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Autism Resources and Community (ARC)

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      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs for Children with Autism

      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 with autism.

      Updated on 9/18/20 6:04 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 9/18/20 6:04 PM

      About Autism

      What is Stimming?

      Self-stimulatory behaviors with autism

      What is stimming?

      Updated on 8/30/20 6:02 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 8/30/20 6:02 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Teaching with Pictures

      Autism and Language

      Teaching Parts of Speech to Children with Autism: Prepositions, Opposites, Pronouns and Verb Tense

      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 language skills incidentally, parts of speech such as prepositions, opposites, pronouns or verb tenses may be more difficult and require explicit instruction. Understanding parts of speech are important because it shows how words relate to one another in a meaningful way and allows for clear communication.

      Updated on 5/3/20 1:49 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 5/3/20 1:49 PM

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Teaching Language Skills to Children with Autism Using 2-D and 3-D Matching

      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 visual and short term memory, attention to detail, classification skills, and improve vocabulary. For children with autism, developing these matching skills helps them physically identify and describe relationships between objects which leads to the development of learning language skills. Matching games offer a clear end goal, which is comforting to learners and helpful for teachers and parents.

      Updated on 5/2/20 6:35 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 5/2/20 6:35 PM

      Teaching with Pictures

      ARIS Autism Curriculum

      Teaching Children with Autism to Follow Simple Directions

      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, communication skills, productivity in daily routine tasks, and practice gross motor and fine motor skills. Having these skills are important in school environments, home, and other natural settings. Children can gain the ability to follow simple directions to:

      Updated on 4/19/20 11:07 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 4/19/20 11:07 AM

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Coronavirus: Keeping a Routine Schedule at Home

      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 businesses to close suddenly. While these closures are important to ensure the health and safety of all families, the disruption in routine and navigating unforeseen circumstances can leave families of children with autism stressed and anxious.

      Updated on 3/27/20 3:38 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/27/20 3:38 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

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

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

      Updated on 3/27/20 2:11 PM

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

      Health & Nutrition

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Coronavirus and Children with Autism: How to Protect Your Child

      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 hand soaps, sanitizers, and disinfecting cleansers in stores as people are stocking up. For families of children with Autism, staying germ-free can especially be a concern for children who have not developed proper handwashing skills or hygiene skills, in addition to everyday germs that children encounter at schools, care centers, and other activities.

      Updated on 3/12/20 5:48 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/12/20 5:48 PM

      Health & Nutrition

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Teaching Healthy Eating Choices to Children with Autism

      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, ritualistic habits, which can affect eating. Children with ASD may have especially strong likes and dislikes to certain foods, relating to taste, smell, color, and texture of the item. Some children do not eat enough, due to extreme food selectivity or difficulty focusing during eating. For some children, because of their limited food choices, they experience frequent constipation or stomach pain. Medication can also affect a child’s eating habits. For example, some common stimulant medications may reduce appetite. 

      Updated on 3/5/20 11:24 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/5/20 11:24 AM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Transitions

      Classroom Routines: Preparing Your Child with Autism

      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 adapted to suit your child’s needs and practiced in and outside the classroom. It is helpful to meet with the teachers and therapists working with your child to understand what their daily schedule in school is like to make a plan for how your child can be supported and successful.

      Updated on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

      Autism and Language

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Recommended Children’s Books About Autism

      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, accessible explanations and illustrations that can help children and others better understand autism and some of its symptoms in a lighthearted manner. These children’s books emphasize messages about friendship, community, and understanding.

      Updated on 12/9/19 10:54 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 12/9/19 10:54 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Physical Spaces

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

      Fine Motor Skill Milestones

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

      Updated on 11/16/19 1:18 PM

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

      Health & Nutrition

      Autism Treatment Options

      Acupuncture and Autism

      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 effective treatment for children with ASD in areas of verbal communication, social skills, behavioral concerns, food sensitivity, and noise sensitivity.

      Updated on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

      About Autism

      Health & Nutrition

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      Top Safety Risks for Children with Autism and How to Communicate with First Responders

      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.

      Updated on 4/28/19 3:56 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 4/28/19 3:56 PM

      Health & Nutrition

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Inclusive Sports

      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 to the loud, chaotic environments or exclusion from participating. The Special Olympics and Unified Sports are programs specifically created to be inclusive of athletes of all ages and abilities in participating in team sports.

      Updated on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

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