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My life on the autism spectrum: Interview with Marcus

It is important for me as an autism specialist and neurotypical person to understand and share the first-person experience of (actually) autistic people.

Marcus shared what his life is like as a college student with autism and what life was like for him growing up autistic. He is a great role model to our young students and children on the spectrum. Thank you Marcus for taking the time with me and sharing your experiences.

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If you are interested in being interviewed and sharing your experience on the autism spectrum please email me at sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

The Incredible 5-point Scale for Social Emotional Check-In & Free Superhero Five-Point Scale

The incredible 5-point scale for social emotional check-in and support

All people live with some level of stress and anxiety but when anxiety gets in the way of daily functioning in school, it becomes a problem. The incredible 5-point-scale for social emotional check-in is a tool to support all students when their anxiety gets too big.

Free download of a 5-point scale with a Superhero theme!

Thank you Chris N. from my Fall 2021 behavior class for your willingness to share this great social emotional resource with all of us!

Click the link below to access the free superhero 5-point scale…

Please watch this mini-video tutorial on the 5-point scale…

Who created the incredible 5 point scale?

Kari Dunn Buron created the incredible 5 point scale. Here is a link to the website to find all of her products. https://www.5pointscale.com.

Thanks for being an inclusive educator!

With gratitude, Sarah

How do I know if my young child/student has autism?

Early signs of autism

This video will explore: Early signs of Autism within developmental domains (social, communication and behavior) An example of a widely used early autism screener http://www.m-chat.org Why some children slip through the cracks and don’t get a diagnosis early Who the “first responders” are to autism diagnosis Thank you for watching and for being an inclusive educator!

Check out the video I created for my class.

an adorable girl hugging her teddy bear while sleeping

Sleep problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder with Sleep Protocol for parents

A child who has difficulties going to bed, falling asleep, staying asleep, can make night time a horrible ordeal!

Night waking and challenges in falling asleep are common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have used the textbook A Work in Progress as a reference to share a sleep protocol to help children and their families.

The protocol consists of 4 steps:

Download the full slide deck that teaches the four step sleep protocol. There is also a visual bedtime routine picture schedule at the end of the slide deck that can be used at home.

References: Leaf, R. B., & McEachin, J. (1999). A work in progress: Behavior management strategies and a curriculum for intensive behavioral treatment of autism. New York: DRL Books.

Lessonpix used to create the bedtime routine.

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 

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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Parent input form for IEP meeting

Parent input form

Attending an IEP meeting as a parent can be overwhelming and intimidating. At every meeting, parents have a chance to give input. As a teacher, I have seen parents who on the spot, are not able to express their child’s strengths and challenges.

The graphic organizer I created helps parents plan ahead of time what they want to share. The document includes a section to write in strengths, concerns and remedies.

Teachers can give this form to parents to fill out before the IEP meeting to help them organize their thoughts.

What are some ways you have shared your concerns with the child’s IEP team meeting?

Please follow the link to the TPT store to find the free downloadable form

Myths of autism

The other day I had someone ask me if people with autism die young and I realized there are still a lot of unknowns and myths out there about autism.

I decided to create a YouTube post all about dispelling the myths. If you have any other questions please contact me. I would love to discuss this further.

I used this book as a guide to share some common myths about autism:

Thank you for reading and following my blog and my youtube channel. I feel so lucky to be able to share my knowledge and passion on autism with the world.

Thank you for reading, following and sharing my blog.

Sarah

P.S. I am not an affiliate for this book or anything on my blog. I just want to share great resources with my network.