Aug/Sept Newsletter | 2015

September Newsletter | 2015

STAGES NEWS: Information, Resources & More!
Using Sensory Tools

Using Sensory Tools to Help Kids Focus and Concentrate

By Ilana Danneman

Using sensory tools can provide a more focused, content and alert individual. Whether you are a specialist using ABA, speech and language techniques, occupational therapy interventions or teaching lessons, keeping the sensory needs of your children in mind while using your specific therapy or teaching approach can make the difference between a calm, organized individual and one who is overwhelmed and over stimulated. Read More ...

Go Fish Lession Plan

Go Fish with the Language Builder Emotion Cards!

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

This month's lesson plan gives the classic card game Go Fish an emotional makeover! Students work on their expressive and receptive vocabulary and understanding of the five basic emotions, all while practicing social skills, taking turns and following the rules of the game. Read More ...

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FREE Language Builder App Now Available

Based on our acclaimed Language Builder Picture Cards for special needs education and children with autism, Stages Learning Materials is now pleased to offer our latest app in the Language Builder series: Language Builder Free.

Key features include:

  • Identical Matching – a core first-stage ABA activity
  • Similar Matching – a next-stage ABA activity
  • Highly customizable card presentations
  • Engaging audio and video reinforcers
  • Built-in customizable prompting
  • Ability to control text and audio instructions (or SD's in ABA speak)

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Color Uncovered

Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium. How is Monet like a honeybee? What color is a whisper? Color Uncovered features a wide spectrum of cool, color-related topics to explore.

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Looking for Autism

Harvard Health Blog, August 26, 2015. By Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor.

Autism isn't exactly something parents want to find in their child, so it's understandable that parents might feel uneasy about looking for it. But looking for autism is important – and something that has become part of routine pediatric care. Read More ...

Study: Autism, Creativity and Divergent Thinking May Go Hand in Hand

The Washington Post. August 25, 2015. By Ariana Eunjung Cha.

The researchers call it the "paradox of creativity" in autism. For many years, scientists believed that individuals with the disorder may be at a disadvantage due to the rigidity with which many see the world. But a surprising new study published this month found the opposite — that people with autistic traits excel in coming up with unusually creative ideas. Read More ...