Thursday, December 25, 2014

Freedom From Want....America Today

Yes this is a TYLENOL commercial, but watch it anyway, especially the longer versions for each family. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Positively Autism News letter December 2014; Writing

December 2014 Topic: Teaching Writing (Creative Writing, Reports, Assignments, and More)


Looking for Future Newsletter Topics
What topic would you like to see featured in our upcoming newsletters? Each month, we choose a topic and look for helpful articles and free resources to share about the topic. We'd like to know what you're interested in hearing about next year. If you've got an idea, please send an e-mail to Thanks!


December 2014 Newsletter: Teaching Writing (Creative Writing, Reports, Assignments, and More)
Last month, our newsletter featured articles and resources to help students with autism practice their handwriting. In a "spinoff" of that issue, this month, we will share information and resources on teaching the writing process to students with autism. We'll share resources to help work on writing assignments, such as writing sentences, stories, reports, and more.

Classroom Writing Center for Students with Autism -

Please Don’t Make Me Write! -

Use Texting To Increase Writing Skills -

Visual Support Checklist for Drawing a Picture to Accompany a Story -

Write about Winter: Visual Writing Activities and Prompts -

Cute Writing Activities for Students with Autism on Pinterest -


A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism -

I Hate to Write: Tips for Helping Students with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers -

Christmas Freebies (Social Stories, Activities, and More)

"Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Story

"Going to Visit Santa" Social Story

"Getting Presents at Christmas" Social Story

"What to Expect at Christmas" Social Story

Christmas Song Visual Supports (Pictures and Lyrics)

All of these Christmas freebies can be found here:

Free Downloads

Since Facebook isn't showing our Daily Autism Freebie posts to many of our followers (because they want Facebook pages to pay for sponsored posts), I'm listing some of our most popular freebies from the month here. You can go directly to each day to get the freebies without Facebook!

Adapted Holiday Symbols Mini Book -

"Five Little Christmas Trees" Interactive Adapted Book -

Shopping for Holiday Decorations Money Skills Activity -

Santa's Syllable Sort -

"Say it to a Snowman" Language Activity -

Pre-Primer Sight Words Christmas Games -


December 2014 Positive Autism Media Stories -

You can find a list of the articles and resources in this newsletter issue here:

Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for new free stuff posted each day!

I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and holiday season,

Nicole Caldwell, M.Ed.
Founder, Positively Autism

Please note that all information contained in this and any of our newsletters is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as professional advice on any subject matter. If you need handwriting help for your children or students, please contact appropriate professionals, such as an occupational therapist.

The World's Tallest Lego Menorah

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah for 2014. Chag Sameach. Happy Holiday.