by Christopher Flint

def: Syntax is the way in which words and punctuation are used and arranged to form phrases, clauses and sentences. This can mean the selection of a word or the word's tense, the arrangement of the words and the selection of the punctuation. In today's adapted book, we are focusing on syntax. Specifically, the order Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

All it took was one photo taken by Bryce's mom Stephanie Lay. The photo of her and Bryce's homemade salsa was posted on her Facebook when many of her friends asked for the recipe. After seeing how many people wanted the recipe she started to sell jars of her homemade salsa with her son Bryce. Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Today's adapted book targets sentence comprehension. Prerequisite skills for this activity are word comprehension and sentence reading fluency. This activity takes away one of the more challenging aspects of learning for individuals with autism: writing. Typically, you would use a worksheet and have students write in a sentence to describe a picture. Writing for individuals Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Reading is about imagination and learning. It is about discovering new things about yourself, and sharing with others. Books have the power to transform thoughts, and friendships. Reading a book is so much more than the words on the page. Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder can sometimes get stuck in very literal interpretations. Things Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

We're counting down the days until our newest, greatest autism app launches! InfiniTeach's Autism Core Skills will be available in October, but just to get you ready for what's to come, we've got some app sneak peeks that we're sharing all September long. You may have already read about the customized student profiles here, the Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

I got the idea for today's activity from a book called “Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome (TRCDS)” by Patricia Logan Oelwein. The book is almost 20 years old now (it has a CD-ROM that comes with it!) but it has some really useful strategies and is thoughtful approach to building literacy skills. Even Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

Make recording student data easier with our new app InfiniTeach Autism Core Skills. You've learned in our previous blog post about its customizable profiles, and now we're excited to share our data features and how our printable curriculum can be uploaded into your student's digital curriculum. Student Data: With this new feature recording student data Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Today's adapted book focuses on summarizing chapters. Many individuals with autism have challenges synthesizing information. This can be even more difficult when there is a lot of text. Many individuals with autism are more tree than forest thinkers – which means that they often are better with details than the big picture. Often when students Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

The inspiration for this adapted book comes from a student I had in my classroom several years ago. He was in fourth grade, and we were super excited because he had learned to read his first book. It was a popular nursery rhyme, The Three Little Pigs. And even though he had probably memorized a Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

It's coming! Here at InfiniTeach, we're gearing up to launch our next iPad app for children with autism, and we can't wait to share it with you. InfiniTeach's Autism Core Skills app teaches pre-academic, academic, social, and communication skills – all customized for each child's level and interests and all based on best practice autism Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

We all know someone in our lives who is a frequent picky eater. For Chase Bailey he was a very picky eater because of sensory difficulties. In order to overcome his challenges he started to host his own cooking show. As an infant he refused to eat many of the foods that he had to Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Today's adapted book is focused on students who are just beginning to engage with books. Helping students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who are not yet reading can be tricky. First, students with autism may find high interest books and interact with them repetitively but not necessarily productively. While this may be fine for break Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

As part of our on-going coverage of National Literacy Month, we're talking about ways to engage our kids with autism in literacy. Today we'd like to give a shout-out to some of the programs and funding being offered to support making public libraries inclusive for every child and every family: Autism Programs and Libraries Here Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Our third adapted book in this series is Trains! (Big, Busy Machines) by Charles Reasoner (http://amzn.to/1g7gXEo). This adapted book is focused on sorting by initial consonants. Sorting is a great way to work on building skills for individuals on the autism spectrum for several reasons. First, it assists with flexible thinking. Individuals with autism may Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Today's adapted book strategy is a cloze activity. Cloze activities involve deleting words in a sentence and having the student supply words that fill in the gap. This is a great adaptation to help students become more aware of context cues in the text. It also useful for teaching how to guess the meaning of Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

For Mike Brannigan – a 17 year old on the autism spectrum, running became his passion over the years. His ability to focus on his speed allowed him to become the fastest runner on his team. In fact he runs so fast that he can finish a mile in four minutes. When Mike was diagnosed Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

September is National Literacy Month (in case you haven't heard from our other blog posts!). And we're very excited about this over here at InfiniTeach. Why? Well here's one of the most compelling reasons – in the early 90's, researchers found that children may hear up to 30 million fewer words by age 3 than Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Promoting Literacy for Children with Autism September is National Literacy Month, and to celebrate InfiniTeach is going to be showcasing our Top 10 Favorite Adapted Books we have created for individuals with autism spectrum disorders! Every Tuesday and Thursday we will post pictures and a description of creative ways to adapt books. We will also give you Continue Reading …

by Christopher Flint

Mind blindness. Walking in someone else's shoes. Theory of mind. There are a lot of different ways to describe the challenges that many individuals with autism have conceptualizing, understanding, or predicting the emotional states in other people. These difficulties for individuals with ASD can lead to troublesome situations, like this one: Meet Curt, a boy Continue Reading …

by Katie Hench

Erik Weber was only two and half years old when he was diagnosed with autism. Once reaching five years old his mother was told that he would have to be placed in a group home because he would continue to have a cognitive skill level that was much younger as he grew older. However, his Continue Reading …