BE SAFE Teaching Edition Movie & Companion Curriculum

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

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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.

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


Special Education Technology of British Columbia

Special Education Technology is dedicated to  enhancing student opportunities for success by providing access to curriculum through the use of appropriate educational and communication technologies and on their website, they provide information and classroom resources on assistive technology.  We especially like their pre-made, downloadable visual supports.


BAAM Behavior Movies

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research based best practice for autism interventions.  If you’re wanting to learn more about this technique (for free) then BAAM is the place to go.  ABA has lots of jargon that can make it difficult for parents and professionals to understand, but when you see it in action, it makes a lot more sense.  Well BAAM lets you see ABA in action by going to their movie index.


Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has many great resources.  We really like their video glossary– this web-based tool is designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by seeing side-by-side the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children (this does require creating a login, but it’s free).  The treatment section includes some of the more commonly used interventions for children on the autism spectrum: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models.  We also like their great tool kits.

Autism Speaks is not without it’s controversies.  They have not fully discredited the myth that ASD is caused by vaccines and often talk about ASD in terms of treatment as if it was a disease to be cured.  Despite these limitations, Autism Speaks, has many great resources for families and professionals.

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Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project

Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (IATTAP) is a great place to get training materials.  Their goal is to increase information about ASD throughout the state of Illinois.  We like thier video for a basic introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (available streaming or they can send you a DVD).  It’s appropriate for family members, school personnel (including teaching assistants and general education staff), as well as community members who want to learn about ASD.  IATTAP also introduces basic effective strategies for interacting with individuals with ASD.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, this website may not look flashy, but has useful training information.

Autism Internet Modules

Have you heard of PECS but not really sure what it is?  Would you like to implement a five-point scale, but not exactly sure how?  The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive,up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.

You do have to create a log in, but the modules are free.  You can pay a small fee to receive a certificate of completion.