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Exercise as an Evidence-Based Practice

Many teens and adults on the autism spectrum are less physically active in comparison to their peers. Exercise can be used to improve the overall physical fitness of autistic individuals. Also, exercise can be used to increase coping skills and decrease challenging behaviors (aggression, self-injurious behaviors). In this post, we’ll be discussing how to create and integrate daily opportunities for physical activity for teens and adults with ASD.

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4 Ways Parents Can Maximize Their Role in Transition

As your child with autism approaches adulthood, your role as a parent/caregiver/family member will become more emphasized and vital. As if it isn’t already! But you will be the one on the ground to help when your child leaves school. Unfortunately, the rest of your IEP team won’t be there to help then. But, while you have them and some time before graduation, here are some tips to enhance your role during transition, transition planning, and planning for adulthood.

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Peer-mediated Instruction & Intervention

One of the main characteristics of autism is social communication challenges. Individuals on the autism spectrum can benefit from working with peers. This strategy is referred to as peer-mediated instruction and intervention. This post shares what peer-mediated instruction and interventions are and how you can use them.

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Visual Supports

Individuals on the autism spectrum have strengths in visual processing and visual search skills compared to neurotypical individuals. By visually presenting information, such as directions about what to do or what will happen next, individuals with ASD are more likely to process information more easily and quickly. This strategy is referred to as visual supports. This post shares what visual supports are and how you can use them.

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Autism Resource: Evidence Based Practices

In this post, I’ll be sharing a FREE resource for you to learn about evidence-based practices specifically studied with learners on the autism spectrum. The Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) is a fantastic resource made up of video modules and interactive learning to teach you about using all of the 27 identified evidence-based practices for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Autism & Adulting - How You Can Get Ready for Adulthood

In this post, we’ll identify the tools you’ll need for planning and preparing your teen with autism for their transition to adulthood. I discovered a few key tools that were repeatedly popping up over and over again. And I’ve compiled them all into this toolkit for you to use. This makes adulthood easier to think about, figure out what is working for you and your family, and individualize the tools based on your teen with ASD and their interests and needs.

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