Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. 

Source: AutismSpeaks.org

I use it for my students on the Autism Spectrum to teach Social Emotional Learning Skills. The program describes feelings and emotions in a way that my students can understand. They love the games and videos with moody! Jessica C.

“I use it for my students on the Autism Spectrum to teach Social Emotional Learning Skills. The program describes feelings and emotions in a way that my students can understand. They love the games and videos with moody!”

Jessica C.

More About Autism

Social communication challenges - Children and adults with autism have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. For example, they may not understand or appropriately use:

  • Spoken language (approximately one-third of people with autism are nonverbal)
  • Gestures
  • Eye contact
  • Facial expressions
  • Tone of voice
  • Expressions not meant to be taken literally

Additional social challenges can include difficulty with:

  • Recognizing emotions and intentions in others
  • Expressing emotions
  • Seeking emotional comfort from others
  • Feeling overwhelmed in social situations
  • Taking turns in conversation
  • Gauging personal space (appropriate distance between people)

Restricted and repetitive behaviors - Restricted and repetitive behaviors vary greatly across the autism spectrum. They can include:

  • Repetitive body movements (e.g., rocking, flapping, spinning, running back and forth) 
  • Repetitive motions with objects (e.g., spinning wheels, shaking sticks, flipping levers)
  • Staring at lights or spinning objects
  • Ritualistic behaviors (e.g., lining up objects, repeatedly touching objects in a set order)
  • Narrow or extreme interests in specific topics
  • Need for unvarying routine/resistance to change (e.g., same daily schedule, meal menu, clothes, route to school) 

Source: AutismSpeaks.org

Social Emotional Learning and Autism

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs such as Emotional ABCs help establish strong emotional competency skills which often overlap with other modalities that are specific to the needs of a child with autism. Particularly, Emotional ABCs helps children identify and communicate their emotions (self-awareness), and the emotions of others (social awareness), and shows children an easy-to-use, repeatable sequence of behaviors to help regulate emotions (self-management).

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“SEL can help children understand how to recognize facial expressions (for example, whether to pay more attention to certain areas of the face than others) as well as develop the vocabulary to express what they are feeling.”
Source: Parents-Together.org

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“Why I like it: Emotional ABCs is an engaging curricula for students. My students LOVE the monster characters and they also love that many of the activities utilize technology. Teachers can easily use this with individual students or small-group instruction.”
Source: TotallyAutism.net

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Source: New York Times

Emotional ABCs Reviews

”I work as a school psychologist, and provide therapy for students with both ASD and ADHD. I love the strategies and emotional ABC’s! I see my students putting the strategies in practice and have had a lot of positive feedback from parents about how much better their children are doing at regulating their emotions. It’s especially helpful for kids with ASD, EBD and ADHD, as it helps them learn to recognize cues in themselves and others and identify specific emotions. I would definitely recommend this for all elementary age students, but especially students with special needs!”
~ Tracey Allison P.

“This is one of the best programs I’ve ever used in my classroom to help with students in a trauma sensitive district. I definitely recommend this program.”
~ Chonnie N.

“Emotional ABCs has done so much for my kiddos, especially those with special needs who struggle with naming emotions and causes. This program has made my life so much easier!”
~ Andrea W.