Ultimate Online Guide to Becoming an Autistic Support Teacher

Autism is a neurological disorder that typically affects an individual’s sensory and social development. In some people, autism can also affect cognitive and motor development. The condition typically begins to show signs in a child prior to age three. In some cases, a diagnosis is not made until adulthood although symptoms must always be present during childhood.

According to the latest statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of diagnosis for autism spectrum disorders is 1 out of 88 children. For boys, the rate is 1 out of 54. Many classrooms in today’s public schools will have a child with an autism diagnosis. Many teachers, doctors and human services professionals will work with at least one child who has an autism diagnosis during their career. Some choose to make their careers out of helping children on the autism spectrum grow and thrive. Autism support teachers are essential members of an autistic child’s support team and with today’s increase in the rate of diagnosis, the demand for qualified autism support teachers is high.

We have compiled the best resources available for helping one decide if becoming an autism support teacher is the right career choice. These resources will help those interested in working with autistic children learn what skills and education will be needed in order to pursue a career in special education. The following resources also provide information on the process for securing one’s dream job as an autism support teacher. In addition, we have provided several ideas to help autism support teachers be successful in the classroom.

Please click here to see this list of best resources.

Guest post by: Rianna Stanley from Masters In Special Education.

{Giveaway} Book: “Leah’s Voice”

Lori_cover-2 Book – “Leah’s Voice” by Lori DeMonia

Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient for children’s books for developing social skills.  Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Lori DeMonia would like to have one lucky winner win a copy of her book.  US Residents Only! 18+ to enter. Enter every day.  Use form below to enter. Good luck!

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The CHAT Bag is a our Featured Product from the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Guide.

We had the great pleasure of reviewing this product from Lori Holbrook.  This bag makes carrying an Ipad or certain tablets easy and accessible for special needs children who rely on a communication device to speak.

The CHAT Bags currently fit Apples IPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 but if you don’t have an IPad you can special order a bag.

It allows the child to carry their IPad with them and have the screen accessible to them.

There are a lot of great fabrics and she is still coming up with some unique ways to use the bag.

Here is my vlog about the bag:

Be sure to look at more wonderful products in our SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

Let us know what products you like?

Book – “Leah’s Voice” by Lori DeMonia – $12.95

Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient for children’s books for developing social skills.  Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Wanted to share another person’s review of the book:

Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers Favorite

“Leah’s Voice,” written by Lori DeMonia and illustrated by Monique Turchan, is a great story about accepting each and every person and treating everyone with respect and kindness. Logan’s older sister Leah is on the autism spectrum; however, Logan does not realize this or really think about the differences and the problems it may cause until she has a play date. Abby has never met anyone like Leah and is not willing to understand or make exceptions for how she thinks things should be. For example, Abby does not want to play a game with her and Logan as she cannot sit and play. She takes her turn, gets up and leaves and then returns when it is her turn again. After an article is published about Leah and the art that she creates, Abby realizes that she was not acting nicely toward her and learns that she needs to treat Leah as she would anyone else.

This is a great story that discusses children with special needs. All children should read it as it can be difficult for children to play together if someone has special needs. This story provides examples of situations that may arise and cause tension so that children cannot be happy. For example, Logan missed out on seeing a movie as Leah could not handle going into the theater. The lesson shared at the end of the story is an important one for children to learn and one that adults should also remember day after day. The illustrations throughout the book are well-done as they are bright, filled with detail and go along with the text nicely.

You can order Lori’s book directly through Amazon by clicking here.

Follow her:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leahs-Voice/145360035609771

 

Make sure to stop by Lori’s Facebook page and reference you found her book on the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

The CHAT Bag – $35.00

 

What is the Chat Bag?

The CHAT bag was inspired by Lori’s beautiful daughter Hannah who has Down Syndrome, Autism, and Apraxia. She currently uses an iPad to communicate with. Lori wanted to create a versatile bag that had adjustable straps, soft fabric with colorful designs, and have the screen exposed at all times for easy access. Now she can carry her bag anywhere and CHAT (Children Have A Tool) with us.

I was so excited to receive this bag as my son loves using his ipad.  Although my son doesn’t use it for communication I love that he has the ability to have it protected and has the ability to carry it with him.  This will help promote responsibility for his stuff.

Assisted technology like ipads and smartphones are becoming more widely used in schools and during therapy sessions.

Here is a link to my son using the ipad during his speech therapy in school. http://youtu.be/8EqzDotOjfk

The CHAT bag fits Apple Ipads 1, 2 and 3.

You may even special order if you don’t see a fabric that you like or if you have a different tablet size.

If you are looking to buy this for a loved one, but don’t know what fabric they would like Lori has gift certificates available.  Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the bag that I received for my son:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori graciously sent me my own CHAT bag, yes they do have Adult CHAT bags.  Here is the
one she sent for my ipad:

 

To order directly from Lori at CHAT Bag please click here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

Follow them:

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHAT-Bag/199231483505441

 

https://twitter.com/chat_bag

 

http://pinterest.com/chatbag/

 

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

 

It’s finally here the first annual 2012 SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

As a mother of a child with special needs, mom blogger and mom entrepreneur I wanted to create a unique guide that is specially targeted to children with special needs and their families who care for them.  The intent was to reach out to small business owners, Etsy shops, mom entrepreneurs and people who have a vested interest or passion for the special needs community.  As a mom entrepreneur I thought this was the perfect opportunity to help support other mom entrepreneurs.

What I found was their experience and interests brought real unique and helpful products that I wanted to share with you.  I hope that the products you find in this guide are practical, but will be helpful and provide a real value to you and your child with special needs.  But more importantly, bring real joy to your holiday season!

As joyous as the season is, gift giving can be stressful especially if you are purchasing for a child with special needs.  My intent with this guide was to make it a little less stressful with practical, reasonably priced items that can provide a real value to the child and their families.

Please share this guide with others and would love any feedback that you may have.  You can either click the picture above or click here to view the guide.

Happy Holidays!

Marla Murasko, Founder of SpecialMoms A Special Needs Parenting Club

 

Special Needs Students: Five of the Best Colleges
Guest Post by: Linda Forshaw

The prospect of leaving home and going to college is daunting at the best of times. Add special needs into the mix and the thought may just become overwhelming for many students and their parents. But should that really be the case? While having special needs can undoubtedly make the college process more challenging, it most certainly does not rule it out. Increasingly colleges and universities are reaching out with tailored support packages to assist those students with disabilities ranging from hearing impairment to autism spectrum conditions. Let’s take a look at five