Kids and students with autism face a number of challenges that impact their learning. Some of these challenges according to Autism Society, include: difficulties in attention, problems with learning by observation and imitation, troubles with task/event sequencing, uneven patterns of strengths and weaknesses and many more.
Below is a curated list of resources to help you enhance the learning experiences of students and kids with autism. These resources feature several learning tools, lesson plan ideas, learning activities, teaching tips and many other helpful materials.
1- Cindy Autistic Support
This website offers numerous learning resources to help students with autism spectrum disorders. These materials specifically address “the development of language and communication skills, social skills, self-help & academic skills. An emphasis is placed on maintaining appropriate behavior and developing independent skills through the use of structure.”
“Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioural regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.”
5- TED Talk on Autism
This list of TED talks features some amazing first-person accounts from those living with autism.
6- Best Apps for Students and Kids with Autism
In this list I featured a collection of some of the best apps to use with kids and students with autism. The apps provide interactive games, activities, and exercises to help kids with autism make the best of their learning experiences.
7- Autism Speaks
“Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.”
8- Digital Resources for Students with Autism
“The digital age brings good news for teachers and parents dealing with students with autism. Today, there are more technologies than ever before to help students with speech, interaction, participation, and communication, making for more integrated classrooms and innovative therapies that help these students learn. Take a look at our comprehensive list of digital resources for students with autism.”
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