Selected Web Links: Autism Spectrum

Visual Supports for Communication:

Visual Supports: Helping Your Child Understand and Communicate
Article with practical strategies for making visual supports for students on the Autism Spectrum - from The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

Visual Schedule Systems
Online information about how to develop and use visual schedules. A downloadable pdf file is also available at this site.

Increasing Communication Skills in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The AAC Technology Solutions, Joanne Cafiero

An introduction to the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in enhancing existing communication modalities in individuals with disabilities.
This is a great site with information and resources as well as free printable picture symbols and charts to use for visual schedules and steps within tasks. This site was originally designed for children on the Autism spectrum and children with learning disabilities, but has wide application to any children who might benefit from the use of visual supports for learning.

Teaching Pivotal Behaviors

How to Teach Pivotal Behaviors to Children with Autism: A training Manual: Robert L Koegel, Laura Schreffirnan, Amy Good, Laurie Cerniglia, Clodagh Murphy, Lynn Kern Koegel
This is an excellent resource on the practical application of teaching Pivotal Behaviors in natural environments.

Information on Teaching Social Skills

Carol Gray - Social Stories

Carol Gray - Sample Social Stories and guidelines

Understanding Behavior Through Social-Emotional Development, Written by Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. Center for the Study of Autism, Salem, Oregon

Articles on Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum and Other Learning Differences

Educating the Student with Autism

From: Saskatchewan Education - Special Education Unit Teaching Students with Autism: A Guide for Educators

Best Practices for Designing and Delivering Effective Programs for Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Computer Play as a Clinical Intervention for Children with PDD
SuperKids Software Review Article

The "Greenspan" Floor Time Model
This site provides an extensive resource on the steps and procedures for the Greenspan Floor Time Model

Structured Teaching
Chapel Hill TEACCH Center: This chapter discusses the features of structure that have proven useful in classrooms for students of all ages with autism. These features are physical organization, scheduling, and teaching methods.

CAST Individual Differences, Teaching Approaches and New Media
New technologies that are changing our concept of teaching and learning

Sign Language Resources

Baby Signs

Sign 2 Me

Sign Language Web Sites
Look up words and learn how to make the signs for them.

Symbolic Gesturing and Joint Attention: Partners in Facilitating Verbal Development
Brie Moore, M.A., Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., & Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D

Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development
Susan W. Goodwyn, Linda P. Acredolo and Catherine A. Brown

General Web Sites on Autism with Numerous Links to Additional Information

Center for the Study of Autism
Collection of articles on many aspects of Autism

Autism Society of America

Autism Resources Links

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