One of the most vulnerable student populations is the autistic. Misunderstood and often socially awkward, they are subject to bullying and isolation. You may have students on the autism spectrum in your classroom who are struggling to communicate and interact with their peers.
Autism EDU is a collection of innovative educational tools to introduce autism in the classroom and help you create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. These tools were developed to capture and engage students’ attention, ignite their curiosities and inspire discussions. The focus is on ‘abilities’ instead of ‘disabilities’ and ‘similarities’ over ‘differences’ for better understanding and connection.
This Autism EDU module’s cornerstone is a story about a boy who is different. The reader sees inside his imagination where he is the superhero leader of the Mighty League of crime fighters. Contrast it with the real view of his school day where he encounters a bully on the school playground. Readers discover through the hero’s journal entries that he has Aspergers Syndrome and what it means to be someone on the autism spectrum. This award-winning tale is based on a true story.
The Mighty League series continues and, in this Autism EDU module, the superhero turns starship captain embarking on a journey to an alien planet (a brand new school). It’s an overwhelming, fear-of-the-unknown experience for any child, but amplified when you are on the autism spectrum. The story teaches lessons on Aspergers Syndrome, autism, acceptance, self-confidence, and trust. It is also based on a true story.
SUBJECTS: Speaking and Listening, Language Arts, Writing
THEMES: Understanding Autism, People with Autism, Communication
Bluebee TeeVee Autism Information Station is a webisode series that teaches kids all about autism in a friendly, age-appropriate and respectful manner with humor and pop culture references thrown in for fun. This Autism EDU module is an innovative series that helps children see past differences, learn acceptance and understanding, and discover that we’re all pretty much the same at heart. Each webisode comes with a comprehensive parent/teacher guide with show notes, additional resources, and classroom activities.
We want to acknowledge our incredible team of autistic contributors: James Sullivan, Lydia Wayman, Megan Amodeo, and Jonathan Murphy. Our clinical partners, collaborators and advisors include:
Common Core Curriculum Development by Cyndie Sebourn, Sascyn Publishing
Jayne Clare, Former Special Education Teacher, Co-Founder Teachers With Apps
Curriculum Development by Mosswood Connections
Tech Companions by Bluebee Pals
Clinical Consultants, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)
Friendship Kit Content by Lisa Smith, Quirks and Chaos