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      Madeline Burroughs

      Madeline Burroughs

      Madeline Burroughs is a Specially Designed Instructional Coach at two high schools in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, GA. In this role, she works to coach special education teachers in providing systematic, specially designed instruction that effectively targets students’ strengths and needs. Madeline received her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2019, and hopes to continue to serve as an advocate for all students with disabilities throughout her career.

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

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      Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

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

      Letters from the CEO

      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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      Topics: Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Parents, Articles

      Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

      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

      Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

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

      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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      Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Elementary (4-12), Articles

      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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      Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, ARIS Autism Curriculum, 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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      Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

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

      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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      Topics: About Autism, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces

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

      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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      Topics: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

      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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      Topics: About Autism, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Parents, Articles

      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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      Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Parents, Articles

      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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      Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Parents, Articles

      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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      Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language

      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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      Topics: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Parents, Articles