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      Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M.

      Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M.

      Angela Nelson is the creator of the widely-recognized Language Builder Picture Card Series, and the creator and lead author for the Language Builder ARIS curriculum. Angela received her BA and JD from UCLA where she studied and practiced behavior psychology under Dr. Ivar Lovaas, and her Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on technology innovation and education. As Founder and CEO of Stages Learning Materials, Angela has created autism, special needs and early childhood curriculum products since 1997. In addition to her duties at Stages, Angela writes for multiple industry publications and is Chair of the Education Market Association.
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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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      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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      Letters from the CEO

      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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      Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

      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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      Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

      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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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, COVID-19 Emergency Response, Parents, Lesson Plans

      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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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, COVID-19 Emergency Response, Parents, Lesson Plans

      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

      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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      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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      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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      Topics: About Autism, Parents, Articles

      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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      Topics: About Autism, Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Global Autism Awareness, Parents, Articles

      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?, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

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

      I am happy to report that Stages Learning Materials has finally taken the leap into the 21st century! The Language Builder cards have become a staple in autism and speech therapy programs across the country, and..
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      NEW Language Builder Software

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      Topics: About Autism, Autism and Language, Autism Technology, Autism & Transitions, Elementary (4-12), Parents, Articles

      On March 10th of this year, Stages Learning Materials released the Language Builder from Stages App, and we have had an amazing response! Hundreds of parents, therapists, and teachers are now using the Language Builder..
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      New Features Added to the Language Builder App

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      Topics: Language Builder App, Autism and Language, Autism Technology, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Parents, Articles

      A Letter from the CEO: A Leap of Faith It is such an honor to have an article about the launch of our new Stages Language Builder App in the Harvard Graduate School of Education News!
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      Pushing the Envelope: Upended Plans Sometimes Work Best

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      Additional Activities to Develop Sentence Skills Labeling and Requesting are the most basic of all full sentence activities, and provide a basis for your student to understand that communication requires more than..
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      Part 4 of 4: Labeling and Requesting

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      Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Articles

      Building Expressive Vocabulary This is the step where your child learns to actually say the words out loud. All of the tasks we just described in the previous Autism and Language article come into play when building..
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      Part 2 of 4: Building Vocabulary

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