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November 2018 AIT Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Dec 03, 2018 -- 10:07 am
Congratulations to Stephanie Waldschmidt (and substitute leader, Lisa Ouellette) and the Sumner County Educational Services Interlocal's AIT for submitting their AIT November 2018 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a ra... Read more

October 2087 Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Nov 06, 2018 -- 10:49 am
Congratulations to Betsy Schmelzle and the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center/Keystone Learning Services' AIT for submitting their AIT October 2018 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 36... Read more

June-August 2018 AND September 2018 AIT Data Collection Drawing Winner

Oct 01, 2018 -- 3:06 pm
Congratulations to Shannon Kalivoda and the Clay Center USD 379, Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative’s AIT for submitting their AIT June-August 2018 AND
September 2018 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random draw... Read more

2017-2018 Data Collection Drawing Grand Prize Winner!!

Jun 04, 2018 -- 9:57 am
Congratulations to Dayna Reinhardt and the Liberal USD 480 AIT for winning the grand prize drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 2 teams that submitted their data each month by the deadline!! They will be awarded a ... Read more

May 2018 Data Collection Drawing Winner!

Jun 04, 2018 -- 9:50 am
Congratulations to Sarah Sanders and the Kaw Valley USD 321 AIT for submitting their AIT May data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 31 teams that submitted their complete data for May. They will be... Read more

April 2018 Data Collection Drawing Winner!

May 01, 2018 -- 11:24 am
Congratulations to Jaci Siemsen and the Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas' AIT for submitting their AIT April data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 31 teams that submitted their comple... Read more

March 2018 Data Collection Drawing Winner!

Apr 03, 2018 -- 2:14 pm
Congratulations to Dayna Reinhart and the Liberal AIT for submitting their AIT March data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 26 teams that submitted their complete data for March. They will be award... Read more

February 2018 Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Mar 01, 2018 -- 9:15 am
Congratulations to Janelle Miller and the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative's AIT for submitting their AIT February data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 31 teams that submitted their comp... Read more

January 2018 Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Feb 05, 2018 -- 10:42 am
Congratulations to Candice Anderson and the Mulvane's (USD 263) AIT for submitting their AIT January 2018 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 21 teams that submitted their complete data for Jan... Read more

December 2017 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

Dec 22, 2017 -- 1:25 pm
Congratulations to Karen Truitt and the Geary County School's AIT for submitting their AIT December 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 22 teams that submitted their complete data for Decem... Read more

November 2017 Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Dec 04, 2017 -- 9:40 am
Congratulations to Erika Buessing, Jenni Taylor and the Holton Special Education Cooperative's AIT for submitting their AIT November 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 25 teams that submit... Read more

October 2017 Data Collection Drawing Winner!!

Nov 06, 2017 -- 9:59 am
Congratulations to Marlene Graber and the Topeka USD 501 AIT for submitting their AIT October 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 23 teams that submitted their complete data for October 201... Read more

June-August 2017 AND September 2017 AIT Data Collection Drawing Winner

Oct 02, 2017 -- 10:00 am
Congratulations to Lisa Pierce and the Brown County Kansas Special Education Interlocal's AIT for submitting their AIT June-August 2017 AND September 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 23... Read more

May 2017 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

May 30, 2017 -- 8:33 pm
Congratulations to Carol Lujano and the McPherson County Special Education Cooperative's AIT for submitting their AIT May 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 25 teams that submitted their... Read more

2016-2017 AIT Data Collection Grand Prize Winner!!

May 30, 2017 -- 8:33 pm
Congratulations to Betsy Schmelzle and Sue Nanninga and the Keystone Learning Services AIT for winning the grand prize drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 2 teams that submitted their data each month by the deadli... Read more

April 2017 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

May 04, 2017 -- 10:22 am
Congratulations to Betsy Schmelzle and Sue Nanninga and the Keystone Learning Services AIT for submitting their AIT April 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 24 teams that submitted their... Read more

March 2017 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

Apr 03, 2017 -- 10:25 pm
Congratulations to Linda Cox and the Beloit AIT for submitting their AIT March 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 30 teams that submitted their data for March 2017. They will be awarded... Read more

February 2017 Data Collection Winner!!

Mar 03, 2017 -- 2:29 pm
Congratulations to Marlene Graber and the Topeka AIT for submitting their AIT February 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 26 teams that submitted their data for February 2017. They will... Read more

January 2017 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

Feb 01, 2017 -- 9:34 pm
Congratulations to Vickie Unruh and the Hays AIT for submitting their AIT January 2017 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 24 teams that submitted their data for January 2017. They will be aw... Read more

December 2016 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

Jan 03, 2017 -- 8:18 am
Congratulations to Dayna Reinhart and the Liberal AIT for submitting their AIT December 2016 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 25 teams that submitted their data for December 2016. They wil... Read more

November 2016 AIT Data Collection Winner!!

Dec 02, 2016 -- 12:56 pm
Congratulations to Lori Bergman and the Marshall Nemaha County Educational Services Cooperative AIT for submitting their AIT November 2016 data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 17 teams that sub... Read more


Dec 01, 2016 -- 7:30 am
2017 Summer Institute on Structured Teaching

Date: June 12-16, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Collaborating Partner: Derby Public Schools
Location: Carlton Learning Center; 4900 S. Clifton Ave.; Wichita, KS 67216

Training information and... Read more

Winner of Drawing for AIT Data Collection Submissions-Fall 2015

Jan 04, 2016 -- 10:24 am
Congratulations to Bess Perkins and the Lansing AIT for submitting their AIT fall data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 35 teams that submitted their data. They will be awarded a $100 Amazon gi... Read more


Dec 01, 2015 -- 11:02 am
Save-the-Date!! Applications to attend the TASN ATBS Summer Institute on Structured Teaching will be released January 4th!! Please ask that Director of Special Education share the link with you!!! Changes are coming!... Read more

Mental Health Alert!!!

Nov 23, 2015 -- 6:01 pm
While for many the holiday season is a time of celebration and cheer, it is also one of the busiest and most stressful. This is particularly true for school professionals who, while often concerned with the obligations of food, gifts, and social co... Read more

New Website!!!!

Oct 20, 2015 -- 9:09 pm
Our website has changed. Our resources have been moved to If you have difficulty locating something you are looking for, email Lee Stickle at If you need to request assistance with a student, please navigate to... Read more

Autism Diagnostic Team (ADT) Training

Sep 21, 2015 -- 12:51 pm
Join TASN ATBS staff and KU Medical Center’s Center for Child Health & Development for the annual Autism Diagnostic Team (ADT) Training November 5-6, 2015. A link to registration can be found on the training calendar at Read more

Tri-State Webinar Series

Jul 29, 2015 -- 9:37 am
This year the Tri-State Collaborative is offering 29 webinars on autism spectrum and related disorders across the school year. Each webinar will be offered twice on the day scheduled, from 3:00 - 3:45pm CT and 4:30 - 5:15pm CT.

Please download the... Read more

May 2015 Teacher Resource

May 19, 2015 -- 9:46 am
This month's teacher resource gives tips for students with Autism to connect with instruction. Copy and paste this link into your browser to see more:
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer, we ... Read more

April 2015 Teacher Resource

Apr 21, 2015 -- 8:12 am
This month's resource provides strategies and tools that will assist school staff with data collection and analysis. Read more

Great Opportunity for Early Childhood Professionals!!!

Apr 15, 2015 -- 2:55 pm
Beginning fall 2015 Pittsburg State University will offer a certificate in Early Childhood Autism! This is in addition to the two certificates that focus on school-aged students, "Classic" and "Higher Functioning" Autism.

The Early Childhood Autis... Read more

TASN ATBS is Now on Boardmaker Online!

Apr 07, 2015 -- 1:12 pm
We have downloaded over 50 files to Boardmaker Online and have more to come. Copy and paste this link in your browser to visit our page: Read more

Check out our April Newsletter!

Apr 01, 2015 -- 6:41 am
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New Training Opportunity-Early Childhood Academy-ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT TO APPLY

Mar 25, 2015 -- 1:52 pm
TASN ATBS is excited to announce a new training series for early childhood professionals! It is a six day training broken into three two-day sessions. For further information, copy and paste this link into your browser: Read more

March 2015 Teacher Resources

Mar 23, 2015 -- 9:09 am
This month's resources include examples of strategies that can be used to support communication, provide structure, and ensure that your classroom has the essential elements needed to support ALL students with ASD. Read more

Pilot Club of Manhattan's 10th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop

Mar 16, 2015 -- 12:38 pm
The Pilot Club of Manhattan's 10th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, KS.
It features two keynote speakers: Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., addressing behavior issues... Read more

PBIS in the Classroom—The Essentials to Support Responsible Student Behavior

Mar 05, 2015 -- 7:43 am
Share My Lesson has invited Dr. Randy Sprick to present at its Ideas & Innovations professional learning virtual conference on
March 23–25, 2015. PBIS in the Classroom—The Essentials to Support Responsible Student Behavior
March 23, 2015 at 3 ... Read more

Early Childhood Academy

Mar 02, 2015 -- 6:20 am
New Date! In an effort to ensure we select the very best candidates for the first Early Childhood Academy we are delaying the release of application by one week. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK AT THIS TIME NEXT WEEK!!... Read more

Check out our March Newsletter!

Feb 27, 2015 -- 8:06 pm
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February 2015 Monthly Teacher Resources

Feb 17, 2015 -- 9:04 pm
This month's resources include strategies that can be used to support students during transition activities. Use the link below to access the resources. Read more

Look Who Is Coming In April

Feb 15, 2015 -- 4:04 pm
Title: Managing the Cycle of Acting Out Behavior: The Strategies of Stabilization
Presenter: Dr. Terrance M Scott, PhD, University of Louisville
Description: Dr. Scott will be sharing multiple behavior stabilization strategie... Read more

Summer Institute 2015: An Introduction to Structured Teaching

Jan 21, 2015 -- 10:12 am
There aren't many days left to apply!! You can contact your Director to get the application information or go to Training Materials on our website for the link to the application!!... Read more

Education in Kansas

Jan 20, 2015 -- 6:33 am
Incoming Kansas Commissioner of Education,
Dr. Randy Watson invites state residents to
participate in community conversations about
education in Kansas. As a community, what is
the future we want for our children and what
role should education p... Read more

January 2015 Monthly Teacher Resources

Jan 16, 2015 -- 11:28 am
Click here to view pictures and videos of strategies that can be used to support students in the general education classroom. Read more

Exploring And Utilizing The Concept Of Setting Conditions In The Functional Assessment Process

Jan 14, 2015 -- 7:30 pm
The practices of functional behavioral assessment and Positive Behavioral
Supports (PBS) are part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Amendments of 1997 (IDEA) (P.L. 105-17). Procedures and strategies associated
with functional asse... Read more

Structured Teaching Training

Jan 14, 2015 -- 10:00 am
Mark your calendars! January 7th, Special Education Directors in Kansas received the application packet for our Summer Institute on Structured Teaching. The training is a week long and is held in Hutchinson. Space is very limited, perquisites are ... Read more

MSLBD COnference!

Jan 14, 2015 -- 9:58 am
For the 33rd year, the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will address cutting-edge issues of interest to professionals working with students with emotional/behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Our comprehensive, th... Read more

Next steps after a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD

Jan 13, 2015 -- 3:28 pm
It can be overwhelming when your child is diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But making small changes to your household and to your family life can help your child overcome obstacles.
... Read more

A great resource from OCALI

Jan 12, 2015 -- 9:19 pm
A terrific resource from OCALI!! Characteristics and Qualities of an Effective Support Person for Individuals with ASD: A Self-Check. Click Here! Read more

Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays Lederer, Susan Hendler PhD, CCC/SLP; Battaglia, Dana PhD,

Jan 12, 2015 -- 6:01 pm
The purpose of this article is to explore recommended practices in choosing and using key word signs (i.e., simple single-word gestures for communication) to facilitate first spoken words in hearing children with language delays. Developmental, theor... Read more

U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division Office for Civil Rights Office of Special Educatio

Jan 06, 2015 -- 9:43 am
Here is a parent fact sheet distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education that many may find helpful... Read more

TEAACH Transition Assessment Profile Training (Region 8: Salina) April28-29, 2015

Jan 06, 2015 -- 6:42 am
Registration opens February 2, 2015. This presentation will cover the Formal and Informal assessments that make up the TTAP system. The training will prepare participant teams to use both the Formal and Informal assessment tools in the development ... Read more

January Newsletter

Jan 02, 2015 -- 8:39 am
Check out our January Newsletter!... Read more

Winner of Drawing for AIT Data Collection Submissions-Fall 2014

Dec 16, 2014 -- 10:57 am
Congratulations to Molly Noon and the Butler County School Board Council Special Education Cooperative's AIT for submitting their AIT fall data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 35 teams that sub... Read more

December 2014 Teacher Resource

Dec 15, 2014 -- 11:52 am
Click here to access strategies and visual supports to help embrace teaching opportunities found within the students' natural environment. Read more

ADT Series Webinar Update

Dec 12, 2014 -- 10:14 am
ADOS-2 Toddler Module Practice Webinar moved to January 9 at 8:30am!!

ADOS-2 Module 2 Practice Webinar January 23 at 8:30am!!

ADOS-2 Module 3 Practice Webinar February 20 at 8:30am!!

Register on our website by clicking on T... Read more

Resources in Spanish

Dec 12, 2014 -- 9:40 am
Do you need resources in Spanish? Here is a good start !
... Read more

December 3 Webinar: Maximizing the Impact of Para-Educators

Dec 03, 2014 -- 4:24 pm
Webinar Presented by: Lee Stickle, MS. Ed.
Wednesday, December 3 from 3:00 - 3:45pm CST and 4:00 - 4:45pm CST

Description: Para-educators are a significant part of the learning process, facilitating one-on-one and small group instruction for st... Read more

December Newsletter

Dec 02, 2014 -- 8:20 am
Check out our December newsletter!... Read more

Hasbro's New Toy Box Tools

Nov 19, 2014 -- 8:39 pm
Today Hasbro toys launched a series of play visuals and supports to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Check it out at this website: They have visual supports for various play dough activiti... Read more

November Teacher Resource

Nov 15, 2014 -- 7:01 pm
Click here to access leveled literacy activities with visual included: Read more

Dec 10 Webinar: Every Second Counts: Embedding Functional Learning Throughout the School Day

Nov 12, 2014 -- 5:10 pm
Webinar Presented by: Lindy McDaniel, MS. Ed.
Wednesday, December 10 from 3:00 - 3:34pm CST and 4:00 - 4:45pm CST

Description: Every second does count! In this webinar Lindy McDaniel will discuss the importance of embedding functional learning t... Read more

Two Part Webinar Series: ASD & Literacy

Nov 04, 2014 -- 1:41 pm
Join us on November 12 & 13 for a two-part webinar series on ASD & Literacy, Presented by Pam Williamson Ph.D. & Christina Carnahan, Ed.D.

This webinar will be offered at two times on the scheduled dates.
Join us at 3:00pm - 3:45pm CST or 4:00pm... Read more

Employment , Technology and Disability Resource

Oct 16, 2014 -- 8:42 am—Is your gateway
to tools, resources, and collaboration in the
pursuit of accessible workplace technology.
Please browse our site to find resources for
employers, technology providers, and
technology users with disabilities.
... Read more

The October 2014 Teacher Resource is Now Available!

Oct 15, 2014 -- 12:49 pm
Click here to access visuals supports and social narratives that support non-routine events such as picture day, field trips, fire drills, and days with a substitute teacher: ... Read more

Oct 22 & 23 Webinar: How to Develop an Autism Parent Training Series in Your District and Increase Collaboration and Parent Enga

Oct 09, 2014 -- 1:08 pm
How to Develop an Autism Parent Training Series in Your District and Increase Collaboration and Parent Engagement with Families.

This two-part webinar will share information on a collaborative training format where educators, with expertise with a... Read more

Oct 15 Webinar: Supporting Literacy in Individuals with Autism through the use of Assistive Technologies

Oct 09, 2014 -- 1:08 pm
Supporting Literacy in Individuals with Autism through the use of Assistive Technologies.

This webinar will focus on Assistive Technologies for students with ASD who have barriers to reading. Participants will gain an understanding of barriers to ... Read more

October Newsletter

Oct 08, 2014 -- 11:53 am
Check out our October newsletter! ... Read more

ADT Webinar Series: Screening Tools Birth to 21

Oct 08, 2014 -- 10:09 am
Join us next Thursday, October 16 for Autism Screening Tools Birth to 21 with Sarah Hoffmeier!

Screening tools will include the new MCHAT R/F, the CARS-2, and the ASDS!

To register please visit Read more

Autism Insurance Legislation Session

Sep 25, 2014 -- 1:56 pm
On Friday, September 19 K-CART held an information session on the upcoming KS Autism Legislation. To view the session go to: Read more

Boardmaker Tutorials for MAC in Teacher Resources

Sep 22, 2014 -- 2:59 pm
If you are new to Boardmaker, we have seven video tutorials for using Boardmaker. You can find them here: Read more

The September 2014 TASN-ATBS Teacher Resource is Now Available

Sep 17, 2014 -- 12:25 pm
Copy and paste the link below in your browser to see work task, and worksheet ideas as well as other forms to support you in getting to know your student and helping them get to know you! ... Read more

FREE Webinars on Inclusion

Sep 03, 2014 -- 11:34 pm
This fall, Brookes Publishing is teaming up with The Inclusive Class blog for a series of four free 1-hour webinars on K-12 inclusive education! Speakers include Paula Kluth on September 16, Cheryl Jorgensen on September 18, Whitney Rapp on Septembe... Read more

Kansas Administrator's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sep 02, 2014 -- 10:52 am
TASN ATBS is proud to announce the availability of the Kansas Administrator's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders! Please click on the link to download a copy of the guide.... Read more

Autism Diagnostic Team (ADT) Training

Aug 25, 2014 -- 9:20 am
Autism Diagnostic Team (ADT) Training
November 6 & 7, 2014

This two-day training is designed to train school autism teams, Part C/Early Intervention teams, and other organization teams with the knowledge of autism and the medical di... Read more

Webinar Series

Aug 22, 2014 -- 1:04 pm
Please join us this year for the Tri-State ASD Webinar Series! This year we will be collaborating with the Colorado Department of Education and the Nebraska ASD Network to offer 23 webinars.

The webinars will be offered twice each day. The first p... Read more

Welcome Back to School

Aug 18, 2014 -- 1:18 pm
Welcome back to School!!! As you gear up for another school year we want to introduce you to our new staff members...Lindy McDaniel, Cherie Blanchat, Jamie Wolfe, Karine Gleason, Jenny Rooney, & Terri Swanson!

We are excited to announce our partn... Read more

Free Organizational Printable

Jul 27, 2014 -- 3:23 pm
Kate's Classroom Cafe has a free printable to help with middle school locker trips. The link to this free printable is:
... Read more

Region 6 TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile Training: Derby

Jul 23, 2014 -- 7:38 am
August 26-27, 2014. This presentation will cover the Formal and Informal assessments that make up the TTAP system. The training will prepare participant teams to use both the Formal and Informal assessment tools in the development of IEP/Transition... Read more

Boardmaker Tips for PC

Jun 18, 2014 -- 3:09 pm
Thank you to Lindy McDaniel and Dixie Teeter for putting together Boardmaker tips for the PC... Read more

Winner of drawing for AIT Data Collection Submissions

May 23, 2014 -- 1:52 pm
Congratulations to Lisa Pierce and the Brown County Kansas Special Education Interlocal's AIT for submitting their AIT spring data and winning the drawing for a gift card! They were chosen by a random drawing from the 35 teams that submitted their ... Read more

From Different Roads: Guest Article: “Wandering and Autism” by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

May 15, 2014 -- 10:14 am
There are compelling statistics today that highlight the need to address the issue of our children wandering and going missing. The safety of chidren with autism is an enormous concern for parents and caregivers alike. Last month, we shared BCBA Sa... Read more

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

May 13, 2014 -- 2:15 pm
A Webinar from AUCD’s Early Intervention/ Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

To register click:

We... Read more

Talking about autism, an end of the year thank you to our autism teams.

May 13, 2014 -- 11:50 am
In our final Evidence Based Practice newsletter for the year, we want to thank our autism interdisciplinary teams for the difference they are making in the lives of students, families and their fellow educators. Read more

IRIS Ed to develop Autism Parent Training, an online education program using Google Hangouts

May 12, 2014 -- 6:26 pm
Parents of children who have autism have deep concerns about their children’s challenging behavior. Coping with challenging behavior can lead to increased parental and family stress. With U.S. autism rates increasing 30 percent in the past 2 years,... Read more

Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 08, 2014 -- 9:01 am
Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Evidence-based intervention practices (EBPs) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the basis on which effective programs are built and around... Read more

Webinar Tuesday- Ask the Experts- Individual Learning Plans & the IEP

May 08, 2014 -- 8:57 am
Ask the Experts Webinars:
Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) and the IEP

What's the difference?

Can they work together?

Are ILPs for general ed students only?

How does the ILP help me engage families?

Many high s... Read more

Join ASHA on Tuesday, May 6th at 1:30 p.m. or a Google+ Hangout On Air

Apr 26, 2014 -- 11:22 am
May's Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs of communication disorders.Join ASHA on Tuesday, May 6th at 1:30 p.m. ET for a Google+ Hangout On Air to discuss the importance of early i... Read more

Ask the Experts: Discipline Procedures and the MDR

Apr 24, 2014 -- 1:36 pm
April 29th @ 3 pm
Join TASN providers, KSDE representative Mark Ward, & a panel of experienced practitioners as we discuss suspension, discipline procedures & the manifestation determination review (MDR). More info to come.

Click below to registe... Read more

Conversations with Eustacia Cutler

Apr 21, 2014 -- 8:29 am
Free Webinars with Eustacia Cutler

(Temple Grandin’s mom)

About Eustacia Cutler

Eustacia Cutler will be talking with selected autism experts in a variety of topics. These discussions will provide guidance and insight to professionals and p... Read more

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How.”

Apr 17, 2014 -- 10:34 am
We are pleased to present the April session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How.” This session will be available via live webcast from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, April 2... Read more

Visual Strategies for Promoting Communication During Social Skills Instruction

Apr 15, 2014 -- 9:37 pm
This month's visual support focuses on visual strategies to include when providing social skills instruction. Thanks to Dixie Teeter, Lindy McDaniel and Lori Chambers for sharing resources! Read more

Our April Newsletter is available. Click on the link to view!

Apr 01, 2014 -- 9:34 am
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Embedding Communication Opportunities

Mar 13, 2014 -- 10:26 am
As educators, it is imperative to embed communication opportunities into daily activities providing the vehicle which will allow the student to communicate and make choices on multiple opportunities, across environments and across people. Check ou... Read more

Our March Newsletter is available. Check it out here!

Mar 03, 2014 -- 7:18 am
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Region 7 TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile Training

Mar 02, 2014 -- 1:13 pm
This presentation will cover the Formal and Informal assessments that make up the TTAP system. The training will prepare participant teams to use both the Formal and Informal assessment tools in the development of IEP/Transition goals, benchmarks, o... Read more

New Training on Demand Webinars!!

Feb 27, 2014 -- 3:05 pm
We have added Set 1 Modules 1-4 to our Training on Demand page. These modules cover skills necessary when consulting, collaborating and coaching in the schools. These are recommended for AIT, ADT and TBST team members. They can be viewed individua... Read more

February Visual Support: Procedures for Effectively Training Paraeducators

Feb 20, 2014 -- 2:34 pm
Paraeducators play a primary role in delivery of learning activities to students in classrooms across the country. A paraeducator's role can be a viable and powerful means of enriching services to students if programs are systematically planned, pers... Read more

Survey Finds Just 1 In 3 With Intellectual Disabilities Employed

Feb 18, 2014 -- 9:28 am
Adults with intellectual disabilities are struggling to find their place in the workforce, according to a new Gallup survey finding that two-thirds have no job.
Of those who are working, slightly more than half are employed in competitive environmen... Read more

Four Part Webinar Series on Data Collection

Feb 14, 2014 -- 12:26 pm
Coming up next in our 2013-2014 Webinar Series is a four-part webinar on data collection and behavior change featuring Kim Meyer, Ed.S. and Helen Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP.

All webinars are FREE and will take place from 3:30 – 4:15pm on the followi... Read more

Top Ten Apps for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Feb 11, 2014 -- 4:18 pm
Have you ever downloaded apps that you weren't satisfied with? Here's some help if you work with older adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Read more

Strategies for Success: Autism as Context Blindness with Dr. Peter Vermeulen on April 4 in Olathe KS

Feb 11, 2014 -- 10:50 am
Register at: Read more

PODD Trainings in the United States

Feb 11, 2014 -- 8:56 am
For those interested in attending a PODD training, there are some dates coming up for trainings in the United States. Information on these can be found at Dates/Locations: March 11-12 in Lexington MA; June 16-20 in Traverse City... Read more

The February Newsletter is out!!!

Feb 04, 2014 -- 12:50 pm
Check out our February Newsletter: Read more

New Recommendations Guide Treatment For Those On The Spectrum

Feb 04, 2014 -- 12:46 pm
For the first time in 15 years, a major psychiatric organization is updating its practice guidelines for treating kids and adolescents with autism.
A series of seven recommendations from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outlin... Read more

Check out our February Newsletter!

Feb 03, 2014 -- 8:24 am
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The Importance of Systematic Screening for Behavior - KU School of Education Thursday,

Jan 28, 2014 -- 10:32 am
The Importance of Systematic Screening for Behavior - KU School of Education
Thursday, Feb. 15, 9 to 11 a.m. FREE
BEST Building Conference Center
Dr. Kathleen Lane, special education professor, will introduce several behavioral screening tools, a... Read more

Deadline for Summer Institute is January 28 at 5 pm---SLPs, we need more applications for these slots!!

Jan 24, 2014 -- 4:50 pm
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 28 at 5 pm---all applications must be in by that time. Don't let this great opportunity pass you by!

Please access the Training Materials section of this website to learn more about Summer Institu... Read more

Less than ONE WEEK to apply for Summer Institute 2014!!

Jan 22, 2014 -- 8:47 am
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 28 at 5 pm---all applications must be in by that time. Don't let this great opportunity pass you by!

Please access the Training Materials section of this website to learn more about Summer Institu... Read more

App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism

Jan 15, 2014 -- 5:49 pm
Check out this article by Sean Sweeney on Apps for High Schoolers! Read more

Employment May Lead to Improvement in Autism Symptoms

Jan 15, 2014 -- 2:49 pm Read more

Visual Supports Webinar Series

Jan 14, 2014 -- 12:38 pm
Please join us this month for a three-part webinar series on visual supports!

All of the webinars are held from 3:30pm - 4:15pm and are free!

-January 15: Direction and Mode Assessment
Link to register: Read more

January Visual Support: Token Economies

Jan 14, 2014 -- 10:44 am
Do you have students who are having a difficult time getting back into learning mode after the holidays? Check out this month's visual support which focuses on steps to creating individual token economies as well as examples for individualizing tho... Read more

Summer Institute 2014 Application Information and Link Now Active!

Jan 07, 2014 -- 8:04 pm
Please access the Training Materials section of this website to learn more about Summer Institute 2014 and obtain the link to the online application. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TRAINING IS ONLY OPEN TO KANSAS EDUCATORS.
To go to the online application, ple... Read more

Happy New Year! Check out our January Newsletter!

Jan 06, 2014 -- 10:50 am
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Guess what? It is SI Application Eve!!!!!!

Jan 06, 2014 -- 7:21 am
Get ready to sprint!!!!
When: January 7
What: Application Information for Summer Institute 2014
Where: TASN ATBS website and sent to Directors of Special Education
Who may apply: Kansas Educators and Related Service Providers
Dates of Traini... Read more

Save The Date

Dec 27, 2013 -- 9:52 am
Save the Date
When: January 7
What: Application Information for Summer Institute 2014
Where: TASN ATBS website and sent to Directors of Special Education
Who may apply: Kansas Educators and Related Service Providers
Dates of Training: June ... Read more

Study Finds Autism More Challenging For Caregivers

Dec 20, 2013 -- 3:03 pm
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Caregivers of kids with autism report more trouble accessing services and a greater impact on their families than do parents of children with other developmental disabilities.

To read the ent... Read more

Evidence Based Consulting- Strategy Assessment and Revision Tool

Dec 20, 2013 -- 9:47 am
Checkout our December Evidence Based Consulting newsletter as we introduce you to the Strategy Assessment and Revision Tool (SART)created by Wendy Szakacs and Denise Sawan Caruso from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. The newsletter can b... Read more

Great Opportunity

Dec 17, 2013 -- 1:51 pm
Limited-time offer:
FREE course!

Managing Non-Compliance
Use this research-based professional development video course absolutely FREE! This 30-minute video-based course will help you reduce problem behavior and gain valuable instruction time.... Read more

Congratulations to the Autism Interdisciplinary Team from Nemaha Central USD 115, Marshall Nemaha County Educational Services Co

Dec 17, 2013 -- 7:18 am
The Autism Interdisciplinary Team (AIT) from Nemaha Central USD 115, Marshall Nemaha County Educational Services Cooperative has won a $100 gift card from Amazon. They were randomly selected from the 31 teams who entered data this fall. This gift c... Read more

December Visual Support

Dec 12, 2013 -- 4:46 pm
Have you ever seen a child fidget, put their head down, squirm or pencil tap? Sometimes children in the classroom need a functional escape strategy. Check out the December visual support newsletter and corresponding visual supports in our Free Classr... Read more

Two-Part Webinar: Impact of Deafness in the Use of EBPs in Children with ASD

Dec 09, 2013 -- 9:26 pm
Join us for a two part webinar series on the “Impact of Deafness on the Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The webinars will be presented by Dr. Stacey Jones Bock and Dr. Christy Borders from Illinois Sta... Read more

Save The Date

Dec 09, 2013 -- 6:47 am
Save the Date
When: January 7
What: Application Information for Summer Institute 2014
Where: TASN ATBS website, in addition, Directors will receive a packet regarding registration.
Who may apply: Kansas Educators and Related Service Providers... Read more

Autism Diagnostic Team Training Registration Posted

Dec 05, 2013 -- 9:03 pm
The next Autism Diagnostic Team Training is February 20-21, 2014 in Wichita, KS!! The Registration Form is posted under "Training Materials"!!! Please submit the Registration form and your payment to Jennifer by 12/20!! Only 40 spots available! Conta... Read more

Save the Date

Dec 02, 2013 -- 7:58 am
Save the Date
When: January 7
What: Application Information for Summer Institute 2014
Where: TASN ATBS website and sent to Directors of Special Education
Who may apply: Kansas Educators and Related Service Providers
Dates of Training: June ... Read more

December Newsletter

Dec 02, 2013 -- 7:57 am
Check out our December newsletter:
... Read more

ADT Webinar: ADOS-2 Module 2 Practice Webinar

Nov 25, 2013 -- 2:22 pm
ADT ADOS-2 Module 2 Practice Webinar next Tuesday, December 3 at 8:30am!!! Register at Read more

Monthly Visual Support: Strategies to Survive the Holidays

Nov 14, 2013 -- 6:15 pm
Check out the November visual supports: Surviving holiday chaos! ... Read more

Webinar: Leveling Large Group

Nov 10, 2013 -- 2:52 pm
Join us on Wednesday, November 13 @ 3:30pm for Lindy McDaniel's webinar on how to include all of your students in meaningful group activities. To register go to: Read more

Subtle warning signs of autism may warrant referral to developmental specialist before age 18 months

Nov 01, 2013 -- 12:30 pm
How early can you diagnose autism? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening children beginning at 18 months, but research suggests subtle warning signs may be apparent even earlier, according to Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD, FAA... Read more

November Newsletter

Nov 01, 2013 -- 8:24 am
Check out our November Newsletter!
... Read more

Prompting Hierarchy Tips

Oct 31, 2013 -- 7:22 am

"She won't say hi unless I say, 'Say Hello.'" "He will only wash his hands if I put his hand on the knob to turn on the water." "He won't use his fork until I put it in his hand."

I hear statements like this all the time from both parents a... Read more

ADT Webinar: ADOS-2 Module 1 Practice Webinar

Oct 30, 2013 -- 10:46 am
Join us for the ADOS-2 Module 1 Practice Webinar on Wednesday, November 6 at 3pm!! Register at!... Read more

2013 Autism Interdisciplinary Team Training

Oct 29, 2013 -- 6:27 pm
2013 Autism Interdisciplinary Team Training is almost here and we can’t wait to see our team members! Training for enrolled teams will begin Tuesday November 5th at 8:00 AM. (Registration begins at 7:50AM). Don’t forget to bring your lap top or t... Read more

Autism Action Plan

Oct 28, 2013 -- 2:01 pm
With autism spectrum disorders on the rise, schools need to be strategic about giving all students the chance to succeed. In 2002, the centers for disease Control and Prevention estimated that one in 150 children had been diagnosed with autism spectr... Read more

Evidence Based Consulting- Troubleshooting Visual Schedules

Oct 24, 2013 -- 11:05 am
Many teachers you are called to consult with will understand how to make visual schedules. Not all will understand how to make them work. As AIT members and autism consultants you will find yourself being asked to solve classroom problems. That is ra... Read more

High Medication Rates for Children with Autism: Autistic children taking psychotropic medications at high rates

Oct 23, 2013 -- 1:59 pm
October 20, 2013
(dailyRx News) Children with autism may also be diagnosed with other mental health conditions. These children, and those with only autism, may be prescribed mental health medications, too.

A recent study found that mental health ... Read more

October Visual Support - DSM-V Quick Reference Guide:

Oct 21, 2013 -- 4:54 am
Do you have a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis? What does this mean? Check out this month's quick reference guide on DSM-V diagnostic criteria for ASD.

Click on Free Classroom Support Materials>Teacher Resources>October Visual S... Read more

ADT Webinar: ADOS-2 Toddler Module Practice Webinar

Oct 18, 2013 -- 10:51 am
ADT Webinar: ADOS-2 Toddler Module Practice Webinar next Friday, October 25 at 8:30am!!!
Register at Read more

Webinar: DSM-5: Medical and Educational Perspectives on ASDs

Oct 16, 2013 -- 7:49 am
Join us on Wednesday, October 23 @ 3:30 for a webinar discussing the changes to the DSM-5 and ASD diagnosis, presented by Dr. Kathryn Ellerbeck & Dr. Catherine Smith.

To register go to:

All are wel... Read more

Quick Feature Matching Checklist For iPad Apps

Oct 16, 2013 -- 12:30 am
What app should I use? How does a family member, teacher or therapist decide what apps to use with their child or student?

There is an overwhelming flood of information, in the media today. Every app claims to have the features that are perfect fo... Read more

ASHA releases "Identify The Signs" campaign

Oct 11, 2013 -- 9:44 am
The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association has launched a national campaign, Identify The Signs. This multimedia effort addresses the importance of early detection, helps the public identify the early warning signs of communication disorder... Read more

Kansas Dad Says Bullying Led To Autistic Son's Suicide

Oct 10, 2013 -- 7:21 am
INDEPENDENCE, Kansas - A Kansas community is grieving the loss of a 16-year-old autistic boy. Maxwell Webb took his own life this week.
He didn't leave a note, but his parents said the suicide was fueled by bullying. His father, Zach, said the mistr... Read more

Webinar Oct 9 @ 3:30: Successful AAC

Oct 07, 2013 -- 10:44 am
Join us Wednesday, October 9 @ 3:30pm for a free webinar: Successful AAC: Options, Implementation and Myths, presented by Lindsay Dutton, M.A., CCC-SLP.

To register go to: Read more

Article on data from Jane Korsten and Terry Foss

Oct 02, 2013 -- 10:04 pm
Data: More Than Checks on a Clipboard
This article can be found at: Read more

October Newsletter

Oct 02, 2013 -- 12:44 pm
Check out our October Newsletter:
... Read more

Great Resource! Data Collection in Autism: Taking Data in Naturalistic Settings (Freebie!)

Sep 23, 2013 -- 12:48 pm
In my last post, I talked about some of the considerations of taking data and how much data is enough. Data, like most things in teaching, has to be individualized depending on the skills being taught, how they are being taught, and what works in th... Read more

ADT Fall Webinar Series: Talking to Parents about ASD

Sep 20, 2013 -- 11:53 am
First Fall Webinar of the ADT Webinar Series: Talking to Parents about ASD! Next Friday September 27 at 8:30am! Register at Read more

Free Educational Apps!!

Sep 13, 2013 -- 8:39 am
Check out the free educational apps for this week! This #appfriday our revamped Download Center features 14 apps, check them all out:
... Read more

Webinar Series: Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Basics

Sep 11, 2013 -- 2:41 pm
Join Jane Goetz, for a webinar on Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Basics.

Wednesday, September 18
3:30 - 4:15pm

All are welcome to attend.

To register go to: Read more

Virtual Tour of a Structured PreK Classroom

Sep 10, 2013 -- 4:12 pm
Join Lindy McDaniel in a virtual tour of her structured PreK classroom: Read more

Sequester Hits Special Education Like ‘Ton of Bricks’

Sep 10, 2013 -- 4:10 pm
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Since the first day of class for most schools in Michigan last week, Marcie Lipsitt’s phone has been ringing nonstop with parents distraught about cuts to their children’s special edu... Read more

Survey Finds Disability Abuse Widespread

Sep 06, 2013 -- 2:23 pm
More than 7 in 10 with disabilities say they’ve been abused, according to a new national survey, and in many cases individuals say the problems occur repeatedly.
In what’s believed to be the largest survey of its kind, over 7,200 people with dis... Read more

Study Opportunity

Sep 04, 2013 -- 8:40 pm
Dear Parent(s) Autism is a neurological disorder that affects social development and communication. Eye movements and pupil measurements have been used to determine how people with autism respond to human faces, but the developmental path of these ey... Read more

TASN-ATBS 2013-2014 Webinar Series

Sep 03, 2013 -- 2:04 pm
Join TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports for the 2013-2014 Webinar Series. All webinars are scheduled on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:15pm. See attached flyer for dates and topics and the training calendar to register.... Read more

September Newsletter

Sep 03, 2013 -- 2:04 pm
Check out our September newsletter:
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Critical Skill Sets for Special Education Teachers Working with Students with ASD

Aug 27, 2013 -- 2:38 pm
By Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan and Phil Sievers
Chris has a puzzling neurodevelopmental disorder formally diagnosed as Pervasive Developmental Disorder and more commonly known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ... Read more

FDA Warns Against Alternative Autism Therapy

Aug 23, 2013 -- 9:17 pm
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that a therapy often marketed for treating autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions is unproven and may "endanger their health."

To see the entire article: Read more

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying

Aug 22, 2013 -- 8:54 pm
As Secretary Duncan has noted, the Department of Education is committed to making sure that all of our young people grow up free of fear, violence, and bullying. Bullying not only threatens a student’s physical and emotional safety at school, but f... Read more

Siblings At Greater Risk For Autism, Study Finds

Aug 21, 2013 -- 7:53 am
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Younger siblings of individuals with autism are nearly seven times more likely than those with only typically-developing brothers and sisters to have the developmental disorder too, researchers say.
... Read more

Autism diagnosis more difficult to make in Hispanic children, say pediatricians Comment / Shares/ Tweets/Stumble/EmailMore + Hi

Aug 20, 2013 -- 1:04 pm
Hispanic children are less likely to get diagnosed with autism than other children, according to new research.

Even if they do get the proper diagnosis, medical professionals likely discover the problem years later than their counterparts.

Doct... Read more

iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education

Aug 15, 2013 -- 12:25 pm
Monitor staff
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Using an iPad, blind students can now translate written words to verbal with one touch; students with dyslexia or other reading disorders can complete work using only their voice; and... Read more

Autism reveals itself in different ways in women than in men, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Aug 11, 2013 -- 4:47 pm
By Josephine Lethbridge, The Conversation

Autism reveals itself in different ways in women than in men, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. And this has the potential to great advance our understanding of the condition.

... Read more

Parent ‘Optimism Training’ May Reduce Behavior Problems

Aug 07, 2013 -- 1:27 pm
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Providing “optimism training” to parents of children with developmental disabilities who struggle with challenging behavior appears to go a long way, researchers say.
Be... Read more

CHAMPS 2-day Workshop

Aug 06, 2013 -- 2:01 pm
CHAMPS 2-day Workshop

Please join us for this dynamic workshop series presented by Randy Sprick from Safe and Civil Schools. Each teacher who participates must sign up for and attend both days of the series.

This workshop is appropriate for a... Read more

Training Opportunity: Project Empower

Aug 06, 2013 -- 1:56 pm
Dr. Lane, University of Kansas Department of Special Education, is offering a professional development series funded, in part, by the University of Kansas, School of Education entitled: Identifying and Supporting K-12 Students within the Context of T... Read more

With Training, Most With Autism Land Jobs

Aug 06, 2013 -- 1:54 pm
From Disability Scoop:
August 5, 2013
When offered intensive, specialized training, a new study finds that young people with autism even those with challenging behaviors can be highly successful on the job.
Researchers followe... Read more

Training opportunity - 2013 KSHA / ATK Conference

Aug 06, 2013 -- 10:56 am
The Kansas Speech-Language Hearing Assosciation along with Assistive Technology for Kansas will be hosting their annual conference September 12-14, 2013 at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel,
Maner Conference Center and Expocentre
For more information... Read more

Young People With Autism Find Work Through Job Training Program

Aug 01, 2013 -- 10:53 am
WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive job training helps young people with autism get work, a small new study found.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can range from mild to severe, affecting social and communication skills. ... Read more

Region 5 TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile Training: Tri-County, ANW, Chautauqua & Elk County, SEK

Jul 12, 2013 -- 10:31 am
July 12, 2013

Join us for the TTAP Region 5 Training on August 27th and 28th 2013. Mary Woodworth and Karine Gleason will present information on a system for assessing the hard and soft skills associated with employment, daily living, recreation/... Read more

Training Announcement!! Temple Grandin

Jul 10, 2013 -- 5:45 pm
The Pittsburg State University Center for Teaching and Learning and Technology through generous support from the Helen S. Boyland Foundation is bringing Temple Grandin to Memorial Auditorium at 503 N. Pine in Pittsburg Kansas on August 14th at 6:00 p... Read more

5 Tips for Creating Independent Activities Aligned With the Common Core State Standards

Jun 26, 2013 -- 10:55 am
Teaching Exceptional Children, July/August 2013, pages 6-15.

"Promoting independence in all students is an important past of education. It can be difficult however, to identify meaningful tasks that students with moderate to severe disabilities c... Read more

Race, Ethnicity May Influence Access To Autism Care

Jun 25, 2013 -- 1:57 pm
June 25, 2013
Minorities with autism are far less likely than those who are white to receive care from specialists for co-occurring medical conditions associated with the developmental disorder, a new study finds.
Many with autis... Read more

Quick Tips; Improving Sleep for Children with Autism- Fantastic Visual Schedule

Jun 25, 2013 -- 1:21 pm
From Autism Speaks: Using a Visual Schedule to Teach Bedtime Routines
A visual schedule is a set of pictures that shows what happens during the day. It can also be used to show what will happen during an activity. A visual schedule can help break d... Read more

Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria Lead to Revision of Diagnostic Tools

Jun 17, 2013 -- 8:26 pm
If you are the parent of a child or adolescent or adult with high-functioning autism (HFA) or (DSM-IV) Asperger Syndrome (AS), a professional who supports a learner with HFA/AS or a person on the spectrum, would you please follow this link to help Br... Read more

Kansas Kick-Off 2013-Registration Closes August 1

Jun 03, 2013 -- 1:35 pm
Kansas Kick-Off 2013
Kansas Kick-Off 2013

Dr. John Maag will be presenting You Can't Make Me! Approaches and Techniques for Managing Resistance. He will be covering strategies for building compliance momentum, tantruming, arguing, passive-aggress... Read more

May Teacher Resource- Successfully Structuring Field Trips for Students on the Autism Spectrum

May 22, 2013 -- 5:04 pm
For children on the autism spectrum, field trips mean a change in schedule and routine. Changes in schedule and environments can be overwhelming, over stimulating and confusing for some students. Here are some simple tips to prepare students with aut... Read more

Time to Review! The Master Teacher’s Crystal Ball

May 20, 2013 -- 7:48 am
The Master Teacher’s Crystal Ball
Written by Cheryl Axley - Review 360 Implementation Team - Former Educator
Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm.
Even before the school year comes to a close, master teachers look ahead to the next school year to b... Read more

Suspensions and Expulsions: Impact on the Learning Environment

May 20, 2013 -- 7:41 am
Written by Chris Huzinec - Review360 Director of Research
Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm.
Summary of Research and Policy Article: Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion by American Academy of Pediatrics Council of School Health, 2013

In order... Read more

Autism and Deafness

May 07, 2013 -- 8:27 pm
Check out the featured resources on Autism and Deafness in our Evidence Based Consulting Newsletter this month!... Read more

PODD Communication Training

May 07, 2013 -- 7:15 pm
Multi-Modal Communication Strategies for Children Who Have Complex Communication Needs-PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop

Brief Description of the Training:

Children who are nonspeaking or have only limited speech, in additi... Read more

UCSB Researchers Successfully Treat Autism in Infants

May 07, 2013 -- 7:08 am
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Most infants respond to a game of peek-a-boo with smiles at the very least, and, for those who find the activity particularly entertaining, gales of laughter. For infants with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), however, t... Read more

May Newsletter is here!

May 03, 2013 -- 3:58 pm
Check out our latest newsletter-Preparing for Summer Break by Lee Stickle... Read more

Kansas Kick-Off 2013!!

May 03, 2013 -- 3:47 pm
Join us for the Kansas Kick-Off 2013 on August 23. Dr. John Maag will present "You Can't Make Me!" Approaches and Techniques for Managing Resistance. Dr. Maag will discuss strategies for building compliance momentum, tantruming, arguing, passive-aggr... Read more

PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop will be held July 30-31

May 03, 2013 -- 3:00 pm
Register now by going to our training calendar. Click on Multi-Modal Communication Strategies for Children Who Have Complex
Communication Needs-PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop presented by Linda Burkhart for more information!
... Read more

PSU Autism Certificate Program for 2013-2014 Cohort

Apr 29, 2013 -- 4:23 pm
The Pittsburg State University Autism Certificate program is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 cohort (classes begin August 20). The year-long 15-18 credit hour certificate program is offered as a hybrid program and as a fully online program. ... Read more

FREE App Today, 4/29/2013!!

Apr 29, 2013 -- 1:18 pm
MindMapper is a mind mapping tool that helps users to think visually. It is the only iPhone/iPad app available that supports multiple mapping directions. Capture and draw your thoughts on the canvas of MindMapper. Visually organize them and see you... Read more

Autism Awareness Month Book Bonanza Give Away

Apr 25, 2013 -- 7:30 am
Autism Awareness Month Book Bonanza Give Away
By Special-Ism
Print Friendly
As Autism Awareness Month winds down, we invite you to take a peek at an amazing collection of books written by Judy Endow, MSW. For the last year, Judy has provided to S... Read more

April Teacher Resource- Supporting Transitioning Students with ASD

Apr 22, 2013 -- 7:37 am
Individuals with ASD may experience levels of anxiety when transitioning to a new teacher, a new classroom, or, new
school building. Take a look at the new resources for April by going to our archived newsletter section. You will find pdf as well as... Read more

Age of Autism Diagnosis May Depend on Symptoms: Study

Apr 16, 2013 -- 1:57 pm
Early identification essential to help kids reach their potential, researcher says

Specific symptoms influence the age at which children are diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.
Children who displayed only seven of 12 recognized auti... Read more

WWC Review of the Report "Randomized, Controlled Trial of the LEAP Model of Early Intervention for Young Children With Autism"

Apr 10, 2013 -- 3:38 pm
What is this study about?
The study examined whether a full two-year
Learning Experiences and Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Their Parents (LEAP) training and support model for teachers was superior in improv- ing outcomes of preschool ch... Read more

Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research: Calendar Year 2012

Apr 10, 2013 -- 9:34 am
Each year, the IACC releases its annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the field. The 20 studies selected have given new insight into the complex causes of autism and potential risk factors, studied clues that coul... Read more

Respite Care Has Big Impact For Autism Parents

Apr 09, 2013 -- 3:56 pm
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Parents of children with autism often report high levels of stress, but new research suggests that getting a caregiving break for as little as one hour a week can really make a difference.
In a new st... Read more

Congratulations to the ANW Cooperative's AIT Team!!

Apr 09, 2013 -- 8:07 am
The ANW Cooperative's AIT Team has won the drawing this year for submitting their team's data by the deadline! Harry Heppler and the team will be receiving a $100 Amazon Gift Card to purchase resources for their team!... Read more

“Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools”

Apr 08, 2013 -- 3:08 pm
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group will host a webinar on Wednesday April 17 from 1:00-2:30 EST titled
“Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools” that will feature two presentations.... Read more

"More Than Meets the Eye: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Apr 08, 2013 -- 3:06 pm
On Thursday, April 18, 2013 the Clerc Center hosts second autism webinar on deaf and hard of hearing students with autism, Dr. Christen Szymanski will explain the early warning signs of autism that may present in young deaf or hard of hearing childre... Read more

April Newsletter is here!

Apr 08, 2013 -- 12:21 pm
The Pittsburg State University Autism Certificate: Meeting the
Need for Professional Development in ASD across Kansas
by Dr. Terri Cooper Swanson Read more

March Teacher Resource- Teaching Literacy Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mar 20, 2013 -- 2:26 pm
Individualization is a key component to teaching children with ASD.
Here are a few ideas for teaching reading, including building vocabulary and comprehension.... Read more

Kids With Autism Face Increased Suicide Risk

Mar 12, 2013 -- 3:17 pm
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Children with autism are much more likely than other kids to consider taking their own lives, new research suggests.
In what’s believed to be the largest study to date looking at suicide and aut... Read more

Learn to Make a Weighted Lap Pad!

Mar 08, 2013 -- 3:13 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2013
11 am—3:00 pm
$15 plus Supplies, Kit and Pattern
Kit is $19.37 plus tax. Supply list is available once you have registered.
REGISTRATION DETAILS: please pre-register with payment.
Call 620-736-2942 E-mail us...needle@s... Read more

Even When Delayed, Most Kids Acquire Speech By MICHELLE DIAMENT

Mar 05, 2013 -- 2:10 pm
The majority of youngsters with autism who have severe language delay do eventually learn to talk, researchers say.
Some 70 percent of children with the developmental disorder who were not making meaningful phrases by age 4 ultimately achieved some ... Read more

Bullying and ASD

Mar 03, 2013 -- 4:39 pm
It is not unusual to hear stories about students - with and without disabilities -being bullied. Stories about bullying have captured media attention as children cope with being bullied and as families attempt to adjust to losing a loved one to suic... Read more

Site for creating visual supports using pre-made templates

Mar 01, 2013 -- 9:25 pm
This site has photos and line drawings that you can put into pre-made templates and print out right away: Read more

March newsletter is here!

Feb 28, 2013 -- 11:52 am
Judy Endow is our guest writer : Airport Thievery- Read more

From ABPathfinder: A Snow Day Survival Kit (Strategies for Children with Autism)

Feb 21, 2013 -- 12:28 pm

“School has been cancelled due to inclement weather.” I remember the thrill as a child of hearing those words as I called the school’s hotline. A day filled with folly and frolicking in the snow brings a sense of nostalgia of which most can r... Read more

Terrific Website

Feb 18, 2013 -- 8:54 am
Educate Autism ( is a fantastic website that provides visitors with educational resources and teaching materials for students with ASD. ... Read more

Last is First in Backward Chaining By Danette Schott, M.A. Appeared on

Feb 13, 2013 -- 8:14 am
Typically when teaching a child a skill we start at the beginning, move through the sequence of steps, and conclude with the final step. This is called forward chaining. The reverse to this is backward chaining. Backward chaining involves teaching th... Read more

Simple tutorial on adding Boardmaker icons to Proloquo2Go

Feb 12, 2013 -- 1:55 pm
Here is a tutorial on how to add Boardmaker symbols to your Proloquo2Go, with any iPad version that has a camera! Read more

Autism Specialist Summit 2013

Feb 11, 2013 -- 2:55 pm
Information for this year's Autism Specialist Summit will be going out to Directors, past participants and AIT Team Contacts this Wednesday! Please be looking for it. NOTE: This training is for those that support classroom teachers of students wit... Read more

Literacy & ASD Webinar Series has been canceled

Feb 11, 2013 -- 6:59 am
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Literacy & ASD webinar series has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I encourage you to check out our archived webinars, under TRAINING ON DEMAND, and view last year's Literacy & A... Read more

AbleNet Inc has a variety of free webinars - live and archived. Here are some upcoming ones:

Feb 04, 2013 -- 8:23 pm
AbleNet Inc has a variety of free webinars - live and archived. Here are some upcoming ones:

Register For an Upcoming Live Webinar

February 7, 2013 2:00pm CST - 45 minutes
Title: Switch Access to the iPad
Category: Assistive Technology
Pr... Read more

Structuring Valentine's Day Visual Support

Feb 01, 2013 -- 10:45 am
Valentine parties can often be chaotic, noisy and over stimulating for children with autism. This “Do it in 5” is intended to help parents and teachers prepare the child with ASD with supports so they can participate and experience a successfu... Read more APP Friday Party

Feb 01, 2013 -- 8:28 am
IT's Friday - has their list of featured Fre e and Reduced Apps for the iPad! Here's the link: Read more

Write a note of thanks....

Jan 30, 2013 -- 6:50 pm
After Four Decades, Disability Champion Leaving Congress

January 29, 2013
News that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, plans to retire next year is leaving disability advocates pondering a future without their staunchest ally ... Read more

Summer Institute 2013 - Hutchinson, KS

Jan 28, 2013 -- 12:50 pm
Summer Institute 2013: An Introduction to Structured Teaching Applications Due Friday, February 1!!! See your director for the application!! Get your Summer Institute applications in by this Friday!!... Read more

It's Friday! Check out this weeks free and reduced Apps

Jan 25, 2013 -- 9:16 am features these apps for free and reduced prices: Read more

Families Deeply Impacted By Autism Aggression, Study Finds

Jan 23, 2013 -- 1:10 pm
Families Deeply Impacted By Autism Aggression, Study Finds
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Though aggression is not typical of everyone with autism, new research suggests that it affects many with the developmental disorder and b... Read more

Two Resource Documents on the iPad, created by Joane McLaughlin

Jan 18, 2013 -- 1:48 pm
Joane McLaughlin, one of our Regional Consultants, developed the attached forms. The anatomy of an App covers the very basics of how to maneuver an app to those new users to iPad Apps. The Using Guided Access document covers the new feature "Guided... Read more


Jan 18, 2013 -- 12:09 pm
You know what that means - has FREE and REDUCED APPS featured - Direct link to the APP Party: Read more

FREE and REDUCED App Friday

Jan 11, 2013 -- 2:02 pm
Thanks to, here is the link to Free and Reduced Apps for the iPad and iPhone: Read more

Children with Visual Impairments & Autism Spectrum Disorders Training Opportunity

Jan 07, 2013 -- 2:24 pm
The Kansas Instructional Resource Center is pleased to offer the following Professional Development opportunity :

Children with Visual Impairments & Autism Spectrum Disorders
February 19 & 20, 2013
Salina Regional health Center
Salina, KS

U... Read more

Upcoming ADOS-2 Practice Webinars!

Jan 02, 2013 -- 10:35 am
Join us online to watch, score and review ADOS-2 assessments!

Register by clicking on the date/module you would like to attend. A confirmation email will be sent to you one day prior to the webinar with the onl... Read more

Tool to Assess Instructional Context as it Relates to Persons with ASD

Jan 02, 2013 -- 10:17 am
Enhancing Instructional Contexts for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (EIC-ASD) represents a collaborative effort between Georgia State University and the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS). The rubric in the tool ... Read more

New Resource

Dec 24, 2012 -- 2:52 pm
TARGET: Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching has been released. The TARGET manual is divided into four sections Introduction, Glossary, Evaluation, and Interventions. Please take the time to become familiar with this resource, it is t... Read more

Video Test Aids Assessment of Autistic Children

Dec 24, 2012 -- 2:27 pm
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 17, 2012

Emerging research points to the benefit of early intervention for children diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately, there is no medical test to diagnose th... Read more

In Shooting’s Aftermath, Autism Backlash Feared

Dec 21, 2012 -- 2:27 pm

December 21, 2012
Among the lingering effects of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn. could be a host of misconceptions about autism and that has many touched by the developmental disorder worried.
Autism advocacy gr... Read more

Adapting K12 for Students with Autism Academic and behavioral programs in schools

Dec 21, 2012 -- 2:20 pm
Adapting K12 for Students with Autism
Academic and behavioral programs in schools.
Regina Whitmer
District Administration, Jan 2013

Enter “teaching students with autism” in Google, and more than 8 million results pop up instantly. Is i... Read more

Help for Schools: Understanding ASD

Dec 20, 2012 -- 9:25 am
By Judy Endow, MSW
Autistic Global Initiative
Due to the media speculation that Adam Lanza, the suspect in the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, may have been affected with Asperger Syndrome, concern has developed on several fronts. Of i... Read more

No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

Dec 19, 2012 -- 1:50 pm
From Judy Endow's blog: As a professional in the field of autism, a parent and an autistic myself, I am being asked by fearful parents, in the wake of last week's tragedy in Connecticut, if their child with autism who has meltdowns today might grow ... Read more

December Newsletter Archived

Dec 12, 2012 -- 6:31 am
Have you had a chance to read our December newsletter? Dr. Greg Meissen, from Wichita State University talks about working with educational teams being built on trust and leadership. Direct link to read the newsletter: Read more

Webinar Series - Modifications in an Elementary Classroom

Dec 05, 2012 -- 10:04 am
Join us for tomorrow's webinar! Joane McLaughlin, a Special Educator, will be presenting different modifications you can incorporate in an Elementary Classroom.

Date: Dec. 6, 2012
Time: 3:30pm-4:15pm

Link to register: http://www.surveymonkey.... Read more

625 iPad 2 to be Distributed

Dec 03, 2012 -- 2:08 pm
Very important and timely news...
Autism Speaks Opens the 2012 December iPad Grant!

Autism Speaks announced today...
"Through the generosity of and the James W. Pickle Foundation, 625 financially disadvantaged individuals with au... Read more

Webinar Series - Modifications in an Early Childhood Classroom

Nov 27, 2012 -- 6:48 am
Join us for today's Webinar Series, presented by Lindy McDaniel -

Webinar Series - Modifications in an Early Childhood Classroom
Lindy McDaniel, Regional Consultant for TASN/ATBS will be presenting a webinar on Modifications in an Early Childhoo... Read more

An exploration of sensory and movement differences from the perspective of individuals with autism

Nov 26, 2012 -- 1:23 pm
By: Jodi Robledo, Anne M. Donnellan and Karen Strandt-Conroy

Parents, teachers, and people who themselves experience sensory and movement differences have consistently reported disturbances of sensation and movement associated with autism. Our re... Read more

Is Autism a Disability or a Difference?

Nov 26, 2012 -- 1:13 pm
By Judy Endow, MSW

So many ideas in the larger autism community often become a debate. As an autistic this black-or-white, choose-your-side sort of thinking is very neurologically friendly to me. I like clear choices. But I also believe we are of... Read more

Five Tips for Supporting iPads in the Classroom

Nov 26, 2012 -- 1:11 pm
By Jennie Magiera

Schools across the globe have begun investing in iPad tablet computers, hoping these devices will magically transform their learning environments. While there are countless examples of schools using iPads to redefine teaching a... Read more

Featured Library Books

Nov 07, 2012 -- 3:27 pm
Please see attached newsletter for some highlighted books, available for checkout!... Read more

Reducing the Impact of Holiday Hustle and Bustle

Nov 01, 2012 -- 12:37 pm
November's Monthly Newsletter is Here! Topic: Reducing the Impact of Holiday Hustle and Bustle by Lori Chambers

November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the end of our routine as we know it. As a self- proclaimed Holidayholic, even I... Read more

Hidden Curriculum of Getting & Keeping a Job w/Brenda Smith Myles Youtube Interview

Oct 29, 2012 -- 3:27 pm
Adults on the spectrum often have difficulty getting and keeping a job, quite unrelated to their job skills. This practical and easy-to-use book provides necessary, yet often untaught information on a variety of topics related to getting a job, findi... Read more

Autism Early Intervention Can Help Regulate Brain Activity In Kids

Oct 29, 2012 -- 3:06 pm
A new type of early intervention therapy called Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is effective for boosting language skills and cognitive thinking in autistic children as young as 18 months old. It can also help their social skills, decrease their symp... Read more

Parent Support Group, Ellis County, Flyer Attached

Oct 26, 2012 -- 9:13 am
Date is quickly approaching for the first Parent Support Group - Oct. 30th

Special Needs Family Support Group Events!

Do you ever feel all alone with your special needs child?

Come join us to discuss the following topics and have fun with ... Read more

Webinar Tomorrow, 10/25/12

Oct 24, 2012 -- 7:44 am
Dr. Amy Finch will wrap up her Webinar Series on Assistive Technology Tomorrow! Webinar is 3:30-4:15 - Registration Link:

Registration Link: Read more

Moms with Apps Blog

Oct 19, 2012 -- 9:22 am
Mom's with apps blog featured apps: some are free and some are reduced prices! Read more

Webinar Series - Assistive Technology Part 1 of 3 TODAY!

Oct 16, 2012 -- 11:32 am
Interested in learning more on Assistive Technology? Dr. Amy Finch will be presenting a 3 part series - it's not too late to join! Here is the direct link to the webinar, starts at 3:30pm, TODAY, Oct. 16th: Read more

Tips to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Oct 04, 2012 -- 6:04 pm

The very things that can be so exciting to neurotypical kids—wearing the costume of a favorite character, being outside with other kids who also have on costumes, knocking on doors to ask for treats, and getting treats from every house you vi... Read more

School Disability Complaints Hit Record High

Oct 04, 2012 -- 4:52 pm
Federal education officials are handling a record number of disability-related civil rights complaints in the nation’s schools.
In a report out this week, the U.S. Department of Education says that more than 11,700 complaints alleging violations o... Read more

Bullying and Students on the Autism Spectrum

Oct 03, 2012 -- 9:24 am
It is not unusual to hear stories about students with and without disabilities being bullied. Stories about bullying have captured media attention as children cope with being bullied and as families attempt to adjust to losing a loved one to suicide ... Read more

Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time

Oct 02, 2012 -- 3:11 pm

A few weeks ago, Matthew Koenig, 24, was doing data entry for below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities in St. Paul, Minn.

Koenig, who has autism, was happy to have a job in a tough economy, but soon reali... Read more

DSM Autism Update May Have Little Impact, Study Finds

Oct 02, 2012 -- 2:57 pm
October 2, 2012
In the largest study yet examining proposed changes to the autism diagnosis, researchers say far fewer people would be cut from the spectrum than previous studies have suggested.
Major changes to the autism dia... Read more

States Get Millions To Train Special Educators

Oct 02, 2012 -- 2:42 pm
October 2, 2012
Nearly two dozen states will benefit from millions in new federal funding to improve training for those working with special education students in the nation’s schools.
The U.S. Department of Education says it is... Read more

Reimbursement Opportunity for Autism Certificate Completers

Sep 27, 2012 -- 11:01 am
Teachers and related service professionals accepted into the Autism Certificate program may qualify for a $500 reimbursement upon Certificate completion. The TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports group (Formerly Kansas Instructional Support Netw... Read more

Senses Altered For Those With Autism, Study Finds

Sep 25, 2012 -- 2:26 pm
People with autism perceive sight, sound and touch in extremely unpredictable ways, new research suggests, a finding that may help explain behaviors associated with the developmental disorder.
In observing adults with and without autism as they expe... Read more

TASN - ATBS First Webinar Starts Tomorrow!

Sep 25, 2012 -- 2:04 pm
Katie Thomas will be presenting an introduction to Boardmaker. Registration link:

Webinar Information
Sept. 25th - Intro To Boardmaker, 3:30-4:15pm, presented via Adobe Connect

We'd love to have you join!... Read more

Newest Blog from Judy Endow! Managing My “Inflexible Thinking”

Sep 21, 2012 -- 9:23 pm
Because of my autism I have an autistic thinking style. One characteristic often attributed to me is “inflexible thinking.”
Flexibility in thinking has to do with being able to adapt when circumstances change by adjusting or shifting from one ex... Read more

Moms with Apps - Free & Reduced Price Highlighted Apps

Sep 21, 2012 -- 9:44 am Read more

Library Newsletter

Sep 19, 2012 -- 12:41 pm
Read about our Library's highlighted books! Read more


Sep 19, 2012 -- 9:54 am
TASN/Tertiary Behavior Supports, in conjunction with the Kansas State Department of Education's Special Education Services, is offering training to a small number of districts to build capacity in the process of Functional Behavior Assessment, Behavi... Read more

New Blog by a Kansas Educator!!

Sep 19, 2012 -- 7:57 am
Check out the Considerate Classroom Blog by Lindy McDaniel. Lindy is one of our Regional Consultants and works in the Hays USD 489 School District as an early childhood special education teacher. She has wonderful ideas!! The link for her blog is:... Read more

Challenging Behavior Tool Kit Free!

Sep 18, 2012 -- 8:38 pm
Autism Speaks has created a Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit to provide you with strategies and resources to address problem behaviors, and to help support you and your loved ones with ASD during these difficult situations. Most individuals with ASD wi... Read more

Autism Asperger Publishing Company Advertises a new FREE app!

Sep 18, 2012 -- 4:38 pm
A round of applause for Kari Dunn Baron & Mitzi Curtis!!!!
The 5-Point Scale has inspired a new tool to allow individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other disabilities to be safe without the need to be verbal. Download the free Autism ... Read more

Moms with Apps Blog - Free App Friday

Sep 14, 2012 -- 8:26 am
Check out the featured APPS! Many are free, and many are reduced prices! Read more

September Newsletter!! 10 Tips for Starting the School Year Off Right

Sep 05, 2012 -- 7:39 am
10 Tips for Starting the School Year Off Right
by Lindy McDaniel
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Hays, KS
Regional Consultant for TASN Autism & Tertiary Behavior Supports
1. Get Organized- Create a prioritized to do list for
yourself ... Read more

Support for Changing Practices in Evaluation/Eligibility

Aug 31, 2012 -- 10:45 am
A variety of supports are available this year as KSDE supports our Kansas educators to conduct efficient, effective and compliant evaluations that are used in making eligibility decisions for students who may be eligible for special education. Pleas... Read more

Free & Reduced Price on APPS!

Aug 30, 2012 -- 11:14 pm
Check out the free and reduced price on apps featured on

... Read more

Using Positive Behavior Approaches

Aug 30, 2012 -- 4:07 pm
How One School Changed its Focus -- and its Students' Lives

Dr. Michael George, longtime CEC member, former president of CEC's Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD), and currently director of the Centennial School of Lehigh Universit... Read more

Autism Treatment Options For Adolescents Are Not Supported By Evidence

Aug 27, 2012 -- 1:56 pm
According to a recent report, Vanderbilt University researchers say that current therapies used to treat adolescents with autism are not supported by evidence proving they are effective methods.

Melissa McPheeters, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of Vande... Read more

24 Hour Parent and Youth Resource Hotline Available in KS

Aug 23, 2012 -- 8:07 am
The Kansas State Department of Education, in partnership with Kansas Children's Service League, is proud to announce the availability of the Bullying Prevention Hotline. This free, anonymous service is available to provide counsel and resources to th... Read more

The Promise and Practice of Peer Supports: Meaningful Inclusion for Students With Moderate and Severe Disabilities. A CEC/DPHMD

Aug 22, 2012 -- 11:05 am
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4-5 p.m. EDT

Including students with moderate and severe disabilities in a meaningful way within the school is an important challenge for their teachers and for administrators. Inclusion in the social and learning opportunities ... Read more

In First, FDA Approves Autism Stem Cell Trial

Aug 22, 2012 -- 7:10 am
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A new clinical trial is set to examine whether or not stem cells from a child’s own cord blood are an effective treatment for autism symptoms.
The study, which was announced Tuesday, is the fir... Read more

Transition Assessment Training

Aug 21, 2012 -- 11:18 am
Kansas Educators! Do you live in Region Eight? Region 8 stretches from Cheyenne county all the way to Washington county, south to Wallace and east to Marion County. If so TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports will be providing a training on the ... Read more

Feds: Transition Services In Need Of Improvement

Aug 21, 2012 -- 7:28 am
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As students with disabilities transition out of high school, a new government report finds the path to independence is overly complicated.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, ki... Read more

Seeing Beyond My Autism Diagnosis

Aug 19, 2012 -- 8:27 pm
I am an adult with autism. My thinking is visual rather than word based. Autism gifts me with a literal and concrete way of thinking. My thoughts are all in full moving color. You can read about this and about my life in my book called Paper Words: D... Read more

Autism in Real Life A Mother's Journey: Hoping, Coping & Succeeding

Aug 16, 2012 -- 8:57 pm
by Kymberly Grosso
Last night, my 8th grader successfully participated in his middle school's musical production. This was the third year that he was in the musical, but for the first time, he had a speaking role. I cried the first night, feeling s... Read more

5 Steps for Parents to Climb the Mountain of Transition to Middle School

Aug 14, 2012 -- 6:22 pm
Entering middle school can be overwhelming for any child, but add your child’s special challenges and this transition can be quite intimidating. If your child is entering middle school this fall, you probably already had an IEP team meeting discuss... Read more

Possible Explanations Behind The Autistic Struggle to Understand Social Skills

Aug 14, 2012 -- 6:48 am
By James Williams

Of the many issues that autistic people face that impact their daily lives, probably the one category of issues that impacts them the most are social issues. The inability to easily make friends, follow the social rules that gove... Read more

1 in 3 autistic young adults lack jobs, education

Aug 13, 2012 -- 7:56 pm
One in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical school nearly seven years after high school graduation, a study finds. That's a poorer showing than those with other disabilities including those who are mentally dis... Read more

Harkin Report Details National, State-by-State Impact of Sequestration on Education, Health, and Labor Programs

Jul 31, 2012 -- 2:37 pm
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and Related Agencies, today released the first comprehensive report on the potential impact of sequestration on dozens of educat... Read more

Automatic spending cuts may take $900 million out of special education funding

Jul 31, 2012 -- 2:26 pm
A report released late last week by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, explored the ramifications of sequestration, a process by which an automatic spending cut is triggered, on the country's education funding.... Read more

For Parents: Preparing for the School Year

Jul 30, 2012 -- 8:03 pm
From the Indiana Resource Center For Autism, by Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Anticipating the beginning of the school year can be a time of high anxiety for both parents and their sons or daughters. Pare... Read more

The Big Deal About Small Talk!

Jul 20, 2012 -- 8:04 am
From Judy Endow via

s an adult with autism small talk is the most difficult of all communication and yet it is likely the most important communication skill when it comes to developing real re... Read more

Dr. Temple Grandin coming to Kansas City, KS this Fall

Jul 17, 2012 -- 4:19 pm
Future Horizons will present an Autism Conference featuring Temple Grandin in Kansas City, KS this fall.

See attached flyer for more information about the conference and how to register.
Dr. Grandin will be offering
on... Read more

ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jul 09, 2012 -- 4:32 pm
From Autism Speaks:
The Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. The pamphlet provides pr... Read more

Great Resource!

Jun 27, 2012 -- 3:33 pm
This information was shared with us by Phoebe Rinkel from KITS:
Make Friends with Autism
This 14 minute video follows children with autism spectrum disorders ages 4-14 as they participate in social activities and routines in the community. One p... Read more

Senate To Revisit School Restraint, Seclusion

Jun 25, 2012 -- 6:27 pm
Lawmakers are set to consider the use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s classrooms this week, rekindling efforts to establish first-ever federal rules governing the practices.
The topic is scheduled to be front and center Thursday at a he... Read more

Free Webinar by Linda Hodgdon, June 27th

Jun 25, 2012 -- 11:22 am
Time, Travel & Transition:
Using Visual Strategies for Student Success
Wednesday, June 27th

Working with Autism Spectrum Disorders
& Related Learning Needs

Presenter: Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders... Read more

ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy Often Overlap

Jun 22, 2012 -- 3:32 pm
June 19, 2012 — Diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, and epilepsy may often overlap in older children, new research suggests.

A new registry study of more than 700,000 chil... Read more

Spotlight on Self-Regulation and The 5 Point Scale: An Interview with Kari Dunn Buron

Jun 22, 2012 -- 2:44 pm
From, an interview of Kari Dunn-Buron from Chloe Rothschild.
Chloe: Hi Kari, thank you for taking the time to answer these interview questions. Can you please tell our readers what the five point scale is?
Kari Dunn Buron: The Incre... Read more

Creating Visuals on the Fly for Unpredictable Activities

Jun 20, 2012 -- 10:14 am
By Judy Endow:
As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during each day is important to me. For children, who have much less life experience, it is often a deal breaker in terms of them being able to participate in life around them. Using v... Read more

Autism Insurance Mandates Prompt Families To Move

Jun 19, 2012 -- 7:08 pm
As an increasing number of states require health insurers to cover autism therapy, some families are leaving communities that don’t offer such coverage in search of greener pastures.
In Utah where no insurance mandate exists, families have crossed... Read more

Explaining Special-Isms to Typical Children

Jun 07, 2012 -- 9:26 pm
Aside from my precious little man who is now 6-years-old and has autism, I have a fantastic 4-year-old girl who is off the charts! I know, I know, many people say “oh my child is so gifted and talented” but we know that’s not true…BUT I’m t... Read more

Life after high school, ten skills to teach your child Read more:

May 30, 2012 -- 5:19 pm
Diane Adreon, M.A.

Teaching adaptive behavior is one of the areas that are often overlooked for high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders. However, adaptive behaviors have a tremendous impact on our ability to use our skills in c... Read more

Transition program for students with autism grows

May 30, 2012 -- 4:51 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When fall classes resume on The University of Alabama campus in August, 18 students are expected to participate in UA’s transition program for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The program, launched at UA in 2006, i... Read more

Autism Specialist Summit - Archived for your viewing!

May 29, 2012 -- 9:58 am
Interested in seeing what this year's Autism Specialist Summit was about? This year the focus was on Assistive Technology - more specifically, the iPad! We were fortunate to have a variety of talented speakers, and all of the Summit was captured on... Read more

Special Needs Briefing for K-20 Educators

May 18, 2012 -- 3:03 pm
Special Needs Briefing for K-20 Educators
Tuesday, June 5 2012 8:30AM - 12:30PM

The Apple Special Needs Briefing for K-20 gives education leaders the opportunity to experience the many features built into Mac, iPod, and iPad devices that accomm... Read more

Article on Apps and Autism

May 17, 2012 -- 3:28 pm
iPad, apps key to unlocking communication barrier with autistic students

Read more:

... Read more

Free Webinars regarding the Transition to Common Core Standards

May 17, 2012 -- 1:51 pm
Following please find a list of the five webinar sessions in the series-- Transition to the Common Core Standards: What do educators need to know?

The webinars were organized by CCSSO as part of the KS EAG State Consortium project “Closing the... Read more

50 Great Twitter Feeds for Autism Support

May 14, 2012 -- 10:09 am has published an article on their blog with 50 Great Twitter Feeds for Autism Support. You can access the list at Read more

OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

May 13, 2012 -- 8:13 pm
Have you heard about School-wide PBS? Are you interested in knowing more about School-wide PBS? Your first stop should be The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. It has been established by the Office of Special Education Pr... Read more

Automated autism screening tool available on Autism Speaks website

May 09, 2012 -- 8:58 pm
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 7, 2012) – Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the launch of an automated version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, or M-CHAT™. The M-CHAT is a scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 a... Read more

Preventing autism after epilepsy

May 03, 2012 -- 8:43 pm
BOSTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early-life seizures are known to be associated with autism, and studies indicate that about 40 percent of patients with autism also have epilepsy. A study from Boston Children's Hospital finds a reason f... Read more

Learning Resources Grant Opportunity

May 03, 2012 -- 12:47 pm
Why limit your classroom to one room and one teacher? Instead, with the advent of new portable interactive technology like the now!Board, teachers can more easily see the world as their classroom. We want you to start imagining the educational possib... Read more

OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guides

May 03, 2012 -- 12:40 pm
OCALI has online guides in the area of Transition to Adulthood. The topics are: Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, Employment, IEP Transition Components and School-Age Programming. These guides can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf. The... Read more

Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Blog

May 03, 2012 -- 9:55 am
Michelle Garcia Winner, who a decade ago started social thinking as a treatment approach for students with social and communication challenges, will update you on this instructional and treatment approach through her blog. Check out Michelle's Blog!... Read more

Universal Positive Behavior Support for the Classroom

May 02, 2012 -- 2:44 pm
Lori Newcomer University of Missouri
To date, over 7,000 schools are implementing schoolwide systems of positive behavior support (SWPBS). At the universal/primary tier, these schools create a foundation of support to prevent problem behavior and ac... Read more

Lawmakers Want More Autism Training For Teachers

May 01, 2012 -- 3:20 pm
April 30, 2012
A pair of congressman are pushing for legislation to dramatically enhance training for educators who teach students with autism.
A bill introduced in Congress late last week would establish a five-year federal g... Read more

Free App AbleNet's AAC App is Free!

May 01, 2012 -- 10:16 am
SoundingBoard transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into the latest in communication technology. In just minutes, you can create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own photos. Perfect for children in special education, persons on the a... Read more

Drug To Treat Autism’s Core Symptoms May Soon Be Reality

Apr 28, 2012 -- 6:55 am
In what could signal a turning point, researchers say they’ve identified a drug compound that may address two key facets of autism — repetitive behaviors and socialization.
The compound known as GRN-529 is showing significant promise when tested... Read more

Handling the End of School Transition for Your Child With Autism

Apr 23, 2012 -- 8:02 pm
By Jennifer Symon: The end of the school year is a busy but exciting time of year for students and their parents. School parties and summer fun is just around the corner. Kids are eager for vacation and looking forward to all kinds of summer activit... Read more

Topeka: Support Group For Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr 23, 2012 -- 11:33 am
Topeka Public Schools: Support Group For Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

PURPOSE: Provide a welcoming environment for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive... Read more

Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism

Apr 18, 2012 -- 3:19 pm
From By Vince LaMarca, M.A., BCBA, Editor
Lovaas Institute - Indianapolis
Teaching social skills to children with autism is an area of behavioral treatment that is continuously evolving, perhaps more than any other area. The Journal of... Read more

Use of machine learning to shorten observation-based screening and diagnosis of autism

Apr 17, 2012 -- 4:48 pm
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic (ADOS) is one of the most widely used instruments for behavioral evaluation of autism spectrum disorders. It is composed of four modules, each tailored for a specific group of individuals based on th... Read more

Gene may be key to why autism affects boys more

Apr 13, 2012 -- 9:38 am
A study released Thursday shed light on why autism spectrum disorder affects four times more boys than girls - and offers clues for preventing the disorder.

The study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, was done by a team of rese... Read more

States Get Funds To Spur Disability Employment

Apr 10, 2012 -- 2:59 pm
Federal officials are beginning to send cash to states this week in an effort to promote integrated, community-based employment for people with even the most severe disabilities.
In the first round of a new “employment first” initiative, the U.S... Read more

OCALI Conference 2012

Apr 04, 2012 -- 6:18 pm
Registration for OCALICON 2012 is now open.

Professionals can register at the special rate of $115 before April 30.

Parents, family members, students, and individuals with disabilities can register for $100 through November 16.

Judy Endow i... Read more

One-in-ten Autistic Kids Bloom Out Of Severe Symptoms

Apr 03, 2012 -- 8:06 am
Roughly one-in-ten children diagnosed with severe forms of autism will shed many symptoms of the developmental disability by the time they reach their eight birthday, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University.

Although many ch... Read more

As more autism reported, doctors say check early

Apr 03, 2012 -- 8:01 am
From the A.P.: At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn’t respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why.

She has a mild form of autism, a diagnosis being g... Read more

Purdue students develop app to help children with severe autism

Mar 30, 2012 -- 10:47 am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students in a Purdue University service-learning program have developed an application for Apple's iPad that helps children with severe autism learn how to communicate.

The app, called SPEAKall!, allows the children to const... Read more

CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade

Mar 29, 2012 -- 11:05 am
From CNN: he number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data estimate that 1 in 88 American children has some form ... Read more

Kids With Autism Bullied Three Times More

Mar 27, 2012 -- 3:52 pm
From Kids With Autism Bullied Three Times More

In the largest look ever at autism and bullying, new research shows that children on the spectrum are significantly more likely than other kids to be bullied.
Researchers po... Read more

Fort Hays State University Communication Disorders Summer 2012 CE Courses

Mar 26, 2012 -- 10:29 pm
Enrollment is now open for the Summer 2012 CE Courses presented by the FHSU Communication Disorders Department. The courses are described on the attached flyer. There are limited spots in the Linda Burkhart training (Communication Strategies for Ch... Read more

Organization For Autism Research Checklist

Mar 26, 2012 -- 5:36 pm
From The Organization For Autism Research (OAR) has a number of resources on their website, one resource is the Transition Considerations and Checklist. As we move into the last quarter of the school year it is important tha... Read more

PSU Summer ASD Workshop! Quality Literacy Instruction

Mar 21, 2012 -- 7:38 am
Quality Literacy Instruction
for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tuesday, June 5 – Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Literacy skills are critical components for successful participation at school, home and in the commu... Read more Offers Information Regarding College for Students with Disabilities

Mar 20, 2012 -- 9:33 am
From Going to College is an online resource for teens with disabilities to learn about college life and what to do to prepare for it. It's also a resource for secondary school professionals to help their students learn about ... Read more

Promoting Academic Success For Children With Autism

Mar 19, 2012 -- 8:46 am
From the Dan Marino Foundation: Promoting Academic Success For Children With Autism is a videotaped presentation by Diane Adreon. The presentation covers Executive Functioning, Homework, Reading Math and Writing. To view the presentation, please c... Read more

Easter Seals and CVS Charitable Trust Have Put the Ages and Stages Questionnaire On-Line

Mar 18, 2012 -- 4:24 pm
The first five years are critical in a child's life. And this is the most important time to get your child support for a developmental delay or special need.

Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How... Read more

States To Get Millions To Improve Crisis Care

Mar 18, 2012 -- 9:53 am
From disability

March 14, 2012
A new federal initiative could make it significantly easier for people experiencing a psychiatric emergency — including those with disabilities — to get the care they need.
Under a... Read more

Being Prepared for an Emergency is Not Optional…for Responders or Caregivers

Mar 17, 2012 -- 10:46 am
From the OARACLE:
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) training for law enforcement, fire-rescue, and emergency medical first responders first came on the scene in the mid-1990s, a period when the autism community began reporting the beginning of a drama... Read more

Parental Training Plus Meds Most Effective for Autism

Mar 11, 2012 -- 9:11 am
From psych Raising a child with autism can be a both a joy and a challenge for parents. For some of these kids, serious behavioral problems may necessitate medication, and according to new research, parental training.

In the study, Y... Read more

Teaching independent living skills

Mar 07, 2012 -- 1:29 am
From: Diane Adreon, M.A.

Children with Asperger Syndrome are usually on a regular diploma track in high school. However, just because they graduate from high school with a regular diploma or go to college or graduate school does NOT mean that the... Read more

Autism: Minority toddlers being diagnosed later

Mar 07, 2012 -- 1:25 am
Minority toddlers have more language, communication and gross motor skill delays than white toddlers, according to a new study from Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Previous research concluded that children of African American, Hispanic and Asian descent ... Read more

Toddlers' Autistic Behaviors Linked to Preteen Psychosis

Mar 06, 2012 -- 6:16 am
Autistic-like behaviors in toddlers might predict psychotic events in adolescence, a retrospective study has determined.

Speech problems and ritualistic behaviors in 3- and 7-year-olds showed a particularly strong influence, increasing the risk of... Read more

13 Things to Keep in Mind as Your Child with ASD Reaches Adolescence

Mar 02, 2012 -- 9:29 am
13 Things to Keep in Mind as Your Child with ASD Reaches Adolescence

Living with a child on the autism spectrum day after day, parents often miss the little changes that are so typical of all kids’ development. One day I looked at my son, Jeremy... Read more

iPad 2 Technology Grant-URGENT TIMING

Mar 01, 2012 -- 8:56 am
Autism Speaks has just announced an iPad 2 Technology Grant that will award 160 individuals with autism an Apple iPad 2. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 7, 2012.

Here is the link for more information: Read more

Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Institute

Feb 27, 2012 -- 1:45 pm
What is the Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Institute? The ACI Summer Institute is a week-long training for Autistic college students. The training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their ... Read more

Autism Detection Is Delayed in Minorities

Feb 24, 2012 -- 8:38 am
From: A new study suggests the symptoms of autism in toddlers from a minority background are more significant than those noted in age-equivalent Caucasian children.

The investigation was the first prospective study of ethnic di... Read more

Buy one, get one free Boardmaker or Boardmaker Plus!

Feb 22, 2012 -- 4:20 pm
From Buy one copy of Boardmaker or Boardmaker Plus, get one copy free. Limit five. Cannot mix and match Boardmaker versions. Excludes Boardmaker Studio and all Boardmaker Pre-made Activities. Not available on volume discount purch... Read more

National Autism Center publishes A Parent's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism

Feb 22, 2012 -- 2:22 pm
The National Autism Center has published A Parent's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism. You can download a free pdf of the guide at

If you prefer a printed copy, they are $24.95 at ... Read more

House passes protections for special ed students Guidelines restricting seclusion and restraint would become law

Feb 21, 2012 -- 4:37 pm
From the Topeka Capitol Journal: The House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would write into law the state board of education’s guidelines for use of seclusion and restraint of special education students.

The 68-44 vote was a vi... Read more

House Bill No. 2444 (Regulation of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools)

Feb 21, 2012 -- 11:36 am
From HB 2444 would regulate the use of seclusion and restraint in school districts for students K-12. Currently, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has guidelines in place. To read this entire bill, please down... Read more

Do you live in southeast Kansas?

Feb 20, 2012 -- 4:49 pm
Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic savant in 1988’s Rain Man helped flesh out the face of autism in America. House of Cards followed in 1993 and tells the story of a mother who tries to reconnect with her autistic daughter following a fami... Read more

Parent Tips for Transition Planning

Feb 20, 2012 -- 4:41 pm
From Successful and meaningful transition services are the result of careful planning. This planning is driven by a young person’s dreams, desires, and abilities. It builds a youth’s participation in school, home and community living.... Read more

Study: Many Adults With Disabilities Do Nothing All Day

Feb 17, 2012 -- 7:36 pm
A significant number of adults with developmental disabilities have no regular, daily activities, a situation that’s symptomatic of larger problems, new research indicates.
The finding comes from a survey of nearly 800 siblings of adults with inte... Read more

Early Recognition Of Child Development Problems Video

Feb 17, 2012 -- 8:23 am
From CDC: Recognizing Child Development Problems / Educational Video. Public domain video courtesy of CDC. It's time to change how we view a child's growth. Do you know all the ways you should measure your childs growth? We naturally think of height... Read more

After the Diagnosis By Carin Yavorcik

Feb 15, 2012 -- 2:18 pm
From the Autism Society and Carin Yavorcik:
You may be traveling a different path than
you expected.
You wondered during pregnancy if your child would play baseball, if
he'd be good at math, whom he would marry and where he would
go to college... Read more

Creating Safety Plans for Individuals with Autism

Feb 15, 2012 -- 2:12 pm
From Autism Speaks:

When it comes to identifying safety risks and preventing emergencies for an individual with autism, you and your family are the best advocates, and most likely the people responsible for taking the necessary steps to develop ... Read more

Sensory Integration: Tips to Consider

Feb 14, 2012 -- 7:16 pm
Sensory Integration: Tips to Consider

From the Indiana Resource Center For Autism

Sensory processing is the procedure in which we take in sensory messages from our bodies and surroundings. Then we interpret these messages and organize our purpo... Read more

Interested in Teaching Reading?

Feb 14, 2012 -- 4:34 pm
From the International Journal of Special Education Vol 22, No 3, 2007:
"In most elementary classrooms, students with autistic characteristics are too often dismissed from the literate community (Kliewer, 1998). The autistic child is frequently aske... Read more

Supporting Students with Autism: 10 Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms

Feb 13, 2012 -- 10:32 am
While most educators agree that no recipe exists for teaching any individual student or group of students, there are certainly some guidelines that can be helpful for supporting students with certain labels. Students with autism... Read more

Employment and Post-Secondary Educational Activities for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders During the Transition to Ad

Feb 12, 2012 -- 1:57 pm
This report describes the post-high school educational and occupational activities for 66 young adults with autism spectrum disorders who had recently exited the secondary school system. Analyses indicated low rates of employment in the community, wi... Read more


Feb 10, 2012 -- 8:32 am
From dotolearn: JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and b... Read more

Social Anxiety and Social Skill Competencies

Feb 09, 2012 -- 5:57 pm
From the Autism Asperger's Digest: by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP
Autism Asperger’s Digest | November/December 2011

Social skills challenges don’t stand alone. Our social skills are social behaviors that impact how others think and feel.... Read more

Tips for Teaching Independence

Feb 09, 2012 -- 5:53 pm
From Autism Autism Asperger’s Digest | January/February 2012

What do you think of when you hear the word independence? For many parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and similar autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)—perva... Read more

Parents, we want to hear your story! Call

Feb 07, 2012 -- 8:53 am
From the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: Narrative Symposium:

... Read more

Autism Classroom News This blog focuses on news in the world of autism and innovative ideas and resources for teachers and schoo

Feb 06, 2012 -- 8:51 pm
Here is a blog by Christine Reeves, this is the latest topic!
Visual Supports for Home
This is an excellent video with a demonstration of visuals that can be used in the home to support individuals on the autism spectrum. It was put together by th... Read more

Young adults with autism face barriers

Feb 06, 2012 -- 8:48 pm
From ABC News: The transition into adulthood is especially challenging for teens with autism.
Families with autistic children have to spend years finding the right education and therapy programs that best fit their child's needs.
Many need to figu... Read more

The Hidden Potential of Autistic Kids What intelligence tests might be overlooking when it comes to autism

Feb 06, 2012 -- 8:45 pm
From Scientific America:When I was in fifth grade, my brother Alex started correcting my homework. This would not have been weird, except that he was in kindergarten—and autistic. His disorder, characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty w... Read more

Gene Mutation Link

Feb 01, 2012 -- 1:59 pm
From medical

New research from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) might help explain how a gene mutation found in some autistic individuals leads to difficulties in processing auditory cues and paying Spatial attention to sound.
T... Read more

Instructional Management Tips for Teachers of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Jan 31, 2012 -- 1:07 pm
From CEC: Given the increased identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), more educators are becoming familiar with this rather perplexing dis- ability. If your class includes a student or students with ASD, you may need useful a... Read more

Tips for helping your child with special education needs with their homework

Jan 30, 2012 -- 12:45 pm
From For all parents helping their children with homework everyday takes time and effort. However, for parents of children with special education needs often this can turn into a long and challenging process. Some key tips to... Read more

Summer Camp

Jan 30, 2012 -- 8:45 am
Camp Encourage is enhancing the lives of youth with autism spectrum disorders! As one mother shared regarding her son, "Your camp turned his life around..."
The mission of Camp Encourage is to encourage social growth, independence, and self-esteem... Read more

Can Autism be detected at 6 Months?

Jan 27, 2012 -- 1:22 pm
From the daily mail: Scientists have detected signs of autism in babies as young as six months, leading to hopes of a test for the disorder.
They made the breakthrough by measuring brain activity and believe it could lead to identifying those infan... Read more

Save the Date!!

Jan 24, 2012 -- 11:58 am
KISN will be bringing Paula Kluth to Kansas for a September 21, 2012 training on Differentiating Instruction. It will be held in Wichita and registration materials will go out to Directors in mid-May. There is a $20 registration fee to cover the co... Read more

Autism Doctors Move Step Closer to Overhauling Diagnosis Rules

Jan 20, 2012 -- 8:51 am
From Bloomberg Business Week: The American Psychiatric Association is moving a step closer to overhauling the criteria for diagnosing autism after two just-completed field studies found the new definition won’t exclude patients who need treatment.... Read more

Dental Apps for iPhones & iPads

Jan 19, 2012 -- 5:29 pm
In celebration of February Children's Dental Health Month, Oral Health Kansas is featuring one of the newest communication and educational tools.

Dental apps for smart phones are tools families and educators can use to communicate with young peopl... Read more

Infants May Use Lip Reading to Learn Language

Jan 18, 2012 -- 8:12 pm
From ABC News: Infants learn language not only through sound, but also through lip reading, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers say the new findings defy the conventional ... Read more

Rapid Growth in US Inpatient Autism Units

Jan 13, 2012 -- 7:05 pm
Rapid Growth in US Inpatient Autism Units
Megan Brooks
January 13, 2012 — Over the last decade, the United States has seen a rapid rise in the number of specialized inpatient psychiatric care units set up exclusively to serve children with develo... Read more

Funding for iPads

Jan 13, 2012 -- 8:04 am
Looking for an iPad? The Autism Society can help! Courtesy of the Autism Society’s contact center, Autism Source, they have put together a list of organizations that offer grants and other assistance for individuals with autism who would like to pu... Read more

Assistive Technology Internet Modules

Jan 12, 2012 -- 7:45 pm
The Assistive Technology Modules introduces participants to the latest trends to the basic foundations of assistive technology practice, the Assistive Technology Internet Modules provide educators, other professionals, families, persons with disabili... Read more

Autism Internet Modules

Jan 11, 2012 -- 6:07 pm
The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectru... Read more

What to consider when teens with autism want to drive

Jan 09, 2012 -- 9:27 pm
In the first study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies found... Read more

Addressing Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan Through Occupational Therapy

Jan 05, 2012 -- 7:27 am
Occupational therapy practitioners (occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants) support an individual’s ability to engage in every day occupations or activities and acquire skills to promote function. Occupational therapy practitio... Read more

Respite Care May Be More Beneficial Than Autism Therapy

Jan 05, 2012 -- 7:24 am
A little money spent on temporary relief for caregivers goes a long way toward keeping kids and young adults with autism out of psychiatric hospitals, a new study suggests.
For every $1,000 states spent on respite services in the previous 60 days, r... Read more

New Effort Emerges To Curb Restraint, Seclusion In Schools

Jan 03, 2012 -- 7:23 pm
A proposal in the U.S. Senate is breathing new life into efforts to limit restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities in the nation’s schools.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced legislation in late December that would bar restraint and ... Read more

Positive Behavior Support: Assisting Families with Behavioral Strategies in Home and Community Settings

Jan 03, 2012 -- 8:28 am
The most important entity for a child with autism is the child's family. Parents and other family members are essential resources, and their interactions with their child constitute the most important influences on the child's learning and developmen... Read more

Tips for a Better Parent-School Relationship

Jan 03, 2012 -- 8:23 am
From the Washington Post: In many ways, parents are the most important teachers children will ever have. But drawing them into schools is often difficult. So is forging a constructive parent-school relationship. Teachers complain about parents who m... Read more

Navigating College

Dec 28, 2011 -- 9:09 pm
This book is written for current and future Autistic college students. In our society, the words autism and college often seem not to go well together. When I was going through high school, I frequently had to argue with my school special education s... Read more

Another great tool from CEC

Dec 25, 2011 -- 7:33 pm
Emotional Chain Reaction Worksheet

In this lesson, students will become more aware of how emotions affect behavior.

This Tool of the Week comes from Lesson Plan 6 of the Life Centered Career Education Personal-Social Skills CD-ROM. Read more

Top Ten Autism Research Achievements of 2011

Dec 22, 2011 -- 12:54 pm
The young but burgeoning field of autism research continued its exponential rate of discovery in 2011—fueled in no small part by the joint commitment by government health agencies and private organizations to support this vital work. Our Top Ten Au... Read more

NPR Autism Series!

Dec 21, 2011 -- 2:08 pm
Nearly one percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of autism, a number 20 times higher than it was just a generation ago. A series of reports in the Los Angeles Times explores whether this boom is an epidemic of d... Read more

Participation in Social Activities among Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dec 16, 2011 -- 11:37 am
Little is known about patterns of participation in social activities among adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The objectives were to report nationally representative (U.S.) estimates of participation in social activities among adoles... Read more

Universal Design for Learning By CAST

Dec 16, 2011 -- 11:26 am
What is the UDL Training Guide Toolkit?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters access to learning for everyone. Based in research about the learning brain and the development of new digital media, UDL... Read more

New MIT center to fund autism research

Dec 15, 2011 -- 4:56 pm
A new center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will focus on unraveling the neuroscience behind social behaviors, helping to push forward research and, the scientists hope, to advance diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
... Read more

7 Gifts To Take To A Family With Autism

Dec 14, 2011 -- 9:22 pm
Only a few more hours until the Big Day, and still don't know what to give your neighbor/sister/colleague's child who has autism? You're not certain if they like Disney Princesses or Harry Potter legos. You've heard that the iPad is great for kids wi... Read more

Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools Educator Manual

Dec 13, 2011 -- 7:41 am
Whether you are a practioner who works in a school, medical, or private practice setting, you are more likely to receive referrals for serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) today than at any point in the past. As you know, there is tr... Read more

Webinar on Sleep Disorders and Weight Issues Caused by Antipsychotic Medications

Dec 12, 2011 -- 2:39 pm
On Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, the the Autism Treatment Network / Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (ATN/AIR-P) will host a 1 hour Works in Progress webinar on two new signature research proposals, Iron Treatment of Sleep Disorders ... Read more

Michelle Garcia Winner KC Training-March 22-23, 2012

Dec 12, 2011 -- 11:14 am
(Not sponsored by KISN, please reference

Michelle's inspiring and practical workshops are designed for parents and professionals alike -- for anyone working with students experiencing social and communication problem... Read more

Antidepressant Helps Repetitive Behaviors in Adult Autism

Dec 10, 2011 -- 3:45 pm
Treatment with the antidepressant fluoxetine may decrease symptoms in adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), new research suggests.

In a small, randomized controlled trial of adults with ASDs, those who received fluoxetine had a significant... Read more

Caregiving? Take care to plan for long term

Dec 09, 2011 -- 8:18 am
With the job market still sputtering and program funding drying up, many families caring for loved ones with special needs are struggling to pay everyday bills.

Difficult as it is, however, they need to plan for the long term, experts say, not onl... Read more

Hollyrod iPad applications

Dec 08, 2011 -- 4:44 pm
In 2010, HollyRod introduced the “Give the Gift of Voice” campaign to provide iPads to give a voice to those without. To date, HollyRod has given away more iPads for communication for Autism than any other organization. Over 100 individuals rangi... Read more

Social Network for Parents of Children with ASD

Dec 08, 2011 -- 12:44 pm
One in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, so you would think that by now there would be more infrastructure to help parents navigate the murky waters of autism. But the truth is that too often, parents receive a diagnosis and are left to f... Read more

Screening May Catch Autism in Kids With Epilepsy

Dec 07, 2011 -- 6:08 pm
All young children with epilepsy should also undergo screening for autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay, a study has shown.

In a pair of pediatric epilepsy units, 77% of children screened positive for development delay, and 36% screen... Read more

The Basics of Behavioral Support

Dec 07, 2011 -- 6:05 pm
When an individual with autism is engaging in problematic behavior, such as self-injurious biting, name-calling or lashing out, what can parents, teachers and other support team members do to help? Creating a Behavior Support Plan (BSP) can help fami... Read more

Transition Resources

Dec 06, 2011 -- 4:43 pm
Are you interested in transistion supports for students? Look at the resources compiled by Kansas PBS! Click here ... Read more

Autism Speaks Visual Supports Tool Kit

Dec 03, 2011 -- 2:26 pm
The Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. The pamphlet provides practical examples of how... Read more

Trained Peers Better at Aiding Autistic Kids with Social Skills

Dec 01, 2011 -- 3:25 pm
A new study suggests training peers can help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social skills, even more than a direct adult-led intervention. To read more, click here: Read more

Living Life With Autism: Has Anything Really Changed?

Dec 01, 2011 -- 3:23 pm
There’s so much talk of the origins of autism these days, it’s hard not to think of it as a childhood disorder. But we tend to forget that there is a fast growing number of adults living with autism in the country today. According to Autism Speak... Read more

Making the Most of the Holidays

Dec 01, 2011 -- 10:19 am
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of sons/daughters on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few... Read more

Do Parents of Children With Autism File More Lawsuits?

Nov 28, 2011 -- 7:10 pm
As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restr... Read more

Training Peers Improves Social Outcomes for Some Kids with ASD

Nov 28, 2011 -- 7:00 pm
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend regular education classes may be more likely to improve their social skills if their typically developing peers are taught how to interact with them than if only the children with ASD are taught... Read more

Why Autism Employment Makes Business Sense for Agriculture

Nov 23, 2011 -- 11:07 am
Here is an interesting article from Scott Standifer:
The next revolution in autism employment may come from an apple orchard run by a major investment company. Not surprisingly, the parent of a child with autism is at the center of it. TIAA-CREF is... Read more

Save the Date! March 6 and 7 in St. Louis

Nov 23, 2011 -- 11:06 am
Requests for employment service options for young adults with autism are dramatically rising. Autism challenges many traditional practices of the disability employment services community, leaving service providers at a loss. For their part, many memb... Read more

Free Apps from Lakeshore

Nov 22, 2011 -- 7:46 am
Some of Lakeshore's most popular interactive games and activities now available in easy-to-download apps for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad! These fun new educational apps are packed with features to get children excited about learning, and they are... Read more

Here is an Interesting Video

Nov 21, 2011 -- 7:46 am

Program: Making Our Way: Autism
Episode: Making Our Way: Autism
Daily life for a child with autism is a challenge for the child and the family. Support is available and "Making Our Way: Autism" shows how and where to access that network of suppor... Read more

My Video Schedule App featured at a GREAT price!!!

Nov 16, 2011 -- 7:51 pm
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Nov. 17th - FREE webinar to help with the holiday season!

Nov 14, 2011 -- 3:17 pm
The holiday season can be fun, but it can also be a challenging time for children with autism and their families.

That's why Rethink Autism is hosting two very special events this month!

Preparing for the Holidays, a webinar with Dr Bridget ... Read more

Upcoming Webinars on

Oct 31, 2011 -- 8:14 am
Access to the Curriculum Webinar Series - Part 4: Implementation

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm

What are some of the biggest barriers to Curriculum and environmental
access for students with Low Incidence Disabilities? How can
... Read more

Teaching students about Bullying

Oct 24, 2011 -- 1:25 pm
There are many resources available for teaching students about bullying and how to handle bullying. One resource is No Fishing Allowed: “Reel” in Bullying by Carol Gray and Judy Williams. It is available from our lending library. Please contact J... Read more

Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying - Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World

Oct 19, 2011 -- 8:47 am
Rebecca Heinrichs is the author of the book, "Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying - Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World." It is available for check out from our lending library. If you are interested in reading it, please c... Read more

Upcoming OCTOBER OCALI Professional Development Opportunities

Oct 13, 2011 -- 12:37 pm
Upcoming OCALI Professional Development Opportunities

To register for any of the webinars below, please visit:


Reach and Teach All Students Webinar ... Read more

Oct 12, Unity Day: “Make it Orange and Make it End”

Oct 10, 2011 -- 2:37 pm
Join the movement to “Make it orange and make it end!” and unite against bullying. Make your color orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 12. That’s the day everyone can link together—in schools, communities and online—and send a message of s... Read more

October is Anti-Bullying Month

Oct 05, 2011 -- 2:14 pm
October is Anti-Bullying Month. Being bullied is a major issue for many on the Autism spectrum. KISN has developed a Bullying Prevention Kit with many resources to use with students on the spectrum and their typically developing peers. If you are ... Read more

President Obama Signs the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act

Oct 04, 2011 -- 9:02 am
On September 30, 2011, President Obama sign the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. CARA will continue funding at current levels, authorizing $693 million over the next three years. The CAA also required the federal government to create an Interage... Read more

Training Materials for Oct. 7th Training Series Posted

Oct 04, 2011 -- 8:15 am
Training materials for the October 7th, 2011 KISN Training series are now available online. You can find them by clicking on training calendar, and then clicking on Training Materials to the left of the calendar.

... Read more