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Autism Resources and Community (ARC)

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      Winner of the Feedspot Top 50 Blogs on Autism Award

      Action Behavior Center's Top 25 Autism blogs of 2020

      Study.com Top Homeschool Blogs for Special Needs Resources

      Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide 30 Best Autism Blogs 2019

      Autism Technology

      Autism Treatment Options

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      10 Best Practices for Providing Teletherapy for Children with Autism

      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 the possibility or reality of virtual learning for the foreseeable future. Many educators are concerned about the steep learning curve that comes with teletherapy and wonder how they might most effectively reach their students. For special education teachers and therapists for students with autism, teletherapy presents a unique challenge as many learning platforms are only geared towards typically developing students. 

      Updated on 7/26/20 1:35 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 7/26/20 1:35 PM

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Eight Tips and Resources for Explaining COVID-19 to Children with Autism

      COVID-19 took the world by surprise leaving us all to adjust quickly and renavigate home, school, and work life. A top question on many families’ minds is how to explain the virus to our children with autism. The uncertainty of new situations can be stressful for anyone, especially when we are still discovering the facts. Incorporated here are helpful tips and resources to discuss the pandemic with your children with autism, to help them best understand, cope, and thrive during this time.

      Updated on 6/21/20 8:18 AM

      Updated by Arielle Doochin on 6/21/20 8:18 AM

      Autism and Language

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.): An Online Community for All Who Are Touched by Autism

      Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.) and the Benefits of Online Community

      Stages Learning Materials is excited to announce the launch of Autism Learning Line (A.L.L.), an online community designed to support parents, teachers, therapists, homeschoolers, and anyone else touched by autism. Working with interns from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and after several years of planning, Stages is happy to have found a way to give back to our community. This new support group connects with our Autism Resources and Community blog that was launched 5 years ago and now has over 500 articles to support families, educators, and therapists. Our autism blog received the award for Top 25 Autism Blogs of 2020 by Action Behavior Center and is also the winner of the Feedspot Top 50 Blogs on Autism Award.

      Updated on 4/26/20 10:55 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 4/26/20 10:55 AM

      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

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Language Builder ARIS Free Emergency Resources: Overview

      Given current circumstances you may be faced with the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging your child with autism or other special needs at home. With so much in flux, we want to offer free lessons, materials, activity sheets, data tracking sheets, behavior management tools, and a basic overview of how to use the system at home with your children.

      Updated on 3/23/20 4:26 PM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 3/23/20 4:26 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Tips for Implementing Language Builder ARIS Emergency at-Home Lessons

      I truly hope that the downloadable Language Builder ARIS lessons have been helpful as you endeavor to set up your child's at-home education program. It has become crystal clear to us over the past several days that there is a dire need for resources to support parents as they adapt to recent school closures. We are committed to providing digital resources and virtual assistance to get you though this tough period so that your child can continue learning and building new skills. 

      Updated on 3/23/20 2:41 PM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 3/23/20 2:41 PM

      Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      Do-It-Yourself Materials for ABA-based Lessons

      For the free lessons we provided in our ARIS Emergency Home Autism Education Program we have included a variety of photo cards that you can download, print and get started with, including: Nouns, Occupations, Emotions, Sequencing and Verbs. You can see that many lessons reference specific Stages products, which you may not have access to. This information is designed to help you source some of these materials yourself so you can expand the content you teach in each lesson.

      Updated on 3/19/20 7:37 PM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 3/19/20 7:37 PM

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      We want to know what you think! Please share your questions and comments about our articles or let us know about other topics you would like to see covered in our blog. --Angela Nelson, CEO, Stages Learning Materials and Editor, Autism Resources & Community