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Activities & Resources For While You're Home with Kids with Special Needs
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This is a list of activities you can do at home with your kids. The list includes learning activities and therapy activities. These resources are specifically for parents of children with disabilities. The list is divided into categories in alphabetical order, including a category just for autism. The section called “Coronavirus Resources” has articles, educational & home-school resources, social stories, and support groups. At the very bottom is a section for adults with disabilities
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American Sign Language resources
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180 signed storieselementaryhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1VBJkmttmj5AJsm73Cs1wstV-uN9qM06H/view?fbclid=IwAR36S5AiUk85yz6Ud3gTO1HLt7q59Jdugz_JZxOhFeTIuToaiAt3ZYxF9hsBar codes you scan for signed children's stories (with instructions)
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ASL storytelling from Mommy Gone Tropicalelementaryhttps://www.facebook.com/mommygonetropical/?hc_location=ufiSigned children's stories on Facebook
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Aunt Alice's ASL TVpreschoolhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyKlPO62EsIltCabT92THlqESi0RVgIwq&fbclid=IwAR1Sb6GYCaRHJJPLos-FKWVQIsxiWEY3CscVviexxLU5niR8VWZuVLoUP-c&app=desktop300+ signed stories on YouTube for preschoolers
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Described and Captioned Media Programchildren and adultshttps://dcmp.org/login?fbclid=IwAR2Fh5s3RzsZaD4JQso1dtF1IacKBxfjBGooldkNxtUlYnfmQ2enhAqzq_kDescribed and captioned educational videos for children who are visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing (you have to sign up for a free membership)
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Did You Know That?elementaryhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwzFvhWOBTnUK5JXX5PHONA/featuredSigned YouTube videos that teach children about interesting facts
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ECE's ASL Corpuspreschool, elementaryhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1O24VzruF0JSmSANywIHPdnIe6JEWjgZ2IELySB4Ds2c/edit?fbclid=IwAR3hWgm4QwHS_zIuhUaAKXMFBPtLGVkU1etBtepWfLLErOJg1N2-TJAl6GcASL vocabulary videos on YouTube
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Family Signschildren and adultshttps://www.texasdeafed.org/fsOnline sign language instruction program
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Assistive Technology
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AAC for Caregivers Manualelementaryhttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d1cd93071be2d0001425ed6/t/5e78e3f7bf50e4266f706a11/1584980987567/AAC+Caregiver+English.pdfResource guide for using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), including handouts
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Accessibility features of Chromebooks and Google Classroomchildren and adults
https://www.cpsd.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3042869&pageId=69505021
List of accessibility features you can use on Chromebooks and in Google Classroom
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Accessibility settings on Ios and Android deviceschildren and adultshttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/special-needs/what-accessibility-settings-on-my-devices-can-help-my-child-with-special-needsArticle about tools to make personal electronic devices accessible
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All4mychild social learning appselementaryhttp://all4mychild.comApps for iPhone and iPad that work on social development skills
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Assistive Technology Supports (NYC Dept of Educ.)all school ageshttps://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/activities-for-students/diverse-learning-for-special-populations/assistive-technologyLinks to instructions for using various assistive technology devices
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Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needschildren and adultshttps://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/special-needs-extensions.html?fbclid=IwAR05I7xGAcDmsYu9rrLYIdIjux8QEhAIoebGYA5hztGOP8OOyCsyRD_GK4ELinks to assistive tools that you can put on your computer, such as tools that read a website's text out loud
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Google tools to make presentations accessibleall school ageshttps://support.google.com/docs/answer/9109474?hl=enInstructions for using tools like captioning and braille displays in Google Slides
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NaturalReaderall school ageshttps://www.naturalreaders.com/Online tool that reads text out loud
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Parent Training/Resourceselementaryhttps://sites.google.com/a/stormspeechtherapy.com/www-stormspeechtherapy-com/augmentative-and-alternative-communication/parent-handoutsTraining videos and handouts on strategies for using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
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Seeing AIchildren and adultshttps://www.commonsense.org/education/app/seeing-aiFree app that narrates text, pictures, and scenes on iPhones and iPads
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Tap Tap Seechildren and adultshttps://www.commonsense.org/education/app/taptapseeApp for people with visual impairments that lets you take a picture and then tells you what it is (for Android and iPhone)
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Autism
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10 Fun Activities for Children with Autismpreschool, elementaryeducation.com/magazine/article/10-activities-children-autism/Craft activities you can do at home
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10 Hobbies and Activities to Enjoy With Your Autistic Childelementary, middle & high school
https://www.verywellhealth.com/hobbies-activities-autistic-child-260365
Recreation activities you can do at home or outside
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21 Sensory Activities for Kids with Autismpreschool, elementaryhttps://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/sensory-activities-kids-autism/Parent training course in applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques
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Activities for Autistic Adultsadulthttps://www.autismgrownup.com/blog/activitiesActivity ideas for adults with autism
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Alternative learning toolselementaryhttps://sites.google.com/pdsb.net/parentpdsbspeced/home/alternative-learningTools for making a home schedule and choosing at-home activities
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The Autism Pagepreschool, elementaryhttps://www.theautismpage.com/Activities for young children with autism
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The Autism Play Guidepreschool, early elementaryhttps://muddysmiles.com/autism-play-guide/Ideas for encouraging autistic children's play skills
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Calming routinechildren and adultshttps://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/sites/afirm.fpg.unc.edu/files/covid-resources/Prioritize%20Coping%20and%20Calming%20Skills-Calming%20Routine.pdfVisual aid for calming down
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Coping with Changepreschool, elementaryhttp://www.autismgames.com.au/Online games for helping children with moderate to severe autism (some games require Adobe Flash Player)
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Do2Learn: online songs and gamespreschool, elementaryhttps://do2learn.com/games/learningames.htmSongs and games you can play on the computer (some games require Adobe Flash Player)
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Fabulous and Free Autism Resources for Parentspreschool, elementaryhttp://www.speciallearninghouse.com/free-autism-resources/Activities you print and do at home
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How to Create a Sensory Room for Your Autistic Childchildren and adultshttps://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-create-a-sensory-room-for-your-autistic-child-4686413Instructions for making a sensory room in your home
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Kids Activities (the Autism Page blog)preschoolhttps://www.theautismpage.com/kids-activities/Activities you can do at home with kids
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Parent Training: Everyday ABA (Boston Med Ctr)children and adultshttps://www.bmc.org/pediatrics-autism-program/parent-training-everyday-abaParent training course in applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques
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Parent Working at Home visualchildren and adultshttps://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Parent-working-at-home-Visual.pdfSigns you can print and put on a door that tells your child you are working (one for mom, one for dad)
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Tools and Techniques for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Texas Autism Circuit)children and adultshttp://www.autismcircuit.net/Visual tools you can print out for teaching students with autism, with instructions (you can also enroll for free to watch training webinars)
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Children with special needs (not for a specific disability)
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Birdhouse for Teachersall school ageshttps://www.birdhousehq.com/teachers/Organization tool for teaching children with special needs (basic tool is free, and you can pay for premium options)
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Brain Breaks: What You Need to Knowall school ageshttps://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/brain-breaks-what-you-need-to-know?utm_source=partnership&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=articleIdeas for how to give your kids a break from schoolwork
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Eye to Eye Empower appmiddle, high schoolhttps://apps.apple.com/us/app/eye-to-eye-empower-different-learners/id1192367658App that helps students make an education advocacy plan (for iPhones and iPads)