Monday, September 30, 2013

First Diagnosis Toolkit

From the Milestones Autism Organization:

"This kit is designed to take you through the steps of first diagnosis, from concern about your child’s development through knowing what to do if you receive a diagnosis of autism.  There is no particular order to these steps – use whatever information is applicable to your family."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Classroom Behavior App for Teachers

From Class Twist Inc: "ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Finding and Using Public Restrooms Lesson Plan and Task Analysis

In this lesson plan, students will learn how to find restrooms when out in their community and choose the appropriate restroom. This Tool includes materials and evaluations methods that can be used by teachers, family, and peers.

Includes a task analysis and data collection sheet.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Worksheet Packet for Preschool-First Grade

This set is packed with 20 printable pages that are geared towards Preschoolers – First Graders.

The following fall worksheets are included:

  • Beginning Handwriting Practice – lines and shapes
  • Shape Shadow Matching
  • Patterns: What Comes Next? – cut and paste the correct object in the pattern
  • Fall Scissor Skills
  • Beginning Sounds – write in the beginning letter of each fall-themed picture
  • What’s the Missing Vowel? – write in the missing vowel of each word
  • Reading Comprehension – read the short apple-themed narrative and answer the questions
  • Fall Fill-in-the-Blank – choose the correct word and write in the blank
  • Fall Word Search
  • Number Count – determine the correct number of objects; includes handwriting practice
  • More Number Count – count the objects and draw a line to the correct number
  • Addition Cut & Paste – make your own addition equations!
  • Subtraction Practice – includes equations and word problems
  • Subtraction Ladder – solve your way down the ladder
  • Measuring with Pumpkins! – use the pumpkin ruler to answer the questions
  • Fall Handwriting Practice – practice writing the fall-themed words
  • Fall Copywork – includes 2 autumn-themed quotes, including elementary lines and plain lines

Monday, September 23, 2013

Free Webinar on Family Mental Health and Children with ASD on Sept. 25

Family Mental Health: 
A Springboard to Success for Children with ASD

Join us on September 25th at 6:00 pm EDT when Dr. James Coplan, M.D. will discuss the importance of family mental health, the advantages of a family-centered approach and how it contributes to success for children with ASD.

Dr. James Coplan, M.D. ( is the owner of the Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics of the Main Line, PC and a Clinical Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The webinar will discuss:
  • Hallmarks of Family Mental Health
  • Examples of Family Dysfunction
  • Advantages of Family-Centered Approach
  • Individual Mental Health as a contributor to Family Mental Health - Families with ASD

When: September 25
Time: 6:00pm EDT

This Online Event is FREE and open to all !

Register Now:


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tips on Preparing a Child with Autism for His or Her Birthday Party

Work with the child to come up with a birthday party schedule. This schedule can be a series of pictures, or words that explains the order of events for the party. Post this in a centralized location so that the child can place a check next to each party activity or line through at the end of the activity. Knowing what will happen ahead of time will lessen anxiety and give the child a sense of control. It’s important to allow your child to participate in creating the schedule. By helping to create the schedule the child buys into the schedule.

Read more from National Autism Resources....

More birthday party activities, stories, and resources from Positively Autism:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Birthday Party Picture Schedule (Customizable)

Use this download to make either a virtual (shown on computer, tablet, or phone) or printed schedule of birthday party activities.

Available in PDF and PowerPoint
More birthday party activities, stories, and resources from Positively Autism:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Birthday Party Vocabulary Flash Cards

This week, we'll feature birthday-themed freebies! To start off, here are two sets of flash cards about things a child might see at a birthday party.


Friday, September 13, 2013

"Going to the Library" Resource Kit

Includes a Social Story, library vocabulary flash cards, and a library visual schedule. Use these resources to prepare for a library visit to check out books or library activities, such as story time.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"When I Grow Up, I Want to Be..." E-Book Series

From Educents:

Are you looking for real-life spiritual mentors and heroes for your children? Do you want to help them explore the world of opportunity around them and maybe spark their interest toward a special calling? You’ll love this multi-age unit study from The Old Schoolhouse that encourages the learning of basic subject skills and inspires creativity while focusing on a particular, exciting occupation. Expose your children to a selection of the many possible career choices available today, complete with activities that will make learning fun for your entire family” and all from a Christian worldview!

Who is it for?
  • Geared towards the 8-13 year-old age range
  • Special activities included for younger children
What is included?
  • The Old Schoolhouse WannaBe Series includes:
    • I Want to be an Artist
    • I Want to be a Chef
    • I Want to be a Doctor
    • I Want to be a Farmer
    • I Want to be a Firefighter
    • I Want to be a Police Officer
    • I Want to be in the Military
    • I Want to be a Missionary
    • I Want to be a Pilot
    • I Want to be a Veterinarian
    • I Want to be a Video Game Designer

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vocabulary Graphic Organizers for Content Areas

Help students understand and apply new content vocabulary using these graphic organizers during reading. These organizers range in complexity and depth of word study. They can be used to address Common Core literacy standards in content areas such as social studies and science.

Includes templates and suggested uses for:
--Illustrated Dictionary
--Word Wheel
--Word Study Graphic Organizer
--Vocabulary Tree

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013