General Support Strategies
Autism Family Online
Provides practical, useable information to help families and educators improve the quality of life for those individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are in their care.
Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
Because the key to understanding is knowledge, AIM presents over 33 different online learning modules to access the information most pertinent to your situation. They are organised into five groups to make it easy for you: recognising autism, autism in the home, autism in the classroom, autism in the workplace, autism in the community. (Free online sign-up required)
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
This article highlights four fundamental areas experienced by individuals with autism: sensory processing challenges, speech/language delays and impairments, social interaction skills, and whole child/self-esteem issues.
Lives in the Balance
Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organisation founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School, to advocate on behalf of children with challenging behaviour and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers and to provide free, web-based resources to help people understand these kids in ways that are more compassionate and accurate and help them in ways that are more effective. Follow the Site Guide link to be led through the process of learning about the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) method to support children with challenging behaviour.
Simon Griffin is a Speech and Language Pathologist who, for the past 10 years, has worked exclusively with individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Australia, UK and Canada. She is author of the book, Motivate to Communicate: 300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). This site provides resources, book suggestions, useful speech and language links as well as information about autism.
A website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people with disabilities their families and support networks. The site includes a Visual Engine that helps to create visual supports for individuals on the autism spectrum.
This site is full of games that young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will play. It also includes video models of games that parents can watch and learn from and young children can watch and imitate as well as tips and strategies for making games and play more educational and more fun!
Use Visual Strategies
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and lots of other students with behaviour or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of Visual Strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key - learn lots of great ideas on this website.
Model Me Kids Video for Modeling Social Skills
This website includes information about Model Me Kids video modeling DVDs. Model Me Kids® videos demonstrate social skills by modeling peer behaviour at school, on a play date, at a birthday party, on the playground, at a library, at the dentist, restaurant, and more. Real children model and narrate each skill. The series includes a range of DVDs for children aged 2 to 17.
Social stories are simple descriptions of an everyday social situation, written from a child's perspective. Social stories can help a child prepare for upcoming changes in routine, help understand social interactions, and relate academic skills to real-life experiences. With the help of an adult, the child rehearses the story ahead of time. When the situation actually happens, the child can then use the story to help guide his or her behaviour. Social Stories can be written by any adult for any situation or event. A description of how to write a Social Story can be found on this website. Examples of many different social stories can be found at:
The Gray Centre for Social Learning and Understanding
Carol Gray is the Director of the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding. She is best known for her creation of social stories, short stories used as a teaching tool for children with autism that describe a potentially challenging situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses.
The Incredible 5-Point Scale
The website is a companion to the book The Incredible 5-Point Scale by Kari Dunn Buron. The website shares information about the use of the 5-point scale and other systems to teach social and emotional concepts to individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Pages – A custom group of content all based on a subject
- Articles – Stories, tip sheets, fact sheets on a specific subject
- Workshops – Audio/visual presentation on a subject, between 10 and 15 minutes in length
- Interactive – Games and activities to play or use on the computer
- Podcasts – Audio recordings of presentations
- Links – Links to other useful resources on the internet