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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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    As schools have switched over to more online remote learning there is an increase in opportunities for online bullying to occur, especially for children with autism COVID-19 has led to a new way of rethinking all..
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    Cyberbullying: What it is and How to Prevent it for Students with Autism

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    Letters from the CEO

    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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    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

    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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    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

    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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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Articles

    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 As schools around the world prepare for learning to continue in the fall, educators and service providers are wondering how to best tackle..
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    10 Best Practices for Providing Teletherapy for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism Technology, Autism Treatment Options, Autism and Physical Spaces, COVID-19 Emergency Response

    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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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Interviews from the Field, Parents, Articles

    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 Autism Learning Line

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    Topics: Que es Autismo?, Parents, Articles

    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

    Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.) and the Benefits of Online Community Stages Learning Materials is excited to announce the launch of Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.), an online community designed to support parents, teachers,..
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    Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.): An Online Community for All Who Are Touched by Autism

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

      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. It has become crystal clear to us over the past several days that..
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    Tips for Implementing Language Builder ARIS Emergency at-Home Lessons

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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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    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 Treatment Options, Parents, 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, 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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    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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    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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    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..
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    Whole Child Learning & Autism: How ARIS Supports Social Emotional Learning

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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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    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 

Reading Spelling Recognizing food names Materials Stages Learning Food Carpet..
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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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    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..
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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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    Lesson Overview Learn about different action verbs and review prepositions through the Stages Learning Verb Cards Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Vocabulary Grammar (present and prepositions) Materials Stages..
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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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    The Benefits of Equine Therapy  What is Equine Therapy?
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    Can Horseback Riding Help Children with Autism?

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    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..
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    10 Tips for Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    The Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS™) is a new comprehensive early autism education curriculum based on the Language Builder® Picture Cards created over twenty years ago by Stages Learning and widely used..
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    The Research Effectiveness of the Language Builder® Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS)

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    Wandering or “elopement,” a common behavioral occurrence among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to the tendency to leave a safe, supervised space or caregiver and subsequently expose oneself to..
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    Wandering and Autism: 6 Strategies to Prevent Wandering Behavior

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    This article was originally published on the Speech@NYU blog. Speech@NYU is the online master’s program in speech-language pathology from NYU Steinhardt. 1 in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is..
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    School Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for Parents

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    Recognizing, Showing, and Regulating Emotions Think about the different ways that you recognize the emotions of others in your daily life. Do you focus on their facial expression? Their body language? Or their tone of..
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    Helping Children with Autism to Communicate & Recognize Emotions

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    What is Autism Awareness Month? Each year during the month of April, individuals and organizations across the globe celebrate Autism Awareness Month with events to educate local communities and raise public awareness..
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    Autism Awareness Month: The History and Today

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    Link4Fun Cards are new language-learning tools designed to scaffold preschool language development by synchronizing traditional manipulatives with digital media. Children tap flashcards against the screen of an iPad to..
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    Research White Paper: Vocabulary Cards for Early Word Learning

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    Linda Hodgdon has been a long-time friend of Stages Learning and is author of the best-selling book, "Visual Strategies for Improving Communication." We have invited her to impart some of her wisdom and experience in a..
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    How to Help Young Children with Autism Avoid Behavior Problems

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    For students on the Autism spectrum, having a strong and reliable therapy team to support individual needs can be an important factor in student success. When members of a therapy team are collaborating seamlessly, a..
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    It Takes a Team: 4 Steps to Building a Stronger Therapy Team

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    Affinities, Avatars, and Autism: Oh My! Learning empathy from Simba. Recognizing emotions with Ariel. It may seem unconventional, but the inspiring story about Owen Suskind, an autistic child depicted in the book and..
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    How a Child’s Special Interests Can Assist in Learning and Growing

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    It’s likely that we all know someone who experiences anxiety, and there’s no doubt that anxiety can be exhausting and can interfere with daily life. For children with autism, anxiety can occur more frequently and can be..
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    5 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

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    Although almost seven thousand miles away, Leora Sali’s tone of determination resonated her passion for her work. She agreed to speak with me about the program she co-manages in Israel, Roim Rachok. “For the first time,..
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    New Program Prepares Teens with Autism to Serve in the Israel Defense Forces

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    Twitter is a valuable tool for professional development (PD) and community building, especially for members of the education community. The platform is a must-have for digitally literate teachers who use their..
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    The Twitter Accounts Every School SLP Must Follow

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    The practice of quieting the mind, otherwise known as mindfulness, is increasingly being practiced across the board – from Google executives to classrooms as a replacement to detention (Bloom, 2016). Mindfulness..
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    Six Simple Mindfulness Practices for Kids with Autism

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Articles

    I can still remember when I was a child watching my mother cook. Her face always beamed with a smile so big that everyone could tell how much joy she had in preparing a great meal for my family. It seemed cooking was..
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    7 Tips for Teaching Your Child with Autism to Cook

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    5 Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in Sports It is no secret that sports are a big part of most people’s lives. More than 100 million people in the United States alone tune in to watch the Super Bowl every year...
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    Best Sports for Children with Autism

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    Magazines The following are some of the leading magazines geared towards families, therapists, educators and researchers interested in staying on top of the news and scientific developments in the field of autism.
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    Autism Magazines and Journals

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    According to The U.S. Department of Education an increasing number of kids on the autism spectrum may not be receiving services from speech-language pathologists at school, (Disability Scoop July 28, 2015) and they are..
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    Schools Warned On Speech Services For Kids With Autism

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    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..
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    Social Thinking: 6 Strategies for Teaching Children with Autism

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    Having a special interest in something is a major part of the repetitive behavior that comes with autism. In fact, researcher Tony Attwood (2003) found that special interests seem “to be a dominant characteristic,..
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    Leveraging Special Interests to Help Children with Autism:  An Autistic Person* Shares Her Experiences

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    Lesson Overview Students will use the Link4Fun Cards to practice identifying, categorizing, and communicating with vocabulary words. Students will interact with the teacher or therapist using vocabulary cards with..
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    Link4fun Lesson Plan: Identify, Categorize & Communicate!

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    Lesson Overview Students will use the Link4Fun book and app to develop their literacy, social skills, and vocabulary. Students will interact with the teacher or therapist using a print-based picture book with a digital..
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    Link4fun Lesson Plan: Early Literacy & Social Skills Development

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    This is a book review of “Why Johnny doesn’t Flap,” a book about an autistic boy’s neurotypical (meaning without neurological disabilities) friend, Johnny. I will give a brief description of the book’s story,..
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    Book Review: “Why Johnny Doesn’t Flap”

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    Lesson Overview Learn about different action verbs through the animals in the Link4fun Pets book Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Acting Vocabulary Grammar Materials Link4fun Pets book and app Markers or other..
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    Link4fun Lesson Plan: Learning About Verbs

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    Lesson Overview Learn about different textures through the animals in the Link4fun Wild Animals book.
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    Link4fun Lesson Plan: Learning About Textures

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    Kristy Johnson is a mother of a child with significant special needs, as well as a researcher in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. While she has always been very involved in science and engineering, her son..
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    Interviews from the Field: Kristy Johnson

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    This article was originally written in English and has been translated into Chinese. 
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    为在中国传播自闭症的信息助力 (Help Spread the Word About Autism in China)

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

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    This article was originally written in English and has been translated into Chinese.    你曾经担心过你的孩子有自闭症的征兆,但是你却不知道去寻求谁的帮助,也不知道怎么找到确诊的途径吗?
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    辨别自闭症的迹象和症状 (Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Autism)

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    This article was originally written in English and has been translated into Chinese.  ..
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    教自闭症儿童进行情感表达 (Teaching Kids with Autism about Emotions)

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    This current news release is provided by Stages Learning. Stages Learning provides award winning learning tools and other resources for children with autism for parents, teachers, and therapists.
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    In the News: Autism Research

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    Navigating the holidays with autism The time has come for families and friends to get together and celebrate. This particular time of the year means many things: inviting extended family over, wrapping presents, pie,..
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    Autism and the Holidays: Advice from the Front Lines

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    Sarah Scruton is an English teacher at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, MA. Although Sarah is a general education teacher, she provides excellent insight into how to make accommodations for students with special..
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    Interviews from the Field: Sarah Scruton

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    Lesson Overview Using the Language Builder Blocks and customized dice, children practice math and engineering skills in this creative challenge.
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    Practicing Math and Engineering Skills with Blocks

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    Lesson Overview Play this twist on hide and seek to teach collaboration and teamwork.
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    Hide and Seek with Blocks Lesson Plan

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    Timothy Jepson teaches chemistry to sophomores at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, Massachusetts. Although he teaches general education, it is imperative that he make accommodations within his classroom for..
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    Interviews from the Field: Timothy Jepson

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    This White Paper was written by Consulting Services for Education in order to better understand the learning impact of the newest Stages Learning product: Link4Fun Books. These "bridging" books are designed to support..
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    Interactive Bridging Books for Early Literacy: Research White Paper

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    As a behavior analyst, Stephanie Hicks experiences the field of special education through multiple lenses. Stephanie works mainly with classroom teachers, parents and a variety of therapists on how to manage and teach..
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    Interviews from the Field: Stephanie Hicks

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    Advice for entering the job world It is common knowledge that people with disabilities tend to experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Many employers seem to be unwilling to give disabled..
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    Work Environments, Adjustments for Employees with Autism

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    Lesson Overview Use the Language Builder Blocks as a quick way to practice number skills.
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    Practicing Number Skills with Blocks Lesson Plan

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    What is bullying? Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as: “Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children. It involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be..
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    Parents Guide to Bullying for Children with Autism

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    Although many students with autism possess incredible talents and abilities, especially related to spatial reasoning, only about 10 to 20 percent of adults with autism are employed (Born, 2011; Kavilanz, 2016)...
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    A New Education: Teaching Coding to Students with Autism

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    As an autistic person, I am very familiar with AAC. I use it, and I am around others who use it too. Because it is AAC awareness month, I thought this was a good opportunity to write about it.
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    How To Make Life Easier for a Person Who Uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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    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,..
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    Let's Build: How Playing With Blocks Benefits Children

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    Lesson Overview This lesson will build storytelling skills in a hilarious, creative way. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Storytelling Gross motor development Geometry, numerical skills Communication skills..
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    Improv Storytelling with Blocks Lesson Plan

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    Strategies to use with your students Inclusion is a great thing. Children with special needs are no longer isolated in “Special Ed” classrooms and only seen on the playground or in the lunchroom. Kids with special needs..
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    11 Classroom Management Strategies for Children with Special Needs

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    An Autistic Woman Explains Common Autism Characteristics and Misconceptions Basics- What is autism? Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. It is a condition that affects every part of a person’s life. Autism is..
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    Autism Explained

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    Hi! My name is Catlaina, and I am the author of "Ella Autie". "Ella Autie" was a book made for my senior project. Here is a quick summary:
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    Author Catlaina Vrana On Her New Book “Ella Autie”

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    Whenever I sit down to write a new blog entry, I mentally acknowledge the importance of self-advocacy in the lives of people with autism. It is vital that we tell others how we are feeling and what we are thinking, so..
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    Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

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     *Print out out Free Card to give to a stranger when your child is having a difficult time in public. The “Five W’s”: Choosing when to be an ambassador for autism and when to walk away Children with autism and their..
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    Strategies for Responding to Rude Comments About Your Child’s Behavior

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    Parents and teachers can feel confused and uncomfortable when students shout, cry, or act in ways that appear developmentally or culturally inappropriate. It’s helpful to learn who you can turn to for training or advice..
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    Cool Down Spaces: Best Practices for Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom or the Home

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    Interviews from the field As a Special Education Associate Professor at Lesley University, a parent of a child with special needs, and a previous K-12 educator, Janet Sauer has many insights into the field of special..
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    Janet Sauer: Parent, Professional and Educator

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    If you’re like me, there’s nothing more appealing than a home renovation show where a grand reveal shows furniture that is perfectly staged and pristine. As a teacher, this enthusiasm for design and decoration carried..
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    Creating Spaces that Work for Children with Autism

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    Back-to-school energy was in the air at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Fall Intern Fair where Stages Learning staff met and recruited eager and passionate new students who are excited about working..
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    Stages Learning Serves as Incubator for New Harvard Graduate Student Interns

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    A Former Student with Autism Shares his Gratitude for a Teacher that Helped Him Succeed When I was growing up, school was very rough for me. I struggled with many of the same social and emotional challenges that many..
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    A Special Thank You to a Special Teacher

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    Our favorite resources around the web Stages Learning has compiled a selective list of high quality resources and support information for parents, teachers, and families. Please contact us by filling out the form at the..
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    Stages Learning Top Resources for Autism

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    Interviews from the field As a speech-language pathologist working in Early Intervention, Casey Bryn McCarthy has a passion for communication and expression. Her passion for communication developed at an early age after..
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    Interviews from the Field: Casey Bryn McCarthy

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    Lesson Overview Students will use the U-Play Mat to practice identifying, categorizing, and communicating with vocabulary words. Each part of the lesson plan can be extended or shortened depending on the needs of the..
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    Building Vocabulary with U-Play Mat Lesson Plan

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    Tips for getting back into gear for the school year Summer is an important time to take a break from school routines, spend time with the family, and explore extracurricular interests. However, the transition from the..
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    Strong Start: Back to School Tips

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    Preparing Your Child with Autism for the New Year Activities that are comforting, thrilling, or intolerable to people with autism can vary considerably from what a neuro-typical child or adult may experience in the same..
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    6 Strategies to Prepare Your Child for Back to School, Haircuts, Hospital Visits, And More!

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    Note: Nathan Hughes is a writer who works for Stages Learning. He provides an inside view of his experiences living with autism. Stages Learning is dedicated to providing our community with useful articles relating to..
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    The Positive Side of Autism

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    Knowing What to Look for with Autism Have you ever worried that your child is exhibiting symptoms of autism, but had no one to go to and no understanding of how to acquire a diagnosis and ensure that your child will..
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    Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

    Sequencing is the ability to logically order events, images, thoughts, and actions. Why is sequencing important for children?
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    “What Happens Next?”: Strategies for Teaching Your Child Sequencing Skills

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers

    Lesson Overview Students will use sequencing cards to review vocabulary words and practice ordering events. Download Lesson Plan: Skills Practiced Picture identification and vocabulary Fine and gross motor development..
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    Sequencing Cards Lesson Plan

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    Nathan Hughes has curated a collection of the most useful and interesting blogs that are written by people like himself: People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nathan’s selections reflect a variety of experiences and..
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    Top Blogs by People with Autism

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    Tips and Strategies for Transitioning to College with Autism Of the roughly 50,000 young Americans with autism who graduate from high school each year, less than 7,000 end up with a college degree (Wei et al 2015). This..
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    Transition: A Guide to College Readiness and Applications for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles

    Understanding the research on language development Think of a weekend visit to a park swarming with children. Kids playing soccer, kids swinging on the monkey bars, kids talking a mile a minute, kids climbing the jungle..
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    Building Language: What Does the Research Say?

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    Finding a Job that Matches Your Skills Many people struggle with finding a job and establishing a career for themselves. In addition, there are often multiple applicants for only one job vacancy, which can be..
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    Career Choices for People with Autism: First Hand Advice

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles

    Lesson Overview Students will review vocabulary words and play bingo using Stages Learning Bingo Generator Cards. Students can also review vocabulary in foreign languages since the Bingo Generator Cards are available in..
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    Bingo Generator Lesson Plan

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    Approaching the discussion with your child Many parents are unsure about how to speak to their child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) about the diagnosis. Parents may fear a number of reactions: that their child will..
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    The Talk: Speaking with Your Child About Autism

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    First Hand Experiences of Being a Student with Autism As an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have found myself reflecting on both the challenges and strengths that my differences have brought me. On one hand,..
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    My Thoughts on School Experiences and Being on the Autism Spectrum

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles

    Guidance on Raising Money for Autism Support If you are helping raise money for autism research, advocacy, or other programs related to autism, it is wise to follow the advice of Charity Navigator: Your Guide to..
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    Raising Money for Autism? Find Out Where Your Dollars Go

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    Lesson Overview Students will review the Emotion Flash Cards and create their own chart depicting various emotions. Students will then think of emotions they show outside and inside to make a feelings box.
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    Feelings Box Lesson Plan

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    Stages Learning is committed to helping people with autism around the world. In 2016 we founded the Global Autism Awareness Project (GAAP) in collaboration with students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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    Spreading the Word in Pakistan: Global Autism Awareness Project

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    For Our Readers: Stages Learning started a new service project in January of 2016: The Global Autism Awareness Project (GAAP). Partnering with students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education we are working to..
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    Syrian Refugees with Autism Are Given a Second Chance

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    Topics: About Autism, Global Autism Awareness, Parents, Articles

    And…action! As there is growing awareness about autism, the media is also increasingly portraying characters with autism and those who are on the spectrum. How autism is portrayed in entertainment can have a significant..
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    Autism Goes to Hollywood: Our Favorite Documentaries, Movies and TV Shows Depicting Characters with Autism

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    Global Autism Awareness: Three Students Got Us Started In 2016, three students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education approached us about internships. They were interested in autism in their home countries: China..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Global Autism Awareness

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    El desarrollo del lenguaje es diferente para cada niño, y hay muchas diferencias en el desarrollo “normal” de los niños pequeños. Si tiene preocupaciones específicas sobre la velocidad de aprendizaje de las primeras..
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    Las Primeras Habilidades de Lenguaje y Creciendo Vocabulario

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    Topics: Que es Autismo?, Elementary (4-12), Articles

    Cuando los niños muy pequeños empiezan a aprender las habilidades del lenguaje, ellos aprenden palabras nuevas y conectan la palabra dictada al objeto actual (Richard & Goldfarb, 1986). Por ejemplo, si los padres..
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    Antecedentes Sobre La Enseñanza del Lenguaje del Autismo con Imágenes

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    What it Means to be Autism Friendly and How You Can Help An exciting and fast moving effort is under way to create “Autism Friendly” spaces so that children and adults with autism can feel more supported and families..
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    5 Ways We Can Make the World More Autism Friendly

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    Lesson Overview Students will make an animal that they would most like to be or admire in some way. Students will then choose a song that their animal likes and move their animal to the rhythm of the music. Students..
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    Animal Cards Dance Party

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

    Before I came to study in the US seven months ago, “autism” was just a word I memorized when I prepared for standardized tests. I seldom encountered the word in a contextualized situation in my life, and I never..
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    Help Spread the Word about Autism in China

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    Topics: Global Autism Awareness, Parents, Articles

    Lesson Overview Students will verbalize an inference about the events leading up to a visual scene by explaining “what just happened” in response to visual cues.
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    What Just Happened?

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    Finding the Form of Art Therapy That Works Best for Your Child For more than 70 years, creative arts therapies such as visual art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, and drama therapy have been used in psychotherapy..
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    Autism and Art Therapy: Four Beneficial Treatment Options

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    Topics: About Autism, Parents, Articles

    Lesson Overview Students will infer how professionals feel at work by verbally elaborating on visuals from occupation cards.
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    Occupation Card Perspective-Taking

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    Jackson Tillman is in third grade, lives in Kentucky, and has autism. The biggest challenge Jackson’s family has is that when a situation becomes overwhelming Jackson bolts, and when Jackson is with his grandmother she..
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    The Therapeutic Power of Pets for Children with Autism

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    Adults with Autism: The Importance of First Person Accounts Many parents of children with autism wonder what will happen when their children grow up – what will their adult lives be like? This is true of all parents,..
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    Pushing the Envelope: The Importance of First Person Autism Accounts

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    Lesson Overview Students will match December holiday vocabulary words with emotion cards by creating a holiday sentence. 
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    Emotion Card Holiday Stories

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     As a grandparent it can be a struggle to find presents for a granddaughter or grandson who has autism. Sometimes traditional gifts can backfire for the child with autism.
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    Grandparent's Guide to Shopping for a Grandchild who has Autism

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    Holidays can be a time of great joy and excitement, but they can also be stressful and disruptive. For families who have children with autism, extra planning is essential to keep everyone on an even keel. Managing..
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    How to Enjoy the Holidays with a Loved One Who Has Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Advice for Parents and Caregivers

    Research[i] confirms what many parents of children with autism already know: children with autism have a higher incidence of sleep challenges, and the more severe the autism symptoms the more severe the sleep..
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    New Tools to Help Your Child Sleep

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers

    Lesson Overview In this activity, children will work on recognizing beginning letters of words and will find corresponding plastic letter to build basic letter knowledge. 
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    Building Basic Letter Knowledge with U-Play Mat

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    Lesson Overview: Students will use Language Builder cards with the Language Builder App to practice similar matching in both a digital and physical setting.
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    Using the Free Language Builder App and Language Builder Cards Together

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    Topics: Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Autism Technology

    As a parent our needs are often the first to be postponed or set aside. Sometimes there is no choice: we have to attend to the immediate needs of our children. But in the long run we could be doing significant damage to..
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    Autism Parents: How Do You Rate on Self-Care?

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    Topics: About Autism, Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

    Using sensory tools in your practice can provide a more focused, content and alert individual. Whether you are a specialist using ABA, speech and language techniques, occupational therapy interventions or teaching..
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    Using Sensory Tools to Help Kids Focus and Concentrate

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     Lesson Overview: By touching or pointing to the appropriate card, students show that they recognize the word and can identify the corresponding picture. This activity can be prefaced by the Picture ID lesson to..
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    Receptive Labeling Lesson Plan

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    Overview Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a variation of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) type therapy. It focuses on more comprehensive “pivotal” areas such as increasing a child’s motivation to learn, initiate..
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    A Closer Look: Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

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    Overview EIBI is a type of Applied Behavioral Analysis focused on children under five years of age. New research has shown that while intensive behavioral interventions work well with all children, children starting..
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    A Closer Look: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options