Friday, December 21, 2012
How Tablets Helped Unlock One Girl's Voice - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-tablets-helped-unlock-one-girls.html
Technology Research: Using an iPad to Teach Numbers - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/technology-research-using-ipad-to-teach.html
Technology Research: iPod-Based Speech Generating Device - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/technology-research-ipod-based-speech.html
Train-Themed App to Teach Emotion Recognition to Students with Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/train-themed-app-to-teach-emotion.html
iPads Can Inspire Changes in Teaching, Learning - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/ipads-can-inspire-changes-in-teaching.html
Technology Research: Video Modeling Training Via iPad - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/technology-research-video-modeling.html
Reminder: Free Christmas Social Stories! - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/reminder-free-christmas-social-stories.html
December Positive Autism News - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/12/december-positive-autism-news.html
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
December 16, 2010
Autistic Success: Winning Contests, Making Art, Graduating from College, and Finding Work
December 15, 2012
Autism Couldn't Stop Student's Pursuit of MTSU Degree
December 14, 2012
Cary-Grove Freshman Has Autism — and a Gift for Music
December 13, 2012
Boy with Autism Funds Research with Hand-Drawn Holiday Cards
December 12, 2012
The Autism Advantage
December 2, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
- "Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Skill Article (for older children)
- "Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Skill Story (for younger children)
- Christmas Tree Token Economy
- "Going to Visit Santa" Social Skill Story
- "Getting Presents at Christmas" Social Skill Story
- "What to Expect at Christmas" Social Skill Story
- Christmas Opposites: Tall/Short
- Christmas Opposites: Big/Little
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
"With Training Faces, Therese Wantuch said she wanted to create a learning tool that was fun and functional for children with autism. Focused on a passenger train traveling to destinations around the world, the game requires players to match a specified emotion with the correct picture of the passenger’s facial expression. Each session includes four rounds, and each round has a time limit. At the completion of each session, the player will get to see the train complete the route on the map."
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- Have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional,
- Reside in the United States,
- Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.
Technology Grant Timeline
December 7: Application Closes
December 7-14: Review Committee Selects Recipients
December 17: Recipients Announced and iPads sent out!!
How to Apply
Visit the AutismCares website to apply! You must create a login and select Autism Speaks iPad Grant.
Note: Only applicants in the United States will be considered. We cannot accept applications from outside the United States.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
How the iPad Helps People with Autism Communicate and Learn - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-ipad-helps-people-with-autism.html
Research on Technology Interventions - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/research-on-technology-interventions.html
Computer Software for Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/computer-software-for-autism.html
Tips for Choosing Software and Apps - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/tips-for-choosing-software-and-apps.html
PICO, A Decision Making Tool for Selecting Apps - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/pico-decision-making-tool-for-selecting.html
The Best "Expressive Language" Apps: A Review by Speech Therapist and Author, Lois Brady (Video from Autism Hangout) - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-best-expressive-language-apps.html
November Positive Autism News - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/november-positive-autism-news.html
New Downloads This Month - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/11/new-downloads-this-month.html
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Autism Strategies Toolbox: A Handout for Training and Quick Reference - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autism-Strategies-Toolbox-A-Handout-for-Training-and-Quick-Reference
Christmas Tree Token Economy - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Tree-Token-Economy
Counting Train: Practice Counting 1-10 - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Counting-Train-Practice-Counting-1-10
Airplane Themed Token Economy - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Airplane-Themed-Token-Economy
Car Themed Token Economy - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Car-Themed-Token-Economy
Police Car Themed Token Economy - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Police-Car-Themed-Token-Economy
Train Themed Token Economy - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Train-Themed-Token-Economy
Token Economy Multi-Pack - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Token-Economy-Multi-Pack
Airplane Themed Transition Countdown - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Airplane-Themed-Transition-Countdown
Car Themed Transition Countdown - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Car-Themed-Transition-Countdown
Police Car Themed Transition Countdown - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Police-Car-Themed-Transition-Countdown
Train Themed Transition Countdown - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Train-Themed-Transition-Countdown
Transition Countdowns Multi-Pack - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Transition-Countdowns-Multi-Pack
November 9, 2012
Parents Happy to Find Utah Businesses Autism-Aware
November 15, 2012
SPIDER-MAN, NEWSIES and More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances in 2013
November 16, 2012
The Autism Project: A Worker with Autism May Be Your Best Employee
November 17, 2012
York University Students with Asperger’s Thrive in Mentorship Program
November 17, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
While this tool was created for SLPs, I think it may be helpful for other educators and parents as well.
Read the complete article about this tool here: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=3549
Friday, November 16, 2012
- Write down a list of skills you'd like to target with the programs/apps. For example, do you want your child or student to work on counting, greeting and conversation skills, reading, etc. This will help you focus your search.
- Read reviews of apps before you buy.
- See if programs/apps have a trial, demo, or "light" version that you can try for free before you buy.
- Make sure the program/app is easy to use. If it isn't very user friendly, the child may loose interest or not learn as well.
- See if the app/program can "grow" with your child/student. For example, I have a counting app that starts out with numbers 1 through 5, but the settings can be adjusted to go to higher numbers.
- Make sure you (as the parent or teacher) find that the program or app settings are easy to customize and manage.
- Choose program/apps that require little or no reading, unless this is the skill you want to focus on, or if your student can read fluently.
- See if the program/app uses errorless learning. This means that the program prevents the child from making a wrong answer. This may be done by only allowing the correct shape to be placed in an "answer box" in the program. Incorrect shapes are immediately moved away from the "answer box" if the child tries to put them there. Errorless learning is helpful because we don't want the student to practice getting a wrong answer.
- Use programs/apps that match a child's special interests. For example, if your child is really interested in trains or cars, find programs with this theme. A child may enjoy a train theme game more than a program specifically designed for students with autism that doesn't have that theme.
More tips for choosing apps are in the book:
Reviews of specific apps can be found here: http://momswithapps.com/apps-for-special-needs/
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Please note that all prices are in U.S. dollars. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource and does not replace the advice of medical, legal, or educational professionals. Positively Autism has not validated and is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with the provision of services related to autism.
Name: Jacob's Lessons
Skills: Basic academics and reading
Name: PBS Kids
Skills: various academic
Name: Autism Unlocked
Skills: Conversation and communication skills
Price: $30.00 (single user for one year; multi-user accounts available)
Skills: Academic Skills
Skills: Language Development, Adaptive Skills, Social Emotional, Cognitive Skills, Language Arts, and Mathematics.
Price: $300.00 per student (one year license)
Skills: Academics and Reading
Price: Home membership $35, Teacher membership: $70, Classroom Membership: $150, School Membership: $270
Name: Language Builder Picture Nouns
Link: Available at Amazon
Skills: Language development
Name: Mind Reading: The Interactice Guide to Emotions
Link: Available at Amazon
Skills: Social skills
Name: You Are A Social Detective! CD
Skills: Social skills
Name: Small Steps, Big Skills Video Game
Skills: Life skills
Skills: Social skills
Price: Classroom Edition 5 Students on 1 PC: $249 (other levels available)
Name: Picture It and PixWriter
Skills: Academic and social skills
Price: $125.00 per program
Name: Social Skill Builder
Skills: Social skills
Price: Each Social Skill Builder CD-ROM costs between $69.99 and $89.99. All five CD-ROMs may be purchased together at a 10% discount.
Name: The Social Express
Skills: Social skills
Skills: Vocabulary, concentration, cooperation and literacy
Price: Yearly home license: $29; Yearly classroom license: $39
Name: Laureate Learning Systems
Skills: Language and communication
Price: $1,661 and up
Thursday, November 8, 2012
According to the National Autism Center report, which summarized the research available about different autism teaching strategies, "Technology-based Treatments" are considered an "emerging" intervention. This means that there have been a few studies published about these intervention strategies.
According to the NAC report, technology interventions have been used to teach academic, communication, and self-regulation skills to children with autism ages 6 to 14 years. This reflects the extent of the research that was completed by 2009, when the report was published. There have been many new research studies since this time, and these uses of technology for people with autism will likely continue to grow.
Here are a few websites that you can use to look up how much research support different interventions have to support them:
National Autism Center Report: a free 2009 summary of research on different strategies. Provides a list of interventions that are considered established, emerging, unestablished, and ineffective. You can look up an intervention, and see which category it falls into. http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/nsp/reports.php
National Professional Development Center on ASD: provides step-by-step guides on different strategies that are considered evidence-based. http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs
National Association for Science in Autism Treatment: research summaries on different strategies. http://www.asatonline.org/treatment/autismtreatments
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Students with autism can often learn very well using educational apps and games on tablet computers such as the Kindle Fire. Check out what's available from Amazon.com by cliking the picture below. Amazon donates a percentate of your purchases to Positively Autism. This helps us keep our teaching materials and newsletter free!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Residential Options for Adults with Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/residential-options-for-adults-with.html
Organization Feature: Roses for Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/organization-feature-roses-for-autism.html
Autism Speaks Employment Issues Think Tank - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/autism-speaks-employment-issues-think.html
Organization Feature: Exceptional Minds, A Non-Profit Vocational Center and Animation Studio - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/organization-feature-exceptional-minds.html
Autism in the Workplace - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/autism-in-workplace.html
A Great Website on Transition to Adulthood - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-great-website-on-transition-to.html
The Autism Society's Employment Work Group - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-autism-societys-employment-work.html
Books About Autism and Adulthood - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/books-about-autism-and-adulthood.html
October Positive Autism News - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/october-2012-positive-autism-news.html
New Teaching Materials and Downloads
Halloween Social Skill Stories, Songs, Videos, Activities, and More! - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-free-resources-halloween-social.html
Train Flashcard Activity Ideas - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/train-flashcard-activity-ideas.html
Boxcar Sight Words - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-free-download-boxcar-sight-words.html
Transition Countdown - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-download-transition-countdown.html
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Friday, October 26, 2012
October 4, 2012
Dreamworks Joins Tom Hanks, Ed Asner and Other Hollywood Visionaries in Support of Exceptional Minds, Working Studio For Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
October 4, 2012
Kids with Autism Learn Through Dance Thanks to Brighton Ballet Theater
October 17, 2012
Girl with Autism Performs with Katy Perry
October 19, 2012
Boy with Autism Forms Bond with High School Foot Ball Player
October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
A fun train-theme online flash card set for practicing reading common sight words, such as "the," "and," "has," and "are." The flash cards can also be printed.
I've used this set of flash cards with students who love trains, and it kept them much more motivated to learn that flash cards with a plain background.
Get the flashcards free here: http://www.positivelyautism.com/downloads/sightwords_boxcar.pdf
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Here are some was to make reading flash cards fun by using a train theme! http://www.positivelyautism.com/downloads/TrainReadingFlashcardFun.pdf
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Programs: Exceptional Minds is a non-profit vocational center and working production studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. Chartered in 2011 to provide the training necessary for visually-gifted ASD individuals who may not otherwise be able to make the transition from high school to the working world, Exceptional Minds offers technical proficiency and work readiness skills that prepare students for careers in graphic arts, animation, web design, visual effects and rotoscoping. Located in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Exceptional Minds is both an instructional learning facility and a working studio with hands-on student involvement in production projects, many for the film industry. The school has worked on three films.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
You can read the report, which includes info about job accommodations and the interview process, here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/as_think_tank_exec_summary_web1.pdf
Saturday, October 6, 2012
View Positively Autism's page of Halloween tips, resources, and activities, here: http://www.positivelyautism.com/free/unit_halloween.html
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Location: Guilford, CT
Description (from the Roses for Autism website):
Roses for Autism was the inspiration of a father of a teen with autism. Like many parents of children with disabilities, Jim Lyman dreamt of a future where his son, Eli, would have a meaningful job and continued opportunities to grow as an individual.
Through his work in agriculture Jim knew that local farmers were struggling to find qualified workers to keep their businesses alive. He had the vision to see a perfect opportunity for an innovative program that would meet the needs of both the autism and agricultural communities.
Roses for Autism not only provides individuals on the autism spectrum the chance to learn the skills necessary to maintain meaningful employment, but also serves as a model that can be replicated nationwide to develop unique opportunities for them as a whole new competitive workforce.
Started in 2009, Roses for Autism is the first business endeavor for Growing Possibilities, a nonprofit social enterprise founded by Ability Beyond Disability that is dedicated to growing independence in the business world for individuals with Autism and other disabilities.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Continuing our series on services for adults with autism, here's an overview of residential options.
Some adults with autism may live at home with family or may live independently in their own home, but there are a variety of additional options that families can consider when looking at housing and residential options for their adult children with autism.
Supported Living: minimal levels of support services are provided to an individual who is able to live in an apartment or house. These services are provided by caregivers who work under the direction of the individual and customize support services to meet the individual’s needs.
Supervised, or Semi-Independent, Living: this option also provides services to an individual who lives in an apartment or house (either alone or with others). In this option, services are more direct and intensive, up to 24 hours a day, if necessary. Functional life skills such as cooking, shopping, and managing money can be taught or supported by staff.
Group Home Living: a residential model in which several, unrelated individuals with disabilities live together in a facility where staff are present 24 hours per day. Individuals may participate in community activities and instruction on independent living skills.
Group Living/Ownership (Co‐op): a model similar to a group home, with the exception that the home is owned by a group of families that form a cooperative agreement. Caregivers to staff the home are hired by the cooperative.
Farmstead Communities: provide residential services for a number of people in the context of a working farm.
Assisted Living Facilities/Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF): these facilities provide direct assistance with personal care and daily activities such as dressing and bathing. Some of these programs may also provide medication assistance. Nursing homes may provide support services to those with more significant medical needs or the elderly.
Developmental Centers: large residential facilities located on a campus‐like setting where residents have intensive needs related to their disabilities. Many states no longer run large developmental centers, or are looking at options for more community-based residential settings.
More information about these housing options, as well as funding options and ways to find residential facilities, please read the Autism Speaks Housing and Residential Supports ToolKit: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/housing_tool_kit_web2.pdf .
More residential support information and resources are available here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/housing-and-residential-supports
Sunday, September 30, 2012
September/October Topic: Adult Services - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/septemberoctober-topic-adult-services.html
Meet Some Well-Known Adults with Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/meet-some-well-known-adults-with-autism.html
Adults with Asperger Syndrome - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/adults-with-asperger-syndrome.html
College Living Experience - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/college-living-experience.html
nonPareil Institute: Providing Technical Training to Adults with Autism - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/nonpareil-institute-providing-technical.html
Possibili-Tees: Providing Employment and Job Skills Training - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/possibili-tees-providing-employment-and.html
September Positive Autism News - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/september-positive-autism-news.html
New Resource: Butterfly Pattern Match Folder Game - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-resource-butterfly-pattern-match.html
Halloween Social Skill Stories - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/09/halloween-social-skill-stories.html
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Halloween Activities from TinSnips Special Education website: http://www.tinsnips.org/Pages/halloween.html
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Check out a new file folder game from Positively Autism! This game is a butterfly pattern matching game. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spotted-Butterflies-Folder-Game
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
September 12, 2012
Autism Can’t Slow This Kart Prodigy
September 14, 2012
Ten-Year-Old Autistic Girl Memorizes Complicated Ballet
September 24, 2012
Autistic Basketball Star Jason McElwain Qualifies for Boston Marathon
September 25, 2012
Autistic Girl Finds Life in Painting
September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Location: Staten Island, NY
Programs Offered: Possibili-Tees is a nonprofit screen printing company with a unique social mission. Possibili-Tees not only produces custom designed t-shirts and promotional items, it also provides employment and job skills training to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders.
Possibili-Tees will outfit your organization with quality apparel and promotional products suitable for any occasion. Possibili-Tees’ high quality products provide an innovative way for your organization to be a force for good in the world without sacrificing quality and the bottom line. Our customers include businesses, private and public schools, universities, sports teams, government agencies, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and many others.
Possibili-Tees employs 28 persons with disabilities, all of which are paid a wage of at least the N.Y. State minimum wage. Our Job Skills Training Services serves over 40 adolescents and young adults with Autism and we are in the process of developing a program to place graduates in businesses other than Possibili-Tees through our job coaching program.
Possibili-Tees’ supportive environment and social enterprise approach is uniquely positioned to effectively deliver high quality sustainable services to both its customers and its employees. All profits generated by Possibili-Tees are used to fund the job skills training and other support programs.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Location: Plano, Texas
Programs Offered: The nonPareil Institute offers a technical training program to individuals on the autism spectrum. Students work and learn skills such as computer programming, digital art and 3D modeling in a flexible and no-pressure environment. Students develop these technical skills as well as job skills and social skills that can benefit them in future employment and social settings.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Name of Organization: College Living Experience
Locations: Austin, TX; Costa Mesa, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Denver, CO; Monterey, CA; and Washington, D.C.
Programs Offered: College Living Experience (CLE) is a college program for students with learning disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, nonverbal learning disorders, and ADD/ADHD. Staff and counselors help promote transition to college, adulthood and independent living through tutoring, independent living skills development programs, and structured social activities.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Antecedent Strategy: Schedules - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/antecedent-strategy-schedules.html
Antecedent Strategy: Transition Warnings - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/antecedent-strategy-transition-warnings.html
Antecedent Strategy: Priming - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/antecedent-strategy-priming.html
Free Download: Trace the Train Track - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/free-download-trace-train-track.html
Free Materials! "The Napping House" Activities - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/free-materials-napping-house-activities.html
August Teacher of the Month - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-teacher-of-month-tracey-deathe.html
August 2012 Positive Autism News - http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-2012-positive-autism-news.html
Announcement! We only have 3 spots left in our next online training course on reducing meltdowns and difficult behavior. Save $50 by registering by August 31st! http://www.positivelyautism.com/training.html
Monday, August 27, 2012
August 22, 2012
Visit his website: http://www.anthonyatyourservice.com/
11-Year-Old Artist With Autism Debuts Artwork At National Art Exhibition
August 18, 2012
Child with Autism Inspires Business, Its Patrons
August 16, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
"Mrs. Deathe is the best teacher my son has had and is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty for her students. She participates in so many activities so that her students have access to learn how to function within the community. She takes her students on outings to the grocery store, restaurants, and for horse back riding within the community. She also makes sure that every child in her classroom gets to participate in the Special Olympics which is very rare within the district. Most only take a couple of students. She makes sure they all get to go who are eligible by age. I've seen Mrs. Deathe still be at school sometimes until 7 or 8 in the evening just to get what needs to be done for the next day ready. She has also gone above and beyond to have a special holiday meal for Thanksgiving for all current students as well as those from years past. I would like to see her rewarded for constantly putting in far above and beyond what other special education teachers within our district put in to make sure each and every student succeeds in meeting their individual goals."
We appreciate great teachers like Tracey Déathe! If you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized, please nominate him or her for Positively Autism's Teacher of the Month: http://www.positivelyautism.com/teacherofthemonth.html
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Be sure to check out all of Positively Autism's theme activities for your lessons plans this school year! http://www.positivelyautism.com/free/04lessonplans.html