Autism Teacher Resources

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A short description of Autism Awareness Month and a few fun activities to engage your autistic learners.
Here are a variety of lessons geared for young children with Autism. There are 12 short activities intended to build attention, imitation, communication, independent living, social, motor, and literacy skills. Each skill is geared toward increasing interaction and attention. Good ways to supplement a full day.
A parent of a child with autism, and a speech-language pathologist together developed this language-intervention app to be used with students with severe to moderate autism. 
A special educator and an autism specialist have created a series of apps that work to foster functional academic and practical skills. Each one comes with access to the website, the support team, and many other functions specific to each app. As children play through this app they'll hone their sequencing, reasoning, and memory skills.
In this World Autism Awareness Day worksheet, students read or listen to a passage, then match phrases, fill in the blanks, choose correct words, unscramble words and sentences, write discussion questions and conduct a survey.
A special educator and an autism specialist have created a series of apps that work to foster functional academic and practical skills. Each one comes with access to the website, the support team, and many other functions specific to each app. This one provides an opportunity for children with autism to sort objects into categories. Each object corresponds to a specific place such as school, the kitchen, or the park.
Students analyze two individuals with autism. For this language arts lesson, students read two stories about kids with autism and discuss how advocates have helped people with disabilities. Students compare and contrast the main characters in each story.
Who, what, when, where, and why questions are often the questions that teachers use to foster engagement, verbal communication skills, higher-order thinking, and hopefully, a deeper understanding of the world. This tool is geared toward fostering competence in verbal communication and answering direct questions. Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) oftentimes have difficulties with verbal expression and need many supports in developing a functional, expressive vocabulary.
Building a strong functional vocabulary is key for helping children with ASD or PDD NOS communicate their wants and needs. While strengthening vocabulary, learners can also build their sight-word vocabulary by tackling words commonly linked to the home environment. This structured app uses an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) style to help children connect images of household objects and their names through the use of flashcards and repetitive practice.
Gain a deeper understanding of autism and the broad spectrum of individuals that this developmental disorder affects. Temple Grandin explains key aspects of autism as conveyed through the recent motion picture based on her life, including the autistic mind's tendency to be specialized and engaged in visual thinking. Support your class members in developing a greater perspective of different types of learning abilities and styles.
The best part about teaching little ones is setting up fun, thematic learning stations. Here is a full day of activities that all relate to the story, The Little Engine that Could. Included are six different activities that cover art, social skills, fine motor development, reading readiness, and mathematics. What makes this lesson plan great is that it also includes instructional modifications and strategies specifically for working with a child with autism in your inclusive environment.
PECS or picture exchange communication systems have been used by people with communication disorders and autism for years. Provide your learners with the classic communication board, now in the form of an app. 
Build a sense of self while honing prewriting and fine motor skills by having your learners with autism draw a self-portrait. The instructional activity is intended for younger pupils but could be used with learners of any age in need of motor and prewriting skills. Tip: While they draw their portraits, build an interpersonal connection by having them also draw you. This would be a good time to discuss what different emotions look like.
Stimulate the senses with this fun activity for young children with Autism. The class makes sensory bottles to use during breaks, down time, or sensory time. They fill the bottles with water, beads, string, glitter, and food coloring, then let the fun begin. Miniature water bottles are great for making these pocket-sized!
Students increase capacity for learning. In this engagement lesson plan, autistic students complete computer modules to assist them with increasing learning capability in all subject areas. 
Designed for pupils with special needs, such as autism, this lesson calls for learners to  practice saying hello to others. The teacher begins by modeling the behavior she expects and practicing with each pupil before pairing learners together to practice with each other. This kind of sheltered practice is designed to foster and reinforce social skills. In order to complete this lesson as it is designed, teachers must have access to Model Me Kids videos and worksheets.
Use a video on self-modeling to practice life skills as part of an Autism activity. Students complete modeling activities and use a video activity to practice the life skills.
In/out, up/down, big/small; understanding opposites is a fundamental vocabulary-building skill. This app uses real-life photographs, to introduce the learner to the concept of opposites. Learning opposites is necessary for understanding the concepts of same and different, as well as remembering descriptive words that can be used in conversation. Knowing opposites can strengthen word retrieval and comprehension of all aspects of a vocabulary word or concept.
Practice interpersonal communication with your young learners with autism. They play a game to practice asking appropriate questions. They each take turns asking, "What's in the bag?" Additionally, they discuss reasons for asking questions, such as to gather information or to maintain a conversation
Social stories are wonderful teaching tools specifically designed for learners with Asperger's, autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disabilities, or other developmental disabilities. They are used to model appropriate social behaviors in a wide variety of contexts. They also act almost as a schedule or anticipation guide to help children work through the steps of various social situations.

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