April Newsletter | 2015

April Newsletter | 2015

STAGES NEWS: Information, Resources & More!
3 Ways to Transition

3 Ways to Build Skills for Transition Now!

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

Planning for a young adult with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to transition from special education to adult services can be overwhelming for children and their parents alike! However, as with any change, the sooner parents and their children start preparing for transition, the smoother the actual shift from special education will likely be. Despite what some may think, there are skills that can be taught to children at a young age that will make any transition easier as they get older. Read More ...

Functions Lesson Plan

"Tell Me About" Lesson Plan

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

Students will learn job identification and better understanding of tools and identifying features of particular workers as they respond to the prompt, "Tell me about..." to describe a worker and/or a worker’s job as depicted on Language Builder Occupation Cards. Read More ...

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Adjectives Lesson Plan

"Guess Who" Lesson Plan

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

The student will guess which occupation the teacher is describing. This activity is more advanced and should be done after the students have successfully completed several rounds of the "Tell Me About" exercise using the Occupation Cards. Read More ...

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Pro App Sale

Mark Your Calendar … App Sale this Week!

On Thursday, April 30th, Stages will be discounting the Language Builder Pro app to $39.99! So you'll be able to purchase the Pro app at the same price as the Basic version! That's an $80 savings! Watch your email inbox for more details this week.

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Autism and Prodigy Share a Common Genetic Link

Ohio State University. ScienceDaily, April 22, 2015.

Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism. Read More ...

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Even in Kids at Higher Risk

Time. April 21, 2015, By Alice Park.

In the latest study on the vaccines, researchers find even more evidence that childhood immunizations aren’t linked to autism. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a health care consulting organization found that brothers and sisters of children with autism were not at any higher risk of developing the disorder if they were vaccinated compared with brothers and sisters of those without autism. Read More ...