Better Together

Join this group of parents and professionals as they share about their students’ struggles with executive functioning in the context of understanding the behaviors behind and strategies to improve the different domains of executive functioning.

Challenging Behaviors – Part 2: Exploring function-based interventions

Part 2 in a 4-part series on Challenging Behavior. This session focuses on functional interventions for challenging behavior. Join Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner as she discusses practical tips to avoid and manage everyday difficulties.

Autism 101: Understanding the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder- *Full Video

Autism expert and consultant, Linda Tortorelli shares an in-depth, easy to understand overview of what autism is, how it affects a child, and a brief overview of resources available to families.

Transitioning to Post-secondary education for students with ASD

In this webinar, autism expert Linda Tortorelli discusses getting students ready for 2- or 4-year university: what’s needed for accommodations, supports available, and preparing your student.

Challenging Behavior Part 1

Join us for Part 1 of a 4-part series on challenging behavior with Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner, BCBA. This video explores WHY? The reasons behind the behavior.

What is sensory processing and integration?

Andrea Fanta, MS, OT, describes basic concepts for families and educators related to sensory processing and its 8 senses.

Andrea Fanta is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Que es el procesamiento y la integracion sesorial?

Video educativo para padres y educadores sobre integracion sensorial y descripcion de los 8 sentidos.

Sleep and ASD

Dustin Haraden, MS, discusses normative patterns of sleep, factors that affect sleep, and strategies for developing healthy sleep routines and managing sleep-related challenges. Originally streamed on April 21, 2020.

Mr. Haraden is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. He has conducted sleep related research and has conducted ASD assessments and programs for youth on the spectrum for TAP.

Picky Eaters: Tips and Strategies

Lisa Crane, MA CCC-SLP/L discusses common issues related to “picky eating” in children on the spectrum, provides strategies for encouraging trying new foods, and answers questions from viewers. Originally streamed on April 14, 2020.

For more tips and strategies to make the most of family mealtimes, go to:

Mealtime Minutes from the Family Resiliency Center

Social Thinking and Zoom & Online Media!

This short video is for students ages 8+ that are having zoom or online class meetings. The Social Thinking® vocabulary is applied to help students understand and navigate the hidden curriculum of participating in a zoom or online meeting in a very concrete way.

This video is presented by Joan Storey Gorsuch, BFA, M.Ed, Social Thinking® clinically trained, UCLA PEERS ® Certified Provider.

Mythbusters: Truths and Lies about Autism

Originally streamed on April 7, 2020.

What is autism anyway? What should I expect when I meet someone who is on the autism spectrum? Do I seek a diagnosis? Should we tell anyone? Does it look the same in boys versus girls? Families, friends, coworkers, employers- come and get all your questions answers as we set the record straight about the issues surrounding autism.

Presenters: Jeanne Kramer, SLP and TAP Resource Specialist and Hena Thakur, M.S. and doctoral candidate in psychology.

Expert Panel: Noa Hannah, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, BCBA and Speech Language Pathologist; Linda Tortorelli, Director of The Autism Program at University of Illinois; Amy Cohen, PhD, Director of Psychology Services.

Please note that due to a technical glitch, the recording begins several minutes into the presentation.

Excelling with Autism Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice

Excelling with Autism Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice by Brenda Smith Myles, Ruth Aspy, Kerry Mataya, & Hollis Shaffer

(XED Myles 2018)

Excelling with Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice introduces a new way to optimize the progress of learners with ASD. Reaching critical mass helps learners apply information in new ways spontaneous generalization.
If available, item can be checked out from the resource room at no cost.

Autism and Employment: Raising Your Child with Foundational Skills for the Future

 by Lisa Tews, MS, CCC-SLP & Diane Zajac, LMSW

(XAT Tew 2018)

This book was written to help parents raise their child with the foundational skills he or she will need for the future.
If available, item can be checked out from the resource room at no cost.

What’s Happening to Tom?

What’s Happening to Tom? by Kate E. Reynolds

(XAT Reyno 2015)

Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams.

If available, item can be checked our from the resource room at no cost.

“why Didn’t They Just Say That?”

by Jennifer M. Schmidt, MEd

(XCM Schmi 2018)

“Let’s create a class instead of the typical social skills programs!” With this statement began the development of this innovative evidence-based curriculum for secondary students with ASD and their neurotypical (NT) peers. PEERspective is a complete curriculum that teaches high school students self-awareness, self-acceptance, relationship building, conflict resolution, managing stress and wellness, and many other topics that have lifelong impact on students’ lives.

If available, item can be check out from the resource room at no cost.

 

Stuff You Need to Know

 by Patricia Weaver, BS, PA

(XAT Weave 2018)

This book is a guide to help kids and young adults with autism learn the most basic skills to achieve independence.

If available, item can be checked our from the resource room at no cost.

 

Planning Transitions for Young People with Special Needs and Disabilities

 by Dr. Alison Doyle

(XAT Doyle 2017)

This book is designed to support students with additional needs or disabilities from the age of 15 years upwards. This resource is divided into six skills units, providing parents, families, teachers and other professionals with resources for planning successful transitions from secondary school. The workbook helps students to identify strengths, challenges, needs and aspirations, and to turn these into achievable goals.
If available, item can be checked out from resource room at no cost.