Thursday, July 31, 2014

Basketball Pronouns

A game for working on 'he' and 'she' pronouns with a basketball theme.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"All About Me" Charts to Encourage Reciprocal Peer Conversation

Students fill out their charts with their own interests, put them on strings, and wear them around their necks. During this activity, when two students have a conversation, the charts serve as a visual cue for what they each might like to talk about.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guide for Managing Constipation in Children

From the Autism Speaks website:

"Many children have constipation. Children with autism might have more problems with constipation than other children. Difficulty with things like sitting on the toilet and eating different foods can make treating constipation challenging.

The Guide for Managing Constipation in Children Tool Kit for Parents was created to provide strategies and resources for parents of children with autism who have problems with constipation along with issues that can make treating it difficult."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take It From Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism E-Book

A free e-book from Presence Learning based on a webinar by Temple Grandin. Please note that Presence Learning requires you to enter your name and e-mail address to access the free e-book download.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sleep Strategies Toolkit

Many children with ASD have difficulty with sleep, which can be stressful for the children and their families. These guides are designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by (ASD). The suggestions in this tool kit are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts.

There is a guide for children and a guide for teens.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Teaching Language: Focus on the Stage, Not the Age

Check out these tips on teaching language based on your child or student's language developmental stage, rather than chronological age. This article includes a printable chart with the different stages of language development.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Parent's Guide to Toilet Training in Autism

This tool kit provides caregivers tips to increase toileting success by teaching toileting skills, providing advice on preparing schedules and routines and promoting visual supports.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tools for Successful Vision Exams

New experiences, including medical visits, can be difficult for individuals with autism. A trip to the optometrist’s office for a vision exam is one type of medical visit that can be challenging because an eye exam may be upsetting for patients who are over-reactive to sensory input. Because exams are done infrequently, desensitization through repetitive visits does not usually occur. The video Vision Exams for Individuals with Autism and accompanying social narrative lead families and caregivers through a visit to the optometrist’s office and a full, step-by-step vision exam. These tools can also provide insight into preparing ahead of time to make the visit as smooth, anxiety-free and productive as possible.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Vocabulary Mini Unit

Another great resource from The Autism Helper! This site is great and their new summer vocabulary activities are no exception.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Santa Barbara, CA: Free PRT Intervention and Training!

I received the following in an e-mail from the Koegel Autism Center:

"Dear Friends of the Koegel Autism Center,

We are offering four weeks of free intervention for young children (ages 4-6) diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who live in the Santa Barbara area. The intervention, Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is a highly acclaimed research-based intervention that is both naturalistic and motivating.  Research has demonstrated that after PRT, young children make great strides in both socialization and communication after just 4 months. The intervention includes a parent education component that provides parents with knowledge and concrete skills that they will take with them the rest of their lives.
Please spread the word, even if this opportunity does not apply to your family!

For more information you may contact Avery Voos at or by phone at 203-868-1468.

Koegel Autism Center
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490"

Monday, July 7, 2014

Guides to Pica for Parents and Professionals

Pica, the repeated eating of non-food items, is an eating problem displayed by some children with autism. The parent guide provides useful information for those seeking help in understanding and managing pica exhibited by their child. The professionals guide provides information for primary medical providers about the behavioral treatment of the pica of children with autism.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014