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      Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

      Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

      Jenna Wharff is a special education teacher at HOPEhouse at Cotting School, a transitional boarding school for students age 17-22 with special needs, in Lexington, MA. She specializes in helping her students prepare for life after high school by teaching independent living, vocational, and social skills as well as practical academics and providing opportunities for her students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to their everyday lives. She aims to help students and their families make the transition from special education to adult services as smooth as possible, while providing her students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead productive and meaningful lives after leaving HOPEhouse. Jenna received her Master's degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007.

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      Printable Classroom-Ready Plans

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

      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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      Letters from the CEO

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

      Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

      Lesson Overview: Students will practice expressive language skills by verbally identifying a picture on a card. Skills practiced include expressive language, picture identification and photo identification.
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      Expressive Labeling Lesson Plan

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

      Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

      All bodies go through puberty, regardless of the developmental "age" of a child or the level of their cognitive or academic skills. It can be startling for parents to see their child with an autism spectrum disorder..
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      Talking about Puberty with Children with Autism

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

      Teaching young children about safety around strangers is nothing new. In fact, most adults can remember their own parents and teachers talking to them about the dangers of “taking candy from a stranger” or “getting in a..
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      Teaching Stranger Safety to Kids with Autism

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

      Lesson Overview: Students will learn picture identification based on word association. Skills practiced include receptive language and photo discrimination.
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      Picture ID Lesson Plan

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

      Planning for a young adult with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to transition from special education to adult services can be overwhelming for children and their parents alike! Many parents are so..
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      3 Ways to Build Skills for Transition Now!

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      Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

      Lesson Overview: Students increase their understanding of jobs, tools used for certain jobs and identify features of particular workers by guessing which occupation the teacher is describing.
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      Guess Who Lesson Plan

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

      Lesson Overview: Students will learn job identification and better understanding of tools and identifying features of particular workers as they respond to the prompt, "Tell me about..." to describe a worker and/or a..
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      Tell Me About Lesson Plan

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

      Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult for everyone. The idea of death can be particularly scary for kids, and the thought of not being able to see or talk to a loved one again may be confusing and..
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      Grief and Loss: Helping Children with Autism Cope

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      Topics: Autism & Emotions, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

      Lesson Overview: This lesson plan teaches fine motor and receptive language skills in order to have students match identical pictures of familiar objects.
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      Identical Matching Lesson Plan

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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12)

      Lesson Overview: This lesson plan focuses on the uses of adjectives and other descriptive terms to discuss the attributes of objects shown in the pictures with a teacher, and develops picture identification and..
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      Adjectives Lesson Plan

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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Parents, Lesson Plans

      Lesson Overview: This lesson plan practices sentence building, picture identification and vocabulary development. Students look at pictures of objects and describe the function of each item.
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      Functions Lesson Plan

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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Lesson Plans

      Autism – you see it on the news; hear about it from advocacy campaigns like Autism Speaks [1]; you may know someone whose life is affected by someone with the diagnosis. Undoubtedly, there are students with autism in..
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      Autism is on the Rise

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      Topics: About Autism, Parents, Articles

      The Language Builder from Stages app was released earlier this year to high praise from long-time Stages Learning Materials customers who were looking for a digital companion to the paper flash cards they love. The app..
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      Language Builder from Stages App Updates!

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      Topics: Language Builder App, Autism Technology, Parents, Articles

      Lesson Overview: This lesson plan reinforces the idea that sometimes, you just need a little help! Students use their problem-solving skills to identify when they need help, then advocate appropriately to get the..
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      "I Need Help" Lesson Plan

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      Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      This lesson plan gives the classic card game Go Fish an emotional makeover! Students work on their expressive and receptive vocabulary and understanding of the five basic emotions, all while practicing social skills,..
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      Go Fish with the Language Builder Emotion Cards!

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