The Warren Autism Link is a resource for teachers, parents, and community members to find information on early intervention, visual supports, social stories and other resources to support people with Autism.
KNOW THE SIGNS: EARLY INTERVENTION
Children do not "outgrow" Autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs from the Autism Society of America to look for in the children in your life:
- Lack of or delay in spoken language
- Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
- Little or no eye contact
- Lack of interest in peer relationships
- Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
- Persistent fixation on parts of objects
If you have concerns about your child please contact your doctor. If your child is under 3 years old you can also contact your local First Steps, 1-800-545-7763. If your child is 3 years or older, contact the Warren Special Education Office, 317-869-4400, for possible support.
Modules are a way you can learn about a specific topic or strategy online. These "mini lessons" may include reading, videos, or a combination of both.
Modules for families and educators include: Visual Supports, 5-Point Scale, Structured Work Systems, Transition, and PECS
Visual supports are any tool presented visually that supports an individual as he or she moves through the day. Visual supports might include, but are not limited to, pictures, written words, objects within the environment, arrangement of the environment or visual boundaries, schedules, maps, labels, organization systems, timelines, and scripts. They are used across settings to support individuals with ASD.
IRCA Visual Supports Page
Social narratives are short stories, written by you and read with students with ASD. These give objective statements about a variety of social situations and read with students with ASD. You can use these stories to provide social cues and correct your students’ responses to situations in a nonthreatening manner (Gray, 1994). Social narratives often help you break complex activities into smaller steps for your students. They are also often referred to as Social Stories™ which were developed by former teacher, Carol Gray.
Social narratives have been shown to help your students with ASD with transitions, new activities, and daily routines. They have also shown to be helpful in addressing a wide variety of behaviors including displaying aggression, maintaining personal hygiene, and demonstrating classroom expectations (Ganz, Cook, & Earles-Vollrath, 2006). Social stories are most helpful when you read them immediately before the activity and consistently at the same time and place. The great thing about social narratives is you can use them in any environment including school, home, or community!
- Autism Society of America (ASA)
- Hands in Autism
- Center for Disease Control
- Autism Society of Indiana
- Autism Key.com
- Common Autism learning characteristics and related apps .
- Free downloads of ASA handouts including peer education, puberty, transition, sleep, and abuse.
- CeDIR Library is a free library that has many resources related to Autism and other disabilities. You only pay for return shipping.
- Tips on being a friend to someone with Autism
- Indiana Resource Center for Autism - Facts & Tips for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum
- Famous People with Autism
Evidence Based Practices for Students with Autism
- This site offers step-by-step guides for implementation, implementation checklist, and the research that supports the intervention for twenty four evidence based practices. These include social skills, video modeling, social narratives, prompting, reinforcement, PECS, and visual supports.
- Access National Professional Development Center Website
For any questions or additional information, please contact:
Christine Cahoe, Autism Coordinator
MSD Warren Township
975 North Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46219