Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Toolkit

A quick and easy-to-read toolkit to help you become familiar with ABA and decide if an ABA program is right for your child.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Autism Awareness Month Book Bonanza Give Away

Special-Ism.com is offering a chance to win a collection of books by Judy Endow, MSW. I love Judy's work, especially her train-theme program about outsmarting problem behavior (link below).

Here's the link to more information about the contest: http://special-ism.com/autism-awareness-month-book-bonanza-give-away/

Friday, April 26, 2013

Movie Theater Inferences Activity

Many children struggle with making inferences, especially children with autism. This fun flashcard game is a great way to work on understanding emotions, making inferences, and vocabulary. Students will respond to a variety of types of movie scenarios and have to respond appropriately with the corresponding emotion. These will be helpful to develop the skills needed to make inferences using implied information and context clues! The cards have visual cues for all emotions!

12 flashcards included plus a score card! Laminate or print on card stock for longer use.

From "The Autism Helper" - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Movie-Theater-Inferences

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Color Coded Task Schedule for Children with Autism

From The Autism Helper:

"This packet include big labels and small schedule pieces to use to label work tasks. Labels and pieces are labeled with numbers and color coded. Set up independent work using the schedule pieces to indicate which tasks need to be accomplished. Students match the small schedule to the large label and then put the number in finished when done.

This packet includes 25 different colored numbers for big labels and small pieces as well as a finished label for a finished folder."


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fire Drill Social Story

From The Autism Helper:

"This is a visual social story about appropriate behavior during a fire drill. Fire drills can be extremely challenging for my class; the loud noise, the sudden transition, the crowded hallways. There is nothing worse than behavior problems during a fire drill. I keep this story laminated and attached by velcro in my doorway. I can easily grab it on the way during a fire drill and it has been very successful helping calm down some of my students. Many of my students struggle with expressive and receptive language so having access to pictures during a fire drill can be very helpful!"


Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Understanding the Special Education Referral Process" Flow Chart

The school-based referral process is vital in the application of best practices: Often the recommendations put forward by the intervention team (and perhaps monitored by the counselor) make a difference in whether or not the student will be evaluated for special education. This CEC Tool of the Week will help you better understand this process.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Autism Awareness Story for Kids

A short story explaining autism in a positive, yet realistic, way. Great for introducing the topic of autism to a school class. Includes some lesson plan ideas.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Weather Activities

Positively Autism's weather activities include:
  • Rain Vocabulary 
  • Train in the Rain (Vocabulary Story) 
  • Sunny Vocabulary 
  • Train in the Sun (Vocabulary Story) 
  • "Count the Raindrops" Game
  • Song Videos

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Earth Day Recycling Activities from "Just Wright Speech"

Included in this packet:
-Four category sorting mats for the recycling categories:
Paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass
-24 category cards

Suggested use:
-After laminating, add small magnets to the back of the small category cards. Place the larger category mats in baking sheets and the magnetic cards will “stick” to the mat.
-Sort category cards onto respective mats.
-Depending on level/need of student(s), have them label the picture, use a sentence to determine the pictures category, and/or use a sentence to describe attribute(s) of picture.
-Print two copies of each category card set to use for a game of memory or go fish


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Visual Monthly Calendars for Children with Autism

Changes to their schedule can be extremely difficult for children with autism. An effective strategy to ease these difficulties is using schedules and calendars can help warn of impending changes.

This packet includes simple and easy to understand visual calendars for September 2012 - June 2013.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Travis the Train Visits a Farm in the Spring (Animal Sounds Version)

Check out Positively Autism's Spring Resource Page
It includes:
  • Spring Vocabulary
  • "Travis the Train Visits a Farm in Spring" Story
  • "Travis the Train Visits the City in the Spring" (Vocabulary Story)
  • Books and Songs
  • "What to Expect on Spring Break" Story

Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's Raining Idioms - A Figurative Language Activity

This free activity is designed for upper elementary students working on figurative language skills in either speech-language therapy or in the classroom.

There are a total of 24 stimulus cards with idioms that students are asked to explain or define, utilizing the context clues of the example text. You may use these individually or with a game of your choice. Also included is a matching worksheet (with answer key) that may be used in class or sent home as extra practice.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

25% Off at Different Roads to Learning - Ends 4/4

In honor of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day,
Different Roads to Learning is thrilled to offer
25% off storewide!*

 To redeem your savings, enter the Promo Code WAA13D
at checkout at www.difflearn.com or call us at
Sale Valid from 4/2/13 through 4/4/13 Midnight EST

*Sale does NOT apply to the following products: VB-MAPP Assessment Kits (DRK 700, DRK 701), ABLLS-R Assessment Kits (DRK 702, DRK 703), 10- and 25-packs of VB-MAPP Protocols (DRB 682, DRB 683).*    
**This promotion cannot be applied to previous orders.**
The coupon code must be entered during checkout to receive offer. Offer only applies to selected products and not those currently on sale. Your order must be placed during the time of the World Autism Awareness Day Sale to qualify for this special offer. This promotional offer may not be combined with any other promotional or discount offers.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Free Autism Resource Kit and 15% Discount from Brookes Publishing

Here are some freebies and a sale from Brookes Publishing. The following is from their Facebook page:

"It's April 1st, which means that Autism Awareness Month is officially underway! As a thank you for all you do to support people with autism, we’re offering a 15% discount on all products during the whole month of April. Plus you can download a free kit of 16 resources that help you improve outcomes for students with autism. Visit our Autism Resource Center to download your kit and learn more: http://www.brookespublishing.com/resource-center/autism-resources ."

As a side note, all of us at Positively Autism love Brookes Publishing! They publish great books on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Behavior, and autism/inclusion (from Dr. Paula Kluth).