Autism now affects 1 in 68 children (CDC). 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).
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 - People with Autism Explain What Stimming Feels Like
NEW - Autism Information for Staff
Handwriting Size and Children with Autism
The Benefits of Exercise for Kids with Autism, ADHD and Other Neurological Disorders
Printable Autism Tasks
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 - boardmaker 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
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NEW - My Pinterest
Boards for Autism, Sensory, Work Baskets, OT, and other child related boards
NEW - Autism Speaks
NEW - Educator Information and Resources
NEW - Autism Classroom
Autism Family Online
LOADS of information and resources
Kansas Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cross referenced in Visual Supports and Social Stories.
Online ABA activites
2010 National Autism Conference
Webcasts and information from the 2010 National Autism Conference held at Penn State.
Session Handouts 2010 National Austism Conference
A browser designed especially for autistic children.
Websites, games, Zac Browser, softwear, information....loads of resources!
Many books and resources on autism.
Autism and Video Modeling
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
Expanding knowledge, fostering awareness and promoting recognition of Sensory Processing Disorder
Poetry, fiction, and personal essays by individuals on the spectrum as well as by those who love them.
Tips for Picky Eaters
Use Visual Strategies
Visual supports, webinars, and much more by well-known Speech Pathologist and author, Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP.
VIsual Immersion Project for Individuals with Autism
Webinars and powerpoint handouts which describe the use of the Visual Immersion Program to develop the comprehension and expressive language skills of individuals with autism.
Autism Fitness In Your Classroom
Webinar with Linda Hodgdon and Eric Chessen, leading authority in autism fitness
iPad Apps & Resources for People with Autism
HANDS In Autism
The HANDS program has an active website with information, materials and e-learning opportunities and also sponsors series such as the Make It Take It workshops, Next Steps workshops, and the Learn It Live It workshop.
Our Journey Thru Autism: Sensory Motor Holiday Gift Suggestions
Let's Chat Autism
Room 5 Ideas
Examples of classroom arrangement, work stations, and work tasks.
Work basket ideas.
Examples of TEACCH work tasks
Free teaching resources, ABA materials, visual supports, games, and more
Ms. Sue's OT Room
Lamarque Elementary School, Sarasota School District