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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



xMinds Resources

Resources for Educators

xMinds Educator Grants
Our mission at Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds) is to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of the autistic students in MCPS. To advance this mission, xMinds is offering grants to help motivated teachers and paraeducators pursue research-based training and purchase curricula and curricular materials that will enable them to better support their students on the autism spectrum.

Individual grants in the range of $50 to $400 will be awarded on a quarterly basis by the xMinds Board of Directors, who will select the recipients from the applications received prior to each quarterly deadline (March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15). The Board will, in its sole discretion, determine which applications to grant, considering the Board’s assessment of both the quality of the training or materials requested, and the applicant’s potential to make use of them to advance the mission of xMinds.

You can obtain an application here.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
These training modules are being developed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders in collaboration with Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and other partners. AIM modules offer information and training in evidence-based practices for children, youth, and adults on the Autism Spectrum and are useful for families, teachers, and professionals. To access the modules you must register and sign-in with a valid email address. Modules are currently being developed on the following topic areas:
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Characteristics
  • Classroom Interventions
  • Communication Interventions
  • Social Skills Interventions
  • General Interventions
  • Transition Services and Supports

Publications

The Organization for Autism Research has published two guides for educators:
An Educator's Guide to Autism
This guide helps educators prepare for having a student with autism in the classroom; emphasizes the importance of collaborating with the parents; supports the creation of an inclusive environment; and helps educators collaborate with the team supporting the child with autism, including therapists and special educators.

An Educator's Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
 
This guide is designed to give teachers and other professionals an introduction to Asperger Syndrome, some of its characteristics, and several teaching strategies that can be employed in the classroom. It is meant to serve as a starting point for further learning.

 


Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12

 
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