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Party Planning Unit

By Janice Bellinger / December 17, 2015

My own school district, District 75 in New York City, has posted a number of books visually and otherwise adapted for students with autism. Included are many books with Mayer-Johnson symbols. These are a great – and free – resource for teachers. Some are perfect for printing and reading. Others include audio and are nicely […]



By Janice Bellinger / December 12, 2015

Like many of us, I love to keep up with the latest in autism research. So, I’m really delighted to have happened upon a wonderful blog that summarizes recent studies, Translating Autism. The information there is presented clearly and it is updated pretty frequently. There is so much out there! I’d love to hear about […]


Sharing Activities

By Janice Bellinger / November 4, 2015

We also gave ideas on ways to visually and otherwise support student independence during these types of technology projects. Our audience shared fantastic ideas and insight as well. (If you were in the audience, thank you!!) Below, we share some sample projects and student-support documents. To download the file, click on the link. (To make […]


Sign Matching Quiz

By Janice Bellinger / October 23, 2015

Now, the question is how did I miss these when I was in the classroom, hmmm?! I talk a lot about Classroom Suite’s Activity Exchange, but there are other software activity and lesson plan sharing communities out there as well. The two other software programs I use the most are Kidspiration (or Inspiration, depending on […]


Interesting Article: Using Video Games to Train Brains

By Janice Bellinger / October 17, 2015

This is my last month in a classroom full-time (at least for now). Soon, I will be joining our district’s Office of Autism as an autism coach. My responsibilities will be different, more teacher-training focused. I tell you this because it means I won’t be posting activities within the context of big unit plans. I […]


Crossing the Street: Learning and Practicing through Videos

By Janice Bellinger / September 13, 2015

Party Planning Unit As our last full unit plan, my students and I explored different aspects of planning and preparing for a party. This unit followed our school’s autism pacing calendar, and it wrapped up several themes of the year nicely. (Our school, by the way, has an outstanding team of teachers who create a […]


Adapted Stories for Students with Autism

By Janice Bellinger / September 4, 2015

Yesterday, Office of Autism director Stephanie McCaskill and I hosted a workshop on ways to integrate technology into middle school/high school Autism classrooms. We focused on using technology to address universal, major skill areas in Autism education (see visual beloTo demonstrate, we discussed and shared sample projects, including digital photograph collections, community skills practice, digital […]


Workshop Documents: Integrating Technology

By Janice Bellinger / September 4, 2015

There is no real substitute for learning through real-world experience. Ideally, all students — most especially students with autism — should have many, many structured, safe, real-world learning activities. Learning traffic safety is an excellent example of why this is. What possible substitute can there be? Researchers have explored using virtual reality to teach students […]



By Janice Bellinger / August 20, 2015

I don’t present the text of each book to you here, for brevity’s sake, but for students with autism it is essential to teach the meaning behind social events (Even if it may seem like a superficial topic or a superfluous allotment of time on the subject, it’s not.) Lastly, this was a super fun […]


How To Turn Your Instructingautism From Blah Into Fantastic

By Janice Bellinger / August 15, 2015

This screen shot above is from the medium-level interactive book. In it, students can look to a picture-cue on each page to help them uncover an answer to the question. On this level, I generally expect (with some exceptions) that the student will type the word or phrase shown, rather than a full, independent sentence. […]

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