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My Special Interest Social Story

SIA= Special Interest Area

Definition: SIAs are often solitary pursuits or preoccupations that dominate the person’s time, attention, and conversation

Benefits of Special Interest Areas for students with Autism

  • Improves academic skills: high motivation in SIA
  • Supports communication:develop advanced vocabulary
  • Improves self-confidence:student becomes “expert” in this area
  • Helps reduce anxiety: more relaxed and fewer meltdowns
  • Intrinsic engagement: instrisic motivation and engagement
  • Increased social engagement: when SIA is included into treatment plans
  • Executive functioning:improved focus on SIA 

My Special Interest Social Social Story

Although there are many benefits to SIAs, sometimes kids need to take a break from them to focus on something else. The social story teaches how to re-focus then go back to the SIA when done learning something new.

I created a social story to help kids with autism understand their special interest area.

Here is a sneak peak at the story:

The first part of the story defines and shares the benefits of a SIA:

The book asks the reader what they like. The story then goes on to discuss the need to sometimes “pause” the SIA to learn something new.

A free first-then schedule is included in this social story! You can laminate or use a plastic page protector and use a wet erase marker to write on it.

Get the story here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Special-Interest-Social-Story-5517826

With love and respect,

Sarah

sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

I have school at my house now: social narrative

Schools are closed due to the virus and kids are all learning at home. School is being delivered remotely and some kids are having a hard time adapting to this change.

Benefit of Social Narratives:

Social Narratives aka Social Stories are widely used supports for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. All kids can benefit from this simple and easy to use evidence based practice!

“The goal of a social story is to improve social understanding” (Gray & Garland, 1993)

Gray, C. (2010). The New Social Story Book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

I have school at my house now

My first grader did not understand why he was all of a sudden having school at his house. I made a social story to help him. Hopefully this story will help others understand how to complete school work at home and that they are not alone!

I have included a few pages here but you can download the whole story here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-have-school-at-my-house-now-Social-Story-5448771

Cover page of I have school at my house now.
My school is closed now! Page 2

I hope this social story will help your family as much as it has helped mine!

Email me with any questions,

Sarah

sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

My parents work at my house now: social story

Download the story here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-parents-work-at-my-house-now-social-story-5403639

Due to the virus, the public schools and our workplaces have closed for the time being. My son and I worked together to create a social story (aka social narrative) to teach him about what “work” looks like for mom. He didn’t realize that me looking at my phone or using my computer could be “work.” Now after reading this social story, I tell him “mommy has a work call” and he remembers some of the things he can do while I am on the phone.

This 13 page social story helped us so much that I want to share it with other families.

My son helped me come up with this title! “My parents work at home now.” I tried to make it general (not mom or dad specific…) so it can apply to any home.

Here is a sneak peak at the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie_Jv2pIDo0

Page 1

Page 2

The book gives children suggestions for what to do when parents are working and asks kids to come up with their own ideas.

The book goes on to give ideas for what to do while parents are working and encourages children to cooperate to help out. 

We are all in a strange time in history and if this social story can help others as much as it helped my own son I would be pleased! 

Please contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas for other social stories! 

Respectfully,

Sarah 

sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

Forced home school schedule for working parents

Remote working parent:

I am so fortunate that I get to work from home! I completely understand that many people in other industries are not as lucky to be able to work remotely.

Forced home school schedule:

As a licensed teacher, it is in my wheelhouse to provide this type of instruction for my child! Working on top of home schooling, can add another layer of stress so routine, at this point is key to survival.

Routine is KEY!

Now, for an undetermined amount of time parents are in the position of also being our children’s home school teacher. Overall, having a schedule will be the best approach to managing a home-school day and also having some time to complete remote work.

I don’t want my son to be in front of a screen for 6 hours a day so I created a schedule that has blocks of time where he can be on an an online learning platform and times when he is screen-free.

I have shared the schedule that I have created for my fist grade son. This schedule embeds times when I can work and he can complete activities independently. I can do some direct instruction during the day as well! To download my whole schedule you can access it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/forced-home-school-daily-schedule-for-parents-who-are-working-from-home-5337660

Flexibility:

Every day is different and remote work demands will change daily. I have laminated my schedule and for those who do not have a laminator, you can use a page protector. Use a wet eraser (not dry erase marker) to modify the base schedule daily. Here is a video on how I can modify the schedule daily! https://youtu.be/F50bwnoFmYM

Morning Schedule: Sneak peak of my son’s schedule

Afternoon Schedule:

Evening:

Stay strong parents and happy (forced) homeschooling!

Respectfully,

Sarah

sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

10 Tips for preventing ASD meltdowns

My college students who are going to become general education teachers often ask me “how do you handle autism meltdowns?”

I have given my top 10 suggestions for handling them which entail preventative strategies to start with!

Please watch the video and subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Blog.

The links for the free resources mentioned in the video are here:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ASD-Sensory-accommodationssupports-tracker-4994260 ASD sensory support tracker and https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ASD-Sensory-accommodationssupports-tracker-4994260

Thank you for reading and following!

Sarah

20 tips for including students with autism in the mainstream class

My Foundations of autism class created another FREE resource for our teacher colleagues…

With the collaboration of my Fall 2019 SPED 561 Foundations of Autism class, we created this FREE resource for teachers. We want to promote inclusion and provide 20 current and helpful tips for including students in the mainstream class. These tips are support suggestions that have worked for us for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Please download our free resource here

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/20-tips-for-including-students-with-autism-in-mainstream-class-5046503

Thank you for reading and watching as I continue to share my passion for supporting students with autism and their families.

Very Warmly, Sarah

ASD sensory support suggestions and tracking form

Free sensory resource for teachers and therapists

This resource is a pdf doc. for you to download with suggestions crated by my graduate class SPED 561.

The sensory supports are in four categories: 

  • Support for sensory seekers
  • Strategies for low registration (passive) 
  • Suggestions for students who are sensitive to stimuli 
  • Strategies for students who avoid sensory stimuli 

Our intention is to share this resource widely with teachers and therapists. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ASD-Sensory-accommodationssupports-tracker-4994260

*Ensure you have consulted with the student’s Occupational Therapist (OT) and case manager for specific sensory supports. This resource is a general list of suggestions to try.

Thank you to my wonderful graduate students who have helped create this valuable resource.

Sarah

Countdown visual for help with homework

This countdown visual is an example of how a visual can show the learner exactly how many items or tasks needs to be completed. Countdown visual supports can be used for any multi-step task.

How to use

  • Print in full color on card stock. laminate and use velcro to help the numbers stay down when tasks are completed.
  • Start with all five numbers showing. You can modify this if you only have a couple of tasks that need to be completed.
  • Have the learners pre-determine what they want to work for.
  • As pages of the homework are complete, have the learner put numbers down to count down.
  • Eventually all of the numbers will be put down and the learner can earn their pre-determined reward.

Visual support for autism

Visual Support is one of the 27 Evidence Based Practices identified by the The National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPCASD). https://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/national-professional-development-center-autism-spectrum-disorder

Please watch this video showing how to use this strategy to help complete homework…

He had five pages to complete so we started with all 5 tabs open.

Thank you for reading and following my blog and YouTube channel.

Sarah

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