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

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

    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

    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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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Health & Nutrition, Inclusive Education, Autism & Emotions, Autism and Physical Spaces, Parents, Articles

    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.  ..
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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

     *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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    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

    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

    Parents and educators often struggle to help children with autism communicate their feelings. When children with autism have trouble recognizing and communicating how they feel, it may contribute to inappropriate..
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    Teaching Kids with Autism about Emotions

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    Lesson Plan Overview Use Stages Emotion Cards with literature to support a child's recognition of facial emotions and feelings in various contexts. Objectives/Goals Learn and name parts of the human face. Learn that..
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    Identifying Feelings with Emotion Cards

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