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Free Social Stories App

Does your child respond well to social stories? I know mine does, especially if it is a visual step-by-step social story. Well, this social stories app is great for kids, teens, and adults with autism because it includes lots of everyday visual step-by-step social stories that are read out loud - a perfect combination of audiobook and social stories!

Social stories audiobook app that's great for kids, teens, and adults!

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The app is called English for Everyday Activities and includes social stories for things such as driving a car, making spaghetti, putting on pants, brushing teeth, etc. You name it, it's probably in here! Each activity is broken down into multiple steps, accompanied by visuals, and narrated. So it's a great app for both auditory and visual learners.

Social stories audiobook app that's great for kids, teens, and adults!

It's definitely worth checking out if your child or teen needs a bit of help with social skills. Get the social stories audiobook app
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Weighted Vests for as Little as $30!

One of the most common suggestions for kids with autism or other sensory processing struggles are weighted vests. They help to provide heavy work deep pressure while the child can easily move around and go about their normal daily activities. The issue is weighted vests can be really expensive.

How to get weighted vests for as little as $30

Thankfully, Fun and Function has weighted vests for much cheaper than you would find a name brand. They're high quality and you can easily customize the weight to fit your child. You can also get them for as little as $30. Get this deal on weighted vests
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Free Printable Autism Emergency Alert Cards

It's always good to be prepared for an emergency, especially if you have a nonverbal child. These free printable autism emergency alert cards can be attached to your child's car seat or seat belt so that emergency personnel will be aware of your child's abilities. It's also a simple way to alert emergency workers to possible aggression issues or anything else that they may need to be aware of.

Free printable autism emergency alert cards
These emergency alert cards are free to download, but you may need to create an account first to claim your copy. Get the free autism emergency alert cards

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The Autism Activities Handbook {Free on Kindle for a Limited Time!}

Are you always on the lookout for practical activities to do with your children? Then look no further than this new autism activities book. Now is your chance to scoop up a kindle copy for free before the price goes back up!

The Autism Activities Handbook is free on kindle for a limited time!

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This book looks like it will be really practical. It is currently free on kindle, but the price may change at any time. Get this free kindle book via Amazon
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Free Emotions App for Kids

Teaching emotions to kids with autism can be tricky. You likely need to rely on lots of video modeling or social skills practice, but you can also use apps such as this free emotions app for kids for social-emotional development.

Free autism app for kids to learn about emotions

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Free autism app for kids to learn about emotions

Autism Emotion is a simple app that teaches kids about emotions through music and photo slideshows. It focuses on happy, sad, proud, and calm. The app Autism Emotion is free on the App Store, at least at the time of posting. Get the free emotions app for kids
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Free Printable Visual Calm Down Cards for Kids

If you are always on the look out for new calming strategies for your kids, then look no further than these free printable visual calm down cards for kids. The full color photos for each calming strategy are paired with the written word to reinforce literacy and comprehension. The activities include lots of sensory strategies to target oral motor input, vestibular input, proprioceptive input, and more!

Free printable visual calm down cards for kids

With over 40 different calming strategies in this free printable pack, you are sure to find something that will work and benefit your child. Get the free printable calm down cards for kids
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Video Social Story About Aggressive Behavior

Do you have a child who uses a lot of aggressive behavior when upset or overwhelmed? Do they bite or kick others? Then you may find this free video social story about aggressive behaviors helpful. It specifically targets kicking and biting others and offers an alternative strategy to try.

Video social story for kids who kick or bite others, perfect for kids with autism, aspergers, or sensory issues

You can watch the social story below with your child(ren) and then discuss or brainstorm any other strategies that might work for your child(ren).

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Free Printable Daily Visual Schedule

I'm a huge advocate for daily visual schedules. When we started implementing one many years ago, it instantly made a huge difference in our days. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I had to make my own. However, I realize that not one particular visual schedule will suit every single autism families' needs, which is why I try to share as many free visual schedules as I can find. This free printable daily visual schedule from Natural Beach Living looks lovely!

Free printable daily visual schedule for kids

This daily visual schedule would be particularly great for homeschooling families because of the inclusion of school subjects like math, geography, science, etc. Get this free printable daily visual schedule for kids

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Free Printable IEP Toolkit for Parents

IEPs can be a frustrating time for many parents and honestly, it can be a lot of work to prepare for the meetings. And even more work to continue advocating for your child after the IEP meetings. You know, to make sure that the team is following what is written in the IEP. This free printable IEP toolkit for parents would be a great way to keep track of everything you need before going into an IEP meeting.

Free IEP toolkit for parents

This IEP toolkit looks pretty thorough and would be a great resource for families who are preparing for IEP team meetings. Get this free IEP toolkit for parents
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Free Printable Wandering Kit for Autism Families

Wandering is a valid concern for a lot of autism families. It can lead to injuries and even death. So having an emergency plan in place for potential wandering is a great way to ensure you know what do should such an emergency take place. You'll have all the important information in one place to help you locate your child if they go missing and have an organized call list system in place.

Free printable autism wandering kit for autism families

Definitely scoop up a copy of this free printable if your child is prone to wandering or bolting. Having it completed and ready will give you some piece of mind, but obviously, you hope you never have to use it. Get this free printable autism wandering kit

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Autism Deals for March 8, 2016

There are lots of really good deals and sales on autism related products on Amazon. Here are some fabulous deals to check out today. Please note that I do not endorse any specific items on this list, unless otherwise specified. I'm simply sharing what is a good deal today at the time of posting. Prices may change at any time.

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1. Autism Breakthrough - Book, 28% off
2. Stack It Peg Game - Game to work on fine motor skills, 24% off
3. Autism Awareness Jewelry - Bracelets, 35% off
5. Autism Everyday - Book, 25% off
6. Photo Conversation Cards - Social skills tool/game, 35% off
7. In a Different Key: The Story of Autism - Book, 39% off - I'm currently reading this book and it's really interesting!
9. Tangle Relax Therapy - Fidget toy, 25% off
10. What Goes Together Puzzles - Language toy, 83% off
11. Indoor hanging chair - Sensory swing, 65% off

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Video Social Story About Christmas

Are you ready for Christmas? Well, perhaps these free printable social stories about Christmas paired with this free video social story about Christmas will be the perfect way to prepare your kids for the holiday season. Christmas, and everything that comes along with it, can easily trigger meltdowns and anxiety attacks, so having tools in place before things get in hand, is always a great idea.

This video has some good practical tips for managing holiday anxiety and sensory issues. Enjoy it below.

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Free Printable Social Stories for Christmas

Tis the season for meltdowns. Thankfully, we already know that social stories are a great tool for our family. So surviving the holiday season this year will be much easier with these free printable social stories for Christmas.

Free printable social stories about Christmas

There are four social stories to print and there's even an option to edit some of them as well! That means you can personalize them with specific details pertaining to your child and your family. The social stories include "Visiting Family During Christmas," "Going to Visit Santa," "Getting Presents at Christmas," and "What to Expect at Christmas." Get these free printable social stories
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Free Printable Christmas Speech Therapy Resources & Games

Looking to switch up your regular old speech therapy games and activities for Christmas time? Then try these free printable Christmas speech therapy resources. They're perfect for working on Christmas themed vocabulary, practicing social skills like taking turns and following directions, practicing Wh questions (which are difficult for kids with autism and hyperlexia), and improving comprehension.

Free printable Christmas themed speech therapy resources & games

I have compiled a list of 20 free Christmas themed speech resources to check out. Most of these require a Teachers Pay Teachers account, but they are still free to download. Simply download, print, play, and learn!

  1. Wh- Question Christmas Board Game
  2. Christmas Candy Sort by Wh Question
  3. Ornament Yes/No Questions
  4. Christmas Social Language Packet
  5. Gingerbread Baby - Speech & Language Mini Book Companion
  6. Gingerbread Speech
  7. Following Directions Christmas Style
  8. Wh Questions Mini Book for Christmas
  9. Holiday Wh Question Mini Pack
  10. Christmas Verbs & Complete the Sentences
  11. All Wrapped Up Associations
  12. Christmas Themed Understanding Negation
  13. Christmas Following Directions
  14. Christmas Inference Riddles
  15. Christmas Around the World Comprehension & Compare/Contrast
  16. Christmas Categories
  17. Christmas Who Questions Interactive Book
  18. Santa Actions Cards
  19. Guess What Christmas Game
  20. Christmas Caroler Wh Questions
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Free Printable Occupational Therapy Christmas Calendar for Kids

I adore advent calendars and I think I found the perfect advent calendar for kids with autism, sensory issues, and/or developmental delays. This free printable Christmas calendar focuses on occupational therapy activities such as sensory play, fine motor skills, proprioceptive input, and more! So many great ideas on this calendar.

This free printable occupational therapy calendar for kids includes sensory activities, vestibular activities, fine motor activities, and more! Get the O.T. Christmas advent calendar
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8 Free Kindle Books About Autism {November 23, 2015}

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18 Free Kindle Books About Autism, ADHD, & Essential Oils {November 19, 2015}

Here are 18 free kindle books about autism, ADHD, and essential oils that are free for today (November 19, 2015). They are free at the time of posting, but price could change at any time. Some of the free kindle books posted yesterday are still free today as well. Please note that I do not endorse any of the following books. I'm just sharing what is currently free on

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Free Kindle Books About Autism, ADHD, Special Needs, Dyslexia

  1. ADHD, Autism, & Asperger's Box Set: The Ultimate Guide To Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism And Asperger Syndrome
  2. Toddler Talk: Easily Encourage Your Toddler's Language Development With Our Tips & Techniques! (Child Language Development Book 1)
  3. Helping Children With Dyslexia: 21 super strategies to ensure your child's success at school
  4. The Bee Who Was Different
  5. Social Anxiety: Stories Of Those With Social Anxiety And How They Overcame Shyness
  6. ADHD: Stories Of Those With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And How They Overcame It
  7. ADHD Symptom and Strategies 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide for Understanding and Handling Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults and Children
  8. ADHD: How to Diagnose and Combat ADHD without any Prescription Medicine

Free Kindle Books About Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great natural therapy to use with kids who have autism, anxiety, sleep issues, and more. Here are some free kindle books about essential oils to help you get started.

  1. Essential Oils: The Ultimate Essential Oils Guide. 15 Powerful Secrets You Never Knew About the Benefits of Essential Oils
  2. ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SLEEP: The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Cure Insomnia And Get Deeper Sleep With Essential Oils
  3. Essential Oils For Beginners: Aromatherapy And Essential Oils: Aromatherapy Recipes for Weight loss, Allergies, Headaches & Well-Being
  4. Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Volume 2 (Boxed Set): Natural Remedies for Beginners to Expert Essential Oil Users
  5. Aromatherapy Revealed: How to Use Essential Oils for Everyday Living Plus 30 Recipes to Make Your Own
  6. The Complete Guide To Clinical Aromatherapy and Essential Oils of The Physical Body: Essential Oils for Beginners (The Secret Healer Book 1)
  7. Essential Oils: Essential Oils - Unleash the Power of Essential Oils by Using this Step by Step Guide
  8. Essential Oils: Everything You Need To Know About Essential Oils
  9. Aromatherapy And Essential Oils
  10. Top Essential Oil Recipes 2nd Edition: A Recipe Guide Of Natural, Non-Toxic Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Healing Common Ailments, Beauty, Stress, and Anxiety
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13 Free Kindle Books About Autism {November 18, 2015}

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Free Printable Flip Up Emotion Cards

We are constantly working on understanding emotions with my son who has autism, especially beyond happy and sad. These free printable flip up emotion cards are a perfect way to work on understanding and recognizing emotions.

There are nine different emotions included in this free printable. You could print off two sets and turn it into a matching game too! Get these flip up emotion cards
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Free Printable Morning Routine Cards

Do your kids need help getting ready in the morning? Then this free printable visual morning routine cards are going to be perfect for you! They're numbered so that kids can follow them in order and they have nice, simple images for those who are visual learners. The added text is great for encouraging literacy!

Free printable morning routine cards for kids

There are two versions of these free printable morning routine cards: one for girls and one for boys. Get the morning routine cards
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Free Printable List of Sensory Accommodations for the Classroom

If you're like me, then you head into IEP meetings at school, armed with a list of ideas and suggestions that you would like to focus on for your child. But, in case you aren't prepared, or you are looking for more sensory accommodations of the classroom, then you absolutely need to a copy of this free printable checklist of sensory accommodations.

Sensory accommodations for the classroom

Not only can you get a copy of this free printable sensory accommodations checklist, but there are over 500 ideas for special education. Such an amazing resource! Get the list of sensory accomodations
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