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March 2018 Newsletter

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5 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

It’s likely that we all know someone who experiences anxiety, and there’s no doubt that anxiety can be exhausting and can interfere with daily life. For children with autism, anxiety can occur more frequently and can be very intense. Seemingly simple daily activities such as leaving the house, interacting with peers, riding in the car, or taking public transportation can become increasingly difficult and anxiety provoking.

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ALL NEW 3D - 2D Matching Lesson Plans

We have four new lesson plans to use with our new Language Builder® 3D - 2D Matching Kits. These lesson plans teach beginning language skills, matching skillsspelling/reading, and storytelling & recall.

See all of our lesson plans here!


How to Prepare for Your IEP Meeting

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are defined as written plans outlining a program designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Walking into an IEP meeting prepared will help you and the school design the best plan for your child. Children with autism have distinctive needs, and in your role as an advocate for your child you can help school personnel understand what accommodations will be most successful in supporting your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

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NEW Positive Psychology Blog Series

Our newest blog series looks at the various facets of maintaining positive psychology in the home and classroom. Take a look at our first two articles, How to Bring Positive Psychology into Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms for Students with Autism and Five Principles of Positive Psychology to Transform your Parenting with Your Child with Autism.


Pre-Order the ARIS Language Builder® Full Autism Curriculum & SAVE!

Pre-order the ARIS Language Builder® Full Autism Curriculum before the price goes up in April. Your last chance to save on the tried and true Language Builder® Picture Card sets with 3D manipulatives, lesson plans, classroom implementation system, baseline assessments, and behavior management tools for the most complete Early Autism Education curriculum.

Read the research behind ARIS and pre-order yours now!


Autism in the News:

Medical News Today, March 13.

In a paper now published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the investigators report how low doses of romidepsin — a drug approved in the United States for the treatment of lymphoma — "restored gene expression and reversed social deficits" in a mouse model of autism. Read More ...

The Guardian, March 16.

When Rachel Israel set out to make a feature film based on a longtime friend, who has autism, and his first serious romance, casting the lead role was easy. The only person she could imagine playing her friend, Brandon Polansky, was himselfRead More ...


Thanks again for visiting our site and checking out our resources! We hope you find them to be useful in your home, classroom and daily life!

Warm Regards,

Angela Nelson


President, Stages Learning Materials