Welcome Back to Fall

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Hi everyone! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are settling into the new school year. The beginning of the year is always a little hectic. In the video below, we give some tips and reminders of how to ease transitions with students who are in general education.   

Thank you!

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This is our final blog for the school year.  Thank you all for the support and views, its been a great project to work on.  Next year we hope to bring you more topics that can provide useful information for teachers and families who work with our students with ASD.

Enjoy your summer vacation, see you in the fall!

Liz and Marci

Transitioning to Kindergarten

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Whether your student attended preschool, early intervention, day care, or stayed at home, starting kindergarten is a difficult adjustment.  The longer day and higher demands place a lot of pressure on children.  This video discusses ideas to keep in mind to ease the transitions.  Please share with parents to provide them with some help to prep their child over the summer.

Transitions

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The end of the year is quickly approaching.  Many of our students on the spectrum have difficulty with new and unknown environments.  Changes in routines are hard, and starting a new school year in a new class can be overwhelming.  For the next few weeks we will be talking about ways we can make transitioning between grade levels a little less stressful.   This first video covers some general ideas we can use for all of our students.

Next time we will focus on our older students transitioning from middle school to high school.

Emotional Regulation

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“Those of us who teach and live with children who are anxious are often so focused on teaching them other things that we forget that teaching someone to relax can benefit them in the long term more than any skill or academic content.”

Kari Dunn Buron

Most individuals with ASD lack innate skills for self-regulation.  Anxiety has been associated with autism since 1943 when Leo Kanner first identified the diagnosis.  Teaching emotional regulation is important as a necessary skill to cope with unpredictable circumstances and to self-regulate emotional arousal levels within comfort zones.  Individuals with ASD have a smaller comfort zone, meaning they can escalate into an emotional crisis very easily.  By teaching emotional regulation students can learn to get to an optimal arousal level, or how to not fluctuate too frequently within their comfort zone.   Below are some links to websites for emotional regulation curriculum.

Leah Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation

Alert Program

5 Point Scale

Social Narratives

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Social narratives are a great way to teach what is referred to as the “hidden curriculum”.  Individuals with autism tend to make social errors due to an inability to pick up on social cues.  Because of this, they may not understand the social norms and expectations in certain situations.  Creating social narratives are helpful in providing the necessary information to an individual.

Carol Gray’s website for Social Stories

Touching People Social Narrative

Comic Book Conversations Guide

 

Children with Autism who Bully

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We’ve previously discussed strategies for our kids who are getting bullied by others.  However, because individuals with ASD have deficits in their social skills, often they are the one’s who are the bullies. In this week’s video we talk about why our students may bully others and what we can to do intervene.  Below is also a link to an article Marci found on bullying in students on the spectrum.

 

A great article on bullying and children with ASD

 

Bullying

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Bullying affects many students of all ages.  Students with autism are especially at risk due to their social and communicative deficits.  In this video we talk about a few tips on how to support students who are victims of bullying behavior.  Next week  we talk more about bullying, and what to do when your student is the one bullying others.