Tools & Resources

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Make a parfait thumbnailLife with ASDMake a ParfaitA great snack or breakfast is a strawberry parfait! Parfaits are delicious, healthy, and helpful as an on-the-go snack when we have a busy lifestyle. Here you will find schedules for making a parfait using strawberry yogurt, vanilla yogurt, strawberries, and cheerios. Enjoy! This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they make a parfait snack. Includes checklist, pull-off, and numbered mini-schedules with text and pictures. This download is a 4-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Grilled cheese thumbnailLife with ASDMake a Grilled Cheese SandwichA grilled cheese sandwich can be a tasty snack or even a meal. You can use a variety of cheese on any sort of bread. Choose the sorts that you like! Grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup. This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they cook a grilled cheese sandwich. A checklist mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Staff Area Assessment thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesStaff Area Assessment FormsA student may work with numerous therapists and specialists throughout the day and week. If the teacher and/or paraprofessionals have questions about a student's progress, behavior, needs, or goals that don't require immediate attention, a Communication Form can be used to keep everyone on the same page and ensure important details do not fall through the cracks. This download is a 3-page PDF. Contains pre-made communication forms intended for roles: Autism Consultant, Service Learning Professional, and Physical Therapist.School, Forms, Members Only, Personnel training
AcademiaAddition Without Regrouping FlipbookAddition is an important skill students need to practice to improve their math fluency. Sometimes individuals with ASD can be overwhelmed by a page of blank math problems and do not show what they know. This addition flipbook gives a different format for students to show their knowledge by breaking the work down into smaller and more manageable chunks. This download is a 5-page PDF.Math, Activity Templates, School, Home
English Muffin Pizza - ThumbnailLife with ASDMake an English Muffin PizzaAn English muffin pizza can be a tasty snack or even a meal. You can use a variety of cheese and replace pepperoni with ham. Choose the sorts that you like! This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they cook an english muffin pizza in a microwave. A checklist mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
When to tip thumbnailAcademiaWhen Do I Need to Tip?An important life skill is knowing when it is appropriate to tip someone. Individuals with ASD can struggle knowing how to handle these more complex social situations. This sorting activity helps individuals discriminate between which locations you should and should not leave a tip after dining out. This download is a 3-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, School, Home
set an alarm clock thumbnailIndependent Living EssentialsHow to Set Up an Alarm ClockAn important step toward independence is being able to get yourself up and ready in the morning. Learning how to set an alarm clock is one of the skills needed to reach independence. Also alarm clocks may vary in their buttons and settings. Although alarm clocks may vary in their buttons and settings, this example provides an illustration of how to teach and then support independence in an individual setting their alarm clock to ensure they are awake to get ready for school, activities, or a job. This download is a 3-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Ending interview thumbnailLife with ASDPreparing for an Interview (Ending My Interview)At the end of an interview it is important to show you appreciate the time they took to interview you. Employers want to know that you are excited to work for them. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD with understanding the process of finishing up an interview with a potential employer. This download is a 1-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
AcademiaUsing a CalculatorCalculators are a ubiquitous part of life. Almost every mobile phone has a calculator app on it. While a calculator is a great tool, it is only useful to our students with ASD if they are familiar with how to use a calculator correctly. In this Using a Calculator activity, addition and subtraction problems are visually broken down to show which buttons to push on the calculator to get the correct answer. The prompts are faded out to teach the student how to use the calculator independently. This download is a 5-page PDF.Math, Activity Templates, School, Home
Structured meeting notes thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesStructured Meeting FormCollaborative communication between the core classroom team is essential in providing an individual receiving special education services with the support he or she needs. All individuals who play an active role in monitoring and implementing goals, working with students on a regular basis and/or are included within IEPs should be a part of the core classroom team. This may include: general educators, paraprofessionals, job coaches, and related service providers including therapists, consultants, and support staff. Effective collaboration requires intentionality and training. It helps build relationships and creates effective teams that work together to foster greater opportunities for inclusion. When the team collaborates, student involvement and potential for growth in academic and functional skills increases. Consider using the following document to assist in setting the foundation for collaborative communication with your team. This download is a 2-page PDF.Evidence-Based Strategies, Forms, Members Only, Personnel Training
when can you meet thumbnailSchool and HomeWhen Can You Meet? FormConsider using the "When Can You Meet?" cards as a communion tool. When an issue or area of needed focus arises, fill out this card with the name of the teacher to contact, the name of the student it concerns, the area of focus for the meeting and the name of the meeting initiator. This download is a 1-page PDF. Contains a pre-made appointment scheduling card with times and discussion points to fill out.School, Forms, Personnel Training
How to plan your evening thumbnailLife with ASDPlanning Your EveningDoing homework in the evening sometimes becomes frustrating. You spend all day at school or going to college classes and all you want to do in the evening is relax. However, good grades are important to being successful. There are some things you can do to make doing your homework more manageable in the evenings. Some people like doing homework right when they get home from school or class, others like to do it after dinner and some break it into chunks and do a little at a time. Unfortunately, some students put off their homework until the last minute because they want to do other things. Often, they end up not getting around to doing their homework and therefore get a zero on the assignment. It's helpful to have a plan for your evening to make sure you get everything done. This is a document meant to help individuals with ASD work on time management skills. Includes directions and a template to write down a schedule. This download is a 3-page PDF.Executive Functioning, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Asking questions thumbnailLife with ASDPreparing for an Interview (Asking Questions)During interviews, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask. The interviewer asks you questions, but sometimes you have questions you want answered, too. It's usually best to wait until the end of the interview to ask these questions. Often, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions; that is the time you ask any questions about the business or position. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD plan some questions to ask during an interview. This download is a 2-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Calculating a Tip ThumbnailAcademiaCalculating a TipGoing out to eat can be a fun family outing. Although your child or student may not contribute to paying the bill, it's an excellent time to teach math skills in the natural environment. Learning how much to add for a tip is a skill that will be used throughout the lifespan. Here you will find a guide with examples and formulas for teaching your child or student how to add a tip to the bill. Consider having a calculator available to support the activity. Similarly, you could use this opportunity to teach the functional use of a calculator or electronic devices (e.g., phones or tablets). This download is a 6-page PDF.Math, Activity Templates, School, Home
Summer Fun thumbnailSummer Activity IdeasGoing to the LibraryGoing to a library can be a rewarding experience due to multiple opportunities to engage in reading, play activities, and participate in book club groups. However, individuals with an ASD may need additional training to become an active user of these resources. This download is a 2-page PDF that contains: sample social narrative about visiting the library, sample visual schedule for visiting the library, suggestions for visual supports to bring along to aid with voice volume, transition between activities and more...About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Summer, Informational Resources, School, Home, Community
Hair Cutting Tips ThumbnailTips & StrategiesHair-cuttingHaircuts, while necessary, can be stressful events for you and your child. The unfamiliar sounds, sights, smells, and sensations of a hair-cutting experience can be overwhelming to any child, and especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This download is a 3-page PDF.About Autism, Sensory, Informational Resources, Members Only, Home, Provider
wiping tables and chairs thumbnailLife with ASDWiping Tables and ChairsHelping out with chores around the house is helpful in learning responsibility, using time management, and earning rewards. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD as they work through cleaning tables and chairs. Includes cards with text and images for use with a pull-off mini-schedule. This download is a 3-page PDF.Chores, Job Success, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
what to do for lunch thumbnailLife with ASDWhat to Do For LunchIf you work during the day and your hours overlap lunch time (typically around 11:00am –1:00pm), you will most likely have a lunch break. Different work environments have different options for lunch, so it's important to figure out what will work best at your job. On your first day of work, the best option would be to pack and bring your lunch in a lunchbox. You can then see what your co-workers do for their lunch when you're there or you can just ask one of them. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD as they plan their lunchtime. Includes considerations and checklists for choosing options. This download is a 1-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Using a phone script thumbnailLife with ASDOrdering a Pizza Using a ScriptIt's easy to forget what to say when talking on the phone to someone. To make it easier, you can fill out a script ahead of time to help prepare what you need to say. Then, when you call, all you have to do is follow your script! Most pizza places will ask the same thing, but it may be in a different order or worded differently. You can say, "one moment please," if you need time to find your response. Also, if you live with someone, you can ask them for help! This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they place a pizza delivery order over the phone by allowing them to fill in the blanks in a pre-written script. This download is a 3-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Prepare for interview thumbnailLife with ASDPreparing for an InterviewMost interviews consist of being asked a few basic questions. You can prepare yourself by writing out your answers and reviewing them before the interview. A lot of people get nervous during an interview, so it helps if you've already practiced what you are going to say. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD with plan out answers to common interview questions. This download is a 2-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Organizing your wallet thumbnailLife with ASDOrganizing Your WalletMost people start carrying a wallet in middle school or high school. What you put inside your wallet is important and it may even change as you get older. Not every person will have the same items in their wallet, but there a few things that are a must. Here are some items that everyone should carry in their wallet: This is a document meant to help individuals with ASD determine what to keep in their wallet and in what order, so they can easily find important items. Includes instructions and a diagram with suggestions for ID card placement. This download is a 2-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
what's the dress code thumbnailIndependent Living EssentialsWhat is the Dress Code?Now that you have a job, you need to be sure that you understand the dress code. The term "dress code" refers to clothing an employee needs to wear while at work. If you don't already know the dress code, you may find out on your first day of work when you get an employee manual. In the employee manual, look for the heading "Dress Code." This will be where it will say what to wear and what not to wear. If you don't get an employee manual, or it doesn't state the dress code, ask your supervisor or boss. This document helps individuals with ASD evaluate their clothing choices when going to work. It includes a list of common considerations, a list of things to check before leaving the house, and a discrimination task to sort what fits into a dress code. This download is a 2-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Write it four ways thumbnailAcademiaWrite it Four WaysOftentimes, students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with or are unwilling to write. Determining ways to make writing more engaging while accommodating for areas of difficulty is an important part of instruction. This dice is a fun way to mix up traditional paper and pencil tasks. Students roll the dice to select their writing utensil. If you are working with the student, you or the student can take turns rolling the dice. After doing the activity together, the student can also use the dice while completing independent activities. This simple step provides an opportunity to do the same amount of writing, but engages the student in a fun way to get writing! This download is a 3-page PDF.Language, Activity Templates, School, Home
How early to leave for work thumbnailIndependent Living EssentialsHow Early Should I Leave For Work?Once you accept a job, people will count on you to be responsible. Part of being responsible means getting to work on time. Arriving to work late will not be acceptable and may result in getting fired. To avoid getting to work late, you need to determine what time you need to leave your house or apartment. You can either have your parents, grandparents, siblings, or friends help you with this, or you can look online at Google Maps or use Google Map app on your phone. This document contains instructions for calculating what time an individual should leave home in order to get to work on time, using Google Maps. Includes step-by-step instructions for using google maps to find a route, and a template script for calling a supervisor in the event of tardiness. This download is a 2-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Hour and Minute hands thumbnailAcademiaHour And Minute HandsReading a clock in an important academic and life skill all individuals, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need to learn. As one of the first steps in telling time or reading a clock, an individual must be able to discriminate between the hour and minute hand. In this discrimination task, an individual is given a variety of different clock faces. The individual is prompted to circle the correct hand on the clocks. This download is a 5-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, School, Home
AcademiaRoll and Read DiceReading to and with children is extremely important in fostering academics, higher vocabulary skills, and overall reading ability. Not only is it important to be able to read the words but also to comprehend what the story is about. By using dice, with various open-ended questions, checking comprehension while reading can be a fun game! Here you will find the template for the dice. Simply cut out along the outside lines, fold, and tape together! This download is a 3-page PDF.Language, Activity Templates, School, Home
make scrambled eggs thumbnailLife with ASDMake Scrambled EggsScrambled eggs can be a filling breakfast and quick and easy dinner. You can make them with just eggs and milk, or you can add other things, like cheese, vegetables, or bacon. This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they make scrambled eggs in a frying pan. A check-list mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
summer and winter clothes thumbnailAcademiaSorting Winter and Summer ClothesSometimes it can be hard for individuals to understand why they can't wear their swimsuit and flip flops in the cold winter weather. Using a discrimination task of sorting winter and summer clothes can help give a visual as to what clothes can be worn during each season. Use this template to help teach the difference between winter clothes and summer clothes. This download is a 3-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, School, Home
Conversation helpers thumbnailLife with ASDConversation HelpersSometimes, we may see people that we don't regularly see throughout the year. Having to talk to unfamiliar people can be very tough for individuals with ASD. Practicing conversations and having some visuals to support through the conversation can help ease some of the anxiety. Here you can find some scripts for typical conversations that may occur. Practice these ahead of meeting or talking to new or unfamiliar people to help foster some good conversations! This is a document meant to help individuals with ASD work on their conversation skills. Includes examples of common small-talk with text and pictures. This download is a 4-page PDF.Social Skills, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
summer fun thumbnailSummer Activity IdeasSports and GamesSports activities and games can be incredibly challenging for individuals with an ASD. Many obstacles may arise from the fast pace of the activities, the change in tempo and in types of activities, sensory overload, physical challenges from the equipment used, and group involvement (e.g., playing in large groups or small, keeping up with rules, gross and fine motor requirements, and required socialization). However, structuring activities and using visual supports may help the individual participate in the activities successfully and eventually independently. The considerations in this information sheet need to be individualized based on the needs for a particular student. This download is a 5-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Summer, Informational Resources, School, Home, Community
Travel tips thumbnailStarter KitTraveling: Flying on an AirplaneStaff will work more effectively, if they "own" areas they are interested in. Use this form to assess their preference and utilize it in your schedule development. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Travel, Setting-Based Resource Toolkits\, Starter Packs & Guides
organizing your day thumbnailLife with ASDOrganize Your DayStaying organized is difficult for many students. Papers get lost, books go missing, and you forget to do homework or forget to get a paper signed by your parents all because you aren't organized. It's also hard to carry everything you need in your backpack because it can get so heavy. This means you have to go to your locker multiple times throughout the day to get your new books and put the books you've already used back into your locker. All of this can become confusing. Luckily, there are systems you can use to get organized and to remember what materials you need for each class. This is a document meant to help individuals with ASD work on time management skills throughout the day. Includes directions and a template to write down a schedule. This download is a 3-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Pick the punctuation thumbnailAcademiaPick the PunctuationStudents with ASD can be very capable writers and editors, but often struggle with fine motor tasks such as writing. Providing supports or accommodating written tasks to work around fine motor challenges can help provide a greater illustration of where the student's abilities may be in areas such as written expression. In a Pick the Punctuation task, a student can place tokens on the correct punctuation for various statements and questions or he or she can indicate the correct punctuation using a Do a Dot Art! marker or paint instead of using a pencil to indicate the applicable punctuation. To use the task for multiple students, consider laminating the task. This download is a 4-page PDF.Language, Activity Templates, School, Home
Academia - Basic Sales TaxAcademiaBasic Sales TaxTeaching money can be hard. However, both instruction and learning can be improved through the use of visual aids. The following activity is created to teach how to add sales tax onto a transaction. Includes story problems with multiple levels of supports to demonstrate methods for tailoring problems to a student's learning strengths. This download is an 8-page PDF.Math, Activity Templates, School, Home
How much change thumbnailAcademiaHow Much Change?Teaching money can be hard. However, both instruction and learning can be improved through the use of visual aids. The following activity is created to teach how much change a person will receive during a transaction. In addition to the use of visual clarity in helping your student pull out the amounts from the story problem, you can use a calculator and/or manipulatives to help enhance the independence and engagement of your student with the activity. This download is a 7-page PDF.Math, Activity Templates, School, Home
Dangerous situations thumbnailAcademiaDangerous SituationsTeaching social skills is an important part of the education of students with ASD. One important skill to teach being is being aware of your surroundings and when you may be in a dangerous situations. This discrimination task activity explains what dangerous situations are and includes scenarios our students may encounter. You can discuss what parts of the situation are dangerous and ways to handle it. This download is a 4-page PDF.Social Skills, Activity Templates, School, Home
I have autism brochure thumbnailAbout ASDI Have Autism BrochureThe brochure is written in a child-friendly language and includes an explanation of strengths and ways to overcome and/or cope with challenges. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Peer, School, Home, Provider
what is autism brochureAbout ASDWhat is Autism? BrochureThe brochure is written in a child-friendly language and includes tips for playing with children with ASD, their strengths and challenges, and other basic information about ASD. This is a downloadable PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
thumbnailAbout ASDMisconceptions & Facts about ASDThe handout debunks myths about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides evidence-based information. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
About ASD10 Bus Rider Tips (set of 30)The handout includes 10 bus ride tips for bus drivers on how to support individuals with ASD. This set will be laminated for repeated use and/or posting on a bus. It will be one that includes 30 handouts.About Autism, Informational Resources, School, Evidence-Based Strategies, Personnel Training
Holiday tips thumbnailActivity TipsHoliday Tips for Families of Individuals with ASDThe holiday season can put a lot of stress on all of us. However it is no less stressful for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), because holidays bring in a break into the daily routine that needs to be taken into consideration. This information sheet gives a 4-part suggestion for working through potentially stressful holiday situations. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Holidays, Sensory, Winter, Informational Resources, School, Home, Community
Specialist communication form thumbnailSchool and HomeSpecialist Communication FormThe two-sided handout includes basic information about ASD suitable for students in fourth grade and up, as well as a figure with captions describing the ways people with ASD may act differently than others. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Forms, Personnel Training
Autism PuzzleAbout ASDAutism PuzzleThe two-sided handout includes information about ASD suitable for students in second grade and up, as well as a coloring puzzle highlighting facts about ASD inside each puzzle based on the facts about ASD (i.e. strengths are colored blue). This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, School, Home, Peer, Provider, Community
What is ABA thumbnailAbout ASDWhat is ABA?The two-sided handout provides an explanation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the foundations of behavior therapy and ABA-based therapy along with other considerations. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
About ASD10 Do's for Supporting Individuals with ASDThe two-sided handout provides recommendations on how to interact with individuals with ASD, including consideration of common strengths and challenges and suggestions on how to best support individuals with ASD. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
ASD DSM OverviewAbout ASDASD & DSM-5 OverviewThese two-sided handouts review the names and basic characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), how it is diagnosed, and relevant changes in diagnoses and treatment with DSM-5. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
staff training preference thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesStaff Training Preferences FormThis form is designed to be used when evaluating the strength areas for staff members in managing areas of the classroom or completing certain tasks. This download is a 1-page PDF.School, Forms, Personnel Training
About ASD11 Strategies for Bus DriversThis handout includes 11 tips and strategies on how to support individuals with ASD on a school bus. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training
Reinforcer checklist - childSchool and HomeReinforcer Checklist - ChildThis information sheet explains general guidelines for proactive strategies, answering the questions: "Why do we set the environment up proactively?" "What proactive components are necessary?" "When and where can we teach these skills?" "How do we use proactive strategies?" This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Forms, Personnel Training
teaching process thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesThe Teaching ProcessThis information sheet explains general guidelines for the teaching process. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, Personnel Training, School
FBA facts thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesFunctional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) FactsThis information sheet gives an overview of the purpose and necessity of functional behavioral assessment (FBA). It also includes steps to conducting the assessment and guidance for identifying behavior functions. The second page includes academic citations to back up the data-driven merit of these best practices. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training
Fire drills thumbnailSchool Safety Best PracticesFire DrillThis information sheet gives proven strategies for working with students with ASD during routine evacuation drills during school. Evacuation drills are an important element of emergency management and all students should participate so they are prepared in the event of an actual emergency. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Informational Resources, Personnel Training, Evidence-Based Strategies
Lockdown drill thumbnailSchool Safety Best PracticesLockdown DrillThis information sheet gives proven strategies for working with students with ASD during routine fire drills during school. Fire drills are an important element of emergency management and all students should participate so they are prepared in the event of an actual emergency. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Informational Resources
School Safety Best PracticesTornado DrillThis information sheet gives proven strategies for working with students with ASD during routine lockdown drills during school. Lockdown drills are an important element of emergency management and all students should participate so they are prepared in the event of an actual emergency. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Informational Resources
sensory man thumbnailAbout ASDSensory ManThis information sheet gives proven strategies for working with students with ASD during routine tornado drills during school. Tornado drills are an important element of emergency management and all students should participate so they are prepared in the event of an actual emergency. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
peer interaction thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesSuccessful Interactions Among Peers: 5 TipsThis information sheet provides 5 tips and strategies for teachers working with individuals with ASD. Topics include social courtesy, communication, moving between tasks, information processing, and concentration. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, School, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, Personnel Training, Provider
Positive attention thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesPositive Attention: What? Why? When? & How?This information sheet provides a brief overview of the concept of Planned Ignoring. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, Members Only, School, Personnel Training
Proactive strategies thumbnailAbout ASDProactive Strategies: General GuidelinesThis information sheet provides a brief overview of the What, Why, When, and How of implementing Positive Attention in the classroom. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training
Classroom Choreography Checklist ThumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesClassroom Choreography ChecklistThis information sheet provides a brief overview of the process of developing a classroom schedule with step-by-step instructions. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, Members Only, School, Personnel Training
Formal testing tips thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesFormal Testing: TipsThis information sheet provides considerations for instructors about selecting of cognitive assessments, and maximizing the validity of assessments and scores. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, School, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training, Evidence-Based Strategies
is your classroom ready thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesIs your classroom ready for a student with ASD?This information sheet provides considerations for teachers on how to organize their classroom, planning lessons, and daily schedules when there will be one or more individuals with ASD or other developmental disabilities joining them in the classroom. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, School, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training, Evidence-Based Strategies
Books for Peers ThumbnailAbout ASDBook List for Peers: What is Autism? Series for Young LearnersThis information sheet provides lists and descriptions of books about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suited to ages 4-9, ages 9-12, and ages 12+. These books can help youth who have been diagnosed with ASD better understand and navigate some of the successes and challenges in their lives. This download is a 1-page PDF.About Autism, Informational Resources, Evidence-Based Strategies, School, Home, Provider, Community, Personnel Training
juice box robot thumbnailKids CornerJuice Box RobotThis is a craft you can eat after assembling. Fun as a way to teach following instructions during snack time. This is a great activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 3-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and mini-schedule examples for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. This download is a PDF.Food, Activity Templates, School, Home
Beach Pudding ThumbnailKids CornerBeach PuddingThis is a great activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 2-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and a check-off schedule example for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. This download is a PDF.Food, Activity Templates, School, Home
paper bag puppet thumbnailKids CornerPaper Puppy PuppetThis is a great activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 5-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and a check-off mini-schedule example for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. This download is a PDF.Art, Craft, Activity Templates, School, Home
Marble painting thumbnailKids CornerMarble PaintingThis is a great activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 5-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and multiple levels of check-off/tear-off mini-schedule examples for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. This download is a PDF.Art, Craft, Activity Templates, School, Home
Tropical drink thumbnailKids CornerPineapple Strawberry Tropical Whip DrinkThis is a great activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 9-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and multiple support-levels of mini schedules (check-off, tear-off) for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. This download is a PDF. Bonus: p.8-9 provide ideas for additional supports that would work well during the activity.Food, Activity Templates, School, Home
Rainbow toast thumbnailKids CornerRainbow ToastThis is a snack-time activity for groups and single individuals. This is a 6-page document that includes instructions for the facilitator and 5 levels of mini-schedule instructions for use by individuals with ASD or related disorders. Rainbow toast is made by painting bread with food dye mixed with milk before putting it in a toaster. This download is a PDF.Food, Activity Templates, School, Home
Evacuation drills thumbnailSchool Safety Best PracticesEvacuation DrillThis is a three-column form that helps differentiate between activities an individual dislikes, is neutral toward, and likes. When identifying activities be as descriptive and specific as possible to help discriminate among preferred and less preferred activities (e.g., watching movies or credits is more descriptive than watching television and both activities may differ in level of preference). When utilizing the activities listed, generally red (i.e., least preferred) activities are followed by green (i.e., preferred) activities and green are followed by yellow (i.e., indifferent) or green to ease the transitions between activities. This download is a 1-page PDF.School, Informational Resources, Personnel Training, Evidence-Based Strategies
Back To School Mini Checklist School and HomeBack to School To-Do ListThis is a to-do list with steps for parents and students to prepare for a new school year. Written with a parent in mind, it separates out ways a parent can prepare, and how to help their child prepare. Includes a social narrative about going to school that includes pictures and descriptions of the type of things that happen during a school day. This download is a 2-page PDF.About Autism, School, Informational Resources, School, Home
telling time thumbnailAcademiaTelling TimeThis is an activity designed for helping teach students how to tell time on a clock "face". Includes instructions for teacher, and printable activity. This download is a 3-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, Members Only, School, Home
getting a shot - thumbnailStrategy in PracticeSocial Narrative: Getting a Shot is OK!This social narrative can be used to teach individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities about getting a shot, and how it is okay. Includes instructions for customizing the social narrative and a full-page narrative describing the process of getting a shot in a medical setting. This download is a 2-page PDF.Evidence-Based Strategies, Medical Visit, Visual Supports, Informational Resources, Home, Provider
Strategy in PracticeSocial Narrative: Getting an IV is OKThis social narrative can be used to teach individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities about getting an IV, and how it is okay. Includes instructions for customizing the social narrative and a full-page narrative describing the process of getting an IV put in at a medical setting. This download is a 2-page PDF.Evidence-Based Strategies, Medical Visit, Visual Supports, Informational Resources, Home, Provider
Make Toast ThumbnailLife with ASDMake ToastToasts can be a great breakfast, lunch, or snack. Serve them with butter, jam, cheese, or other product of your choice. This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they make toast using an upright toaster. A mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Home-school collaboration thumbnailSchool and HomeHome-School Collaboration: Parent Preference FormUse the form to identify parents' preferences about the type of information they would like to receive from their child's teacher and how often they would like to receive it. This download is a 1-page PDF.School, Forms, Home, Personnel Training, School, Home
Home-School Collaboration Extended previewSchool and HomeHome-School Collaboration Form - ExtendedUse this extended form as a template for daily communication between parent/caregiver and teacher. Includes checklists for behaviors, positive developments, comments and more. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Forms, Members Only, Home, Personnel Training
reinforcer checklist -transition thumbnailSchool and HomeReinforcer Checklist - Transition AgeUse this form to identify a child's preferences to help understand what items or privileges will serve as the best motivators in completing tasks. Useful for teachers as well as parents to take note of activities a child enjoys very much and others they dislike very much. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Forms, Personnel Training
Schedule mapping thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesSchedule Mapping FormUse this form to identify a transition-aged/adult individual's preferences to help understand what items or privileges will serve as the best motivators in completing tasks. Useful for teachers as well as parents to take note of activities an individual enjoys very much and others they dislike very much. This download is a 2-page PDF.School, Forms, Personnel Training
Doctor visit thumbnailStrategy in PracticeSocial Narrative: Going to Visit the DoctorUse this social narrative to teach individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities about visiting a doctor. Includes instructions for customizing the social narrative and a full-page narrative describing the process of going to visit the doctor. This download is a 2-page PDF.Evidence-Based Strategies, Medical Visit, Visual Supports, Informational Resources, Home, Provider
How to play connect 4 thumbnailKids CornerHow to Play Connect 4Use this template to help individuals with ASD or related disorders play a game of Connect 4. This template provides multiple levels of support based on need-level. This includes mini-schedules featuring check-off, numbered list, and pull-off with pictures. This download is a 3-page PDF.Games, Activity Templates, School, Home
Cornhole ThumbnailKids CornerCornhole (Bean Bag Toss) GameUse this template to help individuals with ASD or related disorders play a game of cornhole (otherwise known as bean bag toss). The template includes cards for a tear-off mini-schedule that explains how to play the game. This download is a PDF.Games, Activity Templates, School, Home
how to play uno thumbnailKids CornerHow to Play UnoUse this template to help individuals with ASD or related disorders play a game of Uno. This template provides multiple levels of support based on need-level. This includes mini-schedules featuring check-off, numbered list, pull-off with pictures, and more. This download is a 9-page PDF.Games, Activity Templates, School, Home
Learn your locker combo thumbnailLife with ASDLearn Your Locker CombinationUsing a lock isn't the easiest! It can be very confusing with the different directions and the amount of times you're required to turn the knob. One way some students have found it helpful to learn how to use their lock is by breaking it down into steps. These steps are then written down on a small piece of paper and kept in a wallet, binder, folder, etc. This is a document meant to help individuals with ASD break down a way to memorize their locker combination and how to open it. Includes a template based on a traditional number padlock with spaces to enter in an individuals locker combination. This download is a 2-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Make waffles thumbnailLife with ASDMake WafflesWaffles can be a great sweet or savory breakfast, lunch, or snack. Serve it with Maple syrup, butter, confectionery sugar, or meat of your choice. This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they cook waffles in a waffle iron. A checklist mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Time management thumbnailAcademiaTime ManagementWaking up and planning your day can be a difficult task for anyone, including students with ASD. Sometimes they may wake up hours before they need to, "just in case" or they struggle to get to the bus on time everyday. The time management activity includes a model scenario with example time calculations of how a student may plan their day. There are two other scenarios you and your students can work through to learn how to manage your time! This download is a 4-page PDF.Functional Skills, Activity Templates, School, Home
Make a Smoothie thumbnailLife with ASDMake a SmoothieWhen spring and summer are here and the weather is warm, cool snacks or drinks always are good! Making a smoothie is an easy and fun way to cool off and easy to make at home. There are lots of places you can go to buy a smoothie, but these are more expensive than what you would spend to just make them. This is an activity template designed to guide individuals with ASD as they make a smoothie treat using a blender. A check-list mini-schedule with text and images is included. This download is a 2-page PDF.Food, Activity Templates, Members Only, Individuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Activity TipsFall Activity Tips: HalloweenWhile Halloween may offer many exciting opportunities for children overall, social interactions, unusual or even scary outfits, and the sharing of treats may present some stressful or challenging situations to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or related developmental disabilities. This information sheet contains tips that may help avoid anxiety and help the individual enjoy this festive event. This download is a 3-page PDF that contains a Social Narrative and tips for parents in advance of the holiday.About Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Fall, Holidays, Informational Resources, School, Home, Community
write a resume thumbnailLife with ASDWrite a ResumeWriting a resume can be one of the most important aspects of getting a job. The resume is what tells employers about you so they know whether they want to interview you or not. There are certain things that are typical to have on a resume so you want to be sure that you include these. This is a guiding document to help individuals with ASD with preparing their resume. This download is a 4-page PDF.Job Success, Activity Templates, Indivdiuals with ASD, School, Home, Provider
Planned ignoring thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesPlanned Ignoring OverviewAbout Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training