The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

theautisticbrainThe Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin.

(XAB Grand 2013)

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

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Four Steps of Communication with Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner (she is the person behind “Social Thinking”) and a young man on the autism spectrum teach us about social communication.

New Diagnosis Program

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Family Orientation Program – Free

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 PM

A one session, multi family group program designed to

provide introductory information about Autism Spectrum Disorders

Christopher Hall – Studio Room

904 W Nevada – Urbana, IL

Focus: The program is designed to assist parents, extended family, and friends. It is the first step in the family’s journey to create optimum growth, independence, and joy for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program seeks to provide families a solid grounding from which to begin their journey to care for, teach, and support their child with ASD.


To register, contact: Linda Tortorelli, Coordinator

The Autism Program UIUC – (217) 244-0928 OR


Future groups will be offered whenever several families express a need.

Please let us know if child care is needed to attend session

This program is a free service of The Autism Program UIUC

Thanksgiving Adjectives

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This Thanksgiving Adjective sheet is a great way to interact and prompt communication with your child during the holidays! The child will circle the correct little square under the four large pictures. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about Thanksgiving traditions, and what it is all about!

A Thanksgiving Story

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“A Thanksgiving Story” is one informative tool to help individuals understand what Thanksgiving is all about. This will help children to understand the traditions they are taking part in on Thanksgiving Day. To alleviate the high stress that can be associated with holidays, feel free to request a different social story, or other visual support from our resource room!

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Behaviors in Different Settings

imageThis visual support is a great tool for any individual who struggles with knowing how to behave in different places. The settings we include are: “At home…” “At the library…” “In class…” “At gym…” Also included, are different behaviors which are, or are not appropriate, in these different settings. The top portion is the “I can…” and the bottom half is “I never…” This is a great tool to use in these different settings to remind individuals of acceptable or unacceptable behaviors, but it can also be used as a learning tool. Individuals can place the different behaviors where they think each belongs. This is a great opportunity to explain why these behaviors ARE or are NEVER acceptable. Come stop in the resource room to get yours today, or to see everything else we have to offer!

Tantrums Don’t Help Me Fix a Problem (Social Story)


Tantrums Don’t Help Me Fix a Problem is a social story created by TAP. This particular social story is written to help children understand why tantrums will not fix their problem. It also helps the child with positive ways to deal with their emotions, such as using their words, instead of throwing objects. Social stories can be customized to any child for any topic —  JUST ASK!

This social story can be found on-line at under “materials exchange” and then “social pragmatics”. On the website, it’s listed under “Tantrums Don’t Fix My Social Communication Problems” and there’s separate links to each of the pages in the book. If you can stop by the resource room, we’d be happy to make it for you (you should call ahead so we can have it ready for you when you come in).


Los Trastornos Del Espectro De Autismo De la A a la Z

originalLos Trastornos Del Espectro De Autismo De la A a la Z by Barbara T. Doyle, M.S., & Emily Doyle Iland, B.A.

XAB Doyle 2005 spanish

Traducido por una de las autoras del exitoso libro Autism Spectrum Disorders From A to Z éste es el mejor libro tan extensivo y detallado de salir del tema en español. Presenta la perspectiva combinada de dos hermanas con 50 años de experiencia entre ellas, una la madre de un joven con un Trastorno del Espectro de Autismo y abogado educacional, y la otra un profesional de educación especial para más que 32 años. Está lleno de toda la información y recursos que los padres necesitan saber y tener para ayudar a sus hijos. Contiene muchas sugerencias de cómo los padres y los profesionales pueden trabajar juntos para lograr la vida más exitosa posible para las personas con los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo. Con más que 500 páginas, explica todos los temas importantes en lenguaje que se puede entender fácilmente y presentan muchos ejemplos.

Ofrecen pasos prácticos y estrategias de cómo colaborar para ayudar a una persona con un Trastorno del Espectro de Autismo (TEA), de cualquier edad durante toda la vida. Entender a las características y las definiciones de los TEA Cómo mejorar el proceso de la evaluación y el diagnóstico El impacto del diagnóstico a la familia y otros Los apoyos que las familias necesitan y cómo conseguirlos Lo que los profesionales pueden hacer para ayudar a las familias Cómo escoger los metas del plan individuo en todas las áreas del funcionamiento Cómo explicar sobre TEA a la persona misma, a la familia y otros que necesitan saber Las causas posibles de los TEA y una explicación de varios curas o tratamientos

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BE SAFE – How to Interact Safely with the Police

original-1BE SAFE – How to Interact Safely with the Police by Emily Iland.

XOT Iland 2013

BE SAFE is an exciting new teaching tool tailored to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and similar conditions. The video format of BE SAFE is accessible and appealing. Video modeling is an effective, evidence-based teaching method for learners on the spectrum. BE SAFE can also be helpful for individuals with related conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Intellectual Disability.

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BE SAFE Teaching Edition Movie & Companion Curriculum

originalBE SAFE Teaching Edition Movie & Companion Curriculum by Emily Iland, M.A.

XOT Iland 2013 teach

The Teaching Edition includes BE SAFE The Movie PLUS a 300+ page Curriculum Guide on CD Rom that parents, teachers and staff can use to bring home the messages of The Movie. The Curriculum Guide includes 7 Lessons, matched to the 7 Episodes of The Movie. Choose from dozens of activities and games, and select from more than 100 visual materials to find the ones that are best suited to a particular learner’s  cognitive ability and language level.

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Is This Person My Friend and Friendship Tips


These visual supports are very useful for any individual needing extra help understanding the social skills related to making friends and keeping them as well. Individuals on the spectrum often have a difficult time determining social skills and cues that typically developing children learn more quickly.

Fisher Price Daily Routine


The Fisher Price Daily Routine is one of the most popular visual supports we offer. It is similar to the bedtime/morning routines, but this one can be utilized during the day or really any time! We can customize the PECS to an individual’s personal schedule. This example includes a pocket at the bottom to place extra PECS in, allowing for a lot of flexibility. This schedule is great because individuals are able to attain independence and feel as though they are in control by moving the activities they complete to the “Done” side.

Halloween – Carving Pumpkins & Trick-or-Treating


Halloween can be a scary time for children… This visual support will enable individuals to participate in the Halloween festivities. There are two separate visual supports: one for carving pumpkins, and one for trick-or-treating! Visual supports are helpful because they can alleviate anxiety by preparing the child for what will happen next.

Social Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome

social-pragmatic successSocial Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome by Timothy P. Kowalski.

XSS Kowal 2010

Not getting the results you want? Overwhelmed? Not sure where to begin? Confused? This book is an easy, practical tool designed to assess and document strengths and weaknesses in social-pragmatic communication across settings. The author provides a comprehensive tutorial in establishing treatment goals and techniques that address holistic, functional improvement is social-pragmatic communication skills. This tool is particularly useful in the school setting when meeting certain eligibility requirements for the students is a challenge, this tool can serve as the critical element needed to navigate the eligibility process.

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No More Victims

no more victimsNo More Victims by Dr. Jed Baker 

(XAS Baker 2013)

The digital world offers a wonderful way to communicate and socialize with others. Yet, it is also rife with the dangers of being victimized emotionally, physically, and financially.

Trusting individuals with autism spectrum disorders, who are oftentimes socially isolated, are especially vulnerable to online predators. Finally, we have a resource to help prepare them for the minefields they may encounter on the Internet.
In this much-needed book, Dr Baker presents three main areas of concern for our kids:

  • Cyber bullying
  • Online sexual predators
  • Internet scams

Through Dr. Baker’s invaluable advice, kids will learn what to look out for, whom to avoid, and how to protect themselves when they’re communicating online.

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First, Then (Primero, Luego)


The “First, Then” item offers support for individuals who tend to be impatient or always looking to do the next activity, go to the next place, etc. This activity helps them to see that first they must do [activity/go someplace] then they can do what they want (or get some type of reward, such as free time). Helping the child visualize this helps them to understand that they will get to the activity or place they want, but they must first do what is being asked of them. This visual aid is easy to make, but can be requested from the resource room an along with all other visual supports, is available in Spanish.