More than 1 million children under the age of 17 in the US are on the autism spectrum. These children often fail to recognize basic facial emotions, which make interacting socially and developing friendships even more difficult to sustain. Gaining these skills requires intensive behavioral interventions that are often expensive, difficult to access, and inconsistently administered.
A lesson plan, titled “Neurodiversity: Negotiating the World … Differently,” was created for PBS POV to help students in grades 9–12 better understand the experiences of individuals with autism and to introduce them to the concept of neurodiversity.
Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of July.
Autism Games was developed in Australia through a collaboration among Swinburne University’s Multimedia Design Program, Bulleen Heights Specialist School, Swinburne Autism Bio-Research Initiative (SABRI), and the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC).
Sesame Street is providing a different kind of lesson with the introduction of its newest Muppet, Julia, who has autism. Julia was first introduced in 2015 as part of an online-only digital storybook called Sesame Street and Autism: See the amazing in all children.