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June 2016 Newsletter

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My Thoughts on School Experiences and Being on the Autism Spectrum

As an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have found myself reflecting on both the challenges and strengths that my differences have brought me. On one hand, I had a rather hellish experience with school for much of my kindergarten through twelfth grade career, and I had social difficulties that resulted in my not having many friends growing up.  Read More ....


Join Us! Give Us Your Feedback to Help Us Design the Best Language Builder App Possible 

At Stages Learning we have been working earnestly to re-design and improve our Language Builder App to help children with autism develop language skills using proven ABA therapy techniques.

If you would like to get a special first-look at our Easy Start Mode and the new features we’ve added, we would love to have you join us as a beta tester. We are asking that you use the App for four hours over a two-week period, tell us what works and what doesn’t, join our Facebook Beta Tester group, answer a couple questions, and write a brief review.  In return, you will be reimbursed for the Pro Version of the Language Builder App v.2.0 and receive a gift card for $100.00 that you can use in our online store.  If interested or for more information please contact Rebecca@stageslearning.com


Calling all teachers: We want to hear from you!

Please help us make the best education products possible. Help us by filling out a brief survey so that we can better understand your needs. Fill out our survey by July 7th to win a $50 Stages Learning gift card. Take the survey here.


Stages Learning Bingo Card Generator: It Now Comes in Spanish and French!

Our Stages Learning Bingo Generator automatically creates Bingo Cards to use for language skill development and learning other languages too! Our new free lesson plan shows you different ways to use the Bingo Generator for teaching children with special needs language and social skills.

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NEW! Watch 4 New Videos on Using the U-Play Mat for Language Learning

Our U-Play Mat is a U-shaped mat with 10 clear pockets on the surface that allows a child to sit inside the opening of the “U” while the teacher, parent, or therapist sits on the outside. Designed by a pediatrician, this provides an excellent setting for eye contact and face-to-face interaction. Watch 4 short videos on how to use the U-Play Mat for teaching language skills.  Watch the videos here and click here to purchase U-Play Mat.

Autism in the News:

Request for Public Comments on the Development of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Federal Register, June 17.

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is requesting public comments on research, services, and policy issues related to the seven topics addressed by the IACC Strategic Plan: Screening and Diagnosis, Underlying Biology of ASD, Risk Factors, Treatments and Interventions, Services, Lifespan Issues, and Surveillance and Infrastructure. Read More ...

Autistic Pride Day: 8 famous personalities with autism

Mid Day News, June 18.

Some of the world's most famous people were born or diagonsed in later life as having autistic disorders like Asperger's syndrome and Tourette's. On Autistic Pride Day, we look at 8 such eminent names... Read More ...