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School-based OT-updated 6/30/13
School-based OT-updated 6/30/13
Response to Intervention (RtI) UPDATED 6/30/13
Response to Intervention (RtI) UPDATED 6/30/13
Fine/Visual Motor Skills - UPDATED 6/3/14
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Handwriting-UPDATED 6/3/14
Handwriting-UPDATED 6/3/14
Sensory - UPDATED 6/3/14
Sensory - UPDATED 6/3/14
Autism - UPDATED 6/3/14
Autism - UPDATED 6/3/14
Visual Supports-UPDATED 6/3013
Visual Supports-UPDATED 6/3013
Assistive Technology UPDATED 10/12/14
Assistive Technology UPDATED 10/12/14
Blogs - NEW 6/3/14
Blogs - NEW 6/3/14
Printable Activity Pages - UPDATED 8/7/12
Printable Activity Pages - UPDATED 8/7/12
FUN FOR KIDS- UPDATED 6/3/14
FUN FOR KIDS- UPDATED 6/3/14
Staff Resources-UPDATED 6/3/14
Staff Resources-UPDATED 6/3/14
Other Links UPDATED 6/26/11
Other Links UPDATED 6/26/11
Photos and Videos-updated 6-3-14
Photos and Videos-updated 6-3-14

Autism - UPDATED 6/3/14 Autism

Autism now affects 1 in 50 children.(Autism Speaks). The new DSM 5 - Diagnostic Manual (5/2013) now groups various disorders with similar characteristics under Autism Spectrum Disorder. These include autistic disorder, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified), Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and  Rett syndrome.  Although autism can not be  "outgrown", early intervention can significantly improve a child's life and skills.  In the schools, Occupational Therapy often contributes to a child's educational goals, including fine/visual motor, sensory, social skills, independent living skills, and modifications/adaptations.  According the the Autism Society of America (1/28/08), the following are signs to be aware of:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Below are links that might be helpful.  Additional information can be found on the Sensory, Visual Support, and Staff Resources pages (for classroom applications).

Disclaimer
The information presented in this web site is provided as a source for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a recommended program, or substitute for physician or therapist evaluation or treatment by a healthcare professional.

NEW - Writing Social Stories

Autism and Video Modeling

In Depth with Temple Grandin - a long but VERY interesting interview with Temple Grandin, author, autism advocate, and animal scientist, talking about her life, career, and body of work. Topics included autism, how she thinks in pictures, and her work with animals.

Poems about Autism - by Brittney Corrigan, mother of a child with autism

Speakaboos - Audio stories, nursery ryhmes, songs, or record your own.

CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) Learning Curve - an online resource that provides interesting and interactive stories, ideas, resources and materials for teachers of students with autism or a related disability. Check it out!

Model Me Kids - videos for modeling social skills

DIR/Floortime - Dr. Stanley Greenspan - to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.

Autism Games - Really good site with simple games to increase interaction, attention, etc. for kids with autism

Autism for Teachers - site from Central FL

Creating Classroom Work Systems -video tutorial                        

Tracy Copley's Room

 Work Baskets/Shoe Box Tasks

Annie's Resource Attic -adapted books

Yuichi's Games baordmaker games

Why Knott Dream Big Foundation - mission is to help organizations and individual families through financial support

Autism Society of America

Teaching Tips for High Functioning People With Autism

Room 5 Autism Page

Sites for Autistic Support Teachers

Social Stories

Tinsnips

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Lamarque Elementary School, Sarasota School District