Friday, September 30, 2011

Preventing Bullying: A Manual For Schools And Communities

Description from the U.S. Department of Education: Addresses the problem of bullying in schools. This pamphlet defines bullying, discusses the seriousness of this behavior and the effectiveness of a comprehensive approach, and presents strategies for teachers, students, and parents.' recommends...

Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions

Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying--Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World

Thursday, September 29, 2011

3 Great Train Learning Videos

I'm doing a train theme for my students this month, and have found a few educational YouTube videos that feature trains. My students have been enjoying them!

Number Train:

Color Train:

Shape Train: recommends...

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Webinars from "Think College"

Think College provides a variety of training activities for those interested in learning more about how to provide quality inclusive postsecondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Training events include Capacity Building Institutes, conference presentations, online modules, and webinars. recommends...

College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience

Realizing the College Dream With Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent's Guide to Student Success

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sensory Friendly Film - October 1

Two theaters are offering autism-friendly screeings of "Dolphin Tale" on October 1st. Only one of the theaters offers a free child's ticket as far as I know, so please call to check prices, confirm the showing, and how tickets can be purchased.

Studio Movie Grill:
Dolphin Tale (G)
Date: Sat., 10/01/2011
Time: 11:00am
Admission: Children with special needs - FREE / Adult: Regular Price Purchased @ the Box Office ONLY

AMC Theaters:
Dolphin Tale (G)
Date: Sat., 10/01/2011
Time: 10:00am

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autism Speaks IEP Guide

A free guide to the IEP process for parents. The IEP is an individualized document created for each student that attends a public school in the United States that lists information such as special education services provided, goals for the school year, etc. Development of an IEP is a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and other school staff.

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Temple Grandin Book Sale and Video Interview

Natural Learning Concepts is featuring a free video interview with Dr. Temple Grandin, and is offering a sale on her books. Her books are individually discounted or available as a "buy 3 get 1 free" deal.

You can view the video and purchase the books from Natural Learning Concepts here:

You can also purchase Dr. Grandin's books at

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Software Grant for School Districts

"Monarch Teaching Technologies will accept applications for its Second Annual Visual Learning 2011 TechGrant program until Oct. 5. Total value of the awards is more than $160,000.

The Shaker Heights, OH-based company, which develops technology for children with special learning needs, will select eight school districts to receive the grant. They will be granted one-year access for 25 teachers to VizZle, a Web-based authoring tool that provides interactive, visual curriculum for children with autism, pervasive development disorder (PDD), Asperger's syndrome, and other learning challenges."
More information:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fire Drill Social Story

A social story about what to do during a fire drill, with Boardmaker images. From New York City Schools. recommends...
#1745 - Go-Stop-Go - A Fire Drill or A Go-Stop-Go Game
Mr. Rogers Visits a School Having a Fire Drill

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wandering Safety Brochure

After hearing the great news that the 8-year-old young man with autism from California who was missing for 24 hours has been found (Story here:,0,5254353.story?track=rss), I thought I'd repost this brochure with safety tips and resources on wandering from the National Autism Association. recommends...
Lost & Found Temporary Tattoos - AUTISM - Child Safety Product
Lost & Found Temporary Tattoos - AUTISM - Child Safety Product

Lost & Found Temporary Tattoos - KIDS - CHild Safety Product
Lost & Found Temporary Tattoos - KIDS - CHild Safety Product

Monday, September 12, 2011

Teaching Kids to Line Up

I've posted this before, but I'm using this strategy again this year with many of my students, and it's working very well. I use this strategy to encourage students to line up at my classroom door promptly when asked. They really seem to enjoy it!

View more of Positively Autism's resources here:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Webinars from Rethink Autism

Upcoming and past webinars on topics such as
  • "Key Components of an Effective School-Based Autism Program,"
  • "Teach Your Child Social & Language Skills," and
  • "Managing Problem Behavior at Home."
  • Ways to Collaborate With Your Child's School recommends...
The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children With Autism and PDD
The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children With Autism and PDD