Autism Unlocked

Below you will find a list of resources that Autism Unlocked has used or seen used.  Our hope is to provide a list of resources that are not only research based, but proven to work in the classroom.  Please feel free to leave us feedback about products or programs (use the blog or Facebook).

 

For the classroom:

AutiPlan - www.autiplan.com Autiplan is a product that makes creating visual schedules simple!  For a quick explanation about why people with Autism really benefit from a visual schedule please watch this quick video from AutiPlan:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oi2x71JJjA&feature=youtu.be

Unique Curriculum - http://unique.n2y.com/   I use this DAILY in my classroom.  Unique curriculum provides standards based materials great for students with ASD.  A great program for reading, math, and science.  Great for the classroom but not very practical for home use because it's expensive.   

News-2-You - http://news2you.n2y.com/ A cheaper alternative to Unique Curriculum, but if you can afford Unique Curriculum and News-2-You I I highly suggest both for the classroom.  Every week, students will connect with the world by reading about current events and doing pertinent activities. Games, puzzles, recipes, jokes, and more review material are included in the newspaper to keep students engaged in their studies all week. A subscription also includes monthly newspapers in the summer, with 41 editions published per year.

Reading Eggs - http://www.readingeggs.com  A great program for ASD students because it's very visual, has a lot of repetition, and all activities are VERY engaging!  Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. The program has been developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s results at school.  BEST OF ALL they offer a FREE 14 day trial!  

Touchmath - http://www.touchmath.com/   Touchmath is great for teaching early number sense, 1:1 correspondence, and provides a lot of worksheets.  I use the worksheets for independent worktime my students with ASD really like the worksheets.  Touchmath also has materials for money and time.  Overall I happy with touchmath but I am using the internet and iPads to teach more math. 

Start Autism Resources and Training - http://www.gvsu.edu/autismcenter/ The Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project is funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education to provide training and technical assistance to educators in Michigan that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The rapid increase in the number of students with ASD entering public schools in Michigan has created a critical need for more and better trained educational staff and the START Project has served a key role in meeting this need. 

Raz Kids - http://www.raz-kids.com/  I have been using this program in my classroom, all I can say it is GREAT for students with ASD.  It has a full range of leveled books and they all contain animated pictures to capture the readers attention.  The Raz-Kids animated leveled books and interactive quizzes give educators choices. Students listen to books read aloud, read with vocabulary and pronunciation support, and read without support. They read freely in the bookroom. Or, teachers easily limit students to appropriate reading levels and specific books and track student reading progress. Students can practice reading to improve reading comprehension and reading fluency anywhere with Internet access.

 

Websites:

Autism Alliance of Michigan - http://autismallianceofmichigan.org/  A great comprehensive website resource.  A good place to start to find information about ASD.   

Autism Discussion Page (Facebook page) - https://www.facebook.com/autismdiscussionpage  A great resource discussing tools that help children on the spectrum feel safe, accepted and competent.  Resources are written by an experienced ASD educator.   

Autism Educators -http://www.AutismEducators.com A website for teachers and therapists to sell their creative classroom activities, lessons, and worktasks for students with Autism and other learning challenges.  It is FREE to join!  By listing your activities or purchasing our printables, a great cause is gaining support.  A portion of ALL proceeds is donated to an organization involved in promoting Autism awareness and research.

Positively Autismhttp://www.positivelyautism.com/  A great FREE resource including an autism newsletter, autism tutorials, autism training, ABA training, ABA services, autism fundraising, and teaching resources.  Positively Autism was created by:  Nicole Caldwell, M.Ed., Founder of PositivelyAutism.com, is currently an ABA Interventionist for home-based ABA programs and is pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Autism research. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Her teaching experience includes ABA programs, Montessori preschool, middle/high school social skills classes, private school autism consultation, and elementary school inclusion.

Well Amy  http://www.wellamy.com - Well Amy helps raise awareness of the impact of good nutrition on one's ability to combat chronic health, neurological and developmental issues.  Provides support to those with food, environmental and chemical-induced allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.  BEST OF ALL Well Amy has a first of its kind “customize shopping” feature that simplifies shopping.  Users can find what kind of specific foods they need by inputting TOP ALLERGENS, DIETS & LIFESTYLES, and other CERTIFICATIONS.  Follow this link to go directly to the “custom shopping”  http://wellamy.com/market/catalogsearch/advanced/

Squag http://www.squag.com/ - [skwag] is a curated, online experience for kids on the autism spectrum (and their siblings!) that allows them to initiate, explore, and self-discover. Our SquagpadsTM give parents an opportunity to learn about their kids and give kids a new way to learn about themselves, making screen time more meaningful. SquagTM [skwag] is a curated, online experience for kids on the autism spectrum (and their siblings!) that allows them to initiate, explore, and self-discover. Our SquagpadsTM give parents an opportunity to learn about their kids and give kids a new way to learn about themselves, making screen time more meaningful.SquagTM [skwag] is a curated, online experience for kids on the autism spectrum (and their siblings!) that allows them to initiate, explore, and self-discover. Our SquagpadsTM give parents an opportunity to learn about their kids and give kids a new way to learn about themselves, making screen time more meaningful.

Apps: 

Autismate - http://www.autismate.com/  AutisMate’s scene-based approach to communication is easier for many to understand than the traditional grid-based AAC platforms.  Users can take pictures of settings familiar to students and use those pictures to teach skills.  The ability to teach and edit from pictures familiar to students is an amazing step in technology for ASD.  Autismate is just to incredible to describe with words.  Check it out at    http://www.autismate.com/