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Many of the general public are now aware of autism through the Media, TV, charity events. However there is still a long way to go until children, young people and adults with autism/who are autistic are accepted, understood and included by society. Sadly pressure is often put on people with autism to try harder to fit in- to be more social, to have more friends, to ‘behave’ like everyone else even when their senses are bombarded by too much stimuli.
For this year’s Autism Awareness month I’ve teamed up with a group of special educators to promote Autism Acceptance as well as Awareness. From April 1st to April 8th you can CLICK HERE for lots of FREE educational Autism Resources. Here’s my latest FREE Autism Resource– “How Autism Affects Me” pages for older students.
Teaching shopping skills to kids with autism can be difficult as there are so many small steps & skills to consider, and each child’s sensory needs need to be met. That’s why I have created a Teaching Shopping Skills Animation Video for teachers & parents.
I love creating clip cards for students. They’re a great way to engage students of all abilities. For kids who have difficulty writing, clip cards enables them to show their knowledge with out the stress of having to write.
For students who need to fidget, clip cards keep their hands busy and provide their hands with sensory feedback, while they’re focusing answering. Providing a variety of different types and sizes of clips will help your students practice their fine motor skills too.
Clip cards don’t need to just be for Speech & Language activities. I love to use them for Math, Science, Life Skill & Geography tasks too.
This week my BoomCards mini-apps for kids with autism have been featured on Boom Learning’s Blog
My BoomCards are great for kids who struggle to write, or who just aren’t motivated by written activities. Each of my mini-apps has been designed with a clear background and layout so as not to distract or overload learners with too much visual information.
To visit my Boom Learning store CLICK HERE
This summer, I’ve been busy creating lots of new educational autism resources for my stores.
If you’re looking for speech & language, reading, math, or science resources for the new school year, please check out the wide range of activities in my stores Teachers Pay Teachers, Autism Educators & TES.
Here’s a small selection of my new resources
Many people with autism can be overloaded by too much input. Overload may be triggered by lights, colours, moving objects, loud noises, everyday sounds, touch, textures.
Here in the UK, the NAS have recently launched a video called Too Much Information to simulate what it feels like to be overloaded in public places. View it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ
In school there are many triggers of sensory overload which can make it extremely difficult for students with autism to focus on tasks.
It can be difficult for teachers to know what are the triggers of their student’s overload, therefore I am creating some simple products to help. Available here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autism-Auditory-Preferences-Sensory-Visual-Support-2575352
Here’s my Top 10 list of recommended reading for teachers of kids with autism:
Curriculum for Autism has just opened a new shop on TES. Our products are being uploaded now.
UK & International Buyers can now purchase our specially designed autism products here https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/CurriculumForAutismhttps in addition to US stores:
Teachers Pay Teachers
and Autism Educators http://autismeducators.com/sellers/curriculum-for-autism/curriculum-for-autism
Perhaps you have students who struggle to stay seated in class. You’ve tried a token economy, you tried visuals, but your students keep getting out of their seats. Those students may have sensory processing disorder. They may need to move to be bale to feel where their bodies are. Their bodies may be craving movement.
Do you teach any students with very challenging behaviors? Many of the students which we label as “challenging” can be sensory seeking or sensory avoiding behaviors. My teenage son, with autism, is hypersensitive to sound, but sometimes he can create a lot of noise by shouting, singing, or turning up his cd player super loud. He is making sound which he can control in order to block out environmnetal noises which distress him. Carly Fleischmann (see “Carly’s Voice”by Arthur & Carly Fleischmann), a young woman with autism says she creates “output to block input”.
In order to help you meet the sensory needs of your individual students I have begun creating some sensory resources:Sensory Strategies Self-Regulation Visual Support click here to view
Auditory Preferences Visual Support click here to view
Sensory Strategies Poster click here to view
Visual Overload can affect many people with Autism. I will be blogging about this topic soon.
Token systems and visual prompts are a great way of promoting positive behaviors in you classroom. One behavior which is vital for all kids to learn is to be gentle towards others.
Kids with autism may have sensory issues which cause them to seek deep pressure, so they may be rough to classmates and staff. That’s why it is so important to teach them to have Gentle Hands.
You can purchase my Gentle Hands Pack here for only $5.00
This pack contains visual prompts for students’ desks, badges for your students, reward charts and tokens, a poster and a simple song to remind them to have Gentle Hands.