Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Reading Challenge: Can You Read 100 Books? (With Printable Checklist)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Lovin' Articucation Game: F

From Simply Speech:

This articulation pack includes F targets in the initial, medial, and final positions with a little Summer-Inspiration! I tried to include as many summer themed words as possible!

 Suggested Uses:

 1. Print, cut, laminate and use as flash cards
2. Print 2 copies and play a matching/ memory game
3. Print 2 copies and play Go Fish
4. Use them in a game. Students pick a card and practice before they take a turn in a game.
5. Hide them around the room (perfect for a hotel room game!!) Students practice the ones they find.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Teaching Portfolio Checklist for New Teachers or Teacher Interview

From Teachers Pay Teaches:

"As you begin your teaching career, one of the most important tasks you must complete is the creation of your Teaching Portfolio. This will be your professional folder that well represents what you will be as a classroom teacher. Many universities require this as part of their academic program, yet others do not, leaving many unprepared as they step into their first interviews for those rare teaching positions.

 Use this checklist to create an impressive professional Teaching Portfolio that you will be proud to share as you navigate the teaching field."

Friday, May 24, 2013

Build-a-Train Activity with Games and Songs

From Teachers Pay Teachers:

Cut, laminate, and apply Velcro fasteners.
Makes for a fun activity for young children and children with autism.

Also comes with SET OF 12 PLAYING CARDS for game of matching or memory.

And words to 3 SONGS!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Free Autism Society National Conference Registration for Individuals with Autism

Online Registration for the 44th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition is NOW OPEN!

To register, please click here
*NEW- The Autism Society is pleased to announce that all individuals on the spectrum receive a complimentary rate for their attendance at this year’s conference!
We are also offering a new family rate that accommodates up to 3 members.
Preconference Workshops are held on Wednesday, July 10.  Preconference Workshops are optional and are not included in the general conference registration.

A Preconference Workshop can be added to a general conference registration for an additional fee of $150 per person.
Below is a listing of the Preconference Workshops available:

Autism Service Initiatives
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM
Nina-Wall Cote, Bureau of Autism Services
Self-Advocacy Meeting, Making the Connections
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM
Behavioral Way to Raise your Child in a Faith-Based Family
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM
Jim Ball and Debi Fillipi
Autism Community Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM

Leadership and Autism Needs Assessment
Cracking the Business Code for Competitive Employment Outcomes
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM
Andy Traub and Deb Russell
Special Needs Planning, Where do you start?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-9:00 AM
Jim Caffrey, Special Needs Alliance
Registration Fees and Categories

Early Bird Rate: Expires May 15, 2013
General Conference Attendee: $300
Individual on the Spectrum: $0
Speaker: $225
Family: $450
Advance Rate: May 16-June 28, 2013
General Conference Attendee: $350
Individual on the Spectrum: $0
Speaker: $225
Family: $520
Late/Onsite Rate:  June 29 and after
General Conference Attendee: $375
Individual on the Spectrum: $0
Speaker: $225
Family: $565

Family rate accommodates no more than 3 family members
Family Rate applications must be processed manually please contact 888-823-4925 for assistance.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Activities Calendar (Teachers, send this home with your students)

From Teachers Pay Teachers:

This freebie includes a summer calendar with a activities for your students to complete each day. It will help to keep their brains engaged over summer break.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Palm Tree Attributes Match Up Game

From Communication Station: Speech Therapy PLLC -

"Palm Tree Match Up is a match up game between objects and their attributes. I also added some blank trees and bunches of bananas so you can make your own if you want!"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Knights and Castles Activities

Positively Autism's "Knights and Castles" Activities include:
  • Knights and Castles Vocabulary
  • Knights and Castles Boy/Girl Sort
  • Knights and Castles Matching
  • "Travis the Train Visits a Castle" Story
  • Song and Story Videos

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Spatial Concepts: Questions about Object Locations" Worksheets

From Ms. Lane's SLP Materials:

"I made this worksheet to work on answering questions about which item is under, over, or beside another object.  There are 3 pages for a total of 12 questions.  Love working on those positional concepts!!!"

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nominate a Teacher to Win a $100 Gift Certificate!

From Different Roads to Learning:

"It's National Teacher Appreciation Week! In recognition of all that they do, we're asking you to nominate a teacher and tell us what makes them so special to you in our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway. The lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a $100 gift certificate to Different Roads to Learning!

We at Different Roads to Learning would like to show our own appreciation for the commitment that educators all around the world give to ensure that each child is brought to the highest level of potential in his learning and development. We encourage you all to take the time this week to reach out to a teacher who has impacted you or your child and say "thank you." Let the teachers in your community know that you appreciate the patience, dedication, and positivity they bring to their job and classroom.

Take the opportunity this and next week to show your continual thanks to a teacher by nominating him or her in our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway. Stories from entries will be streamed and posted to our Facebook page throughout the week. The winner of the giveaway will be randomly chosen by us and announced on Facebook on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Submit your entries now on our Contest page through May 16, 2013 to give thanks to your teachers!"

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pirate-Theme Activities from Positively Autism

A set of free pirate activities including:
Pirate vocabulary
Pirate matching
Pirate songs
Links to pirate crafts

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brookes Publishing Top 10 Library Giveaway

From Brookes Publishing:

"In honor of our 35th anniversary, we’re giving away a great library of Brookes books every month until the end of 2013! If you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll get to choose from these four libraries specially tailored to the needs of different professionals. Each library is stocked with 10 new and classic Brookes books you need to support children and families and ensure that all people reach their full potential.

Drawings will be held on May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 30, October 30, November 27, and December 31."

More information and how to enter is here:

Friday, May 3, 2013

"Ways to Increase Communication and Language" Tip Sheet

Ways to Increase Communication and Language includes seven strategies for developing communication and language skills in children of any age or ability level. From Sandbox Learning.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Parent Webinar with Dr. Bridget Taylor

From Rethink Autism:

"Our Autism Awareness Month Spotlight Parent Discussion with Dr. Bridget Taylor was a huge success! Listen to Helen, mom of 5 yr old Emma, as she shared her inspiring story from the time of Emma's autism diagnosis to the present. Learn expert tips and advice from autism educator, Dr. Bridget Taylor."

View the webinar here:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Helping Students Cope with Traumatic Events

Tip Sheets/Guides from the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Helping Students Cope with Traumatic Events—Tips for Educators:

Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs-Tips for School Personnel and Parents: