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Accepting change in routines

The topic of this five-step lesson is accepting change in routines. Steps include explaining the goal with visual support, reading a short story, modelling and reinforcing, role-play and reinforcement, and promoting generalization. Read More

Behavior teaching plans

Learn different Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies for teaching your students with behavior issues to protest appropriately in this sample teaching plan. ABA is a highly effective, rigorously researched intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. Read More

Body Language & Gestures

This lesson plan from The Social Compass Curriculum will help students with autism understand what others are communicating when using body language. Read More

Floortime Strategies Menu

The DIRFloortime model is a highly effective intervention approach for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disorders. Use this printabale and laminatable two-sided sheet as a guide when choosing which Floortime strategy you need to work on for the day. Read More

Grouping students using partner puzzles

Partner Puzzles are a fun, creative method for grouping students for small-group activities. Learn how they work in this quick classroom tip designed to decrease behavior issues and increase student motivation! Read More

Sample Hyperstudio lesson

The 5-step model for successful cooperative learning is illustrated in this sample lesson. The lesson involves students in teams using the software program Hyperstudio to plan a vacation. Read More

Using feeling words

View the first sample lesson, Using Feeling Words, to introduce a variety of feeling words and increase students' emotional vocabularies. The second lesson, Identifying Happy Expressions, will help elementary school students with special needs identify faces showing happy expressions through common characteristics as well as differentiate between happy expressions and other facial expressions. Read More

Activity: Play Time

Here's a helpful chart on which least-intrusive adaptations early childhood teams should make in certain situations so that young students can most benefit from play time. Read More