Autism Support

                                    Autism Support

Autism Specialist

Heidi Blair, the Autism Specialist for Windsor School District RE-4 provides consultation to teachers and paraprofessionals that work with students with autism within the district, provides district wide professional development for staff and families of students with autism, stays current on research and best practice in the area of autism and leads and coordinates the AIT team which evaluates children for autism. She can be reached at 970-686-8008 or at

Autism Speaks has created a dental toolkit for those kiddos that have a hard time with dentist visits!  Check it out at:

A Young Man with Autism and his Friend Create a Business Together!

Check Out this Website for Pre-made Social Stories!

Check out the
Autism Society of Larimer County's Calendar for meetings and autism educational opportunities.

The district does not endorse or promote any of these products. They are just suggestions for you to research.
The district has a large Autism Library and also here are some resources that may be useful.  The district does not endorse or promote any of these products or websites, they are just suggestions for you to research. 

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators. Edited by Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani, 2008

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication by Linda Hodgdon, Quirk Roberts, 1995

How Do I Teach this Kid?

By Kimberly A Hernry, 2005
Future Horizons, 2005 ISBN: 1-932565-24-8

Taking Care of Myself: A Healthy Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism

by Mary Wrobel, 2003

Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children with Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders,

by Kelly J. Maher, 2009

Self-Help Skills for People with Autism

by Stephen R. Anderson, Amy L. Jablonski, Marcus L. Thomeer and Vicki Madaus Knapp, Woodbine House, 2007

Solving Behavior Problems in Autism: Improving Communication with Visual Strategies

by Linda A. Hodgdon Quirk Roberts, 1999

Overcoming Autism,
Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., and Claire Lazebnik, 2004

Asperger's What does It Mean To Me?, Catherine Faherty.
Future Horizons, 2000
ISBN: 1-885477-59-7

Superflex... A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum,Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner, 2008

Visual Supports for People with Autism, Marlene J. Cohen, 2007

  The Social Skills Picture Book, Jed Baker, 2001

My Soial Stories Book, Carol Gray, 2002

Power Cards: 
Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrom and Autism 
by Elisa Gagnon
Autism Aspergere Publishing Company, 2001
ISBN: 1-931282-01-3

Asperger Syndrome An Owner's Manual,Ellen S. Heller Korin, 2006

The Hidden Curriculum,Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan, 2004
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2004
ISBN: 1-931282-60-9

S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools, Michelle A. Dunn,2006

A 5 Is Against the Law!
Kari Dunn Buron, 2007

The Incredible 5 Point Scale!Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis 
Autism Asperger PUblishing Company, 2003
ISBN: 1-931282-52-8

Asperger's Syndrome,
Tony Attwood, 1998

Addressing the Challenging
Behavior of Children with High-Functioning autism/asperger syndrome in
the Classroom 
by Recca A Moyes
Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
2002 ISBN: 1-84310-719-8

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success
by Brenda Smith Myles and Diane Adreon. Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2001 ISBN: 0-967

Asperger Syndrom and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns by Brenda Smith Myles and Jack 
Southwick Autism Asperger publishing Company, 2005
ISBN: 1-931282-70-6

Asperger Syndrom and the Elementary School Experience
Practical Solutions for Academic and Social Difficulties 
by Susan Thompson Moore
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2002
ISBN: 1-931282-13-7

Asperger Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World by Teresa Bolick
Fair Winds Press, 2004
ISBN: 1-59233-062-2

Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social Communcation Interventio for Children with Autism by Kathleen Ann Quill
Paul H Brookes Publishing Coi., 2000
ISBN: 1-55766-453-6

Higher Functioning Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism: A Teachers Guide by Ann Fullerton, Joyce Stratton, Phyllis Coyne and Carol Gray
Pro-Ed, Inc., 1996
ISBN: 0-89079-681-5

I Need Help with School: A Guide for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome by Rebecca A. Moyes
Future Horizons: 2003

Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs (Including 190 ready to use lessons with reproducible worksheets to help children develop the basic skills necessary to experience independence in every liveg.) by Darlene Mannix
John Wiley and Sons, 1995
ISBN: 0-7879-6620-7

Social Skills Groups for Children with Asperger's Syndrome: A Step by Step Program by Kim Kiker Painter
Jessica Kingsley PUblishers, 2006 ISBN: 1-84310-821-6

Social Skills Training: For Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2003

Specialist Support Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Students in Mainstream Settings by Sally Hewitt.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005
ISBN 1-84310-290-0

Teaching by Design: Using your Computer to Create Materials for Students with Learning Differences by Kimberly S. Voss
Woodbine House, 2005.
ISBN: 13-978-1-890627-43-0

Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism: An Insider's View 
by Wendy Lawson.
Jessical Kingsley Publishers, 2001 ISBN: 1-85302-971-8

Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism by Gary B Mesibov, Victoria Shea and lynn W. Adams
Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001

Understanding the Nature of Autism: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders by Janice E Janzen
Therapy Skill Builders, 2003

Internet Book Venders that Carry Titles Relating to Autism


4"x 2"

Plugs directly into your computer via USB port

Internal lithium rechargeable ion battery or AA batteries

Search Engines for Images and Pictures:

Websites that offer 
graphics, downloadable materials and teaching suggestions:

Autism: Interventions and 
Strategies for Success 
by Susan L. Stokes, 2000

A publication including 6 articles regarding autism spectrum disorder available

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
This site has several training modules that teachers and parents can access for free.

DevelopmentCenter on ASD:

File Folder Activities:

EIC-ASD: Enhancing Instructional Contexts for Students with ASD.

Beacon Ridge:

MemoBoard Contact Paper


Video Modeling/ Video Self-Modeling

The student watches a video of others (adult/children) modeling target behaviors (e.g. brushing teeth: getting a book from the library: playing games)

Goal is for the student with ASD to model the behavior from repeated viewing of the video

Video Self-Modeling: Student watches self successfully exhibiting the target behavior

Research to support positive effects of video-modeling./self-modeling (Bellini, 2006,2007;D'Ateno, et al, 2003: Charlop-Christy et al, 2003)

Video Modeling

Seeing is Believing: Video Self-Modeling for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities,

by Tom Buggey, 2009

Building Social Relationships: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents with social Difficulties, 2006 (Children and adolescents) by Scott Bellini, 2006

A Visual Method for Children with Autism, A guide for Parents and Educators (2nd Edition), by Lisa Neumann, 2004

·You Tube

Computer Aided Instruction

PowerPoint Presentations: teacher made PowerPoint modules that teach and reinforce specific skills

Individually designed (e.g. washing hand; making a sandwich: etc)

Pre-made web resources (some can also be individualized)

Can be burned to a CD for:

Independent work at school

Take- home CD for "fun work"

Great for SMART Board instruction

Computer Programs for Social Interaction skills Intervention

Mind Reading, by University of Cambridge / Simon Baron-Cohen

Preschool Play time Volumes 1 & 2, by Social skill Builder 9ages 3-7)

Social Skill Curriculum

My community, by Social Skill Builder (ages 5-15)


Character Specific Websites

Autism Resources


UCSB Autism Research and Training Center

Autism Speaks

Resources and materials

The Internet Picture Dictionary: English

Picture Symbol Dictionary

Tons of Pictures to download

Picture Recipes

Autism Training Modules

Autism Speaks

Website has social stories, picture supports etc.

Great Website for Social Stories: Click on Social Narratives

Teacher resource

More Social Stories

Link to "Social Narratives-Social Stories and Power Card Bank"

iPOD, iPhone, iPad support

 Apps for Schedules

First Then Visual Schedule
To do


Apps for Functional Skills

Going Places Model Me Kids (free)

Social Skills ($6.99)

Stories2Learn ($13.99)

Apps for Increasing Receptive Communication skills: Organization and Planning

iPrompts:$49.99 (schedule choices and first then)

First-Then Visual Schedule: $9.99

ToDo: $9.99



Picture Scheduler:$ 2.99

Good Timers for helping with Time Concepts

Time Timer for the Computer/iPhone/iTouch/iPad

Software $24.00

App: $4.99

"iStudiez Pro" App for the iPhone/iTouch ($2.99)

Notable features:

Smart day view that automatically displays summary of current classes and tasks

Detailed schedule planner to break down classes and assignments

Expanded month and week views with colored labels for each course

Specific icons for different types of classes

Pulse Smartpen

Ideas and Apps for writing;

Portable word processor (e.g. AlphaSmart devises-Neo/Dana)

Electronic label maker (e.g., Brother Dymo)


"iStudiez Pro" App for the iPhone/iTouch ($2.99)

Notable features:

Smart day view that automatically displays summary of current classes and tasks

Detailed schedule planner to break down classes and assignments

Expanded month and week views with colored labels for each course

Specific icons for different types of classes

Readiness Apps for Pre-K (just to name a few)

"ABA" apps from $.99 (these apps were free last April for Autism Awareness month, may be free again this April)

"Toddler Teasers" Apps: $.99

"ABC Phonics" Apps: Free/ $1.99

"ABC Tracer" Apps: Free/$1.99

Shapy Touch: $1.99

Shape Builder: Free/ $.99

Softick Coloring Book: Free

Apps for Academics

Classics: Graphic book reader. Comes with 9 popular books ($2.99)

Graphing Calculator: High resolution graphing calculator ($.99)

Art: Gives a list of wide variety of artists, with their artwork. Also come with quizzes and facts about each artist ($.99)

US Presidents: Facts and pictures of each US president ($1.99)

Formulae: Data base of all scientific and math formulas with each formula categorized such as Algebra or physics ($1.99)

"iHomework" App for the iPhone/iTouch ($.99)

Homework Resources

Chemical Touch: An interactive periodic table ($.99)

US Historical Documents: A large selection of historical documents, categorized by centuries ($.99)

World Wiki: Detailed demographics of almost 250 countries in the world (free)

Shakespeare: Complete works of Shakespeare (free)

Cliffnotes to Go; MacBeth ($.99)

SAT Vocabulary Challenge ($4.99) Dictionary and thesaurus (free)

AlgebraPrep: Factoring ($2.99)

Numerous miscellaneous books and study guides

List assignments by day, week, or the course or when they are due

Grade calculator

Color-coding for assignment types

Duplicate assignments to quickly create similar work items


Full-contact integration with teachers via email

Completed assignments list to visit work that has been completed-keeping separate from work in progress.

Apps for Self-Regulation and for reinforcers

Apps for Social Interaction Skills

iPhone/iPod Touch/ iPad for Expressive Communication


"Proloquo2go" from AssistiveWare ($189.99)

Dynamic display voice output system with icon/text-to-speech

Natural sounding voices

SymbolStix vocabulary (News-2-You)

7000 symbols built into program

Personalize by importing photos/graphics

Easy to edit/customize

For all ages!

Additional AAC Apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch/ iPad

SoundingBoard (Ablenet): $49.99

MyTalk: $39.99

Expressionist: $9.99

Look2Learn: $24.99

TapSpeak Button: $9.99

TapSpeak Sequence $9.99

Talking Tom: Free (fun for encouraging vocalization and great motivator)

iConverse: $9.99

Speak it!: $1.99

Locabulary Lite: Free

Tap to Talk: Free app but $99.95 annual subscription for individual customization. Available for Nintenendo for $99.95

“Homework Checklist” hand-out in Asperger’s Syndrome and Adolescence: by Brenda Smith Myles and Diane Adreon

Tony Attwood article on "Homework"

Apps for Self Regulation and Reinforcement

Mood Tracker: $1.99

Bubble Wrap: Free

Relax with Andrew Johnson Deep Relax: $2.999

Koi pond: $.99

Easy Relax Lite: Free

Binaural Beats: Free

Blowfish Poppers: Free

Kid Fireworks: Free

Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults ($1.99)

Hidden Curriculum for Kids ($1.99)

Presenter Pro ($1.99)

Talk Less Say More (free)

Quizzler Family ($.99)

Ultimate Ice Breaker ($.99)

Interview Buzz Lite (free)

Social skills Sampler (free)

Everyday Social skills ($.99)

Social skills ($6.99)

Stories2Learn ($13.99)

Early Intervention in Colorado

Colorado Department of Education

CDE Autism Department

Autism Society of America Colorado Chapter

CSU autism supports for unniversity students

Children's Speech and Reading Center

PEP- Parents Encouraging Parents

PEAK ParentCenter

Fragile XFoundation

Quality Child Care
Qualistar Early Learning
Helps find quality childcare by coordinating the state wide childcare resource and referral programs in all Colorado counties

Where to Get Materials:

Laminating film: