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

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Parents, Articles

    Children with autism frequently have delayed language development. For children with autism who have developed language, understanding or using parts of speech correctly may be difficult. While many children develop..
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    Teaching Parts of Speech to Children with Autism: Prepositions, Opposites, Pronouns and Verb Tense

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

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    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

    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

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

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Autism Treatment Options, Parents, Articles

    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

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

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Inclusive Education, Autism and Language, Parents, Articles

    ARIS was created with access and implementation in mind: intended to make the principles of ABA easily accessible and easy to implement for educators working with children with autism who may not have formal ABA..
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    The “Why” and the “What” Behind Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS)

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language

    The Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS™) is a new comprehensive early autism education curriculum based on the Language Builder® Picture Cards created over twenty years ago by Stages Learning and widely used..
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    The Research Effectiveness of the Language Builder® Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS)

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language

    Research[i] confirms what many parents of children with autism already know: children with autism have a higher incidence of sleep challenges, and the more severe the autism symptoms the more severe the sleep..
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    New Tools to Help Your Child Sleep

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers

    Teaching young children about safety around strangers is nothing new. In fact, most adults can remember their own parents and teachers talking to them about the dangers of “taking candy from a stranger” or “getting in a..
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    Teaching Stranger Safety to Kids with Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Health & Nutrition, 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

    All over the news, we see stories about kids with autism and their iPads. Rookie reporters tout the devices as The Next Big Thing, even going so far as to refer to them as cures. I’m sure we would all agree that the..
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    Flash Cards vs. iPad Apps: Which is Best?

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Language Builder App, Autism and Language, Autism Technology, Parents, Articles

    Additional Activities to Develop Sentence Skills Labeling and Requesting are the most basic of all full sentence activities, and provide a basis for your student to understand that communication requires more than..
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    Part 4 of 4: Labeling and Requesting

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Articles

    Wouldn't it be great if we all got the right answers on the first try? I don't know about you, but when I try something for the first time, I often need a little help! Why should we expect anything different from our..
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    Prompting in ABA -- a little nudge goes a long way!

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Language Builder App, Parents, Articles

    The most popular use of the Language Builder Picture Card Series is to build vocabulary. The realistic and current photos help students to learn the name of various nouns, occupations, and emotions. In the beginning,..
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    Part 3 of 4: From Basic Vocabulary to Building Sentences

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language

    When you have a child with autism or other special needs, chores are often overlooked or parents don’t consider it a possibility for their child. Just as modifications are needed in the classroom, small modification or..
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    How to Modify Chores for your Child with Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

    Learning to categorize items is a basic task for young children. Close your eyes for a moment and picture a typical pre-school classroom: children are sorting little plastic bears, red bears in one tub, blue in another,..
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    Importance of Categorization

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Articles

    A common challenge for children and adults with autism is their ability to communicate. Many a parent and therapist will tell you that Picture Cards are one of the best tools to aid in communication with individuals..
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    Using Picture Cards to Aid Speech

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    Topics: About Autism, Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Articles

    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

    Classroom Bingo is a fun teaching tool for use at home or in the classroom. With Stages’ Picture Recognition Bingo kids won’t even know that they’re learning as they listen intently to match the beautiful photographs on..
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    Classroom Bingo

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, 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