AFIRM Modules outline the step-by-step process of planning for, using and monitoring Evidence Based Practices for learning with ASD across a wide variety of ages and abilities.
Evidence Based Practices
Social Emotional Learning
An evidence-based social skills program for children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Website includes information about the program, research, resources such as role-play videos, opportunities for training to become a PEERS certified provider, and upcoming events.
A Speech-Language Pathologist designed curriculum for Social-Emotional learning.
The official Michelle Garcia-Winner Social Thinking website, including information about the Social Thinking programs and methodology, eLearning modules, recorded webinars, and Social Thinking products to purchase.
Functional Life Skills
An overview of the Assessment of Functional Living Skills, an assessment and curriculum guide that focuses on skills for independence in Home, School and Community settings.
A downloadable Life Skills Program Planner (in PDF) from the Grand Erie District School Board.
Teaching Sexual Health
A resource from Vanderbilt Leadership Education, with downloadable files for parent guides on puberty for students with disabilities.
A resource from Alberta Education created for teachers and parents for teaching sexual health to students grade 4 and up, with lesson plans, resources, and best practice guidelines.
King County Public Health website outlining the FLASH Curriculum for sexual health, including a variety of lesson plans specific to special education, for varying ages and students.
The Oak Hill Positive Choices Curriculum, for teaching students with intellectual and developmental disabilities about sexual health and safe, positive relationships.
Language / Literacy
An evidence-based language / literacy program for students with developmental disabilities.
Interactive, online reading program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.
An evidence based reading assessment and instruction program for pre-kindergarten to grade 3 students.
The official website of Cognitive Connections, an organization run by Speech-Language Pathologists Sarah Ward and Kristen Jacobson, specializing in executive function skills. The website contains information about assessment, evaluation and services, access to training opportunities, and both free and for purchase resources specific to Executive Functions.
General Strategies and Supports
A free resource with a multitude of information about various Positive Behaviour Support strategies, categorized by Tier and challenging behaviour to manage.
The official Carol Gray Social Stories website, including sample social stories, information about workshops and training.
This site is a hands-on resource which is operated by the TEACCH program at the University of North Carolina. It has a thousands of downloadable resources, visuals and ideas.
A wide variety of task boxes for various functional and motor skills.
Remote / Online Instruction
A practice brief sharing tips for defining expectations for remote instruction and online learning, based on a Positive Behaviour Support framework.
A variety of webinars related to remote and online learning, specifically with a focus on transition planning and goals for adolescents and young adults.
An overall framework and variety of articles on sub-topics related to supporting all students to actively engage in distance learning.
A compilation of resources related to providing remote service delivery and distance learning to young children with developmental delays and disabilities at home with their families.