Thursday, August 9, 2012

Practical Autism Resources

We live in such a wonderful time to be working with kids who have special needs. Not only are educational laws, funding, and resources at an all time high for providing the best service to our students... we have the INTERNET right at our fingertips!

Now, there are some cons to this... such as having misinformed people creating websites about special education, but if you really dig around you can find some pretty incredible sites that are very helpful in creating materials for skill building in the classroom. And if you follow my blog, I will do all that digging for you. (Isn't life grand?)

I especially like Practical Autism Resources because they have a big list of materials you can print and laminate to use for several language programs (matching, receptive/expressive identification, teaching categories, feature function class, etc.) They are sorted into different folders and even give examples on how you can use them. I initially found the site while looking for anything that might help me administer the VB-MAPP (The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program). I will talk more about the VB-MAPP in other posts but if you are working with young children with autism and have not heard of or used the VB-MAPP you really should look into it because it is specifically used to assess milestones in language. This is a great tool for determining skill deficits and will direct you in what areas are most important to write IEP goals for.

Practical Autism Resources is a huge time saver (which I think we can all agree is invaluable), let's us take a break from over-using Boardmaker, and provides other great resources such as reviews on iPad apps that work well with our population (if you're into that sort of thing), data sheets, and parent resources.

Have fun exploring this site! It isn't the most flashy, but oh my is it helpful!
Here is an example of one of the printables. You can use this for virtually ALL language programs. (We will talk more about how to do this in the future)

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