New This Week: Resources for Students With Autism From iSocial

These teacher resources provide support for students with autism spectrum disorders by helping them build crucial skills that are applicable both in and outside of the classroom.

Updated on: April 4, 2018

autism awareness month and resources for students with autism

In honor of World Autism Month, TeacherVision has added 11 new pieces of content designed to support students with autism.

These resources were developed and provided by iSocial, the University of Missouri, and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. After seven years of research and conducting studies in 60 schools, the lessons developed as part of this research-based collaboration have been proven to effectively help children with autism develop social skills.

Learn more about how you can help children with autism while supporting school requirements over at iSocial.

The Top 9 Things Educators Should Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Distilled from research, expert opinions, and the experience of classroom teachers around the world, this crucial resource contains 9 powerful, practical, and informative pieces of information that educators will want to know about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autistic students. Whether you are a generalist, special educator, administrator, or paraprofessional, this succinct, jargon-free overview of ASD and the challenges autistic students face in the classroom will be an essential reference you'll use over and over again.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Overview and Fact Sheet

Whether you are a general educator, paraprofessional, or member of school support staff, this resource provides a simple, easy-to-understand overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and teens that will help build awareness and understanding of their special needs and circumstances.

Facial Expressions and Autism: A Guide for Generalists

Written for generalists and paraprofessionals, this printable includes information on the 7 types of emotions conveyed by facial expressions; the "3 Clues" needed to show and read an emotion; and strategies for supporting students with autism in recognizing their own clues and appropriately reading the clues of others.

Building Rapport with Autistic Students: Tips for General Educators

Developing rapport is critical to success with autistic students in general education classrooms, as it helps to effectively facilitate a better understanding of, and response to, the student/teacher dynamic. This teacher resource provides more than 15 practical suggestions and exercises for building this rapport, and also features general suggestions for building better relationships with all students in your classroom.

Providing Positive Reinforcement for Autistic Students

Written by noted ASD researcher and expert Dr. Janine Stichter, this resource includes an overview of reinforcement concepts, a breakdown of the levels of reinforcement, and more than 10 hands-on tips for providing positive reinforcement in classroom and one-on-one settings.

A Guide to Creating Opportunities for Appropriate Social Behavior

Create opportunities for appropriate social behavior for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the 100+ strategies, examples, and tips found in this resource. It features indispensable advice for special educators, general educators, and paraprofessionals alike - and will help improve appropriate social and behavioral outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Reading Comprehension Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This resource features an overview of why students on the spectrum may struggle with reading comprehension and a collection of five strategies aimed at helping to improve reading skills and outcomes.

Tips for Science Teachers Working With Autistic Students

This resource provides strategies to help science teachers work effectively with students on the autism spectrum, which in turns helps those students have a positive experience in science class.

UNLOCKing the Problem: A Self-Control Worksheet for Students

This behavior management and intervention worksheet features a step-by-step self-assessment flowchart aimed at helping students "unlock" solutions and appropriate responses to academic, interpersonal, or social problems they may face in and out of the classroom.

Strategies for Helping Autistic Students with Writing Avoidance

If your autistic students struggle with writing avoidance, try referencing and applying the explanations and strategies documented in this practical teaching resource.


We hope these materials help you to better understand and support your students with autism spectrum disorders.

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