The Autism Spectrum

 What Is Autism?


  • A developmental disability that affects children prior to the age of three. It most significantly affects verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and academic performance.
  • Students with autism are usually over stimulated by senses.
  • Autism is a spectrum disorder.
  • People with autism often have delayed language development, prefer to spend time alone, and show less interest in making friends.
  • In the classroom, teachers should maintain environmental predictability through illustrated schedules and explaining upcoming events repetitively weeks in advance of the actual event. This predictability helps reduce anxiety. 


The Autism Awareness Ribbon 


"The puzzle pattern of this ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of autism. The different colors and shapes represents the diversity of people and families living with this disorder. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope- hope through research and increasing awareness in people like you." (The Rugged Elegance: Inspiration Network).


Online Resources

Autism Research Institute

  • The Autism Research Institute is a resource that has information about autism, contains newsletters, and provides numerous links to different aspects of autism.

Autism Society of America

  • The Autism Society of America is an important organization in the autism community. Its primary goal is gathering information and providing it to those who need it the most.

Autism Speaks

  • Autism Speaks helps to inform you about current events taking place related to autism and ways people can get involved. Whether it is through helping in research, participating in your community, or to just get informed about autism, this website will be a helpful tool.

Birth Defect Research for Children

  • “Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.” is a research project designed by seven scientists to collect information on various birth defects in children including autism. It provides free information, parent networking, and current research.

Treating Autism

  • Treating Autism is run by volunteers, all of whom are parents of children with autism. Their goal is to figure out interventions to help their children.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes

  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes informs readers about the disorder of autism. It is a fact sheet that includes anything from the causes of the disorder to common symptoms to where to find more information on autism.

Poll Shows Parents Still Fear Autism Could Be Linked To Vaccines

  •  “Science Daily” provides a news article about how parents fear that autism could be that affect of vaccines. This article is about a poll that was taken to explore people’s knowledge of autism, their exposure with the disease, and their support for early intervention. 

The Autism Acceptance Project

  • The Autism Acceptance Project is dedicated to teaching others about autism and works to promote acceptance within schools and communities. There are resources and videos to help children in your classroom who have autism feel accepted.

Autism Inspiration

  • This website for teachers includes different content area activities and lesson plans as well as behavioral management ideas. There are various news articles, discussion forums, and resources accessible from this website to help teachers accommodate their students with autism.

Autism Research Network

  • The goal of this website is to help people understand and treat autism. There are many resources that can also help identify autism.

Baby Bumble Bee

  • Baby Bumble Bee is a resource for parents and teachers to help develop children’s vocabulary at an earlier age.

Different Roads to Learning

  • Here are a variety of resources you can use for children in your classroom who have been diagnosed with autism.

Songs for Teaching

  • Songs for Teaching has a great deal of children’s songs, lyrics, and song clips to teach different subjects across the curriculum. This website is to help students learn through music. Also, the website provides articles on why you should have music in the classroom, how to incorporate music in teaching, and different teacher resource materials.

Preparing for a Child with Autism

  • This website includes important suggestions for teachers to know about teaching children with autism. It also suggests ways the classroom environment should be structured so that students with autism can succeed in the classroom. Lastly, there are additional links on this website that include printouts related to ideas, information, and guides for teaching students with autism.

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism

  •  In this article, you will find helpful and detailed tips about teaching children with autism. This link helps teachers understand more about how to teach and adapt to those students who may have autism in their classroom. It gives suggestions and common characteristics so that teachers have a better understanding of what will need to be taught and what to focus on. 


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