In their role, educators spend the majority of weekdays with our children and have the unique opportunity to witness social interaction and communication skills.  At right are links to assist educators.

Information for Educators

 

This section of the site has links to tools and information about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) for educators  from a variety of organizations, including a guide for teaching a child with an ASD in the general classroom setting, information on special education, and more.

 

Facts about ASDs
Learn basic information about ASDs, including symptoms, risk factors, screening, treatments, and what to do if you're concerned.

 

Developmental Milestones
Children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak and act. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. Visit our webpage to see milestones that children should reach from 3 months to 5 years of age, plus interactive tools for parents and staff to help keep track of the milestones.

 

Childcare Provider Resource Kit
The Childcare Provider Resource Kit includes a CD-ROM with fact sheets on child development that you can print out, along with three growth charts, three small posters, and 50 flyers for parents.

 

"Go Out and Play!" Kit for early childhood educators (NEW!)
The "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign is happy to offer a new tool to help you monitor childhood development during an activity you do everyday with your students - play! The kit also contains information about monitoring developmental milestones, suggestions for a safe and successful activity day, tips about talking to parents if you suspect a child has a developmental delay, and a special pullout section with activities to share with parents for at-home play.

 

Autism and Asperger Syndrome Educator's Guides, Organization for Autism Research (OAR) 
These guides provide teachers and other education professionals with a plan for teaching a child with autism or Asperger syndrome in the general classroom setting. In addition to these guides, OAR has other tips for educatorsExternal Web Site Icon on its website.

 

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. They have user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources which are available directly from this website to help early care, health and education providers implement this model.

 

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
This organization strives to promote optimal development and learning of infants, children, and youth with ASD and provide support to their families through the use of evidence-based practices.  They provide resources for educators that are evidence-based.

 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC provides accreditation for schools that meet certain standards, as well as resources, tools, and information for families and childcare providers.

 

National Association of Special Education Teachers
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has one of the largest sources of information on special education in the United States that teachers have identified as being the most relevant issues faced in the field. The NASET database is updated daily.

 

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism
The article "Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism" by Temple Grandin has 28 tips to help teachers in fostering a classroom environment conducive to learning for children with autism. Dr. Grandin is an associate professor at Colorado State University and a well-known adult with autism.

 

Young Children with Challenging Behavior
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates free products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

 

Zero to Three
Provides professionals working with very young children and their families an extensive collection of resources aimed at supporting the work of professionals in a variety of early childhood settings.