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      Summer is near end and it’s almost time to head back to school! Gearing your child up for a normal school routine after summer fun is no easy feat; however, practice makes perfect! We know children with autism thrive..
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      7 Tips To Get Your Child Back Into The School Routine

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      One mother’s tried and true recommendations for helping your child with autism get ready for an early wake up time once school starts. Are you dreading your "au-some" child's first week back to school because he or she..
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      From Sleeping in to Prepping for School: Strategies for Avoiding Wake-up Wars

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

      Letters from the CEO

        1. Follow Your Passion I love flying! All my life I have been interested in anything aviation related: airports, travel, planes.
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      Follow Your Passion: 5 Steps to Finding the Best Career Match for a Young Adult with Autism

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      Topics: Autism & Transitions, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles

      Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

      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

      Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

      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..
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      Classroom Routines: Preparing Your Child with Autism

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      Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism & Transitions, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Articles

      Children come into this world with little knowledge of the world around them. As they grow they explore their environment, acquire knowledge about social norms, facts, and what is expected and accepted. For children..
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      Autism and Anxiety: 10 Strategies to Help Your Child

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      Individuals with autism too often have been underrepresented and discriminated against in employment. A 2017 report from Drexel University found that only 14 percent of adults with autism held paid jobs in their..
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      Top Work Places Supporting Adults with Autism

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      Young Adulthood on the Spectrum: An Interview with a Friend

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      The beginning of a new school year can be a difficult time for some children with autism. Shifting from the comfort of home to an environment packed with loud voices, stiff chairs, slamming doors, and a new structure..
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      Inclusion Toolkit: Top Ten Products to Accommodate Students with Autism in the Classroom

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

      Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are defined as written plans outlining a program designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Walking into an IEP meeting prepared will help you and the school design the best..
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      How to Prepare For Your IEP Meeting - For Parents of Children with Autism

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      Summer camp can be a positive and enriching experience for children on the autism spectrum, providing an alternative to the rigorous school year routine and opportunities for peer interactions. However, finding the..
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      How to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Child with Autism

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      Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Parents, Articles

      Travel can be a beautiful way to explore a new environment, bond as a family, and learn together. For children on the autism spectrum, travel can also mean venturing through unfamiliar routines and adjusting to..
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      Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids with Autism

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      With difficulty making sense of their surroundings and feelings of anxiety, children with autism often develop routines and rituals to have some form of order and structure to their lives. Everyday routines such as..
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      Tips and Strategies for Helping Children with Autism Develop New Routines

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      5 guidelines for the class or the home Friendships can have a major impact on wellbeing and personal growth, yet building new relationships can be anxiety provoking for adults and children alike. So, imagine how hard it..
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      Helping Children with Autism Develop Friendships

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

      Advice for entering the job world It is common knowledge that people with disabilities tend to experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Many employers seem to be unwilling to give disabled..
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      Work Environments, Adjustments for Employees with Autism

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      Topics: About Autism, Autism & Transitions, First Person Autism, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles

      Tips for getting back into gear for the school year Summer is an important time to take a break from school routines, spend time with the family, and explore extracurricular interests. However, the transition from the..
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      Strong Start: Back to School Tips

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      Preparing Your Child with Autism for the New Year Activities that are comforting, thrilling, or intolerable to people with autism can vary considerably from what a neuro-typical child or adult may experience in the same..
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      6 Strategies to Prepare Your Child for Back to School, Haircuts, Hospital Visits, And More!

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      Topics: Health & Nutrition, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

      Tips and Strategies for Transitioning to College with Autism Of the roughly 50,000 young Americans with autism who graduate from high school each year, less than 7,000 end up with a college degree (Wei et al 2015). This..
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      Transition: A Guide to College Readiness and Applications for Students with Autism

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      Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+), Articles