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Autism Resources and Community (ARC)

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      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      ARIS Autism Curriculum

      Teacher Tips: Using Expressive Labeling to Teach Children with Autism Language Skills

      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 within their environment, ask for what they want and need, argue their point of view, and engage in successful interactions1. Expressive language development is key for children with autism, as support in this area allows them to use words, gestures, sentences, and writing to express meaning and give messages to others1.

      Updated on 5/12/20 12:36 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 5/12/20 12:36 PM

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Teaching Language Skills to Children with Autism Using 2-D and 3-D Matching

      For children with autism, language skills can be taught using 2-D and 3-D matching skills. Matching is the ability to see two things and recognize that they are the same. Matching skills improve concentration, train visual and short term memory, attention to detail, classification skills, and improve vocabulary. For children with autism, developing these matching skills helps them physically identify and describe relationships between objects which leads to the development of learning language skills. Matching games offer a clear end goal, which is comforting to learners and helpful for teachers and parents.

      Updated on 5/2/20 6:35 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 5/2/20 6:35 PM

      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

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      A New Curriculum for Autism: ARIS

      Teachers, parents and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) have been asking for an “all in one” autism education curriculum for years. Language Builder: ARIS (Academic Readiness Intervention System) is now available to support teachers and parents helping children with autism learn the skills they need to be successful. This new curriculum is ideal for students from preschool through elementary school who have moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorders or older children with learning disabilities. And, ARIS comes with everything needed to begin teaching right out of the box.

      Updated on 3/22/20 10:05 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 3/22/20 10:05 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Autism Treatment Options

      The Autism Home School Solution: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) A Comprehensive Curriculum for Children with Autism

      Do you homeschool your child with autism? Have you ever wanted to try homeschooling, but self-doubt or a lack of resources held you back? Through ARIS, Stages Learning Materials, which has over 20 years of experience in the field of autism, offers everything you need to engage in a comprehensive autism curriculum at home with your child. Download two free lessons on Drawing Shapes and Departures and see if ARIS can support your child’s needs. With ARIS, your child can access award-winning materials and comprehensive, research-based curriculums right in the ease of your own home. Here are just a few reasons to consider purchasing Stages Learning Materials’ Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) today:

      Updated on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Strategies for Homeschooling Children with Autism: You Can do This!

      Teaching children with autism even the most basic skills can feel daunting to a home schooling parent or even, at times, an autism professional. For instance, we may attempt to teach a child for the hundredth time to wipe her mouth with a napkin, but then…drum roll...She goes for the shirt again! The good news is practical measures exist that can renew our confidence and sense of composure while facing teaching challenges that are sure to arise. A new curriculum, ARIS, can also provide support by walking parents through using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach children new skills, even parents with little or no ABA experience. 

      Updated on 2/23/20 10:59 PM

      Updated by Heidi Ellis on 2/23/20 10:59 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      8 Ways to Promote Socialization Skills in Students with Autism

      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 key language skills, all of which are vital skills that they will use throughout their lives1. Moreover, socialization can increase the likelihood of many positive outcomes for children, such as becoming more active participants in their communities, increased happiness, and friendship development2. However, many children with autism have difficulty interacting with others, thereby impeding their socialization skill development. Social skills such as initiating conversations with others, playing a game with their peers, sharing, or taking turns can be challenging and overwhelming for children with autism. 

      Updated on 2/21/20 10:49 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 2/21/20 10:49 PM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Transitions

      Classroom Routines: Preparing Your Child with Autism

      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 adapted to suit your child’s needs and practiced in and outside the classroom. It is helpful to meet with the teachers and therapists working with your child to understand what their daily schedule in school is like to make a plan for how your child can be supported and successful.

      Updated on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

      About Autism

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Strengths-based Approaches to Autism for Teachers, SLPs, and Parents

      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 perceived as “lacking” in some area, rather than celebrated for the many strengths they have. Recent research and new directions in education has pointed out the flaws in this deficit-based thinking, advocating for more strengths-based approaches to supporting students with autism.

      Updated on 1/22/20 7:04 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 1/22/20 7:04 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Whole Child Learning & Autism: How ARIS Supports Social Emotional Learning

      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 to manage and express emotions, interact positively with others, make responsible decisions, and set and achieve goals, SEL has become one of the primary topics of discussion in education. Policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize SEL as an essential, though often lacking, component of formal schooling. As interest in SEL expands, new research clarifies our understanding of students’ social and emotional development and its connection to academic learning.

      Updated on 12/8/19 10:35 AM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 12/8/19 10:35 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting – For Teachers of Students with Autism

      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 in to IEP meetings feeling intimidated by the many people sitting around a table or the jargon of special education. Many parents, including parents of children with autism, have very unique and specific concerns about their child, and as a teacher, there are ways you and other school staff can facilitate IEP meetings that feel safe, respectful, collaborative, and welcoming.

      Updated on 9/7/19 6:41 AM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 9/7/19 6:41 AM

      Health & Nutrition

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Inclusive Sports

      Special Olympics and Unified Sports for Children with Autism

      Sports are a unifying, fun way for individuals and communities to connect. For individuals with autism, participation in athletic events may be difficult due to the loud, chaotic environments or exclusion from participating. The Special Olympics and Unified Sports are programs specifically created to be inclusive of athletes of all ages and abilities in participating in team sports.

      Updated on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Transitions

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      Inclusion Toolkit: Top Ten Products to Accommodate Students with Autism in the Classroom

      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 can trigger anything from distraction and discomfort to full meltdowns.

      Updated on 8/19/18 12:56 PM

      Updated by Emma Shanahan on 8/19/18 12:56 PM

      About Autism

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Does My Student Have Autism? A Guide for Teachers

      It’s a couple months into the school year. The kids in your class know where to put unsharpened pencils, how to ask to go to the bathroom, and what to expect day to day. You have a strong sense of each child’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses. And you’ve noticed which students are not flourishing in the typical classroom structure and need specialized attention. But what do you do if you suspect your student has autism, and they don’t have an IEP?

      Updated on 7/22/18 6:26 PM

      Updated by Emma Shanahan on 7/22/18 6:26 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Health & Nutrition

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Emotions

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      Positive Pedagogy: How to Bring Positive Psychology into Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms for Students with Autism

      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 easy “rituals,” or habits, to transform your classroom into an oasis where your students can learn to flourish, no matter their challenges. 

      Updated on 5/10/18 8:42 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 5/10/18 8:42 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      How to Bring Positive Psychology into Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms for Students with Autism

      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 easy “rituals,” or habits, to transform your classroom into an oasis where your students can learn to flourish, no matter their challenges.

      Updated on 3/17/18 6:00 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 3/17/18 6:00 AM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      10 Tips for Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Top Tips to Help You Get Started

      All children have unique learning needs, but children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD require a little extra guidance and support. Whether you’re a parent or teacher, it’s essential to understand what a child with autism needs and how you can help them learn better.

      Updated on 8/30/17 8:03 PM

      Updated by Dana Jandhyala on 8/30/17 8:03 PM

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      School Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for Parents

      This article was originally published on the Speech@NYU blog. Speech@NYU is the online masters program in speech-language pathology from NYU Steinhardt.

      1 in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is roughly 1 percent to 2 percent of students in the United States, according to a recent CDC report. Schools, in increasing numbers, are recruiting professionals to serve the academic, social, and emotional needs of students with autism.

      Updated on 4/3/17 10:16 PM

      Updated by Michelle Manno on 4/3/17 10:16 PM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism Treatment Options

      It Takes a Team: 4 Steps to Building a Stronger Therapy Team

      For students on the Autism spectrum, having a strong and reliable therapy team to support individual needs can be an important factor in student success. When members of a therapy team are collaborating seamlessly, a student is more likely to have high quality support across all areas of development (communication, social, cognitive, play, motor, and adaptive skills).

      Updated on 3/17/17 8:04 PM

      Updated by Rosemarie Griffin CCC/SLP BCBA COBA on 3/17/17 8:04 PM

      About Autism

      Inclusive Education

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Parents Guide to Bullying for Children with Autism

      What is bullying?

      Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as:

      “Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children. It involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

      There are three types of bullying: verbal, social, and physical. All three types of bullying can have serious, long-lasting effects on children. Therefore, it is important to teach children the appropriate strategies to deal with a bullying situation should they ever encounter one.

      Updated on 10/30/16 1:26 PM

      Updated by Courtney Chase on 10/30/16 1:26 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

      Let's Build: How Playing With Blocks Benefits Children

      It’s no surprise that colorful building blocks are a staple in early childhood centers, given the robust research that supports benefits gained from playing with blocks. Besides the simple joy in building and creating, playing with blocks improves literacy and storytelling skills, builds engineering and mathematical concepts, and teaches young children about communication and collaboration.

      Updated on 10/22/16 8:00 AM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 10/22/16 8:00 AM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism & Transitions

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Transition: A Guide to College Readiness and Applications for Students with Autism

      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 discouraging statistic has given rise to countless transition programs that we hope will allow more students to enroll in appropriate postsecondary programs, benefit from their time on campus, and enter rewarding careers. A series of steps from transition meetings to college admissions, outlined below, function as a roadmap for teens and parents who have set their sights on higher education.

      Updated on 7/1/16 11:54 AM

      Updated by Briana Brukilacchio on 7/1/16 11:54 AM

      About Autism

      Inclusive Education

      Integrating Your Child into the Mainstream Classroom

      When you first begin your one-on-one intensive teaching program with a child with autism or developmental delay, the environment is very structured. Often one child will sit alone at a table with one teacher or therapist. The teacher and student are just a few feet away from each other, to minimize the outside distraction.

      Updated on 4/17/14 8:47 AM

      Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/17/14 8:47 AM

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