Supports and Resources Archive

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 …

The PIC (Person In Context)

The PIC (Person in Context) is the fourth tool in the Autism Level UP! Energy Regulation Suite. The PIC is all about being a detective and problem solving. This support is designed to help autistic individuals, their families and/or their educational teams identify risk and protective factors influencing the individuals’ (My) Energy and the match/mismatch …

My Energy

“My Energy” is the third support in the Autism Level UP! Regulation Suite of Tools. This support is designed to help autistic individuals, their families and/or their educational teams identify how an autistic individual experiences the continuum of energy (arousal) states. To do this, individuals and teams are encouraged to discuss and achieve consensus about …

The Regulator 2.0

The Regulator is designed to help conversational individuals explore sensory motor strategies that may be useful for self and mutual regulation. As the listed sensory motor strategies are trialed, partners can use the support to facilitate discussions related to whether each strategy is soothing, neutral or alerting (i.e., “How it changes my energy”). Answers recorded …

The Energy Meter

The Energy Meter is designed to help conversational partners reflect on their own arousal states in relation to the environment. The basic Energy Meter uses two descriptors to help individuals identify their own internal energy and the energy expectation for the activity. The first descriptor is meant to be what it “feels like” while the …