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Elida District Autism Information and Resources

District Autism Team Members:
Maureen Rentz - Special Education Officer
Sherri MacNamara - SLP
Jan Powell - Psychologist
Kristi Lehmkuhl - Intervention Specialist
Donna Peters - 7th Grade Teacher
Linda Hansen - Intervention Specialist
Questions about Autism or Students with an Austim spectrum disorder should be directed to one of these individuals.  They will be able to guide you to a place where you can find your needed information

Tip Sheets Developed for Staff

February 2013 - The Basics of Autism
March 2013 - What do we mean by a Spectrum Disorder?
April 2013 - Stimming: What is a Teacher to do?
May 2013 - Obsessive Interests: Be prepared to hear about it
September 2013 - Transitions and Anxiety
October 2013 - Sensory and Meltdowns
November 2013 - Communicating with an Autistic Child: Can We Talk?

December 2013 - Eye Contact/Body Language (How students communicate)
Jaunary 2014 - Troubles with Genereralization and Theory of Mind

Learning Center
1.) To service students with IEP’s and/or those with testing accommodations.
2.) To provide an area for classes working on project-based units. There are 12 student computers and project table space for 24 students.
3.) To provide temporary assistance to students who may have concept problem or for those who need extra help catching up due to illness.
4.) To provide an area where students from large classrooms can work in small groups.
5.) To provide space for students to make-up tests.
6.) To provide a venue for cross curricular lessons.
What the Center Is Not:
1.)    A babysitting service – All students must have tasks that need to be completed, and they must have been instructed by the classroom teachers in what they are to accomplish.
2.)    A store – Paper products, etc. that are non-reusable have been purchased for the 9th and 10th grade English and social studies classes.
All classes can use the center; however, if you are using it for 12 or more students, you need to sign up on the white board in the project area.
Helpful Links and Information
You must create a free Username and Password before you can access the Modules

Resources Available in the District

Donna Peters-
  • The Autism Sourcebook- By Karen Siff Exkorn
  •  The Autism Checklist- Paula Kluth
  •  10 Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew- by Ellen Notbohm
  •  Right From the Start: Behavioural Intervention for Young Children with Autism- by Sandra Harris and Mary Jane Weiss
  •  A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students With Autism by Paula Kluth 
  •  How Do I Teach This Kid? Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learner on the Autism Spectrum by Kimberly Henry 
Elida Elementary Library
  • Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder : A Parent's Guide
  • Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder : A Step-by-Step Workbook for Families
 Sherri MacNamara
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders – The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Other ASD’s by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • Emergence – Labeled Autistic – A True Story by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano
  • Thinking in Pictures – My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
  • Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
  • Power Cards – Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism by Elisa Gagnon
  • The Incredible 5-Point Scale – by Kari Dunn Buron
  • A 5 is Against the Law! – Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron
  • The Hidden Curriculum – Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan
  • Social Thinking – video presentation (VHS 2-video tapes) by Michelle Garcia Winner, developer of the iLaugh program for social thinking (related to theory of mind)  
Jan Powell
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child – Lindsey Biel & Nancy Peske
  • The Out-of-Sync Child – Carol Stock Kranowitz
  • The Out-of Sync Child Has Fun – Carol Stock Kranowitz
  • Skillstreaming in Early Childhood – Ellen McGinnis & Arnold P. Goldstein
  • Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child – Ellen McGinnis & Arnold P. Goldstein
  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) – Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D.,OTR
 Resources from the Autism Team Training
  • The Ziggurat Model: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Ruth Aspy and Barry Grossman
  • The Comprehensive Autism Planning System for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Related Disabilities by Shawn Henry and Brenda Smith Myles