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    Julia, the new character on Sesame Street can help all children better understand autism Sesame Street is a treasured TV show that has educated children worldwide for more than 50 years. It has brought characters like..
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    5 Ways Sesame Street’s Character, Julia, Teaches People About Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

    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

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    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

    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

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

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    Topics: Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

    Teaching children with Autism to follow simple directions is an important skill for them to learn. The ability to follow simple directions allows opportunities for your child to gain independence, regulation skills,..
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    Teaching Children with Autism to Follow Simple Directions

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    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.
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    Free Resources for Families of Children With Autism and Other Special Needs During the Coronavirus

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, COVID-19 Emergency Response, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Parents, Adult (22+), Articles

    Children’s books featuring children with autism are an easy and entertaining way to introduce the topic of autism to your children, family members, friends, and your child’s peers. Children’s books offer simple,..
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    Recommended Children’s Books About Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Parents, Articles

    Fine Motor Skill Milestones Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscle movements. Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements in our eyes, wrists, hands, and fingers. Many everyday tasks require..
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    11 Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism Develop Fine Motor Skills

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    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

    Safety and preparation for emergency situations is a concern for any child, but especially for children with autism, who may be unable to communicate or respond correctly in emergency situations.
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    Top Safety Risks for Children with Autism and How to Communicate with First Responders

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    Topics: About Autism, Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Articles

    Note: These songs can be used with ARIS (Academic Readiness Intervention System) Lesson 72.
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    The Most Popular Action and Movement Songs for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism and Language, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    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

    This White Paper was written by Consulting Services for Education in order to better understand the learning impact of the newest Stages Learning product: Link4Fun Books. These "bridging" books are designed to support..
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    Interactive Bridging Books for Early Literacy: Research White Paper

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    Topics: Autism Technology, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    Parents and teachers can feel confused and uncomfortable when students shout, cry, or act in ways that appear developmentally or culturally inappropriate. It’s helpful to learn who you can turn to for training or advice..
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    Cool Down Spaces: Best Practices for Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom or the Home

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Parents, Articles

    Lesson Overview Students will make an animal that they would most like to be or admire in some way. Students will then choose a song that their animal likes and move their animal to the rhythm of the music. Students..
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    Animal Cards Dance Party

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    Lesson Overview: Students will learn picture identification based on word association. Skills practiced include receptive language and photo discrimination.
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    Picture ID Lesson Plan

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    A growing trend in Early Childhood Education is the focus on using materials with real photo images rather than illustrations. Teaching ideologies such as Montessori have long understood the importance of focusing on..
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    Why Real Photo Games in Early Childhood Education?

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    Iconicity refers to the degree of resemblance between a picture and the object that it depicts. A cartoon image, for example, would have a low degree of iconicity, while a photograph would have a higher degree of..
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    Why Real Photos? What about Cartoons?

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Articles

    Stages Learning Materials is starting a new blog series around blending digital and hands-on learning. There are a lot of mixed messages surrounding the use of technology in early childhood. In a recent Edutopia..
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    Lang-O-Learn Everyday Objects & Kid in a Story App

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    Lesson Overview Students will use Stages Learning Memory game to practice matching things that are the same. Objectives/Goals Identify things that are the same.  Engage in turn taking when working with others.
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    Matching Things That Are the Same

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans