Emerge Center offers resources for families with children with autism


The Emerge center has released some resources for families with children with autism to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emerge Center empowers children with autism and individuals with communication challenges to achieve independence.

Below are resources compiled by Emerge to help families:

  • Download this Social Story about staying at home, created by one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, Christie Zeringue Jewell, and tailored for Emerge kiddos.
  • Download this PDF created by our OT team that explains how OT helps with Speech-Language development.
  • Some of our friends are struggling with their new routines, especially bedtime and sleep routines. Here is a Bedtime Routine Tip Sheet from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • View this Youtube video for free access to the Teach Me To Talk DVD from teachmetotalk.com. The video teaches six simple strategies for training parents/caregivers of toddlers with language delays. Each strategy is introduced with family-friendly explanations and then demonstrated with multiple examples of sessions with toddlers during play-based activities. In the absence of working directly with a child and parents, watching a visual model of a new strategy can be a powerful teaching technique. Here is a breakdown of the video:
    • -Introduction: 0 – 2 Minutes
    • -Playfulness: 2 – 17 Minutes
    • -Sign Language: 17 – 31 Minutes
    • -Modeling: 31 – 49 Minutes
    • -Choices: 49 – 60 Minutes
    • -Withholding: 60 – 72 Minutes
    • -Expansion: 72 – 89 Minutes
    • -Conclusion: 89 – 90 Minutes
  • Exceptional Lives has created this incredible list of online educational resources and activities for home-bound families of children with special needs. There is an Academics category divided into different subjects. There is also a category for resources that are specific to a certain disability. At the very bottom are sections for articles, social stories, and support groups.
  • More from Exceptional Lives
  • Resources from the Capital Area Autism Network
  • How to explain a global health crisis to children with autism
  • What to do when your child on the autism spectrum’s routine is disrupted by Covid-19
  • What the autism community should know

The center is also offering Virtual Storytime with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC):

These sessions will take place from 9 am – 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Claire Seefried, speech-language pathology clinical fellow at the Els for Autism Foundation. Each story will highlight high frequency (core vocabulary) words with the use of communication supports. A PowerPoint including the core vocabulary words presented in the story and links to related extension activities will be discussed following the story.

The stories will take place via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that you can access from your computer, tablet or mobile device. Click the links provided below and you will be directed to download the Zoom Application. After the download is completed, you will have access to the StoryTime.

More information and a complete list of all resources can be found here.

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