Friday, August 30, 2013

Swimming Pool Safety Story

An book of pool safety guidelnes with pictures.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Street Safety Songs/Activities

The Street Safety Songs and activities teach children how to be safe while near the street. Lessons include "Stay in the Yard", "Walk on the Sidewalk", "Cross the Driveway", "Cross at an Intersection", "Cross at a Walk Signal", and "Cross at a Traffic Light".

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Emergency Wandering Plan

Make sure your family has a plan in case of a wandering emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event your child is missing.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Big Red Safety Tool Kit: A Digital Guide to Wandering for Caregivers

This tool kit from the National Autism Association is designed to provide direct aid and support to families of children with autism at risk. Download the kit, and another kit for first responders, here:

The kit contains the following resources:

Caregiver Checklist Tool
Family Wandering Emergency Plan
Autism Elopement Alert Form
Swimming Lessons Tool
Root-Cause Scenarios and Strategies
Stop Sign Prompts
Social Stories
Caregiver Log
Sample Wandering Prevention IEP Letter
Tracking Technology Information (Steps to Take, About, Types)
General Awareness Letter
Five Affordable Safety Tools
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

Students can use these printables to visualize how ideas fit together, and you can use them to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students' thought processes.

Organizers on this page include:
  • Timeline
  • KWL Chart
  • Plot Diagram
  • Story Train
  • Many more! recommends...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Substitute Teacher Information Form

From Scholastic:

Leave your substitute with this form and make sure your classroom runs smoothly when you're not there. (scroll down to find more substitute teacher forms)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Printable Labels for Classroom Supply Storage

From Scholastic:

"Struggling to keep classroom supplies organized? Print our free colorful labels and your problems are solved! Simple, fun illustrations will click with even your youngest students, making cleanup time a breeze"

Monday, August 19, 2013

Create Safety Badges for Field Trips and Community Outings

Create an ID badge using your digital photographs. Make free, professional looking ID badges for your child or students.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Telling Time Song

From Teachers Pay Teachers:

Need a cute way to help young students remember how to tell time? These original lyrics, sung to the tune of "Old McDonald" may do the trick! File comes with the song, which can be enlarged as poster, and a teacher copy to help with rhythm and phrasing. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

End of Summer Activities to Prepare for the School Year

The start of the school year is an exciting time but the transition back to school can be stressful for many children. Help children prepare for the new school year with these helpful strategies.

1. Review Skills and Goals – Review school reports and goals and document progress towards goals. If teachers and therapists provided activities or ideas to address skills, take the time to focus on these prior to school starting. Even small reminders about skills can help prepare children for addressing these in the classroom.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Helping Our Kids with Autism Transition Back Into School

Tips include using:

  • Countdown to Transition Preparation,
  • Social Stories,
  • Role Playing. and
  • Calendars

Read the article from Esther B. Hess, Ph.D. -

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Webinar: Top Ten Skills for School Success and Effective Collaboration with Your Child's School Program

Join Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D, on August 15 as she presents on this timely topic.  Dr. Taylor is a renowned educator, author, and the Executive Director of the Alpine Learning Group in New Jersey, a highly regarded education and treatment center for children with autism.

This webinar will discuss:
•Targeting foundational skills needed for school success
•Implementing effective collaboration and communication with your child's school program
•Using the Rethink curriculum to enhance your child's school performance

Dr. Taylor will also be answering questions from the audience live!

When: August 15
Time: 6:30pm EDT

This Online Event is FREE and open to all!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

10 Tips for Starting The School Year

Read 10 tips provided by Leigh Sams Ashley, MA, BCBA with Engage Behavioral Health.
1.)    Make the teacher a “cheat sheet” of the most important information about your child.  Include information such as reinforcers, triggers for problem, and calming strategies.  Keep it short and focus on main points.  This “cheat sheet” can be broken down into sections will bullet points to make it a quick read.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Sample Interest Inventory for Students

Interest inventories are questionnaires or surveys that include closed and open-ended questions whose answers help you learn more about the interests of your students. This sample interest inventory can be completed by students independently or with assistance, depending on ability. From the Council for Exceptional Children.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Guide to Get Through Airport Security for Families and Kids with Autism

Due to increasing airport regulations, it can be difficult to know what to expect at the Transportation Security Administration TSA  checkpoints. Security checkpoint regulations even vary from airport to airport, with some letting things slide whereas others are stricter, some having the body scanners and some regular metal detectors. Check the airport’s website before you leave home for specific information, but these general tips should get you and your family through most airports without any problems.Please keep in mind that things change regularly, but this is an up-to-date list as of the publishing date.

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