What Exactly is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

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Resources and Data on Autism Today

Communication & Assistive Technology

  • Go Board Maker - Printable visuals to aide communication
  • PECS USA - Free materials for using Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
  • iTalkDoc - Free communication app to download to iOS or Android device
  • AssistiveWare - Offering temporary licenses for Proloquo2go communication device software. Need to have an iPad running iOS 12.4 or later. Open to families and staff. Waiting list may occur.
  • Talk to Me Technologies - Free communication boards and social stories
  • Stay-Safe - Free access to apps for visually impaired, hearing impaired, and those with reading difficulty  
  • BeeLine Reader - Helps students with dyslexia, autism, and ADHD read on screen more effectively. Email education@beelinereader.com to receive a free account.

Behavior Supports for Parents & Caregivers

Speech & Language Supports

Occupational Therapy Supports

Home Activity Ideas – Arts & Crafts

 Free printable coloring pages and interactive online coloring:

Home Activity Ideas – Social Games & Movement

  • https://circletimefun.com/ - Learn and bond with your 0-6-year-old. Follow and interact with an expert instructor. Code: HOMEFUN1

Home Activity Ideas – Educational

Educational virtual tours of local zoos and state parks (An ESSC staff favorite resource!):