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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
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
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
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
Planned ignoring thumbnailSchool-Wide ResourcesPlanned Ignoring OverviewAbout Autism, Evidence-Based Strategies, Informational Resources, School, Personnel Training
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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