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    10 Characteristics that Matter Most A special education teacher that works with students with autism needs to have an array of interpersonal skills, ranging from competency and consistency to adaptability and..
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    What Makes a Special Education Teacher Effective?

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Field trips create enriching experiences that support instruction. Students habitually love field trips, and they get excited about hands-on learning. Teachers love field trips because they engage students in learning,..
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    10 Spectacular Virtual Field Trips for ASD Students

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism Technology, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Letters from the CEO

    Life is filled with constant multi-step directions and processes. That’s why a common elementary project is to have students write exact directions to make a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. Their peers are then told..
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    Teaching Multi-Step Skills Through Task Analysis for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

    The Importance of Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Autism For parents and caregivers, and especially when caring for a child with autism, it can be very difficult to find time for self-care. The..
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    Cut Yourself Some Slack: Parenting and Autism

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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

    One of my older sisters, Shaylin, was born in September 1995, in Knoxville, Tennessee, a lovely, blue-eyed infant, the second daughter of my happy parents. From the time my parents took her home to Jefferson City, to..
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    My Sister and Me – Both on the Spectrum

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    Topics: Autism and Language, First Person Autism, Parents

    Defining inclusion: Inclusion is a common term used in education, meaning to bring together all students regardless of their abilities. An inclusion setting allows students with disabilities to learn and socialize..
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    6 Ways to Set Up Inclusion Settings Successfully for Autistic (ASD) Students

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    As schools start up again for the 2021-2022 school year, there are a lot of questions. The previous year’s fluctuations between remote, hybrid and in-person models left everyone’s heads spinning, perhaps none more than..
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    What Research Has Shown About School Closures Impact on Students with ASD

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Taking action when someone is suicidal is critical to saving a life.  This article will identify warning signs and what you can do to help.
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    How to Help Autistic People Who May be Feeling Suicidal

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    You may have heard the phrase “ABA can save the world!” While Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) works well on an individual basis, I have found that those same techniques and interventions also work well in the classroom...
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    Using Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions to Motivate the Classroom, Promote Cooperation, and Improve Behavior

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism Treatment Options, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Let’s talk homework! If you are a parent to a school-aged child with autism, you may find it challenging to encourage your child to complete homework assignments. Children with autism will often engage in undesired..
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    How to Shape Homework Behavior with Autistic Children

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    An antecedent is an event, action, or circumstance that occurs directly before a behavior. Using antecedent strategies involves modifying an environment to reduce undesirable behaviors among learners with autism..
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    Using Antecedent Strategies to Minimize Challenging Behaviors with Autistic Students

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Grandparents can have a unique role in the lives of their grandchild with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can be a source of support, guidance, connection, encouragement, and love. 
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    How Grandparents Can Support Their Autistic Grandchild

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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    What is the difference between “people-first” and “identity-first” language with regard to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? How do culture, identity, and statistics play a role in this question? How do you define..
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    Identity First: On Knowing Who You Are

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    The new school year is quickly approaching. Setting up a new classroom takes time and a lot of planning, especially when taking into consideration the needs of our unique students. Children with autism notably require..
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    4  Key Tips for Preparing your Special Education Classroom for the New School Year

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Elementary (4-12)

    Medicaid reimbursement coverage was greatly expanded for school-based health services in 2014. Many states have increased their program coverage to include eligible physical and behavioral health services that are now..
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    School Guide to Expanding Medicaid Reimbursements for Special Education and other Health and Behavioral Services

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism Treatment Options, Current News and Research, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Reference

    What are some of the myths about autism, where do these myths come from, and how do they affect children, families, teachers, and therapists?  By identifying the myths, we can challenge them through accurate information..
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    10 Myths About Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Global Autism Awareness, Current News and Research, Parents, Articles

    Strategies for Active Engagement: In the Classroom and on Zoom For Autistic Children You’ve likely heard the phrase “Busy hands are happy hands,” but the same is true when it comes to our brains. One of the hardest..
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    “Opportunities to Respond” in the Classroom for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism Technology, COVID-19 Emergency Response, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    In recent years the toy industry has exploded with options for toys focused on the fidgeting sensory need of people with Autism, ADHD and other disabilities to have their fine motor needs met. Pop-fidgets, Push-pop..
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    Autism Fidget Toys Are More Than Just Fun: Strong Research Supports their Use

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Toilet training autistic children can be a daunting task. It requires patience, time, and a team effort. But toilet training is a necessity to develop a more self-sufficient and independent child. 
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    A Teachers Guide to Toilet Training Autistic Children: Five Key Steps

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3)

    Executive functioning is a fundamental process that each person needs to achieve goals, filter distractions, prioritize tasks, and control impulses. Deficits in executive functioning will impact a person’s ability to..
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    How to Strengthen Executive Functioning Skills for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism & Transitions, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Using ARIS in a Virtual Setting with the New Stages Learning Line Platform I’ve seen the research, but never actually bought in until I experienced it. I’m talking about teletherapy. If you’ve followed any of my other..
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    Autism and Teletherapy: It’s Working!

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    Topics: Autism Technology, Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Reinforcement or bribery: Is there a difference? Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the purpose of using positive reinforcement in the classroom or at home..
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    The Power of Positive Reinforcement for Teaching Autistic Children

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    A Teacher’s Guide for Communicating Effectively with Families who have Autistic Children Effective communication with families is a significant piece of being a good teacher. It can be challenging for us teachers to..
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    Ways to Develop a Strong Parent-Teacher Relationship

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Parents

    Parents and teachers may wonder if their student is on the Autism Spectrum, or is intellectually gifted, or both. “Twice Exceptional”, or “2e,” are the current descriptors for students who have both a disability and..
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    Twice Exceptional: Untangling the Paradox of Giftedness and Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21)

    AUTISM AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE TO PREVENT BULLYING There has been a lot of talk about Autism Awareness and Acceptance through the years, and while we still have a ways to go, much has improved since my grandson was..
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    10 Things a Grandmother of a Child with Autism Would Like Other Children to Know

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    Topics: About Autism, First Person Autism, Parents

    Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Career as an SLP There is a growing need for SLPs in the U.S. and SLPs work in a variety of settings including private practice, public and private schools, hospitals,..
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    So You Want to be a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism Treatment Options, Autism & Career Options

    当孩子没有达到该年龄所预期的语言发育程度,父母或多或少会感到焦虑,这是可以被理解的。我们可以在出现语言迟缓迹象时惊慌失措和逐步了解可能导致此类迟缓原因之间找到一个平衡。那么,父母如何判断语言发育迟缓是否应该引起重视,以及它是否可能是自闭症(Autism Spectrum Disorder,简称ASD)的特征?正如精神病学家史蒂夫·德沃林(Steve Dvorin)所说:“对于潜在原因,有无数种可能性“。
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    我的孩子说话迟缓是自闭症的表现吗?(Are My Child's Speech Delays a Sign of Autism?)

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3)

    Using ARIS with my Brother Tommy With ARIS, Skill Development Can Happen at Any Age Early intervention is the prime advice for education and life skills in the autism community, but should intervention ever truly stop?..
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    Can ARIS Work for an Autistic 29 Year Old?

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, First Person Autism, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Product Reviews, Adult (22+)

    Personalization is the Key You have probably heard a lot about using "visual schedules" for autistic people. However, you may not be as familiar with the many different types of visual schedules or the different factors..
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    A Guide to Types of Visual Schedules for Autistic Individuals

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    A review of the research, risks and protective factors, components of addiction, and a preview of treatment options for autistic individuals who struggle with the disease of addiction1
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    Autism and Substance Use Disorders: Is There a Connection?

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Autism & Emotions, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    As children become older and begin to develop new skills, it can be overwhelming for caregivers and parents to teach more complex behaviors, such as developing new language, making requests, cleaning their room, or..
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    How To Use Shaping to Teach Children with Autism New Behaviors at Home

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    What Is Chaining?
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    How to Use Chaining to Break Down Complex Tasks for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    与你的学生一起使用这些策略 包容一直是一件伟大的事情。有特殊需要的儿童不再被隔离在特殊教育教室里,或是只能在操场或餐厅里看到他们。有特殊需要的孩子在同龄人的陪伴下会茁壮成长。有特殊需要的孩子可以从其他孩子身上学到很多东西,也可以建立很多友谊。
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    特殊需要儿童的十一个课堂管理策略 (11 Classroom Management Strategies for Children with Special Needs)

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Brain Parade, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    I was an exhausted Mom, nervous and beyond overwhelmed with my toddler sitting (bouncing) wildly on my lap on his knees, singing inaudibly while playing with my earrings as I tended to the cries and wiggles of my infant..
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    The Simple Guide to Prevent Autism Caregiver Burnout

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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    Maybe you’ve been working with a child or adult who has autism and you’ve decided to make a career out of it. There are plenty of related jobs in fields like education and speech, but one of the most sought after..
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    So You Want to be a BCBA?

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, Adult (22+)

    From Stereotypes to Paving the Way for a Diverse and Authentic Understanding of Autistic Individuals Taking a closer look at Abed Nadir, Hank Rizzoli, and Matilda, Drea, and Nicholas In recent years, we have been seeing..
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    5 Diverse Portrayals of Autistic Adults on TV

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    There is a common saying in special education when referring to our learners on the autism spectrum - if you’ve met one child with autism; you’ve met one child with autism. It is important for teachers to remember that..
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    Autism 101: 10 Tips for General Education Teachers

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    A list of best resorts and theme parks serving families with children with ASD: from customized services and specialized camps for children with autism to front-of-the-line passes, vacations can be autism-friendly!
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    Autism-Friendly Vacation Destinations: A Guide for Families

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Christmas came early this year! 
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    Opening my ARIS Autism Curriculum Kit for the 1st time

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Product Reviews, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Flash Cards

    6 Great Autistic Characters in Children's Shows Teaching Us All the Language of Acceptance, Diversity, and Inclusion In recent years we have been seeing more authentic representation of autistic characters across all..
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    6 Great Autistic Characters on Children's Media

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Concern has been expressed regarding a shortage of qualified Applied Behavior Analysts and also about the quality of training available to such providers.  Distance Learning, also called remote learning, can help..
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    Teletherapy and Teletraining- A Solution to the Shortage of Qualified ABA Therapists to Meet the Demands of a Growing ASD Population

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Facing a Critical Shortage of ABA Therapists, Teletherapy Can Help
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    Facing a Critical Shortage of ABA Therapists, Teletherapy Can Help

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    Topics: Autism Technology, Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    As I enter the house, she’s screaming. A 3-year-old with a full-blown meltdown meets me at the door. Well, her mom meets me with the I’m-going-to-pull-my-hair-out look with her sweet, beautiful, screaming child rolling..
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    8 Tantrum Taming Skills for Helping Children with Autism

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    Consejos para ayudarte a comenzar Todos los niños tienen habilidades de aprendizaje únicas, sin embargo, los niños con el Trastorno del Espectro Autista o TEA requieren un poco de guía y soporte adicional. Ya sea si..
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    10 consejos para enseñar a niños pequeños con el Trastorno del Espectro Autista

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    Topics: Que es Autismo?, Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Many research studies indicate that contextual factors play a role in who gets diagnosed, the type of diagnosis, who gets treatment, and the type of treatment provided.1  
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    Under- and Over-diagnosis of ASD: Do Race and Social Class Matter?

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Parents

    An Autism Kit, also known as a “Calm Down Kit,” a “Sensory Kit” or an “Autism Survival Kit” is an invaluable tool for any parent of an autistic child. If you’ve ever been away from home with your autistic child and..
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    How to Build an Autism Kit for On-the-Go

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    The Story of My Brother Tommy Growing up is never easy. Growing up in a hearing household with a brother who is deaf and has autism brings unexpected challenges to say the least. Picture a rural family in the 1990s with..
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    Growing Up in a Deaf and Autism Household

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Parents

    Learn What Each Specialist Does in Order to Make the Most of Your Child’s IEP Team When you show up to your child’s IEP meeting for the first time you may be wondering, “Who are all of these people?” You probably know..
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    Who's Who on the IEP Team?

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    Verdadero o Falso: ¿El retraso en el habla = Autismo?
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    ¿Son los retrasos en el habla de mi hijo un signo de autismo?

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    Topics: About Autism, Que es Autismo?, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3)

    A Special Education Teacher Reflects on a Challenging Year  It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what..
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    3 Gifts of Grief from the Pandemic

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    True or False: Speech Delays = Autism? Parents become understandably anxious when a child doesn’t meet age-expected speech development milestones.  There is a delicate balance between total panic at the sign of speech..
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    Are My Child's Speech Delays a Sign of Autism?

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3)

    Using Routines and Pre-Correcting in the Classroom for Students with Autism What is the best way to address a problem behavior? Before it happens! Procedures and routines paired with pre-correction strategies are..
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    Proactive Strategies for Reducing Problem Behaviors Before they Happen

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Six sensory tools to use from an OT’s toolbox Children with autism often have over or under-responsive sensory systems that can impact the development of motor skills. The good news is we can use these deficits in..
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    Using Sensory Solutions to Encourage Motor Skills in Children With Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    How to Create a Peer-Mediated Intervention to Support Social Skills for Autistic Children We all need a social network; a group of people who are there for us in good times and in bad. But how can we help children with..
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    Building a Social Network for Students with ASD

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Working in early intervention, I am always checking in with parents regarding their triumphs and their struggles, and one struggle that comes up frequently is that intimidating trip to the grocery store. In general, any..
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    8 Tips For Tackling the Grocery Store with your Autistic Child

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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Elementary (4-12)

    Could Peers Be the Solution to Support Children with Autism in the Classroom? “Put a para with the student” seems to be a quick solution that many school teams jump to when looking for ways to support students with..
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    Using Peers to Support Children with Autism in the Classroom

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Lean In: Early Action is Key to Getting Supports for your Autistic Child
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    Early Action is Key to Getting Support for Your Autistic Child

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    A Letter from the CEO Federal relief packages passed by Congress are providing school districts with billions of dollars in recovery funding to help schools support students during and after the pandemic. The funds..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Making Up for Learning Loss Due to COVID for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Pushing the Envelope: Letters from Our CEO

    Exciting new research on ASD is helping us all learn more about autism. Researchers are investigating causal factors in autism, identifying early biomarkers, better understanding the social, physical, and psychological..
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    New Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Delaying gratification is an essential skill for autistic children to learn in order to help them learn new skills.  
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    Delaying Gratification: An Essential Skill for Children with Autism to Learn

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Justin Morell is a composer and guitarist whose work crosses genres between classical and jazz styles and is featured on several acclaimed recordings including the recent Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra.  He is..
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    Autism, Art, Music and One Father’s Connection to his Autistic Son

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    Has your family been introduced to sensory bins yet? They are all the rage at our house, and sometimes they keep us busy for hours! If you have not heard of sensory bins, or have not started using them yet, you may want..
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    The 7 Benefits of Using Sensory Bins for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    My path from teenage helper to “nanny share” to ABA therapist to opening my own Special Needs Daycare. Special needs daycares provide wonderful way to provide specialized support for your child with autism. Whether you..
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    How to Run a Special Needs Daycare

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Advice for Parents and Caregivers

    Teaching Autistic Children How to Explain, Discuss, or Describe a Situation that is Not Immediately Present Children with autism often experience delays or difficulties in conversational skills. Intraverbals are a way..
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    What Are Intraverbals?

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    The ARIS curriculum is based on research that points to the importance of practicing narrative retelling and inference abilities to improve reading comprehension for children with autism.  
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    Research on Effective Practices for Teaching: Reading Comprehension Aligns with ARIS Reading & Writing Readiness Lessons

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    Topics: Autism and Language, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    Children with autism can experience delays and challenges in learning letters, letter recognition, and writing letters. Writing and reading are powerful communication skills. Before your child begins to learn to read or..
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    Strategies for Teaching Children with Autism Letters

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    World Autism Day is celebrated each year on April 2. The United Nations’ member states recognize it as a day to acknowledge and advocate for the rights of individuals with autism around the world. The goal of World..
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    10 Ways to Celebrate World Autism Day!

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    Research indicates that ELL students who should be classified with disability status are being overlooked. The good news is that increasingly, educators are integrating ELL and special education services in a culturally..
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    Falling Through the Cracks: Better Identification and Integrated Treatment for ELL Students with Autism or other Special Education Needs

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Use these therapist selected, parent approved and kid tested ideas to help your child with autism continue to develop gross motor skills! Spring has sprung! Tired of being inside? Spring is a great season to step..
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    Our Top Picks for Encouraging Gross Motor Skills for Children With Autism: Let the Great Outdoors be Your Natural Playground!

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Several years ago, on a recommendation from a colleague who works with special needs children, I purchased several of these for both my own children and for the children at the clinic I work for serving special needs..
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    Product Review: Zigzag Wiggle Movement Car

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    Learning to write is an important skill. For children with autism, writing provides an outlet for them to express themselves, be creative, and communicate. Learning to write is considered essential for being successful..
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    Teaching Children with Autism Writing Skills

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12)

    Red, Blue, Red, Blue: 10 Fun Activities Using Patterns to Teach Early Math Skills for Children with Autism Teaching children with autism various patterns is a key foundational skill that will support their later math..
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    10 Fun Activities Using Patterns to Teach Early Math Skills for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    When children learn to read, they need to learn to make letter sounds and manipulate letter blends. For children with autism, developing this skill may be more difficult due to auditory processing difficulties and..
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    Teaching Phonological Awareness and Decoding to Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism and Language, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    How can a family best take advantage of available resources, and avoid obstacles, in order to plot a successful post-high-school experience for an autistic child?  As Steven Covey wrote in The Seven Habits of Highly..
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    Is College Right for my Child with Autism?

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21)

    What can parents, teachers, and therapists do to encourage a positive sense of self in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?  What can we do to avoid the obstacles to healthy and positive identity..
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    Positive Identity Development in the Autistic Child

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    Household work, chores, are great for developing motor skills, motor planning, coordination, work ethic, responsibility, and well-being for children with autism. You might not be a big fan of household chores, but we..
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    Kid Friendly Household Chores For Developing Gross Motor Skills for Children with Autism

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    I am a BCBA and in my clinical practice, I work with children with autism and/or sensory needs on a daily basis. The Special Supplies Inflatable Compression Boat Lounger has been a must have item for me in both my in..
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    Product Review: Sensory Needs Therapy and Reading Lounger, Air Pump and Repair Kit

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    Children with autism can often benefit from physical therapy. What does working with a physical therapist entail? And how can I work collaboratively with a physical therapist to best help my child?
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    Physical Therapy and Autism: Questions and Answers

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    Teaching sight words to your child with autism is an important part of your child’s literacy development. Many children with autism experience delays in reading and writing. Oftentimes, children with autism are visual..
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    How to Teach Sight Reading to Children with Autism

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    Most parents are understandably anxious about the thought of their child eventually dating and becoming sexually active.  That anxiety may be even greater for the parents of a child with autism.  What’s a parent to do? ..
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    My Autistic Child is Thinking of Dating and --Gasp!-- Sex?!!

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    I have had these Cossy Kids Magnetic Building Tiles tiles for years and have seen first hand that these magnetic tiles are a huge hit with kids ranging in age from toddlers to late school aged. They love the hands on..
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    Product Review: Cossy Kids Magnetic Building Tiles

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    This article provides a plan to return our students and staff to school safely using evidence-based medical practices and accelerated learning approaches. The author is a former superintendent of the Brown Deer School..
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    Let’s Resolve to Get our Kids Back to School

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    Stages Learning Materials is hard at work building an online distance learning platform designed specifically to provide teletherapy to children with autism. Distance Learning, also called remote learning for autistic..
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    Teletherapy for Children with Autism: Research Based Best Practices

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    Gross Motor Skills 101 Ready, set, let’s go! Walk, run, jump, swim, climb. There are so many ways we can move our bodies. Gross motor skills are those skills that we need to move, skills which are designed to help us..
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    10 Gross Motor Skills For Your Child With Autism

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    What is ‘diagnosis’ anyway?  Why have a diagnosis? How do I know if my child’s diagnosis of autism is accurate?  Could it be something else?  Where do I go for answers?  These are some of the questions that parents,..
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    Devil or Angel?  The Process of Diagnosis for ASD Children

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    My Marriage is Floundering.  Help! Six Strategies for Strengthening Your Marriage for Parents of ASD Children* Often couples look towards parenthood with great joy and love.  Shockingly, that same bundle of joy can..
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    Six Strategies for Strengthening Your Marriage for Parents of ASD Children

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    Interested in connecting with people in the autism community?  Check out our list of influencers to follow on social media. Social Media  is a powerful tool in the way it allows us to connect with friends and family,..
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    Autism Influencers: Who to Follow

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    The Five Best Connected Fitness Activities for People with Autism
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    Connected Fitness: A Great Alternative to the Gym for Teens and Adults with Autism

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    Benefits, Best Practices, Home Equipment Choices, and the Top Online Exercise Videos and Gaming Resources for your Child with Autism Exercise for children with autism can have both physical and psychological benefits...
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    Keeping Fit at Home: Exercise and Children with Autism

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    Social camouflaging means hiding behavior that may be less socially acceptable and putting extra effort into appearing neurotypical: It has negative consequence in terms of recognizing and diagnosing girls with autism..
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    Social Camouflaging in Girls and Women with Autism

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    Developing early math skills is crucial for a child’s later success. Games, stories, rhymes and songs provide engaging ways to teach children early math skills. For children with autism, the following games, stories,..
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    Best Games, Stories, Rhymes and Songs to Support Early Math Skills for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Arts and crafts projects can increase autism awareness and benefit your child with autism at the same time! Why do we need to increase autism awareness?
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    Arts and Crafts for Autism Awareness

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    The Whisper Phone is an important tool for teaching children with autism to read. This simple, low tech device looks like a phone. As children whisper read, or read aloud, they hear their voices. Using the Whisper Phone..
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    How to Use a Whisper Phone to Teach Children with Autism to Read

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    Helping children with autism develop a growth mindset can foster greater learning, confidence and success in school  
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    10 Ways to Teach Your Child with Autism How to Have a Growth Mindset

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    How to Teach Your Child with Autism the Art of Caring and Kindness Teaching caring and kindness to children with autism is an important part of social-emotional development. Having empathy and kindness towards others..
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    Teaching Kindness: The Kindness Rock Project

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    For children with autism, using building blocks in play is a beneficial activity for their physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. Building with blocks is a favorite pastime for many young children...
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    The Benefits of Playing with Building Blocks for Children with Autism

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    10 Ways to Build Social Skills Using Online Gaming for Teenagers with Autism Online gaming has been shown to improve social skills in teenagers with autism.  It is estimated that more than 41% of adolescents with autism..
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    Autism, Gaming and Building Social Skills

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    A Letter from the CEO: Vote to Protect Special Education Never has there been a more important time to vote. In 2016 only 60% of eligible voters actually voted! That missing 40% of voters would have had a huge impact on..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Voting to Protect Special Education

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    Social stories are carefully designed short stories that help children with autism understand new social situations. These social situations can include any type of interaction involving other people such as riding a..
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    Social Stories: Helping Children with Autism Understand Social Situations

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    In the digital age, there are many opportunities for online bullying to occur, especially for children with autism
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    Cyberbullying: What it is and How to Prevent it for Students with Autism

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    This step-by-step guide is focused on teaching new skills using ABA therapy for a child with autism Today we are going to discuss the basics of collecting data when teaching your child new skills. Data collection is a..
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    A Guide to Data Collection for Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) for Children with Autism

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    Letter from the CEO: Authentic Leadership Among my favorite books is Authentic Leadership by Bill George. The book opens with:
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    Pushing the Envelope: What Does Authentic Leadership Look Like?

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    Summer is near end and it’s almost time to head back to school! Gearing your child up for a normal school routine after summer fun is no easy feat; however, practice makes perfect! We know children with autism thrive..
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    7 Tips To Get Your Child Back Into The School Routine

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    There can be many benefits to having a service or therapy dog, such as an autism assistance dog, for children with autism. The following article provides information to help you decide if a dog is right for your child..
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    Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs for Children with Autism

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    Language development can be challenging for students with autism and can impact reading comprehension. Using sight word instruction is a great tool for helping children with autism succeed! So much of a students’..
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    20 Best Sight Word Books for Students with Autism

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    A growing community of inclusive exercise programs promises that fitness can be a source of fun, rather than one of frustration, for Children with Autism. By choosing activities that will have a greater likelihood of..
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    Finding Fun and Fitness: Exercise for Children and Young Adults with Autism

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    Self-stimulatory behaviors with autism What is stimming?
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    What is Stimming?

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    One mother’s tried and true recommendations for helping your child with autism get ready for an early wake up time once school starts. Are you dreading your "au-some" child's first week back to school because he or she..
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    From Sleeping in to Prepping for School: Strategies for Avoiding Wake-up Wars

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    Julia, the new character on Sesame Street can help all children better understand autism Sesame Street is a treasured TV show that has educated children worldwide for more than 50 years. It has brought characters like..
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    5 Ways Sesame Street’s Character, Julia, Teaches People About Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Use zones of regulation and occupational therapy insight to find the best coping strategies for your child with autism The phrase “coping strategy” can be thrown around often in the autism (ASD) community. But what are..
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    Coping Strategies: Find What Works Best For Your Child with Autism

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    Two BCBAs explain ABA and how to determine the level of support needed to ensure success for each child with autism Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a common practice used with individuals with high functioning..
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    What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) And How Can It Help My Child With Autism?

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    What we know about ASD is largely based on research on boys with autism: New studies are telling us how different girls with autism are from their male counterparts The issue of gender bias is as antiquated as it is..
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    Girls and Autism: The Impact of Gender Bias in Research on Autism

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    A Letter from the CEO: Girls and Autism? We’ve wanted to do an article about girls and autism for some time now. There is so much to say: under-diagnosis, different presenting characteristics, treatment options… where..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Girls and Autism?

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    How to Provide the Most Effective Teletherapy Possible for Children with Autism For special education teachers and therapists for students with autism, teletherapy, also called E-therapy or remote learning for autism,..
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    10 Best Practices for Providing Teletherapy for Children with Autism

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    In K-12 education, there is no dispute that developing reading skills is fundamental. In fact, research suggests that early literacy instruction for students with and without disabilities is essential for future..
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    Tell Me a Story: How to Teach Narrative and Comprehension Strategies to Children with Autism

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    COVID-19 took the world by surprise leaving us all to adjust quickly and renavigate home, school, and work life. A top question on many families’ minds is how to explain the virus to our children with autism. The..
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    Eight Tips and Resources for Explaining COVID-19 to Children with Autism

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    A Letter from the CEO: Autistic Black Lives Matter Our hearts go out to the family and friends of George Floyd and to the many other people of color who have been subjected to the insidious racism that continues to..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Autistic Black Lives Matter

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    "I have assessed and treated a great number of families affected by ASD...What I can say is this: When parents can move through the emotion and identify...the strengths in their child and in themselves, they are then..
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    Professional Hope: One Mother’s Story of Gratitude for the Specialists that Support Parents of Children with Autism

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    These six tips will help you create a proactive environment in your home to foster task productivity and offer solutions to address undesired behaviors before they arise. By adopting a proactive approach, you are..
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    Six Proactive Solutions for Challenging Behaviors At Home: Advice from a Behavioral Counselor

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    Picture books are a widely used resource in classrooms and homes around the world. Picture books support vocabulary development, story analysis skills, and sentence structure skills1. In addition to building language..
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    The 12 Best Picture Books for Teaching Nouns to Children with Autism

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    For children with autism, communication can be a challenging skill to develop. Children with autism often have difficulties with expressive and receptive language, thus impacting their ability to effectively communicate..
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    Teacher Tips: Using Expressive Labeling to Teach Children with Autism Language Skills

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    Instrucciones para Registrarse en la Comunidad de Stages Learning Line

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    Beginning at a young age, many children with autism can find it difficult to relate to and communicate with other people, and thus may have significant difficulty in expressive and receptive language (Simpson, Keen, &..
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    Teacher Tips: Using Receptive Labeling to Teach Children with Autism Language Skills

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    Children with autism frequently have delayed language development. For children with autism who have developed language, understanding or using parts of speech correctly may be difficult. While many children develop..
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    Teaching Parts of Speech to Children with Autism: Prepositions, Opposites, Pronouns and Verb Tense

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    For children with autism, language skills can be taught using 2-D and 3-D matching skills. Matching is the ability to see two things and recognize that they are the same. Matching skills improve concentration, train..
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    Teaching Language Skills to Children with Autism Using 2-D and 3-D Matching

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    Topics: Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    Bienvenidos a la comunidad de Autismo y Recursos, también conocida como ARC!
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    Recursos sobre Autismo en Español

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    Recognizing and understanding emotions is a key part of development. Emotional awareness allows individuals to identify what they are feeling and why. This is a critical step towards building emotional intelligence, a..
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    4 Activities and 3 Tips to Help Support Emotional Awareness for your Child with Autism

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    Teaching children with Autism to follow simple directions is an important skill for them to learn. The ability to follow simple directions allows opportunities for your child to gain independence, regulation skills,..
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    Teaching Children with Autism to Follow Simple Directions

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      1. Follow Your Passion I love flying! All my life I have been interested in anything aviation related: airports, travel, planes.
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    Follow Your Passion: 5 Steps to Finding the Best Career Match for a Young Adult with Autism

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    The new Language Builder: ARIS (Academic Readiness Intervention System) was developed to provide a curriculum to any teacher or parent interested in helping a child with autism develop to their full potential. ARIS was..
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    A New Curriculum for All Children with Autism

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    This World Autism Awareness Day, an exciting collaborative project designed to amplify neurodiverse voices is capturing hearts and minds within the autistic community. It's the perfect time to make your contribution to..
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    Amplifying Neurodiverse Voices With the Giant Autism Billboard

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    Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Feel Safe and Secure:  Best Practices for Setting Up a Routine Schedule in Your Home The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced schools, offices, stores, care centers, and other..
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    Coronavirus: Keeping a Routine Schedule at Home

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

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    Art therapy provides many benefits for children with autism because it promotes emotional and mental growth as well as independence and collaboration skills. As an outlet for self-expression, imagination, and..
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    Benefits and Strategies for Teaching Art to Children with Autism: Help for Art Challenged Adults Why Art?

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

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    Given current circumstances you may be faced with the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging your child with autism or other special needs at home. With so much in flux, we want to offer free lessons, materials,..
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    Language Builder ARIS Free Emergency Resources: Overview

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    I truly hope that the downloadable Language Builder ARIS lessons have been helpful as you endeavor to set up your child's at-home education program.  In 2020, we made available 34 downloadable lessons from our Language..
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    Tips for Implementing Language Builder ARIS Emergency at-Home Lessons

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    Durante años, maestros, padres y Patólogos del Habla y Lenguaje (PHL) han estado preguntando por un currículo de estudios de educación sobre el autismo “todo en uno”.  Ya está disponible Language Builder: ARIS (Academic..
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    Un Nuevo Currículo para Autismo: ARIS

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    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..
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    A New Curriculum for Autism: ARIS

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Autism Technology, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Parents, Articles

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

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Autism Technology, Autism Treatment Options, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    For the free lessons we provided in our ARIS Emergency Home Autism Education Program we have included a variety of photo cards that you can download, print and get started with, including: Nouns, Occupations, Emotions,..
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    Do-It-Yourself Materials for ABA-based Lessons

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, COVID-19 Emergency Response, Elementary (4-12), Parents, Lesson Plans

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently causing concern around the world. The CDC has declared a Public Health Emergency for the U.S. The situation and number of cases are changing daily. Many have noted the lack of..
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    Coronavirus and Children with Autism: How to Protect Your Child

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Parents, Articles

    For children with autism, making healthy eating choices can be difficult. Children with ASD are five times more likely to have challenges with meals than their peers. It is common for them to have repetitive,..
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    Teaching Healthy Eating Choices to Children with Autism

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Teaching children with autism even the most basic skills can feel daunting to a home schooling parent or even, at times, an autism professional. For instance, we may attempt to teach a child for the hundredth time to..
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    Strategies for Homeschooling Children with Autism: You Can do This!

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    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..
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    8 Ways to Promote Socialization Skills in Students with Autism

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    Preparing your child with Autism for classroom routines is important. Whether it’s the start of the school year, transitioning back to classes from school breaks, or a refresher, common classroom routines can be easily..
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    Classroom Routines: Preparing Your Child with Autism

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    Celebrating Strengths and Shifting Away from Deficit-Based Thinking Far too often, society’s bias towards students with autism focuses on the autism, rather than the whole child. Students with autism are more often..
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    Strengths-based Approaches to Autism for Teachers, SLPs, and Parents

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    Children’s books featuring children with autism are an easy and entertaining way to introduce the topic of autism to your children, family members, friends, and your child’s peers. Children’s books offer simple,..
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    Recommended Children’s Books About Autism

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    Playing outdoors has huge implications for all children. Many researchers cite outdoor play as being a conduit for decreased stress levels, emotional resilience, increased cognitive functioning, increased attention, as..
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    Four Ways to Make Your Backyard More Autism Friendly

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

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    A Letter from the CEO: Are Women CEO’s Different? Well…short answer: yes.
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    Pushing the Envelope: Are Women CEO’s Different?

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    For countless American families, finding the right childcare provider for their little ones can be a real challenge. This is especially true for parents and guardians who are navigating available childcare options for..
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    Starting a Childcare Center for Children With Autism or other Special Needs

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    Acupuncture treatment may help your child’s autism symptoms. Acupuncture is a treatment where needles are inserted into the skin to target certain nerve or pressure points. Research has shown acupuncture to be an..
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    Acupuncture and Autism

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

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

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    Children come into this world with little knowledge of the world around them. As they grow they explore their environment, acquire knowledge about social norms, facts, and what is expected and accepted. For children..
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    Autism and Anxiety: 10 Strategies to Help Your Child

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    Saber qué Buscar con el Autismo ¿Alguna vez se ha preocupado de que su hijo muestre síntomas de autismo, pero no tenía a quién acudir y no entendía cómo obtener un diagnóstico y asegurarse de que su hijo reciba la ayuda..
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    Reconocer los Signos y Sintomas del Autismo

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    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..
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    12 Popular Games Adapted for Children with Autism

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    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”..
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    Strategies for Promoting Sensory Integration in Writing

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    Yoga, an ancient practice that originated in India, is today a term familiar across most of the world. Those who’ve experienced the practice may be familiar with its benefits of relaxation and overall improved physical..
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    Creating a Yoga Practice for Children With Autism

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    Safety and preparation for emergency situations is a concern for any child, but especially for children with autism, who may be unable to communicate or respond correctly in emergency situations.
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    Top Safety Risks for Children with Autism and How to Communicate with First Responders

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    Note: These songs can be used with ARIS (Academic Readiness Intervention System) Lesson 72.
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    The Most Popular Action and Movement Songs for Children with Autism

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    Tracing the journey of improved diagnoses, treatment and educational outcomes for children with autism April 2, 2019 marks the twelfth annual observation of World Autism Awareness Day.  As described by the United..
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    World Autism Awareness Day 2019: A Look Back and a Look Forward

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    A Letter from the CEO: Rebuilding Paradise Growing up just outside of Paradise – Paradise, California that is – we always knew that wildfire season was a natural part of the landscape. But even with that knowledge, no..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Rebuilding Paradise

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    Special Olympics and Unified Sports for Children with Autism Sports are a unifying, fun way for individuals and communities to connect. For individuals with autism, participation in athletic events may be difficult due..
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    Autism and Inclusive Sports

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    Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Patients with autism often have difficulty staying still and allowing the dentist to do what’s..
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    Autism and Dental Care

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    Individuals with autism too often have been underrepresented and discriminated against in employment. A 2017 report from Drexel University found that only 14 percent of adults with autism held paid jobs in their..
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    Top Work Places Supporting Adults with Autism

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    Young Adulthood on the Spectrum: An Interview with a Friend

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    The explosion of apps available on tablets like the iPad has been an exciting opportunity for children with autism. It may come as no shock to parents and educators that in general, children with autism prefer and are..
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    Choosing iPad Apps for Children with Autism

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    The beginning of a new school year can be a difficult time for some children with autism. Shifting from the comfort of home to an environment packed with loud voices, stiff chairs, slamming doors, and a new structure..
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    Inclusion Toolkit: Top Ten Products to Accommodate Students with Autism in the Classroom

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    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..
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    Does My Student Have Autism? A Guide for Teachers

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    Son un par de meses en el año escolar. Los niños en la clase conocen dónde colocar los lápices sin punta, como preguntar por ir al baño y lo que pueden esperar día a día.  Tienes una gran percepción de la personalidad,..
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    ¿Tendrá Autismo Mi Estudiante? Una Guía Para Maestros.

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

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

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    In this article, we explore Sensory Processing Disorder (also called sensory integration or sensory sensitivity), and how these issues can be alleviated and treated, and strategies parents and caregivers can use at home..
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    Parent Strategies to Help Children with Autism Cope with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

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    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...
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    5 Positive Play Therapies to Help Your Child with Autism

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    Lesson Overview Create an art print to reinforce food vocabulary and encourage tactile exploration. Download Lesson Plan:   Skills Practiced Key Food Vocabulary Tactile Sensory Processing Fine Motor Skills Materials..
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    Lesson Plan: ImPRINTING Food Vocabulary to Learn Language Skills

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    The chirping of birds in the morning, the budding flowers on the trees, and the influx of tax forms to be completed can only mean one thing: April is on its way. There are so many reasons to look forward to April – the..
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    This April - Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with Stages Learning Materials!

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

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    Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are defined as written plans outlining a program designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Walking into an IEP meeting prepared will help you and the school design the best..
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    How to Prepare For Your IEP Meeting - For Parents of Children with Autism

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    Lesson Overview Students will use Language Builder 3D – 2D Matching Kits to practice matching things that are the same. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Matching Social skills Materials Language Builder 3D - 2D..
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    Lesson Plan: Using Identical Matching to Teach Beginning Language Skills to Children with Autism

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    Lesson Overview Teach storytelling skills, animal names, and recall skills with this story-based lesson plan. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Storytelling Recall Improvisation Materials Language Builder 3D - 2D..
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    Storytelling and Recall with Animals Lesson Plan

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    Lesson Overview In this lesson, the child will learn how to match 3D objects to 2D picture cards of the same object. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced 3D - 2D Matching Receptive Language Materials Language Builder..
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    Mastering Matching 3D - 2D Lesson Plan

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    Lesson Overview Practice reading and spelling food names with these movement-based activities. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced 

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    Spelling/Reading Food Names Lesson Plan

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    Positive Psychology is a novel and accessible science that focuses on cultivating well-being, positivity, and happiness in the lives of individuals and families. Positive Psychology can help transform the way you parent..
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    Five Principles of Positive Psychology to Transform Your Parenting with Your Child with Autism

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    Music Therapy for Children with Autism

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    Lesson Overview Learn about different action verbs and express why they dislike or like common activities Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Asking and answering “why” questions Identifying and associating verbs and..
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    My Favorite Things Lesson Plan

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    Genius, Attention to Detail, Problem Solving, Memory, and Visual Skills All children, whether or not they are neurotypical, have unique sets of strengths and weaknesses. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)..
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    Five Research-Based Strengths Associated with Autism

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    Where Do You Move? Lesson Plan

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    Lesson Overview Learn about different action verbs and review present and past tense through the Stages Learning Verb Cards Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Acting Vocabulary Grammar (present and past tense verbs)..
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    Let's Move With Verbs Lesson Plan

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    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..
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    How to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Child with Autism

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    Travel can be a beautiful way to explore a new environment, bond as a family, and learn together. For children on the autism spectrum, travel can also mean venturing through unfamiliar routines and adjusting to..
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    Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids with Autism

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    Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday, finding the “perfect” gift for a child with autism can be hard, given the range of sensitivities and needs a child may have. Because autism spectrum..
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    Ten Holiday Gifts for Children with Autism

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    With the holiday season comes family gatherings, cozy meals, vacation plans, and yes — a dash of festive chaos. Traveling to visit family can be stressful even when everything goes as expected. However, a bit of..
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    Ten Tips for Visiting Family When Your Child Has Autism

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    For over a decade, researchers have been relying on tools developed by Stages Learning to evaluate approaches that are most effective for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Wide-ranging research topics span..
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    Stages Learning Language Builder Cards: The Choice for Autism Researchers

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    About two weeks ago, I began to watch the show Atypical on Netflix. This is a program that was of great interest to me, as it is about an 18-year-old high school senior who is living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The..
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    First Person Autism: Review of Netflix Series Atypical

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    With difficulty making sense of their surroundings and feelings of anxiety, children with autism often develop routines and rituals to have some form of order and structure to their lives. Everyday routines such as..
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    Tips and Strategies for Helping Children with Autism Develop New Routines

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    A family's bond is one of the strongest, purest forms of love. Each component is essential - parents, siblings, and extended family. When we consider a family consisting of a child with autism, the familial ties become..
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    A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Siblings Of Children With Autism

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    5 guidelines for the class or the home Friendships can have a major impact on wellbeing and personal growth, yet building new relationships can be anxiety provoking for adults and children alike. So, imagine how hard it..
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    Helping Children with Autism Develop Friendships

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