Aug 11, 2015

An Engineered Environment for Students with Autism

Don't forget the key to a great school year is great classroom management.  Setting up the classroom space to help students know what to do, where to be and how to interact can increase appropriate behaviors in a large way.

An Effective Classroom Set Up Which is Engineered for Students with Autism 

An engineered environment in which the teacher and classroom team specifically create will benefit your students.  To start with, think about the physical space you have available in your classroom. How can you use the space most effectively?  Will having a teacher desk, or two or three, take up much needed space for the student work areas?  Or can they be placed in some non-conspicuous manner?  For example, in a way that will allow them to be used as a support for a partition or divider. So that a work-station can be placed in front of or to the side of the desk.  Also, think about the physical boundaries that are not there but can be manufactured using furniture, carpets, tables, tape lines etc.

When setting up, it is equally important to give thought to the visual supports that will be available throughout the classroom.  Schedules, of course are most useful for students who may have a difficult time remembering information or who may need visual supports to understand information.  Posters with the picture and name of the area are useful for students who are not yet reading.  It helps them to see where to go, even if they cannot read it.

Landing pages are helpful because students can take their schedules cards and match them up to the pictures on the landing pages to know where to go to next.


Also, the landing pages give them a place to put the schedule card when it is not being used.

Communication supports are important as well.  Be sure to give students ample opportunities  to share their thoughts and feelings as well as opportunities to make choices.

Visual supports, in general,  cannot be over emphasized.  From morning routines, to hand-washing, to countdown boards for helping students give up a turn, engineering the environment is a much needed skill in an autism or special education classroom.

How to Set Up a Classroom for Students with Autism (ebook version)

Aug 4, 2015

Day 3: Nursery Rhymes, Play Skills, Sight Words, Professional Development for You to Present and Materials for Teens

Here is the final list of resources from the Autism Classroom TpT Store.  This list includes Nursery RhymesPlay SkillsSight WordsTeacher/Leader and materials for Teens.

Play Skills

Teachers as Leaders (Professional Development Series)

Resources for Teens

Aug 3, 2015

Day 2: Fine Motor, IEP Work Bin Tasks, Language Skills, Lessons, Math and Morning Work for Students with Autism

It is finally here!!!! What is it?  It is the big, huge, super Love Back to School Sale a TpT.  Teacher products and materials for classrooms are on sale up to 28% !!! The Autism Classroom store is on sale for sure. 

Here is day 2 of the list of resources offered at the store.  Day 1 featured bundles, behavior products, colors, posters and file folders. Day 2 will show you the available options in a list format for Fine Motor, IEP Work Bin Tasks, Language Skills, Lessons, Math and Morning Work for Students with Autism. Sometimes it is difficult to rummage through a store, well here is everything listed, hopefully in a neat way, so that you can see what there is to offer.  So here we go...

Fine Motor

Fine Motor Task Cards

IEP Work Bin Tasks

Days of the Week

Everyday Objects
Everyday Objects
Everyday Objects

Already Done! Tasks for IEP Work Bins- Shapes Edition (Autism & Sp. Education)

Language Skills 

My Verb Book

Special Education (Verb Question Cards for Autism and Special & Early Education)

Special Education (Verb Question Cards for Autism and Special & Early Education)


(Autism) Apps, Lesson Ideas and Activities for Young Children with Autism


Math Task Cards
Addition Task Cards

Morning Work for Students with Autism 

Morning Work for Students with Autism (September & October)

Morning Work for Students with Autism (September & October)

Aug 2, 2015

Day 1: Bundles, Behavior, Colors, Posters, File Folders and a Game Plan (How to Shop an Autism Classroom TpT Back to School Sale)

Hey Everyone. It is finally that time of year.  The huge Teachers Pay Teachers Sale will be on Monday and Tuesday (August 3rd and 4th) at the Autism Classroom TpT Store. Teachers can experience up to 28% off of original prices by using the promo code BTS15 at checkout. In order to be fully prepared, I want to use these next three days to highlight the resources in the Autism Classroom store and establish a game plan.

How to shop this Autism Classroom TpT sale:


Join for free to be a member of Teachers Pay Teachers (here.)  This will allow you to access free content on the site. Next, go to the freebies section of the store (here) and download the freebies that are in the store. This will give you an idea of the types of products available.  It will also help you to see if these are items you may be interested in purchasing.  Some of the free items are lessons for August, so you will will also be gaining valuable materials that you do not have to spend time making for the first few days of school, when you need your time the most.

Sunday Afternoon

After looking through the freebies from the store and deciding that you may want to investigate a little further, go back to the Autism Classroom Store (here).  This time, add items to your "wish list" or to your cart (you can remove them at any time before purchase.)  This way you will have a running list of the items you want to get or might like to get in the future.  Also, you can spend the time on the weekend to research and then on Monday just purchase what you already picked out.

Sunday Night

Make some decisions about the specific materials that you want to purchase and get ready to have a ball !!!!!

Use the hashtag #AtAutismClassroomTpTStore to show me all of the items on your wish list, in your cart or great stuff you already bought.

Now Lets Take a Look at a Few Items

Today, Monday and Tuesday, I will list the products by category.  Sometimes it is easier to see them all in a list rather that surfing through the website. So here it goes...

MEGA BUNDLE (Limited Time Only)

Free Behavior Support Posters

Certificates & Posters

I Will Try Statements
Growth Mindset Posters

·         Autism

My Color Book

·         Easter File Folder

·         Summer Fun File Folder Games

·         Tablet Fun File Folder Games