April is Autism Awareness Month, and Apple is marking the occasion by posting a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum. The project, which is curated by the nonprofit Art of Autism, is being unveiled over the course of the month. “ Created on iPad Gallery” features the work of 15 artists from the autistic community who hail from across the US and Canada. The participants have differing abilities and are different ages. In addition to sharing the work of these artists, teachers and parents can tap these free programs to support educating children with autism and other special needs:
Home Curriculum for Early Autism Education
With widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a freeAutism Curriculum Kit to support families. The kit includes downloadable lessons, activity sheets, data-tracking sheets, behavior management tools, and more. The materials are a sampling of the company’s Language Builder ARIS curriculum. The lessons and supporting materials are free to families.
Media to Help Children with Autism and Visual Impairment or Hearing Loss
Hearing and vision screening for very young children can be difficult when the child also has autism. Cooperative efforts between vision, hearing, and autism programs can be critical in ensuring children have all the resources they need. The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides more information, as well as autism resources, in its online Learning Center.
The student body at Crystal Lake Central (CLC) High School is a diverse community of students from a variety of backgrounds, abilities and interests, including students enrolled in the Life Skills program. These students may struggle with emotional connections, physical limitations, or cognitive understanding. Regardless of their individual challenges, they bond through their school experience as Central Tigers.
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.
Executive function and self-regulation(EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice.
Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence is a 16-page guide provided as a free download by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.