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Visual Schedules: Choosing The Symbols And Length
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Visual Schedules: Choosing The Symbols And Length

For autistic children, the world can sometimes feel confusing and unpredictable. Visual schedules serve as lighthouses, providing a clear, visual pathway through the daily fog of activities. These powerful tools not only enhance comprehension and independence but also reduce anxiety and ease transitions. Let’s explore the types of visual schedules, how to select symbols, and…

Visual Schedules Made Easy Course
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Visual Schedules Made Easy Course

Come join me in the Visual Schedules Made Easy online course! Quickly learn how to create, organize & implement visual schedules to promote independence for autistic children. Who Is This Course For? This course was designed for SLPs, parents, therapists, teachers & related professionals looking to quickly learn how to create, organize & implement visual…

Visual Schedules At Home: 3 Ways To Improve Transitions!
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Visual Schedules At Home: 3 Ways To Improve Transitions!

“Use visual schedules at home”. That is what you hear from your child’s special education teacher, speech/language pathologist, or other professionals. You may have read about visual schedules and visual supports, but aren’t sure where to start. These 3 tips will help you put things into motion to get going! After that, 3 ways to…

Visual Schedule For Special Education

Visual Schedule For Special Education

Are you tired of the boring boardmaker symbols on your visual schedules? If you are like me, you want something brighter, cuter, and more accurate! This visual schedule resource for special education and autism won’t disappoint. It will help you stay organized and develop a consistent routine and system that will help your students become more independent in the classroom.

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Using A Visual Schedule At Preschool: 3 Types To Promote Independence!
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Using A Visual Schedule At Preschool: 3 Types To Promote Independence!

I remember when visual schedules were made using polaroid pictures. It was back in 1997, and I was student teaching in Minnesota. I recently came across these pictures from the first visual schedule I ever used in the preschool setting. That was also the first time I had the pleasure of working with autistic children….

Free Visual Supports Starter Set
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Free Visual Supports Starter Set

Using visual supports with autistic children is an evidence-based practice. Numerous studies indicate that visual supports make positive impacts on learning.  Autistic individuals tend to be visual learners, so it makes sense that visual supports work.  They provide structure, consistency, and predictability.  There are so many types of visual supports, and this free resource will…

Autism Para Training Video Series + Para Handbook

Autism Para Training Video Series + Para Handbook

Introducing our comprehensive and essential three-part video series (PLUS HANDBOOK): “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Paraprofessionals & Other Support Staff.” Designed specifically for paraprofessionals, paraeducators, and educational assistants working with young autistic children, this series is your ultimate resource for building a strong foundation in supporting young autistic children.

In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, we understand the challenges that come with supporting students on the autism spectrum. That’s why we’ve meticulously compiled the most important and relevant information, creating a video series that will empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to make a significant impact in the lives of these little learners.

The series covers a wide range of critical topics, including:

  1. Understanding Autism: Delve into the fundamentals of autism, exploring its characteristics and how it impacts the lives of individuals. Gain insights into the neurodiversity movement, embracing a more inclusive perspective on autism.
  2. Responsibilities and Roles: Learn about the crucial role paraprofessionals play in the education and support of autistic students. Understand the roles of special education teachers and related service providers in creating a supportive environment.
  3. Implementing Effective Strategies: Discover evidence-based strategies to foster a positive and nurturing learning environment for autistic children. From data collection and presuming competence to supporting play and managing behaviors, this part of the series equips you with practical techniques to facilitate growth and development.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Identifying indicators of autism, aiding early recognition and intervention.
  • Strategies for communication, including echolalia and gestalt language.
  • Promoting meaningful relationships, focusing on relationship-first approaches.
  • Proactively managing challenges such as transitions, toileting, and dependency.
  • Utilizing visual supports, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), and visual schedules for enhanced learning experiences.
  • Strategies for self-regulation and coregulation to prevent meltdowns

This video series will be the first step in becoming equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support and empower autistic children in reaching their full potential.

More About The Handbook:  In this 60-page para handbook, you will be able to pick and choose the information that you want to share with your paraprofessionals. You can start with the most important topics and skills for your classroom and add to them throughout the year. It’s a great way to provide ongoing training. For example, start with 15 pages at the beginning of the school year and add a few new pages each month. Each topic is easy to digest with simple bullet points. You can extend the conversation from there if needed.

► Specific topics included:

What is autism?, The Neurodiversity Movement, The infinity symbol vs puzzle piece, Indicators of autism, Roles of a special education teacher and related service providers, Para ethical responsibilities, Parts of an IEP, Our beliefs, Data collection, Presuming competence, Echolalia, Gestalt language, Eye contact, Relationship first, Be proactive, Transitions, Less talking, Dependance, Toileting, Carrying kids, Prompting, Hand under hand, Wait time, AAC, All done bucket, Wait mat, Start chart, Visual schedule, Transition object, Special interests, Supporting play, Behavior, Meltdowns, Behavior plans, Sensory, Coregulation, Self-Regulation, Glossary of terms

Editable forms: IEP at a glance Tip sheet for students Roles and duties page Student list Behavior plan at a glance

 Extra page for you to add your own topics and information for the handbook

► Quote posters to post around your room to provide motivation and reminders to all staff

Note:  The handbook is a pdf download.  It is not a physical copy of the handbook.

Terms Of Use:

  • you may use the link to the video series to train support staff for one classroom/program (it is okay to send the link to those paras/educational assistants/support staff to view )
  • you may print and/or send a copy of the Para Handbook to the support staff in one classroom
  • please do not share this link to the video series of the handbook with other teachers or classrooms, but rather refer them to Autism Little Learners to purchase their license
  • if your district would like to buy multiple licenses at a discount or a site license, please have them contact Tara at autismlittlelearners@gmail.com

 

Autism Para Training Video Series – No Handbook

Autism Para Training Video Series – No Handbook

Introducing our comprehensive and essential three-part video series: “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Paraprofessionals & Other Support Staff.” Designed specifically for paraprofessionals, paraeducators, and educational assistants working with young autistic children, this series is your ultimate resource for building a strong foundation in supporting young autistic children.

In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, we understand the challenges that come with supporting students on the autism spectrum. That’s why we’ve meticulously compiled the most important and relevant information, creating a video series that will empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to make a significant impact in the lives of these little learners.

The series covers a wide range of critical topics, including:

  1. Understanding Autism: Delve into the fundamentals of autism, exploring its characteristics and how it impacts the lives of individuals. Gain insights into the neurodiversity movement, embracing a more inclusive perspective on autism.
  2. Responsibilities and Roles: Learn about the crucial role paraprofessionals play in the education and support of autistic students. Understand the roles of special education teachers and related service providers in creating a supportive environment.
  3. Implementing Effective Strategies: Discover evidence-based strategies to foster a positive and nurturing learning environment for autistic children. From data collection and presuming competence to supporting play and managing behaviors, this part of the series equips you with practical techniques to facilitate growth and development.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Identifying indicators of autism, aiding early recognition and intervention.
  • Strategies for communication, including echolalia and gestalt language.
  • Promoting meaningful relationships, focusing on relationship-first approaches.
  • Proactively managing challenges such as transitions, toileting, and dependency.
  • Utilizing visual supports, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), and visual schedules for enhanced learning experiences.
  • Strategies for self-regulation and coregulation to prevent meltdowns

► Specific topics included:

What is autism? The Neurodiversity Movement, The infinity symbol vs puzzle piece, Indicators of autism, Roles of a special education teacher and related service providers, Parts of an IEP, Our beliefs, Data collection, Presuming competence, Echolalia, Gestalt language, Eye contact, Relationship first, Be proactive, Transitions, Less talking, Dependance, Toileting, Carrying kids, Prompting, Hand under hand, Wait time, AAC, All done bucket, Wait mat, Start chart, Visual schedule, Transition object, Special interests, Supporting play, Behavior, Meltdowns, Behavior plans, Sensory, Coregulation, Self-Regulation

This video series will be the first step in becoming equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support and empower autistic children in reaching their full potential.

NOTE:  This does not include the Para Handbook.  If you would like to provide handbooks to your staff, please click here.

Terms Of Use:

  • you may use the link to the video series to train support staff for one classroom/program (it is okay to send the link to those paras/educational assistants/support staff to view )
  • please do not share this link with other teachers or classrooms, but rather refer them to Autism Little Learners to purchase their license
  •  your district would like to buy multiple licenses at a discount or a site license, please have them contact Tara at autismlittlelearners@gmail.com

 

Hand Over Hand Prompting
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Hand Over Hand Prompting

Have you been hearing the talk lately about hand over hand prompting? Have you heard discussions surrounding this type of physical prompting and how it violates bodily autonomy and is not neurodiversity-affirming? I’m thrilled to share a thought-provoking discussion with Diamond Rashad, a passionate pediatric occupational therapist based in Georgia. Diamond’s unique perspective stems from her…

Circle Time For Preschool Special Education
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Circle Time For Preschool Special Education

Establishing structured and predictable routines is paramount, particularly when it comes to engaging autistic learners during morning meetings or circle time. These routines not only provide comfort and security but also enhance understanding and reduce anxiety. We’ll explore three effective strategies to establish predictable routines for circle time, specifically tailored for learners who are new…

Autism: Routines Are Key!
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Autism: Routines Are Key!

Predictable routines…they are everything when you are teaching young autistic children. We’ll discuss why predictable routines are so important and also about HOW to get started implementing a few in your own classroom! Predictable routines are lifelines for autistic students. Here’s why: 1. Stability and Reduced Anxiety in Predictable Routines Imagine a world where every…