Teaching Tools

Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey has compiled a number of resources which provide suggestions about face masks. For a parents guide to helping your child use a face mask, click here. To help kids feel good about using a mask and seeing others wearing face masks, click here. For a picture story about wearing a mask, click here.

Children’s Specialized Hospital clinicians and educators also held a special webinar around reducing challenges in wearing personal protective equipment in families with autism and autistic adults.  These practices include wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing.  You can listen to recording of the presentation here and access the powerpoint presentation here.

Families with autism are living in unprecedented times as a result of COVID-19. Effective communication is essential at all times – but especially now.  About 30% of people with ASD are considered minimally verbal.  This information sheet gives tips and resources for these individuals at this difficult time.

The National Council on Severe Autism hosted a webinar on accessing educational services during the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar covered remote instruction, federal and state guidance, issues surrounding FAPE and compensatory education, and advocacy moving forward. Watch the recorded webinar here.

Autistics for Autistics in Ontario published a set of visual tools, created by people with ASD.

The National Autism Association has put together an excellent list of resources including teaching tools for kids, tips for caregivers and how to practice social distancing. Click here for their list.

The Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses that uses extensive video footage to coach parents on delivering evidence-based tools in a multitude of settings. It includes the Video Glossary that contains over 100 video clips to illustrate common treatments available for children with autism. 

The OT Toolbox has a list of resources, tools, ideas, and activities for at home OT, PT and ST.

Help is in Your Hands is a series of video modules for families of very young children with social communication challenges. Modules include narrated video lessons and examples of real parents and children interacting in their own homes, with suggestions for follow-up activities parents can try.

Green Mountain self-advocates has written a social story about managing symptoms. You can find it here.

Interested in taking a field trip without leaving the house? Click here to take a virtual tour of famous museums around the world and here for a virtual field trip lesson plan.

For a full list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures, click here.

Allyson Schwartzman, a special education teacher, shares her perspective of COVID-19 and how she continues to reach and teach her students on the ASF Blog.

Kids Konnect provided a list of fun sensory activities to do at home for kids with autism.

Molly Reilly, BCBA, wrote a blog post on how to maintain skills during home isolation.