development

Most early childhood classrooms are stocked with blocks, crayons, puzzles, and many other tools that support fine motor development. With the iPad becoming ubiquitous across all subject areas in the classroom, does this mean that the manipulatives and toys we once loved no longer have a place in the classroom and will begin to collect dust? One big question continues to pop up: should we replace traditional fine motor development activities and exercises for iPad apps? 

Updated on 4/17/14 2:55 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 2:55 PM

Early Childhood Education

Puzzles: Playing or Learning?

Puzzles are classic toys that come in many forms: jigsaw puzzles, peg puzzles, framed board puzzles, block puzzles, and more! When a child starts to put together puzzles they are learning about shapes and space.

Updated on 4/17/14 1:37 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/17/14 1:37 PM

Early Childhood Education

Autism and Language

Language Milestones

How many professionals have been asked: “How do I know if my child is behind in language development?” How many parents have asked the question, or at  l east  w ondered to themselves?

Language development varies from child to child, and there are wide ranges of expected “normal” language development in young children. If you are using Stages Learning Materials products with your own child, and you are concerned about language development, you should definitely discuss this with your health care professional. However, for reference sake, in general:

Updated on 4/14/14 5:05 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/14/14 5:05 PM

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