When a child exhibits challenging behaviors, it can have an impact on the whole family. This page of the website will contain resources about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and other strategies that may be helpful for families.
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Description: Going back to school and adjusting to new routines can be tricky for kids with learning and attention issues—and for you. But having the right tools can make the transition easier. Use these back-to-school downloads to start the school year off right.
Description: The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths. NAA (National Autism Association) has created two digital safety toolkits that can be downloaded here:Caregiver Toolkit and First Responder Toolkit.
Description: Finding and safely recovering a missing child with autism presents unique and difficult challenges for families, law enforcement, first responders and search teams. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has special search protocols and checklists to help first responders.
Description: The following are implementation resources that correlate to evidenced based practices as identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/. The resources listed are available for check-out in every Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance (T-TAC) lending library.
Description: The VCU-ACE How To Series demonstrates evidence-based practices for students with ASD. These short videos are approximately five minutes and are intended to provide a quick look at implementing a particular strategy. The How To videos provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice in the classroom with students with ASD. More How To videos will continue to be added so please check back often! (Videos on Prompting,...
Description: Play is an integral part of most early childhood special education programs. For many young children with ASD and severe learning needs, this skill may be very difficult. This webcast will discuss the importance of teaching social skills in early childhood education programs that serve students with ASD. Elements of social skill instruction will be explored to include both systematic and naturalistic teaching strategies. Methods of how to embed evidenced-based practices in...
Description: Bullying in the United States was once a silent epidemic which was endured by millions of children on a daily basis. The attitude “kids will be kids” was just part of normal childhood development. Today, bullying in schools is being recognized as a national health problem and safety issue for all students including students with disabilities. The prevalence of bullying in schools is roughly one in three students and can occur twice as often for students with special needs. Dr....
Description: Learn about some of the recent laws regarding autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA) including an update on the autism insurance laws in Virginia. Find out what you can do to make a difference.
Description: Learn about the different laws in Virginia that apply to behavior analysis, including their history, current status, and what the future may hold. Also discover the unique responsibilities that behavior analysts have when practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Description: Within the text of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5, the word “social” appears TEN times; indicating that social skills are, inherently, a significant area of need for students with ASD. Learning to navigate social situations not only helps them understand their world, but also impacts a student’s ability to gain benefit from academics. Our students, more often than not, find themselves alone during recess and lunch times, verbally...
Description: The VCU-ACE Statewide Goal Committee on Transition recognized that there are distinct domains that comprise this complex concept. Appropriately named, “The Three T’s of Transition”, these areas are as follows: Transition from grade-to-grade, level-to-level, teacher-to-teacher, transition to and from out-of division placement, and the transition that takes place when students leave from secondary education and embark into adulthood. This webcast will...
Description: Girls and women with ASD are often underdiagnosed and lack effective comprehensive services to establish and maintain a quality of life. During this session, Dr. Lori Ernsperger will provide effective interventions and strategies for addressing specific issues which include friendship making, social communication skills, hygiene, personal safety, and self-determination skills.
Description: These are guidelines for conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and developing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Strategies.
Description: Prader-Willi Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome; the most common known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity in children.
Description: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
Description: AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us.
Description: Trauma affects youth in all communities, and responses to those experiences by child-serving systems are critical. It is important for providers serving youth to understand how best to respond and support healing. This brief discusses the concept and prevalence of trauma; techniques for coping with, and recovering from trauma at an individual and systems level; the core principles for building a framework for understanding trauma; and implementation of elements essential for a trauma-informed...
Description: This includes the following: The Bullying Problem: What You Need to Know, How to Help Your Child Defend Against Bullies, The Facts on Bullying, 9 Steps to Take If You Suspect Bullying at School, At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Grade School, At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Middle School, At a Glance: Who Can Help With Bullying, The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying, Anti-Bullying Resources: Books Teen Forums and More, What to Do When Your Child Is The Bully, 8 Ways to Make Your Child's...
Description: The National Autism Center has released the results of the largest systematic review to date of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The resulting report identifies effective, research-based interventions for individuals across the lifespan. The report, Findings and Conclusions: National Standards Project, Phase 2, updated the Center’s 2009 summary of the ASD intervention literature for children and youth under age 22 and added information about interventions for adults. This...
Description: Executive Function 101 is a free e-book from founding partner the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Download the e-book to find out what executive function is and how it impacts kids with learning and attention issues. This e-book also includes a thorough graphic that walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function (pages 7-9).
Description: Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Description: The Virginia Autism Council is a group comprised of self-advocates, professionals and family members. This Council works to advance knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders by defining skill competencies needed to effectively support a person with ASD and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers who provide support. The VAC website is Virginia’s clearinghouse on education and training opportunities taking place...
Description: The Mason Autism Support Initiative offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to motivated Mason students with autism spectrum disorder in order to guide them through the transition into university life, and assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond. We encourage development of self-advocacy and college-level independent living skills by providing individual and group support within a collaborative model. Applications...
Description: Our mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Our aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
Description: All children need homes that are safe and full of love. Children who have experienced severe trauma may need more. Early, hurtful experiences can cause children to see and react in different ways. Some children who have been adopted or placed into foster care need help to cope with what happened to them in the past. Knowing what experts say about early trauma can help you work with your child.
Description: Our program is a comprehensive child identification and protection tool designed to give families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing children. Not only do we include children, but teenagers, adults and senior citizens in the event that they go missing. Because EVERY ONE IS SOMEONES CHILD. This program is provided "free of charge" to every Virginia family who wishes to participate.
Description: This fact sheet presents information that can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma in your child and offers recommendations for what you can do to help your child heal.
Description: This hour-long webinar is for educators, school administrators, teachers and advocates. It addresses current best practices, policies and tools that can improve school climate for all students, but especially those in the child welfare system.
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: In this folder you will find the following: •Webinar Guide Providing Table of Contents for Webinar Discussion which Allows You to Move to Sections of Webinar You Wish To View •The Powerpoint Handouts for this Presentation •Resources Links to Accompany Webinar (these are updated as new resources are sent to DPI) •Summary of Feedback and Participant Questions •General Family and Autism Resources Folder
Description: Toys cause many preventable injuries. Tips on Toys will help you decide just which toys are safe for your children as they grow. Take a few minutes to look over the toys you already have, and keep these guidelines in mind when you buy new ones. The suggestions made in this publication are based on national information about the kinds of toys most often involved in accidents. Most of this information was gathered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the checklist was developed...
Description: This section provides a Guidance Package (which includes a Set of Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, and a Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities), Additional Resources (which includes Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets), and Technical Assistance and Support.
Description: LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities. Training Sessions are provided free of charge within a two hour radius of Richmond, and Newport News, Virginia. Co-trainers will travel on-site and provide training sessions free of charge. To arrange for training for your organization, contact: Jack Brandt, Partnership for People with Disabilities, (804) 828-1365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is pleased to provide English speakers with quick access to the wealth of information in Spanish on this website. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, use this page to easily find and share important info in Spanish with the Spanish speakers you serve. Each item in the list below starts with the topic in English (which is linked to info in English on that topic). This is followed by the title of the page in Spanish that offers the...
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Join our worldwide group of family members and educators dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This site will give you valuable information, provide an opportunity to get your questions answered and much, much more. The publisher is Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been a consultant specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. Membership is required.
Description: This includes the top 10 fact parents, educators and students need to know, including #1 "The facts - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabiled peers" and #2 "Bullying affects a student's ability to learn."
Description: Designed by educators for educators, this kit reflects the best available research on bullying prevention: How do I advocate? How do I intervene? What is bullying? Bully Free Campaign?
Description: At least 28 percent of students 12-18 are bullied at school. As much as 6 percent of students report having been threatened with harm. Maintaining a safe, nurturing school environment for students is any school leader’s top priority. These resources can help you combat bullying in your school.
Description: This site includes: Bullying Info and Facts, Educator Toolkits and Activities, Free Bookmarks, Information Handouts, Book Club and Students with Disabilities.
Description: KnowBullying is a free App the provides tips, warning signs, conversation starters, and more to help spread the word about bullying.
Description: Bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. Schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices and policies that address all forms of bullying and harassment and emphasize prevention; timely, consistent intervention; social-emotional supports victims and bullies; and clear, effective discipline. School psychologists work with educators, students, and families to ensure that every child feels safe at, and on the way to and from, school....
Description: Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparation and planning can help you stay stress-free. Whether this is your child’s first Halloween or not, here are some ideas to help you and your child enjoy the holiday.
Description: The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS! Articulated in the Aspen Declaration, these values were identified by a nonpartisan, nonsectarian (secular) group of youth development experts in 1992 as “core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious and socioeconomic differences. The six pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. CHARACTER COUNTS! recommends always using these pillars in...
Description: This guidance, issued on October 21, 2014 by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, addresses the bullying of students with disabilities. The guidance is in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities.
Description: This fact sheet covers the following questions: What does a school have to do when a child with a disability is being bullied?, Does it matter if a child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan?, Where can I go for help? (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights)
Description: These fact sheets include: Common Views and Myths about Bullying, Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying, The Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Bullying, Bullying - Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns, Is Your Child Being Bullied In Cyberspace?, Steps To Take If Your Child Is Being Bullied At School, Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident - Using a Template Letter, and many more! Some of these fact sheets are available in Spanish.
Description: These apps for special needs were made by the developers at Moms With Apps to assist children and families.
Description: In over 30 years of clinical practice, Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are weak executive skills, and through our writing and now this website, we spotlight these skills that are critical for school and life success.