Sites for Autistic Support Teachers! AdaptedLearning.com A new site from Mayer-Johnson! This site provides an endless amount of Boardmaker files! You must have Boardmaker to open the files. Southern California Autism Training Collaborative Website Lots of examples of structured work jobs. Visual Aids for Learning Some free, printable, visuals to help people learn everyday activities. Spectronics Symbol Activity Exchange Assistive Technology Team Lots of free, printable Boardmaker activities. OMAC Consulting A fantastic site by Cindy Golden. Crafty Chic Some free, printable file folder games. ZAC Browser - Zone for Autistic Children ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. Special thanks to my father, Thomas Glew for sending in this site. Create A Graph Make many different types of graphs. Positively Autism Free resources, lesson plans, teaching materials, and more! Slater Software Inc.
Task Analysis & Chaining - Kansas City Behavior Analysts Sometimes entire task presentation is overwhelming. Think of preparing a 5 course meal for a crowd of 200, building a car engine or completing a physics problem. Yikes! Oftentimes, our kids also feel overwhelmed completing tasks that feel extreme to them, too. Task Analysis = a list of written out steps that contain all of the components necessary to complete the task. When writing a task analysis, we try to break the skill down into very specific steps, to create manageable steps. Chaining = a set of teaching procedures used to teach a task analysis. When using chaining, we teach skills in 1 of 3 ways until the entire sequence of a task analysis is mastered. Forward chaining: Using this type of teaching procedure, the first step is taught first, and then the second step, the third step and continues until the entire sequence is able to be performed independently. Total task presentation: This is actually a type of forward chaining procedure. 1) Find remote 3) Press channel 3 4) Walk to Wii
Parent Resources Resources for Parents I LOVE Model Me Kids videos and so do my students! I highly recommend this resource! Free Printable Materials for Home Aven's Corner Includes games, activities, parent resources and more. Special thanks to Billy Collins for sending this site. Picto Selector A free visual support program you can download. Special thanks to Martijn van der Kooij from The Netherlands for sending this site. Icon Bazaar Lots of printable pictures to use at home. Use Visual Strategies Many free printables to use at home including hygiene cards, housekeeping, scheduling cards, emotions & self management. ABA Educational Resources Lots of free printables to print and use at home with your child. Autism Help Free Printables Many helpful printables giving information and great suggestions to help your child with autism. Printable guide in Microsoft Word with lots of information for parents. Helpful Links and Information Tooter4kids Teach children about strangers. ZAC Browser - Zone for Autistic Children
CARD UF Visual Supports - Calendars Minischedules are useful in targeting certain events or tasks in the daily schedule where a child has difficulty. It breaks a larger task down into smaller steps which are easier for a child to handle. If Nathan does well following his schedule during the rest of the day, but at bedtime he often forgets parts of his routine, a minischedule like the one to the right might be a good solution. Minischedules could be used for: • Going to the bathroom • Morning routine • Getting ready for school • Getting ready to eatBack to Visual Supports
Organizers Graphic organizer, concept mapping, and mind mapping examples. Graphic organizers can take many forms as per the table lower down. Graphic organizers can help motivate, increase recall, assist understanding, create interest, combat boredom and organize thoughts. Some more forms: Clock, Cluster/Word Web, Describing Wheel, E-Chart, Fact and Opinion, Five W's Chart, Flow Chart, Four-Column Chart, Garden Gate, Goal-Reasons Web, Hierarchy chart, Ice-Cream Cone, Idea Rake, Idea Wheel, , Inverted Triangle, ISP Chart, KWHL Chart, KWL Chart, KWS Chart, Ladder, Observation Chart, Persuasion Map, Planning Chart, Problem Solution Chart, Progress Report, Sandwich, Sense Chart, Sequence Chart, Spider Map, Step-by-Step Chart, Story Map 1, T-Chart, Think-Pair-Share, Ticktacktoe, Time Line, Time-Order Chart, Tree Chart, Venn Diagram. Graphic organizers are valuable tools for teaching/instruction. Unlike others, graphic organizers demonstrate a felxibility and endlessness in choices of use.
DBA-SIG Homepage - Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Cutting Practice - 5 More Scissor Activities for Kids Cutting practice – 5 more fun and easy materials to help kids develop their scissor skills! I’m not sure what it is about scissors that toddlers find so fascinating. Is it the cutting action? That unmistakeable “snip-snip-snip? The paper clippings fluttering to the floor? Whatever it is, kids just love cutting. Each of the following materials is easier to cut through than paper, and they vary in texture, weight and thickness, adding interest and making cutting practice fun. 5 Fun Materials for Cutting Practice Exercises: Craft Foam: Craft foam is thicker than paper, but surprisingly, it’s quite a bit easier for little ones to get their scissors through . Curling Ribbon: Scissor blades slice easily through curling ribbon, and because the ribbon is very narrow, it’s a quick and easy snip. Shredded Paper Strips: When your child is just learning to use scissors, a narrow strip of paper is much easier to cut through than a full size piece of paper.
Autistic Children and Visual Cues Learning about autistic children and visual cues can help parents figure out ways to communicate with their children. Many children with autism respond better to visual prompts than they do to verbal instruction at home and in classrooms. Find out more about how children with autism respond to visual cues and how to use available visual supports to help your child. Autistic Children and Visual Cues Overview Children with autism often have significant communication, speech and language difficulties that can make home life, social activities and school challenging. Theories About Why It Works It is not known why children with autism learn and communicate better visually. Another theory suggests that there may be impairments in the area of the brain that processes language and speech. Visual Supports for Communication and Education Visual supports for communication involve providing language for autistic children with limited to no speech. Helping Your Child with Visual Cues Post a comment
calming the senses with weighted blankets « Craft Nectar Note from Weeks: Both my husband and daughter are restless sorts. When our daughter was little and we went to a restaurant, Bill would take her out to run up and down the sidewalk while I paid the bill so she wouldn’t start squirming at the table. Bill has talked for years about finding a way to create a heavy blanket that would calm his and our daughter’s restless muscles. Like me, our daughter is frequently restless and, at the end of the day, often asks for a heavy quilt on her legs or for a deep-muscle massage. Little did I know that weighted blankets and vests are in widespread use as therapeutic devices for children and adults with sensory conditions including ADD and autism. You should ask your doctor or physical therapist whether to use a weighted blanket, and if so what the best weight is. The general rule of thumb to determine an appropriate weight for a blanket is 1/10th the child’s body weight plus 1 pound. You can make your blanket any size and weight you want. Like this:
welcome to behaviorguy.com! What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a branch of psychology that effects socially significant behavior change; that is to say that behavior analysts deal with behaviors that are of concern to the individual or his community. Applied Behavior Analysis is a science, and utilizes data collection and scientific analysis to determine treatment design and efficacy. For more information, click here What are the applications of ABA? Because ABA is based on the scientific understanding of human behavior, ABA is applicable anywhere people are doing things! Why "behavior guy"? Although I prefer the title "behavior analyst", after years of being introduced as "the behavior guy" by parents, teachers, and staff -- I decided to go with it!
Hidden Shapes in the Salt TrayLearning 4 Kids What shapes can you find in the salt tray? They are hidden under the salt; use your paint brush to sift through the salt to see if you can find them…. Hiding black paper shapes in our homemade Rainbow Salt Tray and searching for them is a fun, engaging and motivating activity for kids to learn about their shapes. What you will need? For this activity we have re-used our Rainbow Salt Tray from a previous activity and added black paper cut out shapes. Firstly I removed all the salt from the tray and sticky taped 6 main shapes we have been learning onto the rainbow paper. Let’s Read Before starting this activity Miss 2 and I read the book Play Shapes by Begin Smart Books, which is a board/foam book that has removable shapes much like puzzle pieces that are used to match the shapes on different pages. Let’s Play This was such an exciting play opportunity to learn about shapes for Miss 2 as she sifted with the paint brush through the salt to find the hidden shapes. Let’s Learn Exploring Shapes
Inclusion (Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Pupils) - Individual Education Plans (IEPs) In Spring 2004 the 'IEPs into Action' project group published new additional guidance for primary schools on: how to incorporate IEPs into planningpupil and parental involvement in IEPsusing ICT to improve the management of the IEP processmonitoring pupil progress through IEPsmonitoring whole school provision for SEN through IEPsthe storage and distribution of IEPs Schools are invited to join the project at any time. You will be asked to audit current practice in your own schools to identify good practice and points for action in line with this new LEA guidance. Support for schools will be available from the Curriculum Project Manager. Schools that have identified IEPs as a focus for development are particularly welcome. Members of the project group will report on progress at termly meetings. Please contact Joanna Stuart for more information: John Alder, Improvement Adviser, Curriculum and Transition Tel: (01482) 392403 Email: email@example.com Schools can purchase IEP Writer from:
Executive Order -- Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights -- research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them -- can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people. Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students. NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby direct the following: