Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Step-by-Step Picture Recipes

Step-by-step recipes with pictures. Great visuals for individuals with autism to make foods such as banana toast, pancakes, garlic mashed potatoes, etc. From Spectrum Visions.

http://sv4u.net/blog/recipes/

Amazon.com recommends...
Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook
Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Autism Black Friday Deals

These aren't exactly freebies, but I thought I would share the deals that I've heard about for autism-related products on black Friday.

Different Roads to Learning
20% discount
Enter the Promo Code:THANKS10

http://www.difflearn.com/
Sale valid from November 26 @ midnight-December 1st, 2010 @ 11:59 pm EST
There are a few products the sale does not apply to.


Autism Community Store
Holiday Shopping Kick-off Sale
$10 off a purchase of $40 or more. Bring your coupon to the store or online enter coupon code: KICKOFF. Coupon is good from 11/26/10 through 11/29/10.
http://www.autismcommunitystore.com/


The Autism Asperger Publishing Company
‎50% off Hidden Curriculum Calendars
Use coupon code HCCALENDAR to order at http://www.asperger.net/


The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
Black Friday (and Saturday) shopping at The Gray Center: Save 15% on your entire order using coupon code "THANKS15"
http://www.thegraycenter.org/


Amazon.com is having a variety of online specials. You can shop at Positively Autism's Amazon.com bookstore at http://www.books4allkids.com/ .

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Fun!

Here are a few coloring pages and activities your child may enjoy today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

My Thanksgiving Book (fill in details about your family): http://www.abcteach.com/free/members/21977.pdf

Thanksgivng Coloring Pages: http://www.coloringpages.net/thanksgiving.html

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes for Restricted Diets

A vareity of recipies including reduced sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and food allergy safe.

http://specialchildren.about.com/od/restricteddietrecipes/Thanksgiving_Recipes_for_Restricted_Diets.htm

Amazon.com recommends...
The Autism Mom Cooks Gluten-Free Casein-Free, Traditional Holiday Fare
The Autism Mom Cooks Gluten-Free Casein-Free Traditional Holiday Fare

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tips for Helping People with Autism Have a Happy Holiday

Some great tips and strategies from the Autism Society of America. Here's one of their ideas that I hadn't thought of: "If a person with autism has difficulty with change, you may want to gradually decorate the house."

Read the rest here: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=holiday_tips&JServSessionIdr009=ul32qrofp2.app26a

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Social StoryTM

A Social StoryTM from Slater Software about having a Thanksgivng meal with family. If some of the situations don't apply to you (for example, if someone other than mom is doing the cooking), you could use the basic text of the story, just making a few changes and adding your own pictures, clip art, or photos.


http://www.slatersoftware.com/Thanksgiving%20Social%20Story.pdf
 
Amazon.com recommends...
The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism: From everyday meals to holiday treats; how to prepare foods your child will love to eat (Everything Series)
The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism: From Everyday Meals to Holiday Treats

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Autism Fact Sheet

At the request of one of PositivelyAutism's facebook fans, I've been trying to find an autism fact sheet that could be sent to relatives to help them prepare for a Thanksgiving visit with a child with autism. I'm still looking for a Thanksgiving-specific one, but here is a general overview from NICHCY: http://www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/fs1.pdf

You can join our Facebook community here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PositivelyAutismcom/133524426684006

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rubber Duck Idiom Game

A game to teach the meaning of common idioms. From LinguiSystems.

http://www.linguisystems.com/pdf/201008/Rubber%20Ducks%20Make%20Learning%20Idioms%20Fun.pdf

Amazon.com recommends...
Scholastic Dictionary Of Idioms (Revised)
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms
In a Pickle and Other Funny Idioms

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Positive Office Referral Form

One school's form for a Positive Behavior Support program. A student is recognized for positive behavior by a a positive note to the office. I like the spin that this has - being recognized for positive behavior instead of being sent to the office for negative behavior!
http://www.wcpss.net/positive-behavior/06-07/day_two06-07/handouts-d2/reinforcement%20_items/lynn_rd_positive_referral.pdf
 
Amazon.com recommends...
Building Positive Behavior Support Systems in Schools: Functional Behavioral Assessment
Building Positive Behavior Support Systems in Schools

Monday, November 15, 2010

Video: Classroom Routines for Arriving in the Morning

A free video from Scholastic about how teachers can create morning routines for students. While, it is not specifically about autism, many of the structured, visual aids would be very helpful for students with autism. Great ideas!

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/media.jsp?id=268

Amazon.com recommends...
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

Friday, November 12, 2010

Special Needs Movie Screening - Free Child's Ticket

MegaMind (PG)
Starring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill
Date: Sat., 11/13/2010
Time: 11:00am
Locations:
SMG Arlington, Dallas: Royal, Lewisville, Plano
Houston: Copperfield, CityCentre, Atlanta: Holcomb Bridge
The movie is being shown at Studio Movie Grill locations. More information here:

http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/theaters/familyfunimages/varietymovies2.html and here: http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

PuzzleMaker

Create your own puzzles (mazes, word search, hidden message, etc.). What's great about this site is that you can use your own word lists, so you could make puzzles related to students' special interests.

http://www.puzzlemaker.com/

Amazon.com recommends...
My First Book Of Mazes
My First Book of Mazes
(The Kumon series is great for visual learners).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Social Language Dictionary

Teachers (or parents) and students can record, define, and list examples of any social language that is confusing for the student. From Speaking of Speech.

http://www.speakingofspeech.com/uploads/SocialLanguageDictionary.pdf

Amazon.com recommends...
The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism
The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron

Monday, November 8, 2010

Reinforcement Survey Generator

Create your own reinforcer/researd surveys and menus. From jimwrightonline.com.

http://www.jimwrightonline.com/php/jackpot/jackpot.php

Amazon.com recommends...
The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children With Autism and PDD
The ABA Program Companion

Friday, November 5, 2010

Gluten Free Carrot Muffin Recipe

I normally don't include recipes in the daily freebie, but this one sounded so good, I couldn't resist!

http://glutenfreeworks.com/blog/2010/10/21/fall-recipes-gluten-free-carrot-muffin-recipe/

Don't forget about the sensory-friendly film this weekend! http://daily-autism-freebie.blogspot.com/2010/11/sensory-friendly-film-nov-6.html

Hope your family has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dentist Appointment Photos (Good for Social StoriesTM)

Right after Halloween seemed like a good time for this one. The link below contains a wide variety of pictures of dentist offices, dental equipment, and children having a dentist appointment. These could be used to create a SocialStoryTM or to show to your child to ease their fears about going to the dentist.

http://dentistry.about.com/od/childrensdentistry/ig/Dentist-Appointment-Photos/

Amazon.com recommends...
Going to the Dentist (Usborne First Experiences)
Going to the Dentist Book

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sensory Friendly Film - Nov. 6

This isn't exactly a freebie, since you pay for the movie tickets, but I always like to let all of you know about these opportunities. AMC's next sensory friendly film will be Megamind on November 6, 2010 at 10 AM, local time.

For more information and theater locations, please visit http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sensoryfilms

Amazon.com recommends...
Social Story - The Restaurant and the Movies (Now I get it - Social Stories, The restaurant and the movies)
Social Story: The Restaurant and the Movies