When School Is Closed: Supporting Children with Autism at Home

Last updated: 07-27-2020

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When School Is Closed: Supporting Children with Autism at Home

To help families cope with the sudden loss of professional support precipitated by the lockdown, the Center of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (InovAND) has created more than 30 instructional modules designed to provide resources, counsel, information, lessons, schedules and overall aid to families at home.

This toolkit that provides user-friendly, evidence-based resources for people supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The toolkit was developed by experts from the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the UNC School of Education, and the UNC School of Medicine's Department of Allied Health Sciences. Also available in Spanish and eight other languages.

A comprehensive guidebook that includes a collection of helpful, targeted resources for parents, from the Yale Child Study Center.

The Backpack Connection Series provides a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. The series includes handouts in four categories: addressing behavior; emotions; routines and schedules; and social skills. Created by the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) and available in English and Spanish.

A collection of tools designed for applied behavior analysis (ABA) providers to assess and reduce health risks related to COVID-19 for the families they serve.

Apps for Children with Autism and Aspergers Well-designed and carefully-chosen apps can support the emotional, communication, organizational, and social needs of kids with autism or Aspergers. We selected a wide range of apps, based on reviews from organizations including Common Sense Media and the Center for Technology and Disability. Autism and the Coronavirus: Resources for Families During the coronavirus crisis, many families who have children with autism spectrum disorder are coping with the suspension of both school and essential services. Additionally, children with autism often have difficulty adjusting to disruption of their routine and environment. The Child Mind Institute’s Autism Center understands the challenges families are facing, and offers resources to help parents and other caregivers support children with autism during this time. See all IRCA visuals and social stories here.

A series of training videos for parents about coping with COVID-19 in the home, developed by the Cincinnati Children's Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Department. Children with autism are often visual learners. This course goes step by step through one of the most vital strategies available to support your child. Learn about visual supports and some examples of types of visual supports for free, how to make them, and how to use them. Find web resources and more in this free course from autism expert Dr. Sylvia Diehl. This interactive web-based course is for families who suspect their toddler has autism or a social communication delay. The program teaches families how to embed strategies and supports into their everyday activities, provides developmental growth charts to help families recognize and monitor meaningful outcomes, and offers a deep video library to illustrate how to promote learning and development for toddlers with ASD.

Autism Navigator for Classroom Success in PreK to 2nd Grade  A self-paced 15 to 20 hour online professional development course with interactive slides and practical video examples. It is designed to increase the capacity of preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade teachers, special educators, therapists, special area teachers, and school staff to support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the classroom and school environment. This course presents an overview of how the unique characteristics of autism may impact a child’s school experience and offers an evidence-based framework for supporting active engagement and positive behavior in a variety of settings and teaching contexts. The content will enable teachers to support students with the materials and activities already available in the classroom.


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