Trouble Finding Something?

We've noticed that some people have been unable to find the things that they were searching for. So, we're going to help you out by telling you where these items are.

One thing to keep in mind is that, on our Resources page, all sections are alphabetical regardless of type. For instance, you will see China, College, and Colorado in that order. So whatever type of thing you're looking for, that's how you'll find it.

Most Recent Things Searched for but not Found

1. Clock face worksheet - this is on the Resources page in the Kids-Educational section. It's titled 'printableclock.jpg.' This clock worked so well for my son with Asperger's! I think because the hands match the area they tell the time of.

2. Wyoming Asperger's camp - these happened to not be listed. Sorry about that! Here is what we have.

Camp Carpe Diem - this usually runs at the beginning of summer, so you'll have to apply immediately!

Wyoming Autism Camp - this camp runs late in the summer, but you should still apply asap.

3. Asperger's language arts - all of the educational resources that have helped my child with Asperger's learn are listed in the Kids-Educational section. Most of this is language arts, science, and math but there are other miscellaneous helpful resources as well. It's definitely worth checking that section out.

We hope this helps. :o)

1 in 50

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 50 school children have been diagnosed with some form of Autism in 2011-2012.

View the CDC report HERE.
(This is a PDF download from the CDC website, so it is presumed safe.)

Geocaching is Great Fun

Geocaching is so much fun, and it's a great way to get yourself and the kids outdoors. If you're unfamiliar with geocaching, it's basically a scavenger hunt using GPS. You may look for a cache which consists of just a log sheet or small containers filled with miscellaneous trade items. There are other types of caches as well, but if you're going out with kids, these 2 types are best, in my opinion, since they are tangible.

Many campgrounds, wilderness areas, and civic events host geocaching. Colleges will even use this as a way to get kids familiar with campus.

If you'd like to try geocaching for yourself, go to Geocaching.com. In the left column of the link page, enter the area you'd like to search, upload the coordinates of each cache into your GPS, phone, or other GPS equipped device. (You may have to register on the site to do this.) Now start looking!

If you have grade school kids, you may like to see if there are any Ranger Rick Geocache Trails in your area. These trails will have a passport available to download, several cache boxes to find that include a rubber stamp for kids to mark their passpoprt and more.

You can read more about how geocaching works here.

Find the Asperger-Kids.org geocache! It's listed in the sidebar.

HAVE FUN GEOCACHING!

Time4Learning

I've been invited to try Time4Learning's online education program in exchange for an honest review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so come back and read about my experience! For more information, try their lesson demos or find out how to write your own curriculum review.

Day 3:

My son is having the best time using Time4Learning's Math and Language Arts curriculum.
I had been looking for a math program that could hold his interest, and this program seems to be doing that.
Although an avid reader, doing Language Arts used to bring him to tears. Now I hear him laughing!

On the parents end, the entire program is simple to use. You can print off a schedule for the year or just let them go at their own pace. Either way, all you have to do is follow the arrows. This will take you through the program in sequence.

Day 26:

Well, our trial period is almost over, and we have signed up to use Time4Learning from now on. My son has thoroughly enjoyed using the program.

 What my son likes:
  • The program is fun to learn with.
  • The characters that teach the Language Arts lessons are funny.
  • He gets to start the Art class in a few days. (There is a 30 day waiting period before starting the Art program.)
What I like:
  • The positive messages in fun voices and extra help (via computer program) he gets on tests he doesn't do so well on. It encourages rather than discourages.
  • I love to see my son enjoying his lessons.
  • Ease of use.
  • The program keeps track of scores.
  • There are worksheets to print for extra help.
  • There are activities to do.

We are still using ScienceFusion and Scott Foresman Fantastic Voyage (language arts) along with Time4Learning and it's worked very well.
When we use ScienceFusion, we we'll look up lessons on T4L that coincide with what he's learning.
As of right now, we are using both Scott Foresman and T4L simultaneously. We are also using the spelling lists and lessons in Language Arts Extensions. It's working out great!

Thanks, Time4Learning, for giving us the opportunity to try out the program for an entire month! It's been wonderful!

Quick Tips for Back to School

Tips for getting a new teacher and/or entering a new school:

1. Prior to the first day of school, see if the school will allow a walk though of an expected school day and meet the new teacher(s).

2. Take pictures as you go to make it into a social story booklet if needed.

3. Older kids may benefit from receiving/choosing their class schedule at this time.

4. A map of the school may also help the older kids get around in a new place easier and with a lot less stress.

5. If your child will be riding the school bus for the first time, a trip to the bus garage may be in order. They may be able to get on the bus and possibly meet their bus driver. It would also be a good idea to practice school bus safety ahead of time. You can usually find the school bus rules in the school handbook.

6. If there is something you feel could assist your child in having a successful start to the new school year, don't be afraid to ask your child's school to accomodate you. Many times they will be more than happy to help.




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Great Ideas for Getting the Kids Outdoors this Summer

Ten for the Trail: Games for Little Restless Hikers
from Appalachian Mountain Club

Don't let the title fool you. These games are great for kids of all ages. The Scavenger Hunt game will also help kids learn about Leave No Trace principles that apply in many parks and forests.




19 Can-Do Nature Walk Variations
from Bringing Up Learners

Activities to learn about nature in a fun, hands on way.






Backyard and Driveway Games for Kids
from Disney Family Fun

Some old school and some new school (but all super fun) outdoor games for kids.







Family Outdoor Activities
from Kaboose

Many fun outdoor activities for families to do together.






40 Cool Summer Crafts for Kids
from Spoonful

Beach, camp, and outdoor crafts.


Art Therapy - Mandala

As a parent of a child with Asperger's, living in a town with absolutely no resources, I've found it necessary to find and implement therapies and other helpful activities on our own. Through knowing my child, common sense, some fabulous websites, and trial and error, I think we've been successful.

We are now going to try Art Therapy, on our own, in an attempt to build self esteem and confidence.

For our first therapy session, we will be doing the Mandala activity found on the Art Therapy website. This includes a short history of the Mandala, which is a neat bonus.

The purpose of this exercise is to come to some degree of self-awareness, and I believe, acceptance. The mandala will represent what the creator is feeling and experiencing at the time they created it. What a wonderful activity!

*UPDATE*        

<<-- Here is the end result of today's art therapy. (I won't post what my son wrote about his Mandala.) All in all, I think it went well, and my son really enjoyed this activity.

*Educationally, this activity combined a little history and language arts with art while helping a child become aware of his feelings.

Ethan W - 6-year-old with Autism Plays Piano Man