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2 Door Prizes Graciously Donated Fly Away dvd Loving Lampposts dvd 2 The Anti-Romantic Child by Priscilla Gilman 2 The Autism Cookbook from Skyhorse Publishing The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late- Diagnosed Autism by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg What I Wish I'd Known about Raising a Child with Autism by Bobbi Sheahan 3 mugs from Starbucks!

3 Autism Speaks More than just a walk. More than just one day a year. More than just about raising money.

4 Its about…



7 Little housekeeping… – All proceedings from the Autism Speaks merchandise and books go to the West Texas Walk which will help us reach our goal of an additional $40,000 raised before December 31. – If you found these sessions helpful, please consider giving a donation as you leave. – If you dont have a team, its not too late. Please consider creating one and hosting fun fundraisers of your own!

8 Upcoming Fundraisers Tomorrow August 11 ArtWalk downtown Team Alex and Cisco Colleges team (well, a couple of us) will have a booth at ArtWalk where we we sell our childrens artwork to raise money for Autism Speaks!

9 Looking for a cool way to transition? Mr. Gattis Mini Lock-in August 19 from 10:00pm to 2:00 am for $20 a person, with half of the proceeds ($10 PER PERSON) going directly to Autism Speaks!

10 Autism Risk & Safety Management Training August 30 th Dennis Debbaudt will be presenting at Region 14! 9:00 to 11:30 am at Region 14, Haskell Rm. FREE, call to register. Dennis Debbaudt is the leading global voice on autism training for law enforcement and emergency responders.

11 A Man with a Mission The parent of a young man with autism, Dennis Debbaudt is known for his humor, insight and is one of most sought after speakers in the autism community.Dennis Debbaudt

12 Workshop details The workshop will: – educate community members on how to recognize autism. – Improve interactions and communications between community members and individuals with autism. – Improve citizen safety. – Learn risk management techniques to avoid litigation, negative media, and other undesirable outcomes.

13 Now, things to make your life easier! Resources Tools Websites

14 Resources! Having access to a variety of resources can make all the difference! – Autism Speaks resources Autism Speaks resources – General online resources The number is scary! General online resources – Autism Blogs Directory Over 600 people sharing their stories. Autism Blogs Directory

15 Phenomenal Website Transitioning back to School – Our concerns, according to a survey reported on this page: 1.Your child's reaction to the transition 2.Educating teachers and staff about how to meet your child's educational needs 3.Bullying situations at school 4.Peer acceptance 5.Meeting curriculum needs for students with autism.

16 Toolkits School Community Toolkit School Community Toolkit Older student tips Younger student tips Transition Toolkit 48 Find out the curriculum standards for your student. 48







23 Teenage years and the transition to life after high school can be difficult for families. It can be even more complicated for families of young adults with autism. It is important that each family works with their school district to provide their young adult with autism with the appropriate skills and services that will lead to a life as an adult that is as independent as possible.


25 Additional information sheets How to friend someone with autism (next page) How to friend someone with autism – Share with friends of neurotypical children, with your teachers, with your church. – Use this with your own children on the spectrum to start a dialogue on how they can use these same tips to help reach out to others.


27 Be Persistent and Patient Could there be any better lesson to learn to get us all through life?

28 Ways to help your children Respect their unique needs and skills and work within that. Talk about whats going to be different this school year and whats going to be the same. Attempt to get their thoughts, but dont push. Be positive! Use social stories to help walk them through things.

29 Social Stories Several sites offer free social stories (all linked at directory for you!). – Watson Institute Watson Institute – Speaking of Speech (main site) Speaking of Speech(main site) – Child Behavior Guide specific Child Behavior Guidespecific – Sample Back to School social story from here Sample Back to School social storyhere – Kansas Instructional Support Network Kansas Instructional Support Network StoryBuilder You can also buy social stories – Some of the school-related ones are being used in the kids session.

30 Sandbox Learning Printable books to work on various skills. For a fee.


32 Tips for parents Prepare ahead. Youll feel less stressed. Get your children into their school routine starting now. Work with the school to get access to the classroom if possible at a quiet time. Be confident. Believe that you, your child, and the school personnel can and will work together to have a good school year.

33 Last Thoughts Dont procrastinate. Be clear with yourself and your child what goals you have for him or her for the year. Make up a chart that you can chart that progress on. Reinforce positive behavior. Make sure your student has more success than failure. Set it up intentionally so that happens.

34 Sweet Success Nothing makes us work harder than knowing we can do it, we can get better, we can learn. It is empowering. So work with your school to empower your student!

35 Where can I get this info Please take an Autism Blogs Directory card with you. All links are provided on the directory.

36 Thank You – ACU – Region 14 Education Service Center – Starbucks on Buffalo Gap – Janet Grillo and Docurama Films – Todd Drezner and Cinema Libre – Priscilla Gilman and Harper Publishing – Skyhorse Publishing – Bed, Bath & Beyond

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