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Sunday, December 5, 2010


Hello Everyone! We hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas.

Today we begin our next series on Autism. Even though all of us are at different levels in our skills, we all work with kids on our caseloads within the Autism Spectrum. All of us can use more information in this area and we all have different questions regarding “How do I do that?” It is our hope that as we introduce you to various sites in the next six weeks you’ll find one that will become indispensable to you.

Today’s visit is to This site is geared for the teacher and touches on so many, many topics related to working with the child. It contains information from setting up the room, to instructional ideas and materials, to behavioral considerations, to functional data sheets and so much more! We love this site and are thankful to the gals who are responsible for it’s development.

About those four gals: (in their own words)
“In 2004, the four of us found ourselves working together at Thornebrooke Elementary School. We each had a self-contained classroom for students with autism and worked together to support our students and each other. After working together for only a short period of time, we realized that each one of us had unique and effective teaching styles/strategies that we could share with one another. Although we have gone our separate ways and work at different schools, we still share ideas and support each other professionally. We continue to work together by partnering with CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) and meeting to share new ideas and techniques.”

Leah and I have found from our years of work together that two heads are always better than one, so having four heads has to produce a tremendous wealth of knowledge. Don’t you think?

It will be well worth your time to take a look at this site. If we started talking about all the wonderful things at your fingertips on this website this would quickly become a very long blog! Knowing your time is valuable we won’t go through it all but would like to urge you to take time to go look for yourselves. Here’s a link to the page that lists all the topics: You will find information on communication, social skills, behavior support, parent support, visual supports, and thematic units just to name a few.
Be extra patient with your kids this week as their excitement builds for Christmas!
Leah and Dean

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