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Autism Back to School Support Kit

The new school year is a very challenging time for students with autism as they try to adjust to a lot of change. This kit has six different resources that have been specifically designed to help support autistic students as they settle in to their new surroundings.

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45 Classroom Friendly Stimming Ideas

Stimming is a really important way for many students with autism to reduce stress and cope with the demands of the classroom. It can sometimes be distracting to both the student and their classmates however, so this booklet offers 45 ideas for safe stimming options that are suitable for the classroom and don’t require much prep or special equipment.

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'Spot the Sensory Signs' Posters

Do you know when your child/student is seeking or avoiding sensory input? What about experiencing sensory overload? These two posters help you to recognize and remember these signs so you can reduce sensory input, offer supports or provide alternate sources of sensory input to avoid overload, classroom disruptions and shutdowns.

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Autism Prep Kit For Teachers

Do your kids with ASD have a new teacher this year? Or do you have an autistic student for the first time? This guide has lots of ideas for making new students comfortable in the classroom.

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45 Classroom Friendly Fidget Toy Ideas

Got kids who like to wriggle, move around, bite their nails or doodle when you need them to concentrate? Then they might benefit from the use of fidget toys. This free booklet explains what they're all about with lots of examples and tips for using them in the classroom.

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Autism Classroom Essentials Kit

A great value bundle of 9 resource packs to help you support the students with autism in your classroom. There's a huge pack of schedule cards, supports for calming down, visual supports for managing transition stress, an 'I need help' advocacy card pack, back to school activities, group work support kit and more!

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Autism Group Work Support Kit

Students with autism often feel a great deal of stress during group work activities. It can be an extremely emotionally, physically and mentally draining exercise for them, so these students need extra support to help them perform well in a team. This huge 10 pack bundle contains tons of helpful things like low-stress icebreaker games, tools to help students remember and recognize their group, a group work social story, troubleshooting worksheet, post-activity reflection and lots more.

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Classroom Schedule Cards Freebie

This sample pack of schedule cards contains over 150 school activity card labels with customizable digital time cards included. Everything you need to create your schedules, just print and go!

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Transition Counters Pack

These simple and easy-to-make visual supports help guide students through a transition using a countdown sequence. Students with autism and ADHD often miss auditory transition cues and cope better when they have visual warnings about when a change is going to happen, and plenty of time to adjust and get organized. There are four different countdown designs in this pack.

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'I Need Help' Advocacy Support Cards

The cards in this pack give students an easy non-verbal way to tell someone what they need, or to remember the kinds of help that they can ask for. Being able to communicate your needs is a really important part of building independence and self-confidence, especially in the classroom. Students with autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities can find this difficult to do, especially when they’re frustrated or distressed. They may not remember how to ask for help, who they can ask or the right words to use. These cards are designed to make it easier for them to get help.

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The Big Bumper Pack of Schedule Cards

This HUGE bumper pack of schedule cards contains 12 differently themed sets with over 150 activity cards in each set! Mix n match between sets to highlight favored tasks, alert students to a change, or use a different set for each student. There's also an editable Powerpoint file so you can make exactly the cards you need.

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Back to School Tips for Kids with ASD

This bumper free download comes from the popular article Back to School Tips for Kids with ASD, with tons of additional photos and a handy checklist.

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Tips for Writing an Introductory Letter or Needs Summary for Your Child's New Teacher

This free download contains writing prompts to help you think about the kinds of things that your child’s new teacher might need to know about them at the start of the school year (including a sample to give you some ideas about how to write all of it up as a one-page summary).

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Autism-Friendly Celebrations Planning Guide

Birthdays, parties and the holidays can all be overwhelming times for autistic people and their families. This free guide has tons and tons (and tons) of tips for how to make celebrations comfortable for everybody.

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The Awesomely Big List of Ways to Help Parents of Autistic Kids

Families with autistic kids often need lots of help, but it can be really hard for friends and family to know exactly what kinds of support they need. The good news is that there are tons and tons of ways that you can help. So if you've ever said "I really want to help but I don't know how" then the PDF version of this popular blog post is for you - download it to share with your family and friends.

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The 'Do I Need Help' Flowchart

Some kids really struggle with knowing when and how to ask for help. This flowchart (from the article Learning To Ask For Help) breaks down the steps involved in figuring out if they need assistance, and how to get it.  

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DSM Diagnostic Criteria Graphics

This set of infographics and tables summarize the changes in autism diagnostic criteria between DSM-IV and DSM-5. Note: The changes are listed as proposed but they were all accepted and officially published in DSM-5 in May 2013.  

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62 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to Research Studies

How do you make sure a research study is safe before allowing your child to participate? Deciding whether to let your kids be part of a research study can be tricky - on the one hand you want to do your part to unravel the mysteries and discover better ways of helping our kids, but you're also protective of your family and your privacy and would never want to expose your child to anything uncomfortable, harmful or invasive.

So to reduce the risks you need to make sure that you check things out thoroughly before you sign that consent form. And that means asking questions - loads of them. This free download is a list of the kinds of things you can (and should) be asking about.

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