Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 2013 Newsletter: Teaching with Special Interests

As we close our two-part series on teaching with special interests, I'm a bit sorry to leave the topic behind since it is such a valuable teaching tool. We will probably explore it again in future issues of our newsletter. Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite way to use student interests when teaching!


A Step-by-Step Plan for Problem Behaviors!
Positively Autism's next online training class covers effective, research-based strategies for reducing problem behaviors. You'll be guided step-by-step in creating a plan to increase positive behavior while reducing negative behavior. Classes are flexible, allowing you to access course activities at any time from any computer with an internet connection. Register by February 28 and save! . An outline of the course can be found here:

Churches and Autism Survey Closes Soon
Positively Autism is conducting a survey on how churches and places of worship can be more inclusive to families of children with autism. It's very short and has only a few questions. Results will be reported in a future issue of our newsletter. Thanks!

Main Articles:

Feb. Newsletter Topic: More Teaching with Special Interest Areas! -

Special Interests: An Evidence-Based Practice? -

Promote a Social/Leisure Skill with Special Interests -

From Tarantulas to Toilet Brushes: Understanding the Special Interest Areas of Children and Youth With Asperger Syndrome -

Train-Theme App to Teach Emotion Recognition -

Make a Token Economy More Fun with Special Interests -

Encourage Game Play with Special Interests -


February Positive Autism News -

Adults with Autism: Share Your Opinions of Autism Interventions for a Research Study -

Free Downloads:

St. Patrick's Day Activities -

Spring Activities (Including a Spring Break Social Narrative) -

Easter Social Stories and Activities -

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