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A short description of Autism Awareness Month and a few fun activities to engage your autistic learners.
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. 
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.
In this World Autism Awareness Day worksheet, learners 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.
Students analyze two individuals with autism. In this language arts lesson plan, 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.
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 instructional activity great is that it also includes instructional modifications and strategies specifically for working with a child with autism in your inclusive environment.
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!
Young scholars increase capacity for learning. In this engagement lesson, 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.
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.
Social stories are technically written devices used to assist children with autism in handling social situations. Print or use this social story on an electronic device to prepare your student with autism for the 4th of July. Bright images and simple text will help your learner understand what the holiday is all about and what he can expect on the big day. 
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.
Everybody feels angry sometimes, and it can be hard to know how to handle such a big emotion. This story was written with a learner with autism in mind. It provides clear guidelines the child can follow when he is feeling upset or angry. The book can be personalized to address the calming techniques your child uses and can be modified to also include his name and other personal facts. 
Is there a time or place when screaming is okay? Sometimes it's appropriate to be loud, other times it's not. Help your learner with autism determine when screaming is appropriate. This well-written story can be fully customized to fit your student and explicitly describes the moments when a loud voice is acceptable and when an indoor voice is more appropriate. This is a very handy resource that tackles a tough social concept.
Traffic and stop lights can be a bother for even the most patient person, but when you have autism, that extra time spent in a hot car can be a real nuisance. Here is a great story that addresses the need to be patient while waiting or riding in the car. It can be customized with your learner's name, photos, and behaviors. It provides a consistent set of steps in a story format to help the child know what to expect and what they can do in response to the frustration they may feel. 
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

Self-Portrait

1st - 6th
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.
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.

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