40 Autism Teaching Resources You Should Know About

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The latest estimate shows that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder. This means that more than ever, special education teachers in order to be effective, will require additional resources and support. the following links showcase a number of blogs and information on working with children with autism.

Autism Teacher Blogs

Savvy teachers are creating and developing blogs on teaching children with autism. Many of the blogs give first -person accounts while others share classroom activities, lesson plans and classroom management.

Adventures in Flapping

Adventures in Special Education

Autism Classroom Resources

Breezy Special Ed

Special Ed Spot

Teach.Love.Autism

Teaching Special Thinkers

The Autism Adventures of Room 83

The Autism Teaching Blog

You Aut-A Know

Classroom Management

The following links discuss strategies on engaging learners and managing students in a classroom setting.

Autism and Classroom Management: Interventions that Work (Bright Hub Education)

Autism Classroom Management (Edutopia)

Classroom Management for ASD Students (Autism Investigation Project)

Classroom Management for Autistic Children

Classroom Management for Students with Autism (Amy Glade-Prezi.com)

Classroom Management in an Autism Classroom (Minds in Bloom)

Classroom Tips and Strategies

The following links are tips and strategies that are specific to teaching techniques and helpful information on setting up the classroom, data collection and scheduling.

10 Practical Tips for Classroom Aids of Autistic Children (colotraining.com)

17 Tips for Teaching High Functioning Students with Autism (gadoe.org)

22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Monster.com)

Inclusion Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Learn NC)

Teaching Students in Inclusive Classrooms (Child-autism-Parent-Café)

Tips for Teaching Students with Autism (Scholastic)

Tips for Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Project Independence)

Tips for Working with Autistic Children (Love to Know)

Teaching College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Faculty Focus)

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism (Temple Grandin)

Social Skills Lessons

Articles, tips and lesson plan information on social skills development

5 Tips for Running a Social Skills Group Ages 7-11 (Super Power Speech)

How Are My Social Skills? Checklist. (PDF)

How I Use the Social Thinking Curriculum to Teach Flexible Thinking (The Autism Vault Blog)

How to Run a Social Skills Group (Speech and Language Kids)

Social Skills Activities for Kids with Autism (Love to Know)

Social Skills Training Groups (Autism Speaks, PowerPoint Presentation)

Tips for Teaching Social Skills When it does Not Come Easy (Lemon Lime Adventures)

Classroom set-up

12 Tips for Setting up an Autism Classroom (Principal Kendrick’s Blog)

Seven Steps for Setting up a Stellar Autism Classroom (The Autism Helper)

Life Skills

Developing Life Skills: How to Teach a Skill (TACA)

Life Skills for Children and Teens with Autism (North Shore Pediatric Therapy)

Social Life on the Spectrum (Autism after 16)

Teaching Important Life Skills (Autism Speaks)

Teacher Resource Sites

The following sites are great resources specifically for teachers working with children with autism. Many of the sites include free downloads and other resources including curriculums, lesson plans and data collection.

Autism Educators

A resource for teachers, therapist and parents including a free IEP goal bank, parent resources and an assortment of tools and resources on a variety of topics. Autism Educators, Inc. is currently offering a Teacher’s Wish List promotion.

Autism Teaching Tools

This site includes information for individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Links include information on topics such as toys and games, curriculum management and child safety just to name a few.

Cindy’s Autistic Support

This site contains free resources on lesson plans on a variety of topics including data collection, seasonal, inclusion for teachers and life skills. A great site for parents, therapist and teachers.

Educate Autism

Downloadable printables on topics relating to body parts, colors, data recording, handwriting and emotions.

National Autism Resources

Provides therapeutic tools and resources for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Positively Autism

A resource website for parents, therapist and teachers. Resources include information on fine motor, structured task, social skills, and at home.

Practical Autism Resources

Provides more than 100 pages of free printable items.

The Autism Helper

An autism blog created by Sasha Long, a board certified behavior analysis and certified special education teacher.

Do you know of any links and resources not listed? if so, please send an email to: specialneedsresourceblog@gmail.com and we will add them to the list.

 

 

 

 

 

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Self-Care 12 Week Challenge (Week 12)

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Week 12 Challenge- Journaling

Benefits of Journaling:

  • Increases focus
  • Brings stability
  • Releases pent-up thoughts and emotions
  • Heals the past
  • Explores your spirituality, brining a sense of peace
  • Give balance
  • Helps to clarify any challenges you face
  • Clarifies thoughts and feelings
  • Helps in self-discovery
  • Stimulates personal growth

Article Links on Journaling:

6 ways journaling will change your life

8 ways to stop thinking about journaling and actually start journaling

10 journaling tips to help you heal, grow and thrive

The health benefits of journaling

Why journaling is good for your health

Why you should keep a journal

 

April Organization of the Month

ACEing AUTISM

Who They Are

ACEing Autism is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008 by Richard Spurling and Dr. Shafali Jeste in Boston, MA. The program initially began with 15 children and over the years has grown to serve over 1,000 children across the country.

 

What They Do

Improve the lives of children and families living with autism through teaching the fundamentals of tennis.

 

Contact Information

9064 Nemo StreetLos AngelesCA90069

Phone: 310.401.0544

Email: info@aceingautism.org

Self-Care 12 Week Challenge (Week 11)

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Week 11 Challenge– Walking

Benefits of Walking:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve Your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Helps with weight management
  • Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Reduces of stress
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
Articles on the benefit of Walking

8 reasons why walking is great for your health

10 reasons to go for a walk right now

12 benefits of walking

17 reasons to walk more this year

New Study: Daily walk can add 7 years to your life

The benefits of walking

The incredible results you get from walking 30 minutes a day

The many benefits of walking 30 minutes a day

Walking for good health

 

 

 

 

Autism Facts and Statistics

April is Autism Awareness Month

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1 percent of the world population is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births

1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with autism

1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism

100 individuals are diagnosed everyday

More than 3.3 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability

Autism services cost the United States citizens 236-262 billion annually

Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on an average

Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

Autism generally appears before the age of 3

40% of children with autism do not speak

25-30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months, and then lose them.

Almost half (44%) of children with autism have average to above average intellectual ability.

Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

The UK estimate is 1 in 100 are diagnosed with autism

30-50% of individuals with autism also have seizures.

Autism Spectrum Disorders refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders which includes repetitive patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication, interaction, sensory processing and motor issues.

Eugene Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist first termed autism to adult schizophrenia.

In 1943, Leo Kanner dissociated autism from schizophrenia.

Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.s. deaths reported in children with autism due to wandering.

 

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March Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the March article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted during the month of March on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

  1. 4 ways parents of children with special needs can prepare for a natural disaster-Think Inclusive
  2. 5 special things you might not knowing about autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. 5 things to consider when planning a sensory room– Friendship Circle
  4. 5 ways to support students with sensory processing disorder– Teach Thought
  5. 10 tips to help kids with autism cope with divorce– Modern Mom
  6. 15 things I’ve learned in 15 years as a special education teacher– Think Inclusive
  7. 16 people with autism describe why eye contact can be difficult– The Mighty
  8. Cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism and epilepsy may overlap in older children-Bel Marra Health
  9. Classroom strategies for teaching children with autism– ASD Teacher
  10. Disabilities in infants after heart surgery- American Academy of CPR and First Aid
  11. How 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year for actors with autism on stage and screen– Evening Standard
  12. How can we do better by our autistic girls?- Blog Her
  13. How to manage ADHD at work– Biz News
  14. I have autism, but I have autistic friends– The Mighty
  15. Many on the Spectrum have SPD. But what is it exactly?-Theautismsite.com
  16. More effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome– Science News
  17. Reducing the stress in moms of children with autism– Mother Nature Network
  18. Shelter animals making a difference in the lives of children with autism– One Green Planet
  19. The characteristics of ADHD- True Hope
  20. Tips on parenting a child with Down syndrome– Parent Herald
  21. Tommy Hilfiger debuts adaptive clothing line- Disability Scoop
  22. Why autism spectrum disorders are under-diagnosed in women and girls – ABC Radio Nation (Australia)

Self-Care 12 Week Challenge (Week 10)

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Week 10 ChallengeCreativity

Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas. Being creative can  make ups happier and healthier and also relieves stress in a number of ways:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces negative emotions
  • Improves well-being by increasing positive energy
  • Helps you feel calm and happy

Using our creativity is very similar to meditation in a number of ways including, time seems to disappear and we tend to forget any problems or challenges we may face.

Creative Ideas

  • Visit a museum
  • Read classic literature
  • Use your hands
  • Star gaze
  • Cloud watch
  • Work on a Jigsaw puzzle
  • Take photos while out on a walk
  • Go to a park
  • Read poems
  • Work on crossword puzzles

Links to articles on boosting your creativity

3 Easy Exercises To Boost Your Creativity

3 Exercises to Improve Your Creative Thinking Skills

10 Mental Blocks to Creativity

10 Surprising Ways To Transform Your Creative Thinking

10 ways to Boost Your Creativity in Less Than 10 Minutes

33 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

A 3 Minute Exercise to Spark Your Creativity

Boost Creativity: 7 Unusual Psychological Techniques

Exercises for Creative Thinking

Test Your Creativity: 5 Classic Creative Challenges