Supports and Resources Archive

Fidgets are Tools

Years ago, Amy created a visual support called Fidgets in the Classroom in response to a consultation request.  It was a well intended support, but after reviewing it recently, it was apparent that it needed to be Leveled UP!  Here is the almost unrecognizable version 2, Fidgets are Tools.  This support has 4 parts.  The first is a …

An Open Letter to Carers of Autistics

Once upon a time JÂcqûelyn had an active blog.  it is no longer active, but we agree that her original postings should continue to be available somewhere until such time as she decides to republish her site.  This is her first post , an attempt to bridge a divide between parents of autistic youth and …

A Day at the Beach ~ “GOs” and “NOs”

A day at the beach ~ to many of us this sounds like great fun, but for others just the thought of it can be overwhelming.  We all know that experiences aren’t experienced in universal ways.  It’s important to reflect on that and to plan for differences when preparing for AND engaging in any “special …

Autism Level UP! Presents All the Feelzzz

We’ve been working on this project for quite some time and could not be more AMPED to release it into the world to do what it is designed to do! All the Feelzzz All the Feelzzz is an alternative way for neurodivergent individuals to communicate discomfort, difference and/or pain. Designed specifically for and with input from the …

Autism and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness Month. We have a focused interest in the topic of EDS for several reasons. 1) There is a higher prevalence of Autism in the EDS population than there is in the general population. There is a demonstrated correlation between Hypermobile EDS (hEDS) and Autism. 2) JÂcqûelyn has a hyper-mobile …

First: For/Until: Next:

We constantly remind ourselves that without explicit information misunderstandings occur. Unfortunately when a lack of explicit information exists during transitions and misunderstandings occur, often the onus for the resultant “mess” is placed on the learner/child/individual being supported, not on the teacher/adult/person providing the support. This is particularly true for autistic individuals being supported by many …

When Words Fail

The “why” behind “When Words Fail:” 4 page “problem solver” support: People often make judgements about the behavior of autistic individuals, based on their perception and assuming it is part of the autistic person’s innate character. These “simple words” frame the behavior of the person as problematic and are used as rationale for “educational” approaches that are misguided, dismissive, and potentially damaging (e.g., token economies, …

Why’s Not Size- Supports for Problem Solving Informed by the Neurodivergent Community (#SolveNotSize)

Context is interesting. Information is important. However, it is the perspective of the neurodivergent community that is essential to devising supports that are authentic and meaningful. As such, autistic individuals must be included as key informants when conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating educational support of autistic learners. The supports included in #SolveNotSize, are designed to incorporate …

To Tell or Not To Tell- Why it Shouldn’t Be a Question

A Common Debate Surrounding an Autism Diagnosis. All of our work regardless of whether it is clinical / educationally-based, advocacy-focused, research related, or academic is driven by identified needs within the autism community.  The need for this piece of work is undeniable.  We encounter this debate “To tell or Not to Tell” in pretty much every aspect …

POWER STATIONS!

By now you know that sometimes, we just need a quick dose of physical activity to Power Up, Power Down or to proactively maintain engagement. Power Stations are an adaptation of Power Packs and Power Through the Day and are designed to help get those quick bursts or lengthier/more intense regulation breaks in the form …

Heightened Perception- Challenge? Strength? Both!

It’s widely recognized that autistic individuals often experience heightened perception of sensory information. These processing differences are often discussed in terms of hypersensitivities and sensory defensiveness. And, while heightened sensory perception can pose very real challenges it can also create remarkable strengths. This support is designed to draw attention to both of these aspects of …

Emoji Communication Log

Emoji Communication Log: Home/School communication logs are a tool that are frequently used to share information across contexts. They can be very helpful in building understanding of a student’s whole day- but so many times they are filled out by staff and parents. In doing so, we miss out on an opportunity to teach students …

The Power Plan

The Power Plan is the fifth tool in the Autism Level UP! Energy Regulation Suite. The Power Plan is where it ALL COMES TOGETHER. Using information derived from My Energy, The Regulator, and The PIC, autistic individuals and their teams can create a comprehensive plan to Power UP or Power Down Energy Levels when there …