Resource Corner – Tools for School

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a growing library of disability and sexuality resources available at TNPathfinder.org.

Colorful flyer image with a photo of two Youth wearing blue suits and red ties. Text on image "Transition Experiences of Black Youth with Autism," with additional information following about the participation in the research project. Additional text at the bottom of the image says "Families who participate will receive a $50 gift card." Following text is the link https://redcap.link/transitionexperiences and a QR code. nd the link

A research team at Vanderbilt University is looking for families of Black youth ages 14-24 with an autism diagnosis to participate in research that will be used to help improve supports, services, and policy decisions for Black youth and their families as they navigate transition services into adulthood.
Assistant professor of Special Education Elizabeth Biggs, Ph.D., and her team are currently recruiting Metro Nashville parents or caregivers whose child who fits the following criteria:
  • Is between the ages of 14 and 24;
  • Has an educational or medical diagnosis of autism;
  • Has received or is currently receiving special education services; and
  • Identifies as Black or African American.
Study participation includes the parent or caregiver completing a series of online questionnaires (approximately 15 minutes) and completing an interview with a research team member, either through Zoom or in-person (approximately 60 minutes).
Participation is designed to be convenient and can be done at times and locations of the participant’s choosing. Families receive a $50 gift card for completed participation in the study.
Complete the interest form at https://redcap.link/transitionexperiences to learn more and volunteer. A research team member will contact you to answer any questions you might have and explain more.
For more information, contact Asya Miles at asya.t.miles@vanderbilt.edu.
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Early Autism Services (EAS)readiness programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of each learner and can be provided in the child’s home, daycare/preschool, or their therapy center.  To learn more about their  services and create a personalized treatment plan, call (615) 864-3327 or complete this Client Intake Form and a member of the team will contact the family.

Early Autism Services provides Speech/Language, Occupational, and ABA Therapy for children from 18 months to 12 years old.  In addition to these services, EAS Nashville is now offering FEEDING THERAPY! This includes sensory feeding, oral motor feeding, and everything in between. Limited availability, please contact cschenk@earlyautismservices.com if you are interested!

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White background image with multiple vertical rectangles with cartoons of children doing activities. Blue text at the top of the image "DAILY VISUAL SCHEDULE." Schedules are an evidence based practice that can help children be more available for learning. They are helpful to all children by clarifying what is going to happen, increasing the ability to predict what happens next, and making abstract concepts such as time concrete. Not to mention, they help children be more independent.
Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other elated disorders benefit from having a visual representation for a sequence of events throughout the day or for a specific activity. Schedules have had significant research showing the effectiveness of their use to be considered an established
treatment for children with ASD.
The Treatment & Reserach Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has created printable tip sheets to assist with prioritizing a functional shedule for children at the beginning of the school year. While these tip sheets are geared towards educators, parents and caregivers may find them useful as well.
Click the links below to download.
Schedules- Line Drawing Overview
Schedules- Photo Overview
Schedules- Written Overview
For more information on schedules or ASD services visit TRIAD’s website.