Virtual Learning Resources
February 11, 2021
Technology and virtual learning play a significant role in educational and behavioral programming and are needed now more than ever, often at a moment’s notice to address children’s changing needs. Yet, teachers, behavior analysts, other treatment professionals, and parents might have to spend hours trying find virtual learning resources suitable for children on the autism spectrum that are appropriate, engaging, and target functional skills.
Autism New Jersey reviewed many such resources and compiled this “best of” list to help build your virtual resource library. Don’t forget to check out general screen time tips for children with autism, too.
Virtual Learning Resources
|ABA Resources - picture and behavior cards|
|ABCYa - learning games|
|AdaptedMind - math and reading games and lessons|
|Autism Classroom Resources - downloadable resources and ideas for educators|
|Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Model - visual supports, task analysis, and other resources and printable materials|
|Boom Cards - create your own individualized “Boom Decks” to teach a variety of concepts complete with a helpful tutorial|
|Brain Parade - uses a “See.Touch.Learn” model for discrete trial instruction and 1:1 correspondence|
|Camp Discovery - online lessons that use errorless learning and ABA principles to teach skills|
|Cause and Effect – multi-sensory apps for developing interaction and joint attention|
|Clever - educational curriculum for schools and families|
|Fun Brain - reading games, math tools, and videos for learning across grade levels|
|Get a Pic - digital library of books|
|Happy Numbers - basic and abstract math|
|Model Me Kids - social skills modeling|
|Otsimo - supports nonverbal or preverbal children with communication through the use of touching pictures and has over 100 educational games involving lots of different concepts|
|Reading AZ - reading programs and writing tools from preschool to adulthood|
|Read.Write.Think - classroom resources for reading, writing, and STEM|
|Reading Rockets - different forms of assistive technology and how they can benefit those with cognitive impairments, language delays and/or physical limitations|
|Social Skill Builder - social skill learning tools|
|Social Stories Online - social stories and books with simple visuals|
|Superdville - video-based social and emotional learning curriculum|
|Star Fall - interactive games, lessons, and worksheets|
|Teachers Pay Teachers - wide variety of resource typed across age and subjects. Some content has free access and others require you pay, but has a lot of good resources|
|Time4Learning - activities, worksheets, and quizzes for language arts, math, science and social studies|
|Zearn - math lessons for teachers|
Screen Time Tips for Children with Autism
When used in a purposeful and structured way, virtual platforms can have many advantages and provide unique learning opportunities for children with autism. There are also disadvantages, and here are some considerations to make the most of virtual learning.
Identifying screen time purpose
Many students with (and without) autism are motivated by tablets, smart phones, computers, and technology. When possible, identify if screen time is being used for academic or entertainment purposes. Clear indications of “work time” or “free time” can help to promote learning and relaxation, respectively.
Partner with families
Given the unique demands of remote learning and other demands on parents’ time, check in with families about their availability to engage in and support online learning. Then, together create a plan for their involvement that matches with their availability, abilities, and interests. At minimum, explain in advance what areas you’re targeting, and how parents can practice those skills both on and offline with their child. For example, if a virtual lesson is targeting core vocabulary words, suggest ways parents can help their child use the words at home in context. Parents may benefit from in-home strategies and remote learning tips to promote their child’s learning and create a functional remote learning space.
It’s important to “teach beyond the screen” and promote opportunities for generalization. Generalization builds a connection between what was learned in the virtual context to different real-world environments, with different people and across different situations. Systematic planning for generalization often leads to greater skill development and builds independence.
We hope these educational resources and activities will continue to help parents, teachers, and professionals support children’s learning at home.
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