There are, like anything else, hundreds of resources and websites that provide helpful information on the topic of autism. Below are just a few of them. Some of these resources could also be used with children diagnosed with Asperger's or Sensory Processing Disorders. Autism can also be a somewhat controversial topic and there are many different views related to therapy, so even if you don't see something you like here I hope that one of the websites will offer some additional resources and information.
1. Early Intervention Games
This book includes activities for both motor and social skills. One of the book's main focuses is to help children with autism feel more comfortable in social situations.
2. Starting Sensory Therapy
This book has many different activities that include materials you can find around the house and is geared toward parents or teachers who work with children that have sensory difficulties.
3. Picture Exchange Communication System
If you're familiar with the PECS form of communication or if you have students that you'd like to try the PECS with, the following resources will help get you started. Obviously this may not be the best option for everyone, however I've used PECS with children with autism as well as down syndrome and found it very helpful.
This first product is the training manual.
This first product is the training manual.
The kit below would definitely be a time saver as far as having to look for pictures yourself. This kit also includes the velcro, page dividers and a folder.
The following are options for communication notebooks or binders if you don't want to have to create your own:)
4. A Quest for Social Skills
This resource was created by a social worker and speech language pathologist. It's best geared toward middle school students who struggle with social skills and pragmatic language.
Here are two much cheaper options: One for Elementary Aged kiddos and one for Middle School Aged.
5. "More than Words"
This is another great program from The Hanen Centre and was also recommended to me by my birth-to-three therapist friend who works with a group of children with autism. This program was created for parents of children with autism, but is also useful for therapists in helping parents understand and continue to reinforce what their children are learning in therapy. You can learn more about or purchase this program at www.hanen.org. You can also find used guidebooks for quite a bit cheaper at Amazon.com. That link is below:
6. AudioPix Picture and Speech Teaching , Applied Behavior Analysis Software for Windows
This is a great interactive software program that combines voice, words, speech activities, over 5,000 pictures and print features that help children improve their communication skills. You can complete activities on the computer or you can print out pictures, make flashcards, games or teacher boards.
8. The New Social Story Book
This book contains over 150 different social stories to help teach children social skills.
Boardmaker is another very popular software product that contains lots of great pictures for creating communication boards, creating schedules, behavior supports and much more! Although I really liked Boardmaker and used it often, there are a couple of negatives. The price, for one, is quite high at around $399 and you have to have the CD in your computer in order to be able to use the program, which may not work out well if the CD is damaged or you're sharing with a number of different people in your school. More than likely your school will have a copy, however if not or if you'd like to learn more about it I've included the link below:
10. My Friend Has Autism
This would be a great book to help classmates or siblings understand more about what it means to have autism.
11. My Friend with Autism
Another great book for teaching peers about autism. It also includes information for adults and older children. The book also includes coloring pages.
12. The Autism Acceptance Book
Yet another great book for teaching children about others with autism. It's a bit more interactive than the others in that it includes conversation starters and other activities for engaging students in activities that help them take on the perspective of others.
13. Recordable Photo Albums
Below are a couple of options for photo books that allow you to record a personal message for each photo. I'm putting these on the autism page, however they would be wonderful for any child who has difficulty verbally expressing themselves. They can be used for personal photos in which the child can use to show others or could be used as a communication book in which you can use real photos to help the child communicate their wants and needs.
This is one of the best websites for information on autism, asperger's syndrome and other related disorders. It includes info for both children and adults diagnosed with autism.
This is another one of the best websites and resources for information on the topic of autism.
This site is full of great products related to helping those with autism including toys, books, sensory items, weighted products and much more! Click on the link below to go to their website.