Thursday, March 31, 2011

Win a Copy of Carol Gray's New Social Story Book

Autism Speaks is offering a chance to win a copy of Carol Gray's New Social Story Book. I've attended training with Carol Gray, and her methods have been very helpful to me as a teacher of students with Autism. I highly recommend her work!

Here's the info from the Autism Speaks newsletter: "Share a clever Social Story(TM) with us and you may win a copy of Carol Gray's New Social Story Book, the revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition. E-mail your Social Story to !" recommends...
The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and their Peers

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Autism Awareness Activity Book (10 pages)

April is Autism Awareness Month. Here's an activity book of activities related to Autism awareness. Activities include a crossword puzzle, bookmarks to cut out, and an Autism awareness ribbon coloring page. recommends...
Large Autism Awareness Magnet 4"x 8"
Autism Awareness Magnet

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Assistive Speech iPad App

According to the Verbally website, "Verbally is the first free iPad app to provide a complete assistive speech solution for creative communication." More information and pictures of the app can be found at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Jacob's Lessons - Free Online Games

Games designed by a behavior analyst for children with autism. Includes labeling, opposites, reading, etc. recommends...

101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders
101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Guess How I Feel" Game Giveaway

ImaginationSoup is offering a chance to win the game "Guess How I Feel." A review of the game and a instructions on entering the contest are here:

Buy the game from
Guess How I Feel Game

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Symposium on Autism Spectrum Disorders - Colorado State University

I'm posting Wednesday's freebie early, because I just found out about it and the event starts tomorrow:

"Colorado State is hosting a two-day symposium focused on the unique needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the higher education environment. The symposium hopes to engage parents and teaching professionals, to help students as well as faculty and staff succeed in the classroom and on campus."

Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24
Lory Student Center
Free, open to public
More information:

Online Autism Conference

I received an e-mail about this free conference, so I thought I'd pass the information along. It is in its second year, but I have never attended and don't know much about how it works. It looks like it has a great lineup of speakers, including Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. Please feel free to post a comment if you want to share any experience you've had with this conference. recommends...
The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's
The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's by Temple Grandin

Monday, March 21, 2011

Autism Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages

A listing of Autism fact sheets and information in many languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, and others. From Philly Health

Friday, March 18, 2011

Autism Cares Financial Support Grants

I just found out about this program in an e-mail from Autism Speaks.

"Financial Support Awards provide financial relief up to $1,000 for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis."


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Special Needs Movie Screening - Free Child's Ticket

Mars Needs Moms (PG)

Date: Sat., 3/19/2010
Time: 11:00am
Locations: All Studio Movie Grill Locations
Admission: Children with special needs - FREE / Adult: Regular Price Purchased @ the Box Office ONLY

More information:

"Studio Movie Grill is pleased to offer regular Special Needs Screenings for families raising children with special needs, and thanks to its partnership with Variety the Children’s Charity of Texas & Land-O-Lake has been able to present these screenings free to all children for the past 5 years. The program gives these special families an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly feature in a safe and warm environment. Auditoriums are adjusted with lights a little brighter, sound a little softer and no one minds if audience members dance, sing, shout or walk about during the movie and families can feel relaxed and comfortable enjoying the movie experience together."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tone of Voice Lesson Plan/Materials

From "Lesson plan and material for students working on pragmatics. This lesson discusses the importance of tone of voice and how it can affect a conversation."

Teacher copy:
Student copy:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Social Story

A social story with PECS images about spring break, including why school is closed, how the daily routine may be different, and some activities that may be done during spring break. From Slater Software.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sensory Friendly Film - March 12

Not really free, but a great deal.

"AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the 'Sensory Friendly Films' program.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.
Tickets are $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event.
Upcoming Shows - March 12: Mars Needs Moms"

More info:

Find a Theatre: 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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shamrock Matching Folder Game

Color Match Folder Game (Shamrock Theme) - You color in the circles yourself, or you could make it a different matching game by writing numbers, upper/lowercase letters, etc. in the circles. From recommends...
St. Patrick's Day in the Morning (Clarion books)
St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Vocabulary Game

St. Patrick's Day vocabulary picture cards that could be used for games, matching, flash cards, lessons, etc. From Slater Software. recommends...
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons

Monday, March 7, 2011

Great Sale from Autism Asperger Publishing

Okay, this isn't a freebie, but I thought this was a great opportunity. AAPC is having a warehouse sale, and is offering around 30 of their books for $5 each.

Here's the list of book available:

Here's how to order: online at, fax in your order at 913.681.9473, or call 913.897.1004.

The sale runs from March 7 - 11.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Social Story: When Mom is on the Phone

A story about being quiet while a parent is talking on the phone. Note that this story does not include information on what to do if there is an emergency and it necessary to interrupt the person on the phone. You can edit the story to add this information, or you can write it as a separate story if this is a skill you are working on teaching. I would also suggest editing some of the pictures from the story with your own photos if this would be helpful for your child.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Temple Grandin Coloring Book

Temple Grandin: My Life in Pictures
A Coloring Book for Children about Autism
By Mary Carpenter
Illustrated by autistic artists from the Project Onward initiative

Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Temple’s mother tells her: 'Be proud you are different.' Even if you don’t do well in school or have a lot of friends, you can still be good at many things.

Using her special talents, Temple becomes a scientist working hard to improve the lives of cows." recommends...
Thinking in Pictures (Expanded, Tie-in Edition): My Life with Autism (Vintage)
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fire Fighter Protective Clothing Tour

An interactive website with photos and text regarding the clothing that fire fighters wear. I've worked with several students who were very fearful of all of the gear, but have become more comfortable when given information like this. Having a fire fighter visit our school and talk about the gear was also very helpful in overcoming some of these fears. recommends...
Sesame Street - Elmo Visits the Firehouse
Elmo Visits the Firehouse

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Social Skills Toolbox

A great resource from Do2Learn. Includes social stories, social articles, and teaching tips for a variety of social skills and situations including responding to questions, taking turns, waiting, and tone of voice. recommends...
The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and their Peers
The New Social Story Book