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16. Play: Helping Children Who Seem Anxious or Distracted (Part Three) Do you have children in your program who are reluctant to join others in play, or perhaps aren’t invited to join in because they seem too aloof? All children need one another to learn social competencies and to graduate to more complex social skills. So what can be done? We will discuss some scenarios for why a child might have these play issues and some strategies for easing anxiety and helping children connect with one another. Podcast
29. Young Children with Autism: What Does the Label Really Mean? (Part One) In the first of this 3 part series, Cindy and Priscilla interview Pat Pulice, Director of Autism Services at Fraser in Minneapolis, MN, on what the major characteristics of autism can look like in a young child, how early we might identify a child, and what the identification process includes for young children who may have development red flags for autism. As with all children, the important attitude is seeing who the whole child is and what can support their special needs as they grow and develop. Podcast
30. Choosing A Setting: What is the Best Option for a Child with Autism? (Part Two) In our continued discussion with autism expert Pat Pulice, we will look at different settings a child might be in who has an autism diagnosis and how to build a beneficial environment for children we serve. What kinds of supports are present in the therapeutic setting which help a child as they develop skills and when does an inclusive setting with typical developing peers offer other benefits to the child? Early educators can examine their environment for structure, routines, stimulation, and visual supports. Again, each child is an individual and their needs will vary but we will discuss some general strategies for inclusion. Podcast
31. A Child Who Flies “Under the Radar”: When a Diagnosis Isn’t Made (Part Three) In this podcast, we will continue the last conversation by looking at 4-5 year olds. It is easy at times to see a child’s behavior outside of the context of their age and stage. When we look again at what we are hoping to teach children in a larger sense, we can begin to appreciate some of those challenging behaviors as their way at reaching important milestones! Podcast
About Autism in Toddlers About Autism in Toddlers is a great tool for families and professionals interested in learning how to recognize the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. It includes videos on the core features of autism and information on the importance of early identification. This is the first in a series of free online resources being developed by the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine. Website
Accessing Disability Services in Minnesota Guide A guide to selected services for individuals with disabilities and their families. Document
Alternatives for People with Autism, Inc. The Alternatives for People with Autism website provides information about alternatives for people with autism including services, information on autism, employment opportunities, residential services, and training and workshops. Alternatives also uses Capps Data services for program management. Website
Arc Minnesota The ARC of Minnesota website is geared towards advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Minnesota. Legislative info, public policy hotline, affiliated chapters, and lots of Minnesota and national links are available throughout his site. ARC also offers a lending library with equipment, videos, and books. Website
Article on Girls and Autism Some experts in the field of autism believe that characteristics of autism may look different in girls. Another speculation is that the communication and social challenges related to autism may not be as evident in girls, and some cases may go unnoticed during the preschool years. Website
Autism A.L.A.R.M. Handout about autism screening and general information Document