Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Say it to a Snowman" Conversation Skills Activity

Students with autism struggle with conversation skills. This fun flashcard game is a great way to practice reciprocal language skills. Students will read the quote from the snowman and have to respond appropriately using commenting, empathy statements, and follow up questions!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Valentine Train Sorting Activity

A printable activity for students to sort letters/numbers and colors with a train Valentine's Day theme.

Positively Autism has more Valentine's Day activities and Social Stories here:

For a fun Valentine Theme activity, check out Positively Autism's addition hearts file folder game!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Groundhog Day Language Activity

Use for prepositions, following directions, and articulation practice.

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Positively Autism has a great collection of free Valentine's Day resources, including social stories, songs, and vocabulary stories.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine Train Story

A computer-based or printable book about Valentine's Day featuring our popular "Travis the Train" character.

Positively Autism has more Valentine's Day activities and Social Stories here:

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Friday, January 25, 2013

ABC Data Sheets for Behavior Tracking

ABC Data Sheets are used for tracking behaviors when creating a behavior intervention plan. Positively Autism offers two free versions of the ABC data sheet.

To learn how to use ABC data sheets to develop behavior plans, please read the "Decreasing Problem Behaviors" section of our free ABA tutorial.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"When I Can Scream" Social Skill Story

A story to explain what an indoor voice sounds like and when to use an indoor voice vs. an outdoor voice.

For more social skill stories, visit Positively Autism's free resource page:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

IEP Checklist for Parents

Whether you’re working with your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to develop her very first IEP or you’re reviewing her existing IEP, you’ll want to make sure every detail and concern is addressed. Use this comprehensive checklist to determine if your child’s IEP contains all of the components required by IDEA. Remember to provide your input to the school in advance of your child’s IEP meeting.

Keep this document in a folder or notebook so you can refer to it throughout the school year and before each IEP Meeting.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Train Theme Pattern Online Game

Here's a Mickey Mouse train-themed pattern making game. This game is fun because it has a train theme, and helps children practice patterns in a way that seems good for visual learners. Love it!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Autism Tutorial for Teachers and Families

Are you a parent with a child recently diagnosed with autism? Is your child's teacher new to Autism? Do you need to explain autism to a family member? Check out Positively Autism's online "Intro to Autism" online tutorial with helpful strategies for parents and for the classroom.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Train-Theme Shapes Book: Travis the Train Delivers Shapes

A fun train-theme story for learning shapes featuring our popular "Travis the Train" character. My students enjoy viewing it online, but you can print the pages as well.

Reducing Problem Behavior Online Class
April 1, 2013 - June 23, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Train-Theme Color Book: "Travis the Train Learns Colors"

A fun train-theme story for learning colors featuring our popular "Travis the Train" character. My students enjoy viewing it online, but you can print the pages as well.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Make Flash Cards Fun with a Train Theme!

Check out Positively Autism's ideas for reading flash cards with a train theme. I used these ideas with students who had a very difficult time with focusing on academic activities, and they loved it! It really increased their focus for the tasks.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Snowman Describing Game

This game may be played as a memory game or go fish. Use for the following:
/sn/ practice
using adjectives
asking questions
complex phrases

Snowman Directions

Monday, January 7, 2013

Snowman Board Game

Winter Season Board Games by Sarah Patton. Use game piece markers, die or spinner, and stimulus materials for each student. This open-ended activity can be used with mixed groups on all kinds of skills.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Train-Theme Online Safety Game

An online game that quizzes children on safety issues, such as wearing a helmet when bike riding, in an online "board game." It features the Disney "Chuggington" characters. makes a donation to support the Daily Autism Freebie with each purchase!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vocabulary Cards for "The Jacket I Wear in the Snow"

Vocabulary Cards for The Jacket I Wear in the Snow . Use these cards to introduce story vocabulary, match to illustrations in the book, and for sequencing activities. Print 2 sets for matching and memory games. From Jenny House.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"I Spy" in the Winter Game

Print as a single copy and use "as is" or cut the stimulus cards apart for programmed sentence practice. Print 2 copies to play Go Fish and Memory. will make a donation to support the Daily Autism Freebie with each purchase! Thanks for helping us continue to bring you free stuff!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013