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While MCPS is closed, parents and caregivers of a student on the autism spectrum may need new ideas for how to spend time with their child -- both for fun and for learning. The target audience for these ideas and resources is anyone supporting an autistic student on the MCPS Alternative Learning Outcomes (ALO) curriculum, but these ideas may be beneficial to other students as well.
We are continuing to curate and add new sites and descriptions every day, so check back again!
Note: xMinds has not verified each and every one of these sites and does not endorse any of the listed sites.
In addition to the websites below, educational therapist Jean Hickey, M.Ed, has generously offered to answer questions and suggest resources to ALO parents by email at no cost. Parents who need FaceTime consulting should contact her to learn more. Jean Hickey's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a blog post that describes over 30 Chrome web extensions to help students in five categories: Text to Speech, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Focus, and Navigation.https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/special-needs-extensions.html?fbclid=IwAR16pYyXYS8-pGQGwvNOVBj2tSMO9AoepkRFB3cMkWp4tcHqlcEKSUk6F-Y&m=1
TEACCH Autism Program -- TEACCH offers simple but helpful tips for parents who are educating an autistic child at home during these times of change. https://teacch.com/resources/teacch-tips/
Calendar of live streaming events (and some prerecorded events) -- mostly for pre-school and elementary age. This spreadsheet calendar shows a wide range of interesting events, from rocket launches to baking: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d9vA4JUnr1xFafSY5n7iF75eCb3fX2Azy_6rZOOzH_8/htmlview?usp=sharing&fbclid=IwAR3nteXuvfUjAPdslYwGTckpYT4KSMAouS8uMvVVrR_Tafrtpf9uh0eJ7vs&sle=true