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      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Free Resources for Families of Children With Autism and Other Special Needs During the Coronavirus

      With schools and learning centers staying closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, families and students are finding themselves having to adapt to learning from home.

      Updated on 3/27/20 2:11 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/27/20 2:11 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism & Transitions

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Cabin Fever? 5 Effective Activities for Students with Autism During Social Isolation or Quarantine

      Note: These 5 activities can be done every day, and we recommend that parents create a schedule so that each of these activities takes place at the same time very day when possible. Having a schedule helps keep children with autism feel more secure and reduces anxiety. We also recommend posting a picture schedule (or words if your child can read so that they know what to expect each day.

      Updated on 3/24/20 8:20 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 3/24/20 8:20 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      A New Curriculum for Autism: ARIS

      Teachers, parents and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) have been asking for an “all in one” autism education curriculum for years. Language Builder: ARIS (Academic Readiness Intervention System) is now available to support teachers and parents helping children with autism learn the skills they need to be successful. This new curriculum is ideal for students from preschool through elementary school who have moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorders or older children with learning disabilities. And, ARIS comes with everything needed to begin teaching right out of the box.

      Updated on 3/22/20 10:05 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 3/22/20 10:05 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Autism Treatment Options

      The Autism Home School Solution: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) A Comprehensive Curriculum for Children with Autism

      Do you homeschool your child with autism? Have you ever wanted to try homeschooling, but self-doubt or a lack of resources held you back? Through ARIS, Stages Learning Materials, which has over 20 years of experience in the field of autism, offers everything you need to engage in a comprehensive autism curriculum at home with your child. Download two free lessons on Drawing Shapes and Departures and see if ARIS can support your child’s needs. With ARIS, your child can access award-winning materials and comprehensive, research-based curriculums right in the ease of your own home. Here are just a few reasons to consider purchasing Stages Learning Materials’ Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) today:

      Updated on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      8 Ways to Promote Socialization Skills in Students with Autism

      Socialization is an important skill for all children to learn and develop. Research suggests that by supporting a child’s socialization, children are more likely to develop self-confidence, problem solving skills, and key language skills, all of which are vital skills that they will use throughout their lives1. Moreover, socialization can increase the likelihood of many positive outcomes for children, such as becoming more active participants in their communities, increased happiness, and friendship development2. However, many children with autism have difficulty interacting with others, thereby impeding their socialization skill development. Social skills such as initiating conversations with others, playing a game with their peers, sharing, or taking turns can be challenging and overwhelming for children with autism. 

      Updated on 2/21/20 10:49 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 2/21/20 10:49 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Whole Child Learning & Autism: How ARIS Supports Social Emotional Learning

      Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and whole child development, often used synonymously, have huge implications for children of all ages. Described as the process of developing the knowledge, mindsets, and behaviors needed to manage and express emotions, interact positively with others, make responsible decisions, and set and achieve goals, SEL has become one of the primary topics of discussion in education. Policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize SEL as an essential, though often lacking, component of formal schooling. As interest in SEL expands, new research clarifies our understanding of students’ social and emotional development and its connection to academic learning.

      Updated on 12/8/19 10:35 AM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 12/8/19 10:35 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      11 Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism Develop Fine Motor Skills

      Fine Motor Skill Milestones

      Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscle movements. Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements in our eyes, wrists, hands, and fingers. Many everyday tasks require strength, dexterity, and fine motor skills. Fine motor skills need to be learned and developed as children get older.

      Updated on 11/16/19 1:18 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 11/16/19 1:18 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Teaching with Pictures

      Autism and Language

      The “Why” and the “What” Behind Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS)

      ARIS was created with access and implementation in mind: intended to make the principles of ABA easily accessible and easy to implement for educators working with children with autism who may not have formal ABA training.

      Recent research has highlighted the lack of evidence-based strategies and adequate learning programs for students with autism (Stahmer, et al., 2015). Even when teachers have access to learning programs for their students with autism, many lack consistency and effectiveness in using it. Research indidates that many classrooms vary greatly in their implementation of evidence-based practices and various learning curricula, but teachers are more likely to use instructional tools that are highly structured and when they feel supported by ongoing training for those tools (Stahmer, et al., 2015).

      Updated on 10/20/19 9:53 AM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 10/20/19 9:53 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting – For Teachers of Students with Autism

      As a teacher, it is likely that you have either held or participated in an IEP meeting. Often times, you have likely interacted with family members who may be nervous or anxious about the process. Some parents may come in to IEP meetings feeling intimidated by the many people sitting around a table or the jargon of special education. Many parents, including parents of children with autism, have very unique and specific concerns about their child, and as a teacher, there are ways you and other school staff can facilitate IEP meetings that feel safe, respectful, collaborative, and welcoming.

      Updated on 9/7/19 6:41 AM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 9/7/19 6:41 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      12 Popular Games Adapted for Children with Autism

      Play is often described as the “work” of childhood, where children can make friendships, learn social skills, come to understand expected group behavior, consequences, turn taking, and cooperation, not to mention have some fun! Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can reap these same benefits by playing games with other kids, though many do not naturally gain the aforementioned skills simply by being exposed to games or other play objects, as might their non-disabled peers. As with many concepts, games and their component skills may need to be explicitly taught, supported, and adaptations made in order for a child with autism to experience success with the activity.

      Updated on 6/26/19 5:54 PM

      Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 6/26/19 5:54 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism and Language

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Strategies for Promoting Sensory Integration in Writing

      Sensory struggles in a child with autism can hinder his or her ability to grasp a writing implement and to use it correctly. But some marvelous strategies exist that can help children learn to write: countering “floppy” muscle tone, varying implement thickness, trying different implement tips to reduce noise issues, and repetition with different implements are all strategies that can help children with autism and/or sensory integration issues.

      Updated on 6/2/19 11:39 AM

      Updated by Heidi Ellis on 6/2/19 11:39 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism and Language

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      The Most Popular Action and Movement Songs for Children with Autism

      Updated on 4/13/19 10:44 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 4/13/19 10:44 AM

      About Autism

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Does My Student Have Autism? A Guide for Teachers

      It’s a couple months into the school year. The kids in your class know where to put unsharpened pencils, how to ask to go to the bathroom, and what to expect day to day. You have a strong sense of each child’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses. And you’ve noticed which students are not flourishing in the typical classroom structure and need specialized attention. But what do you do if you suspect your student has autism, and they don’t have an IEP?

      Updated on 7/22/18 6:26 PM

      Updated by Emma Shanahan on 7/22/18 6:26 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Health & Nutrition

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Emotions

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      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 8:42 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 5/10/18 8:42 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      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 3/17/18 6:00 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 3/17/18 6:00 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Music Therapy for Children with Autism

      Choosing the Best Program for Your Child

      Benefits Overview

      Music has been an enriching and meaningful way for people to engage with each other throughout time, and music can provide powerful, multi-sensory experiences for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is especially helpful for children still developing verbal skills, as it provides an entirely different way for children to express themselves. It can provide opportunities for children to relate to others, experience new forms of relaxation to ease tension and anxiety, and promote self-expression. Whether through music education programs or specialized music therapy, engaging in singing or playing a musical instrument can help children explore an entirely new side of themselves and the world around them.

      Updated on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      10 Tips for Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Top Tips to Help You Get Started

      All children have unique learning needs, but children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD require a little extra guidance and support. Whether you’re a parent or teacher, it’s essential to understand what a child with autism needs and how you can help them learn better.

      Updated on 8/30/17 8:03 PM

      Updated by Dana Jandhyala on 8/30/17 8:03 PM

      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 8:25 PM

      Updated by Courtney Chase on 2/1/17 8:25 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 8:54 PM

      Updated by Courtney Chase on 12/8/16 8:54 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 8:00 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/22/16 8:00 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 9:56 AM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/29/14 9:56 AM

      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 11:55 AM

      Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 4/17/14 11:55 AM

      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 10:37 AM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/17/14 10:37 AM

      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 2:05 PM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/14/14 2:05 PM

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