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Video: Sesame Street Adds Character with Autism

" ABC News featured Sesame Street's introduction of a new Muppet with Autism on Good Morning America. (See Video). Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover are getting a new friend with autism as part of an effort to reduce stigma and help those on the spectrum learn life skills. 

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This is a brief clip that tells what Sesame Street is doing. 

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Shelby Walters's curator insight, November 25, 2015 9:57 PM

Julie is their latest character, and she has autism. This is a character they want to help families deal with the stigma of odd to send and she makes a point of talking about house instead she likes to play a little differently she says. Three years in developing this initiative, they are hoping to bring people together.

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Blog- The Sensory Spectrum

Blog- The Sensory Spectrum | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
The Sensory Spectrum
For Sensory Processing Disorder Kiddos and Their Parents
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Blog features many strategy and tips for helping children with Sensory issues.

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Dr. Temple Grandin: Sensory Issues and Sensitivity

Dr. Temple Grandin: Sensory Issues and Sensitivity | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Dr. Temple Grandin, a well-known figure for Autism, talks about what is means to have sensory issues.
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Brief video discusses sensory issues from Dr. Temple Grandin.

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Phrasal Verbs Machine

Get Phrasal Verbs Machine on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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I am wondering if this could be used for idioms with children who have Asperger's Syndrome.

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Spanish Resources for Individuals with Autism

Spanish Resources for Individuals with Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
The Autism Helper is excited to introduce a new line of resources for individuals with autism - Spanish Language Resources! Many of our learners are dominant in the Spanish language. Having resources in Spanish will help your students or children work on communication skills, improve academic abilities, and help manage behavior effectively. We are excited to bring this new line of resources to you! Our first set of materials is Spanish Visuals & Behavior Tools. Learn more below :) 
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This seems like a start to serving a frequent need.  Note that there is a charge for this pack.  There is a video that explains the to0ols included. 

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New Disney Travel Guide Empowers Families with Autism

New Disney Travel Guide Empowers Families with Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Livingston, New Jersey –  Kathy Kelly, creator and host of the Special Mouse travel podcast and mother of a 17-year-old with Autism is launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide.

Via Autism Daily Newscast
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What a great way to support families.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, April 14, 2015 7:14 AM

#Autismtravel We are starting our new column this week on Accessible Travel for all. We support this kickstarter as well as #AutismVillage  The more tools to assist in finding the best places to go and the "how toos" all the better.

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Wearing Blue? Autism Speaks

Wearing Blue?  Autism Speaks | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Welcome to the home page of the Autism Speaks website. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.
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Are you wearing blue today?  

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Shelby Walters's curator insight, November 25, 2015 8:52 PM

The Autism Speaks Community Outreach team offers awareness, education and resource events to the community. The team can adapt training modules to fit the needs and schedules of any audience, including lunchtime presentations and extended modules.

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AAoM's Success is a Spectrum | a conference for autism champions

AAoM's Success is a Spectrum | a conference for autism champions | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Success is a Spectrum – a conference for autism heroes

April 17, 2015, Wayne County Community College District, Western Campus, Belleville, MI


The Success is a Spectrum Parent Conference will provide information on today’s best practices, evidence-based treatments and a number of other topics relevant to give parents tools they can use to help their children with autism. Our goal is to share practical tools, strategies, and resources that can be used, immediately. Along with terrific breakout sessions, we’ve developed a dynamic event full of opportunities for conversation and problem solving. Come out to listen, share, network and grow.

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SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN: Parenting conference for ASD,

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Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism - Autism Awareness Centre

Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism - Autism Awareness Centre | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

tHIS BOOK WAS RECENTLY RAn experienced, certified teacher and speech-language pathologist has written this book to provide the necessary information on skills students need to live safe, healthy lives.

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This book was recently recommended to an #OakSSW Listserve request for a book or materials related to Puberty and Hygiene. 

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National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder | Autism PDC

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder | Autism PDC | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

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This website has evidenced based practices for ASD.  Many summary sheets and videos. #ASD #autism #evidenced-basedpractice

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Autism Spectrum Disorder & Music [infographic]

Autism Spectrum Disorder & Music [infographic] | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
It been shown time and time again how constructive music education is in all areas of cognitive development, but it also proves to be especially helpful to those with ASD.
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Do you use music when teach social skills?  What about when you are helping someone calm down?  #autism

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The Most Informative Autism Interviews ANYWHERE - The Coffee Klatch

The Most Informative Autism Interviews ANYWHERE - The Coffee Klatch | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
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This features a number of interviews related to mental illness and health. Has anyone listened to them? Found one interesting?  #mentalhealth

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Breaking through autism with Disney movies

Breaking through autism with Disney movies | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Ron Suskind's son Owen "vanished" within himself, but learned to re-engage the world - and see himself differently - through his love of animated characters
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This is a great story.  it is a great use of using the child's ASD to assist in reaching kids. 

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Peer to Peer Support for Students with ASD - START Project - Grand Valley State University

Peer to Peer Support for Students with ASD - START Project - Grand Valley State University | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Peer to peer support programs increase opportunities for students with ASD to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only affects outcomes for the students with ASD, but can also impact a number of outcomes for typical peers and at risk students.

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The START website features a number of evidenced based practices for ASD.

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, February 10, 2015 10:48 AM

This webpage gives many resources are starting a PEER TO PEER Program.  This is one of the most effective ways to teach social skills. #autism #asd #oakssw

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Learn with AFIRM | AFIRM

Learn with AFIRM | AFIRM | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Each AFIRM module focuses on an evidence-based practice (EBP) for learners with ASD and has a four lesson structure that includes engaging case examples, videos, and interactive assessments.

The structure was developed to facilitate:

learning basic information about the EBPapplying the EBP in activity-based scenarios that promote real-world application.

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This was mentioned at the #OaklandSchools START training as being an excellent resource for ASD training. 

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Is your child with autism ready to start school? Here's some advice!

Is your child with autism ready to start school? Here's some advice! | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
"I would say the biggest obstacles are two fold: First is trusting that your children will be fine on their first day. And second is sharing of information."
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This article is not only good for parents, but for educators to know how to prep students with #autism and their parents for the beginning of school.

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Shelby Walters's curator insight, November 25, 2015 9:15 PM

I would say the biggest obstacles are two fold: First is trusting that your children will be fine on their first day. And second is sharing of information. 

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The Autism Helper

The Autism Helper | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
Resources, tips, and materials to help you, help children with autism
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The Autism Helper provides many articles and resources for improving social and academic behaviors.

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What is Proprioception? The Jenny Evolution

What is Proprioception? The Jenny Evolution | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
WHAT IS PROPRIOCEPTION?

Proprioception has to do with the body’s muscles and controlling them. For example, if I swing my arm, I’m able to tell how fast I am moving it and the force I’m putting behind it. A child who is hypo-sensitive doesn’t register the force behind their movements. So if my son went to tap my arm, he would actually slap it because his body didn’t register the amount of force behind his movements.
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The video on this site makes me wonder about how we conduct observations. If a child is "fidgeting", is she paying attention?  Even if  child is still, are they paying attention?  How do we set classrooms up so that kids can get what they need in terms of appropriate stimulation?

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Microsoft Recruiting Employees With Autism

Microsoft Recruiting Employees With Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it
The launch of a new pilot program positions Microsoft as the latest corporate giant looking to tap the employment potential of those on the spectrum.
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How are you planning for your students with ASD's careers? How do you access their career strengths? 

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Why the iPad Is Such a Helpful Learning Tool for Children With Autism

With the innovation of the iPad, children with autism have even greater opportunities to improve their communication, motor, and cognitive skills.
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Nonprofits like the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, a national organization that provides direct support for families living with autism, have developed iPad programsthat donate this amazing tool to autistic children to promote learning and communication.

 

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Shelby Walters's curator insight, November 25, 2015 9:11 PM

Computers have always provided excellent ways to facilitate learning and communication for children living with autism. Nonprofits like the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation have developed iPad programs that donate this amazing tool to autistic children to promote learning and communication.

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Autism Response Team

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Questions? Call us at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help


When You Don’t Know
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This is a great #ASD resource for parents and community members to give information, resources and next steps after a diagnosis.

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Shelby Walters's curator insight, November 25, 2015 8:48 PM

Autism Response Team provides educationally based behavioral intervention to children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or various other developmental disabilities.  The agency is dedicated to providing clinically sound adaptive and social skills training in a natural environment. Autism Response Team is committed to implement effective services that establish a strong connection between the individual and surrounding community

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Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Association for Science in Autism Treatment | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

We provide a well-respected, comprehensive website that tackles the array of considerations surrounding autism treatment. Our website is the go-to source for research summaries of the full array of autism treatments for families and professionals to make informed choices before considering treatment options. Over 11,000 visitors visit our site every month from over 175 countries. In addition, we offer specific resources for journalists, medical providers, and parents of newly diagnosed children and maintain an active and engaging Facebook page with almost 8,000 fans.

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This is a great website for parents on ASD research of effective practices.  It includes some of the "pop" therapies. #asd #autism 

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Peer to Peer Support for Students with ASD - START Project - Grand Valley State University

Peer to Peer Support for Students with ASD - START Project - Grand Valley State University | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Peer to peer support programs increase opportunities for students with ASD to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only affects outcomes for the students with ASD, but can also impact a number of outcomes for typical peers and at risk students.

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This webpage gives many resources are starting a PEER TO PEER Program.  This is one of the most effective ways to teach social skills. #autism #asd #oakssw

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, October 30, 2015 10:07 PM

The START website features a number of evidenced based practices for ASD.

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Differentiated Output Hierarchy - Statewide Autism Resources and Training - Grand Valley State University

Differentiated Output Hierarchy - Statewide Autism Resources and Training - Grand Valley State University | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Scoop.it

Differentiated Output Hierarchy

The differentiated output hierarchy is a systematic, organized approach to support student’s active engagement in the general education curriculum.  The differentiated output hierarchy supports the concepts defined in differentiated instruction.  Differentiated instruction is defined as the planning of curriculum and instruction using strategies that address student strengths, interests, skills, and readiness in flexible learning environments  “At it’s Core….Differentiation is simply high-quality, thoughtful teaching that builds on our best understanding of how students learn and what teachers can do to maximize each student’s learning” (The Common Sense of Differentiation, 2005). Tomlinson (2000) suggests that differentiated instruction is a way of thinking about teaching and learning.

Differentiated Instruction has three primary components

Multiple options for taking in information  ContentMultiple options for making sense of the ideas ProcessMultiple options for expressing what they know Product

“Each section…the Content, Process, and Product


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A strategy that allows students to engage in the curriculum.  You are  differentiating the manner in which the output is presented.  #autism 

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Autism Video

Autism video samples from social skills training dvds.
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Janet Z wrote in response to a question for a program for use with CI 18-26 students: I also use the Model Me Kids Program.  They have programs for ages 5-17 I think, but they may be appropriate for post-secondary.  The program has lessons, video clips, and student workbooks.  

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