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Description: Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: Association for Behavior Analysis International® The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
Description: The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and...
Description: ASAT’s mission: We promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically sound information; advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment; and combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment.
Description: The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.
Description: The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace. The Cambridge Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to the solution of practical problems, including the prevention and relief of human suffering. The Cambridge Center was founded by Dr. Robert...
Description: Teaching Tools are designed to provide easily accessible ideas and materials so that you can support children in the classroom and other learning environments. The tools will provide you and other teachers with practical strategies known to be successful in helping young children with problem behavior. (Early childhood)
Description: Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for task creation.
Description: It is a little known fact that over one million children are homeless every night in America. Saily's Journey is a children's book that addresses the complex issues of homelessness and raises awareness about America's most vulnerable population. When Saily the Snail loses his shell in a storm, he departs on a journey to find a new home. Along the way, he meets both friends and foes as he seeks to find a place to call home.
Description: This booklet is intended for anyone who nurtures and cares for young children. Although it is primarily directed to teachers in a structural setting, the family is the first teacher. Therefore, many of the ideas apply to either the classroom or home. (Behavior/discipline)
Description: In a clear and accessible style, Louise Porter advocates a “guidance approach” and shows how sensitive, child-centered communication can foster behavior that is thoughtful and considerate in young children.
Description: Created for teachers, child care providers, and other professionals in early childhood settings, this strategy-filled resource helps address a wide range of challenging behaviors in students with or without disabilities.
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: The teacher’s role in the scientific process is reviewed in this book as they support the child’s development of scientific concepts and processes in children 3 to 5 years of age. The teacher facilitates and guides children toward articulating questions and observing phenomena while children learn about their world by engaging in actual scientific processes, including asking questions, making predictions, and making new discoveries. (Content)
Description: This resource offers 93 brief messages for parents on topics ranging from biting to developing children’s literacy—all ready for teachers to tailor to their individual programs’ needs or to use as is to strengthen communication between programs and families. Each message can also be adapted for newsletters, family packets, parent-teacher conferences, bulletin boards, or parent handouts. Includes dozens of innovative strategies for bringing parents on board in your program.
Description: How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life. This edition includes New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning Updated, expanded information on social and...
Description: Specific ideas are provided to support and extend children’s interest in artwork, pretend play, curiosity about nature, social play, celebrations, “messy” materials, food-related experiences, and children’s “character play.” (Content)
Description: All children require nurturing and stimulating learning environments, but typical early childhood classrooms should be modified for children with special needs. The Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom is written to help teachers look at classroom design in a new way and suggests different ways of approaching activities to help children with special needs become successful. By modifying the classroom and activities, all children will be actively engaged. Each chapter focuses on either a learning...
Description: TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on our website for you to view, download and use. (behavior/discipline)
Description: This Web site contains training models to be used to help service providers understand positive behavior supports for young children. (behavior/discipline)
Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: Photojournalist Dan Habib’s documentary, Including Samuel, examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The film is built on the efforts of Habib and his family to include Samuel, age 7 at time of filming, in all facets of their lives. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, and disability rights experts. Includes viewer’s guide with an introduction, discussion questions, inclusive...
Description: This website is a joint project created by an elementary special educator, a physical therapist and a parent of a child who has Down syndrome. The project's goal is to compile literature-based lesson plans and other resources for educators, therapy providers and parents to use in an effort to enhance the inclusion of young children with disabilities in their neighborhood schools and communities through similarities awareness. Our goal is to ensure that classrooms, schools, teachers,...
Description: The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Description: Cooper, a friendly pink mouse, becomes homeless when two fat cats and a lady in a red hat take over the cheese shop where Cooper works and lives. He is confused and sad as he looks for a place to go, until he runs into three children who, like Cooper, are homeless. The friendship that forms between them changes all of their lives in ways they never expected. Cooper's Tale is a thought provoking children's book that explores the challenges that homeless children face and provides hope for a...
Description: The experience of homelessness is told through the life of a fictional animal family. This is a story of a rabbit family that loses its home in a flood and what happens to them at the animal shelter.
Description: Effective teacher–student interactions are a primary ingredient of high-quality early educational experiences. With the popular CLASS® observational tool, schools can accurately assess classroom quality in K–3 classrooms based on teacher–student interactions rather than the physical environment or a specific curriculum.
Description: This module, "Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a Behavior Plan" explores the basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the reasons that students engage in problem behavior. The steps to conducting a functional behavioral assessment and developing a behavior plan are described.
Description: This packet on Using Primary Service Providers & Coaching in Early Intervention Programs are in pdf format. There are other packets available on specific topics.
Description: This book (by Stephen J. Bagnato, Ed.D., N.C.S.P., John T. Neisworth, Ph.D., John J. Salvia, D.Ed., & Frances M. Hunt, Ph.D.)is designed to identify critical temperament and self-regulation problems that can indicate a child’s risk for developmental delay. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing) (Assessment)
Description: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community where young adults with mental health concerns can support each other while navigating challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18-25. The site was developed by young adults and is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in...
Description: Through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-aged youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends can benefit from the information and guidance offered by the...
Description: The Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is the United States' first undergraduate course of its kind. Our goal for this website is to make all of the lecture content and supporting materials available online for free for anyone who desires to learn about Autsim Spectrum Disorders. Videos include: Overview of Autism- Prof. Fred Volkmar/ Treatments for Autism: Overview of Model Programs- Prof. Fred Volkmar/ Autism in Infants and Young Children- Dr. Kasia Chawarska/ Parental Perspectives...
Description: The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a child joy, satisfaction, and/or pleasurable feelings. (Autism, intellectual disabilities, behavior)
Description: On our site you will find more than 900 content items including lesson plans, games, group activities, sensory integration ideas, motor skills activities, social stories, and visuals with more to come in the weeks and months ahead. Many resources on the site require a monthly subscription.
Description: Look Me in the Eye, a memoir by John Elder Robison, is about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism — overcoming his limitations, and ultimately becoming a successful adult. (Transition)
Description: Social Stories are: A social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages.
Description: This article database is written by teachers for teachers and contains articles related to responsive classroom strategies. Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs....
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.
Description: This site contains examples of visual curriculum accommodations and modifications that can be implemented in the classroom when working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Individualization and Support Services)
Description: This website includes autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.
Description: This site provides information on a comprehensive list of topics related to autism. There are hundreds of links and several categories to choose from to get lessons and free visuals for all activities in your classroom.
Description: The Transition Behavior Scale-Third Edition (TBS-3) measures a student’s readiness for transition to employment and independent living. The greatest threat to success in employment and independent living is behavior which is inappropriate for those situations. The TBS-3 provides a measure of those behavioral characteristics most predictive of behavior in society in general and employment specifically. The TBS-3 subscales measure a student’s behavior in the areas of Work Related,...
Description: This practical guidebook gives non-mental health professionals a ready-to-use, start-to-finish linked system for identifying concerns and improving young children's social-emotional health. This book walks readers though the five-step intervention process called Activity-Based Intervention: Social Emotional (ABI:SE): screening, assessment, goal development, intervention, evaluation.
Description: Face-cards are a safe, easy to use resource for exploring feelings and the faces that go with them. Face-cards portray the ten most common emotion expressions. People on the autism spectrum use face-cards to identify and explain feelings. Face-cards are also used by teachers, parents and therapists with both children and adults across a range of abilitiies. Version 2.0 has iGaze,a simple therapeutic tool that may assist people with autism in developing eye contact skills.
Description: The skills needed for successful transition are multifaceted. School-and community-based personnel can use the instruments in Informal Assessments for Transition: Independent Living and Community Participation to obtain data in these critical planning areas: Communication Interpersonal Skills Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination Daily Living Skills Health Community Participation Leisure Transportation
Description: The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes Bright Futures to promote the health, education and wellbeing of children, families, and communities. The heart of Bright Futures is up-to-date expert children’s health information covers health and wellness from birth though adolescence. Bright Futures also focuses on the relationship between social, developmental, and health outcomes for children of all ages. And it reflects the core concepts that Every child deserves to be healthy Prevention...
Description: This assessment and intervention planning tool includes a Manual and Inventory Booklet designed to help professionals work with family members and individuals with complex communication needs to determine the most appropriate technologies and communication strategies for communication with partners in various context.
Description: This web site is a "joint collaboration between Ball State University and Paws, Inc. Its mission is to encourage children to explore academically sound literacy activities and provide them with tools to express themselves through creative writing programs. It is an internet destination that is free, safe, and fun!" There are all kinds of activities for kids to participate in to show their talents and abilities. Teachers will find lesson plans, curricula, and printable materials in the Teacher's...