Jul 10, 2019

Refresh your Resources with K-12 Autism Materials and Tools


This month is a great opportunity for educators to refresh their tools and resources. Here are a few identified by our Autism team for secondary and elementary educators!

Secondary Education
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) has this web page including a robust collection of intervention materials across the areas of Academic, Independence and Behavior, Peer and Social Competence, Transition and Families, and Evidence-Based Practices.

Student and teacher learning together

If you are planning for next year’s organization and structures for students over the summer, why reinvent the wheel? Many materials and planning forms are already created for you here!

Preschool/early childhood educators
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill recently uploaded this FREE, full 157-page intervention program/handbook on Advancing Social-Communication & Play: An Intervention Program for Preschoolers with Autism. This early childhood intervention program includes developmental norms for play skills, assessment tools/tasks, intervention ideas, and MORE!

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina (FPGCD at UNC) posted this FREE informal assessment/progress monitoring tool for early childhood classrooms called the Scale for Teachers’ Assessment of Routines Engagement (STARE).

For all educators

  •  Looking for pre-made visuals to print? The Geneva Center for Autism (Ontario) has this page of free printable visual supports for various contexts including options for schedules, choices, and tools for executive function skills, and more!

  • Planning for environments and learners is one of the best preventative strategies that leads to the most success for all students. For some, individual considerations may be necessary. OCALI has this form “Creating the Right Fit: Identifying Strengths and Needs for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” to look at the neurology of autism and individual student needs with the lens of utilizing strengths and programming for success.

  • A recent webinar with Dr. Kara Hume included Linking Selected Goals to Evidence-Based Practices. It is a great overview of Secondary School Success Checklist (SSSC) Behaviors aligned with hyperlinks to EBPs that can help target those skills.

  • Regardless of the disability or neurological difference (autism, anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.), a critical component that we often overlook is hearing from and listening to individuals themselves. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is a page that is owned/updated by autistic people, professionals, and parents. They have this very detailed and lengthy page that is a WONDERFUL bank of resources with lists of various picture books, chapter books, websites, employment topics, articles, etc. that they have ‘vetted’ as autistic adults. 

If you would like to consult with the Grant Wood AEA autism consultant for your building, please contact your Grant Wood AEA building team. Our staff is ready to consult with teachers and give ideas and support.   


Category: The Linker Autism