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  • My Community Teaching Focus Areas

    My Community Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'My Community' Curriculum.

    My Community Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Normal Development Guidelines
    • Pro-Ed Normal Language Development Chart
    • Stage 1 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2a Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2b Communication in ASD
    • Stage 3 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 4 Communication in ASD
    • Problem Solving: Attention Issues
    • Problem Solving: Communication Issues
    • Problem Solving: Group Learning Issues
    • Problem Solving: Organisation Issues
    • Environmental Effects on Level of Arousal
    • Learning Through The Senses

    Arrival Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas: Level 1 Activities
    • 42 Activity Ideas

    Circle Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs
    • Photo Images
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Cooking

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Level 1 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Resource
    • Level 2 Resource
    • Sensory Play Ideas

    Language

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Vocabulary List: Maid / Shop Assistant / Hairdresser Wk1 - 5
    • Vocabulary List: Doctor / Dentist Wk 6 - 9
    • Photos: Auntie
    • Photos: Barber
    • Photos: Dentist
    • Photos: Doctor
    • Photos: Shop
    • Photos: Taxi

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Images
    • Sensory and Communication Strategies (Link to MyComm_TeachFA_M&MSensoryComm.ppt)

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis
    • Book: At Home
    • Book: My Auntie
    • Book: When I go to the Dentist
    • Book: When I go to the Doctor

    Snack Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Snack Time Pictures
    • Snack Time Book
    • Snack Time Book: Homework Record Sheet
    • Article on 16 PECS Short Hand

    Table Activity Centres

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Choice Board
    • Threading: My Auntie
    • Lotto Boards
    Read more...
  • My Community

    My Community

    The fundamental goal of any early intervention programme is to assist young learners in their preparation for more inclusive life experiences, as they grow older.

    My Community Theme

    People in our Community

    We have selected 5 key people in the community for our children to learn about:

    • Maid Carer
    • Shop Assistant
    • Hairdresser
    • Doctor
    • Dentist

    In the teaching focus areas we aim to look at each community person and teach:

    • Paying attention to people
    • The language associated with this person
    • Positive behaviour routines
    • Social rules and social options

    Read more...
  • My School Teaching Focus Areas

    My School Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'My School' Curriculum.

    My School Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Developmental Stages
    • Pro-Ed Normal Language Development Chart
    • Stage 1 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2a Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2b Communication in ASD
    • Stage 3 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 4 Communication in ASD
    • Problem Solving: Attention Issues
    • Problem Solving: Communication Issues
    • Problem Solving: Group Learning Issues
    • Problem Solving: Organisation Issues
    • Environmental Effects on Level of Arousal
    • Learning Through The Senses

    Arrival Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description (Link to MySchool_TeachFA_ACSkillDesc.pdf)
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas - 42 Activity Ideas
    • Activity Ideas - Level 1 Activities

    Circle Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs
    • Action Photos
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Cooking

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description (Link to MySchool_TeachFA_CSkillDesc.pdf)
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Level 1 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Resource
    • Level 2 Resource
    • Sensory Play Ideas

    Language

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Term Vocabulary
    • Photos: People
    • Photos: In My Class
    • Photos: Out of My Class
    • Symbols: People At School
    • Symbols: School Activities
    • Symbols: Outside
    • Vocab List: People At School
    • Vocab List: School Activities
    • Vocab List: Outside

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Movement Action Images

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis
    • Books: I can Play
    • Books: I Like
    • Books: I Play
    • Books: Look
    • Books: This is

    Snack Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Snack Time Pictures
    • Snack Time Book
    • Snack Time Book: Homework Record Sheet
    • Article on 16 PECS Short Hand

    Table Activity Centres

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Choice Board
    • Choice Board - Photo
    • Threading
    • 4LB Let's have fun!
    • 4LB Things that go together
    • 4LB Matching People in my Class
    • 6LB Nouns-Functions
    • 6LB 3-Part Sequence
    • 6LB Noun + Verb Association
    • 9LB Categories
    • 9LB 3-Part Sequence
    • 9LB What goes Together
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  • My School

    My School

    My School Theme

    All children from young learn from other people in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways.

    Typical children appear to effortlessly move from one environment to another, and appear excited and enthusiastic about school.

    For young children with autism, learning in a school environment can be a significant challenge.

    EIP is often the first learning environment outside of a secure and predictable home context.

    Our job at EIP is to make the journey through pre-school less daunting. By working on core skills we can teach a child with autism HOW TO LEARN, in a fun, safe and organised environment.

    We will focus on the people and activities associated with school in the teaching focus areas.

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  • Water Teaching Focus Areas

    Water Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'Water' Curriculum.

    Water Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works
    • Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Normal Development Guidelines
    • Pro-Ed Normal Language Development Chart
    • Stage 1 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2a Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2b Communication in ASD
    • Stage 3 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 4 Communication in ASD
    • Problem Solving: Attention Issues
    • Problem Solving: Communication Issues
    • Problem Solving: Group Learning Issues
    • Problem Solving: Organisation Issues
    • Environmental Effects on Level of Arousal
    • Learning Through The Senses

    Arrival Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas: Level 1 Activities
    • 50 Activity Ideas

    Circle Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs
    • Rehearsal Book Ideas
    • Action Photos
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Cooking

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Level 1 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Resource
    • Level 2 Resource
    • Sensory Play Ideas

    Language

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Vocabulary List: Water Around Us
    • Vocabulary List: Water & Me
    • Vocabulary List: Water In My Home
    • Photos: Contact Sheets
    • Photos: Noun
    • Photos: Bathing
    • Photos: Bathing Dolly
    • Photos: Playing Fish
    • Photos: Sequences A5
    • Photos: Spray Bottle Cleaning
    • Photos: Swimming
    • Photos: Verbs A5
    • Sequencing Photos: Bath Prep
    • Sequencing Photos: Books PECS
    • Sequencing Photos: Dressing PECS
    • Sequencing Photos: Fridge PECS
    • Sequencing Photos: Going Out PECS
    • Sequencing Photos: Spray Gun
    • Sequencing Photos: Wash Doll PECS
    • Sequencing Photos: Water Play PECS
    • Vocab: Adjectives
    • Vocab: Commenting Phrases
    • Vocab: Concepts
    • Vocab: Functional Communication
    • Vocab: Nouns - Week 1 - 3
    • Vocab: Nouns - Week 4 - 6
    • Vocab: Nouns - Week 7 - 9
    • Vocab: People
    • Vocab: Verbs - Week 1 - 3
    • Vocab: Verbs - Week 4 - 6
    • Vocab: Verbs - Week 7 - 9
    • Vocab: Verbs - Instructions
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis

    Snack Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Snack Time Pictures
    • Snack Time Book
    • Snack Time Book: Homework Record Sheet
    • Article on 16 PECS Short Hand

    Table Activity Centres

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Choice Board
    • Threading
    • Lotto Boards
    Read more...
  • Water

    Water

    Our interaction with water occurs everyday. Whether we are drinking water, using it to bathe, or looking at animals float on water in a pond - water is something we see, feel, taste, and hear!

    Water Theme

    Many young children with autism are attracted to the visual aspects of water. Playing with water can be a pleasant joint attention routine.

    Teaching water safety and swimming skills can lead to independent leisure pursuits later in life.

    The 'Water' theme teaching focus areas aim to cover a young child's experience with water.

    • Water & Me
    • Water at Home
    • Water Around Us

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  • Let's Have Fun Teaching Focus Areas

    Let's Have Fun Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'Let's Have Fun' Curriculum.

    Let's Have Fun Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Development Stages
    • Pro-Ed Normal Language Development Chart
    • Stage 1 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2a Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2b Communication in ASD
    • Stage 3 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 4 Communication in ASD
    • Problem Solving: Attention Issues
    • Problem Solving: Communication Issues
    • Problem Solving: Group Learning Issues
    • Problem Solving: Organisation Issues
    • Environmental Effects on Level of Arousal
    • Learning Through The Senses

    Arrival Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas - 42 Activity Ideas
    • Activity Ideas - Level 1 Activities

    Circle Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs
    • Photo Images (Link to LetHaveFun_TeachFA_CTPhotoImg.pdf)
    • Video clips (doc not available yet)

    Cooking

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Level 1 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Resource
    • Level 2 Resource
    • Sensory Play Ideas
    • 42 Activity Ideas

    Language

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas (Link to Zoo_TeachFA_LActIdea.pdf)
    • Term Vocabulary
    • Photos: A4
    • Photos: Action Songs
    • Photos: Nouns
    • Photos: Sequence
    • Photos: Thumbnails
    • Photos: Verbs
    • Symbols: Fun Fair
    • Symbols: Playing Toys
    • Symbols: In the Park
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Movement Action Images

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis
    • Books: I can Play
    • Books: I Like
    • Books: I Play
    • Books: Look
    • Books: This is

    Snack Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Snack Time Pictures
    • Article on 16 PECS Short Hand

    Table Activity Centres

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sensory Play Ideas
    • Table Top Activities
    • Choice Board (Link to Zoo_TeachFA_TACChoiceBoard.pdf)
    • Threading
    • Lotto Board: 4L Play with Toys (Link to LetHaveFun_TeachFA_TACLottoBoard.zip)
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  • Let's Have Fun

    Let's Have Fun

    Let's Have Fun Theme

    All typically developing children learn diverse and complex skills through play.

    Play activities can be used to engage a child emotionally and foster interpersonal interaction.

    If symbolic play can be taught, it may aid conceptual and cognitive ability and improve opportunities to socially engage with others.

    Teaching play skills helps to prepare our children for leisure skills later in life.

    We will focus on understanding toys and functional sequences related to play in the teaching focus areas.

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  • Zoo Teaching Focus Areas

    Zoo Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'Zoo' Curriculum.

    Zoo Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Normal Development Guidelines
    • Pro-Ed Normal Language Development Chart
    • Stage 1 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2a Communication in ASD
    • Stage 2b Communication in ASD
    • Stage 3 Communication in ASD
    • Stage 4 Communication in ASD
    • Problem Solving: Attention Issues
    • Problem Solving: Communication Issues
    • Problem Solving: Group Learning Issues
    • Problem Solving: Organisation Issues
    • Environmental Effects on Level of Arousal
    • Learning Through The Senses

    Arrival Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description (Link to Zoo_TeachFA_ARSkillDesc.pdf - damaged file)
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Circle Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs
    • Rehearsal Book Ideas (Link to Zoo_TeachFA_CTBkIdeas.pdf - damaged file)
    • Action Photos
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Cooking

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Level 1 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Resource
    • Level 2 Resource
    • Sensory Play Ideas
    • 50 Activity Ideas
    • Imaginative Bear Play

    Language

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity Ideas
    • Theme Vocabulary
    • Photos: Singapore Zoo Scenes "What?"
    • Photos: Singapore Zoo Scenes "Where?"
    • Photos: Singapore Zoo Scenes "Who?"
    • Photos:Zoo Animals
    • Vocab: Adjectives
    • Vocab: Commenting Phrases
    • Vocab: Concepts
    • Vocab: Functional Communication
    • Vocab: Nouns-Animals
    • Vocab: Nouns-Body Parts
    • Vocab: Nouns-Classroom
    • Vocab: People
    • Vocab: Verbs
    • Vocab: Verbs-Instructions
    • Video Clips (doc not available yet)

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Activity Description (Link to Zoo_TeachFA_M&MActivityDesc.pdf - file damaged)
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Movement Action Images
    • Sensory and Communication Strategies

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis

    Snack Time

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Snack Time Pictures
    • Snack Time Book
    • Snack Time Book: Homework Record Sheet
    • Article on 16 PECS Short Hand

    Table Activity Centres

    • Activity Description
    • Skills Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Choice Board
    • Threading
    • Lotto Boards
    Read more...
  • Zoo

    Zoo

    Children with autism have many different interests and obsessions. Amongst these often is a strong interest in different types of animals!

    Zoo

    Almost every child in Singapore will have visited the Singapore Zoo...and most, many times!

    The zoo allows our children to observe and interact with animals in a safe and exciting way.

    In working with our children's interests in a thematic way, we are able to:

    • Engage and motivate
    • Create a meaningful context for the learning of new skills
    • Work on IEP goals, and reinforce learning across different activities on the same theme

    We will focus on understanding zoo animals, and functional sequences related to going to the zoo in the teaching focus areas.

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  • Transportation Teaching Focus Areas

    Transportation Teaching Focus Areas

    The following teaching focus areas provide activities and ideas for teaching skills in the 'Transportation' Curriculum!

    Transportation Teaching Focus Areas

    Teaching Focus Areas

    • Introduction
    • Teacher's Resources
    • Arrival Routine
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Circle Time
    • Cooking
    • Departure Routine
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Language
    • Maths
    • Music & Movement
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Reading & Writing
    • Snack Time
    • Table Activity Centres

    Introduction

    • Overview of the Theme & Scheme of Works

    Teacher's Resources

    • Stage 1 to 4 communication in ASD

    Arrival Routine

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Sample Arrival Booklet

    Arts & Crafts

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • 50 Activity Ideas
    • Level 1 Let's Play

    Circle Time

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Action Songs: Verbs
    • Circle Time Songs

    Cooking

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis

    Departure Routine

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis

    Indoor Play Area

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Activity: Level 1 Let's Play
    • Activity: Play Handouts
    • Activity: Play - Level 1 Resources
    • Activity: Play - Level 2 Resources
    • Activity: Transport Theme - 50 Activity Ideas!

    Language

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Theme Vocabulary
    • Photos - Nouns: Real Life Transport
    • Photos - Nouns: Conepts
    • Photos - Nouns: Whole
    • Photos - Nouns: Toys
    • Photos - Sequences
    • Photos - Verbs
    • Symbols

    Maths

    • Activity & Skill Description

    Music & Movement

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Resources: Movement Action Images
    • Action Songs

    Outdoor Play Area

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis

    Reading & Writing

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Reading Task Analysis
    • Writing Task Analysis
    • Sample Book: I Can Play
    • Sample Book: I Go
    • Sample Book: I Like
    • Sample Book: Look
    • Sample Book: This is

    Snack Time

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Resources: Picture Communication Systems
    • Resources: Homework Record Sheet
    • Resources: Snack Time at School
    • Resources: Snack Time

    Table Activity Centres

    • Skills Description
    • Activity Description
    • Task Analysis
    • Vehicle Lotto Board
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  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Transportation is an important part of the way we live our lives. On a daily basis we need to negotiate travel in cars, buses, trains, airplanes, motorbikes and more!

    Transportation

    All about Transportation

    Young children with autism are often very attracted to the predictable nature of transportation.

    Buses and trains follow the same route and have the same operations each time with tickets, bells and stops.

    Early play with cars and trains often involves spinning of wheels. As imagination develops, children will learn to play-act their experiences with transport.

    As our children get older they will need to learn to use a variety of forms of transport. This is an important life skill.

    We will focus on understanding different forms of transportation and the functional sequences around using transport in the teaching focus areas.

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  • Curriculum Series

    Curriculum Series

    There is a series of 6 curriculum themes. Each theme is designed to cover a minimum 1 term duration.

    Curriculum Series

    Teaching Focus Areas

    Within each theme there are a number of teaching focus areas.

    These areas are representative of the typical experiences of a preschool child.

    Goals contained in each child's IEP are taught within these contexts.

    Each teaching focus area consists of a skills and activity description guide.

    Additional materials, worksheets, photos and activities are included for teachers to download at their leisure!

    ARC Thematic Curriculum Series

    • Transportation
    • Zoo
    • Let's have Fun
    • Water
    • My School
    • My Community
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  • Thematic Curriculum

    Thematic Curriculum

    The WeCAN EIP Thematic Curriculum Series provides a framework for matching teaching steps to the child's learning ability.

    When children learn at their ability level, they have more success in understanding, doing and applying what they have learnt.

    Using the thematic curriculum, teachers can positively influence the development of skills in the key autism areas of:

    • social interaction
    • social communication
    • flexibility & ability to cope with changes

    Our goals is to help the young child with autism to become more aware of himself, others, and the learning environment.

    Thematic Curriculum

    Ideally teachers may exploit the routine experiences of each teaching focus area to:

    • facilitate new learning
    • generalise and apply mastered skills
    • provide opportunities for spontaneous initiation of communication
    • engineer successful interaction with peers
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  • Preschool Curriculum

    The WeCAN EIP Preschool Curriculum

    Children with autism are taught skills according to their individualised education plan (IEP). The WeCAN EIP Preschool Curriculum provides a context to teach IEP goals in a meaningful way.

    Preschool Curriculum

    Thematic Curriculum

    The WeCAN EIP Thematic Curriculum is organised into a variety of Teaching Focus Areas. Each teaching focus area addresses the following components:

    • The child's needs
    • The environment
    • Differentiated learning activities
    • Autism teaching tools
    • Measuring progress

    The Thematic Curriculum Series consists of 6 separate themes that have been designed to appeal to young children with autism.

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  • EIP Inclusion Manual

    EIP Inclusion Manual

    Young children with autism will differ from their peers in a variety of ways. They may present with stronger rote abilities and be able to complete jigsaws and do colouring with ease. However, because of their autism they are likely to have difficulties in key areas such as communication, play, organisation and learning in a group.

    The task for the inclusion teacher is to recognise her student's strengths and weaknesses and provide learning supports to make learning an enjoyable and successful experience.

    The EIP Inclusion Support Manual provides an overview and examples of autism supports for the EIP classroom context.

    Title and Contents Page

    Teaching the Classroom Physical Structure

    Teaching the Classroom Physical Structure - Examples

    Teaching Classroom Routines

    Teaching Classroom Routines - Examples

    Teaching students to learn independently

    Teaching students to learn independently - Examples

    Assisting students to remain calm and regulated

    Assisting students to remain calm and regulated - Examples

    Teaching key social skills

    Teaching key social skills - Examples

    Prompting Functional Communication

    Promoting Functional Communication - Examples

    Supporting Play routines

    Supporting Play routines - Examples

    Understanding and Managing Difficult Behaviour

    Understanding and Managing Difficult Behaviour - Examples

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  • Best Practices

    Best Practices

    Success in an inclusive preschool classroom environment will depend on:

    • The school developing a policy on inclusion that is based on an understanding of inclusion 'best practices' in autism
    • Teachers being trained in understanding autism and its effect on classroom learning
    • Teachers being guided through the assessment and goal planning process by people knowledgeable in autism
    • The child with autism being taught the foundation skills to be successful in an inclusion class
    • The child with autism to be comprehensively prepared for transition to the inclusion class
    Best Practices Poster

    For a better understanding of inclusion best practices and what is inclusion, teachers may reference the website and video by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) Pennsylvania Department of Education is available at URL:

    1. Inclusive Practices Webpage
    2. Inclusive Schools Video
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  • Inclusion

    Inclusion

    Successful inclusion is dependent on a WHOLE SCHOOL commitment to an inclusive curriculum. Inclusion Best Practices focuses on supporting the young child with autism to feel safe, secure, and successful within the mainstream learning context.

    At the preschool level, there are a number of generic strategies and supports that are appropriate for almost all young children with autism. Teachers may download the ARC(S) EIP Inclusion Support Manual which explains 'How to' implement strategies with lots of practical application photo examples!

    Inclusive Classroom

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  • Approaches used in Singapore (older version)

    Approaches Used in Singapore

    Intervention services for young children with autism in SIngapore generally encompass a variety of autism-specific approaches to teaching various skills e.g. Structured Teaching, ABA, Floortime, Hanen, RDI.

    There is also a focus on remediating specific deficits in speech, language & communication, social skills, occupational skills (play and activity) and motor / sensory integration issues.

    Most of the intervention for pre-school years appears to take place either in private settings or through specialised early intervention programmes. The majority of intervention tends to be 1:1, with limited group programmes available for different levels and ages of children.

    Amongst service providers there appears to be wide variation in:

    • Understanding of autism
    • Philosophy & guiding principles
    • Integrity of methods and approaches

    In Singapore, Blending Approaches is commonly undertaken within early intervention programmes and in special education.

    ARC(S) Position Statement

    Because of the wide variation in the presentation of autism needs, it is unlikely that one intervention approach will benefit all children equally.

    Substantial research shows that specific treatments may be successful in achieving certain short-term goals, but may not on their own address all the complex learning needs of a child with autism as he/she grows and changes.

    In our experience, focusing exclusively on one approach or method of instruction, which might temporarily produce a result, could ultimately restrict a child's growth in other areas such as learning in a group, generalising skills, or developing skills in the 'hidden curriculum' (non-academic areas).

    We strongly advise that methods and approaches in autism early intervention should:

    • Be respectful and accepting of each child's learning differences and preferences
    • Be prescribed according to individualised assessed needs (autism learning profile)
    • Reflect elements of an effective early intervention programme
    • Focus on long-term outcomes of independence, self-determination and quality of life
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  • Alternative or Popular Approaches

    Alternative or Popular Approaches

    In addition to the standard developmental and behavioural approaches to educating young children, there are other interventions that purport to manage or cure various symptoms of autism:

    • Biomedical approaches, e.g. GFCF diet, vitamin therapy and supplements
    • Psychopharmacological approaches, e.g. drugs, hormone treatment
    • Alternative or complementary approaches, e.g. cranio-sacral massage, music therapy, auditory integration therapy

    Guidance for selection of alternative treatments is important, given the considerable family commitment and cost involved in many treatments.

    Additional Web Resources

    NAS-UK fact sheets on alternative treatments

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  • Methods and Approaches

    Methods and Approaches

    There is no standard treatment for autism. When selecting approaches to use to teach children with autism, the approaches must match the student's assessed needs - which may change over time.

    At ARC(S), we recognise that children with autism display highly individualised learning styles and needs. As such we believe NO ONE method or approach will suit all children.

    An individualised and comprehensive autism learning profile is the key to prescribing the 'best' approach or methodology for teaching priority skills.

    Methods and Approaches

    In Singapore, there are many treatments and approaches that aim to facilitate improvement in different symptoms or features of autism.

    Research suggests that Behaviour-Based Approaches provide 'better' and more reliable outcomes. Alternative Treatment Approaches are not as well-researched or proven to improve symptoms of autism, but appear to be popular in this very diverse population.

    It is important that teachers familiarise themselves with the facts regarding various treatments and approaches.

    Dr Patricia Howlin discusses and compares a variety of treatment approaches in her NAS presentation "Assessing the effectiveness of early intervention programmes for young children with autism" (2005) available on the NAS website http://www.nas.org.uk.

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  • Key Resources

    Key Resources

    The skilled autism teacher will develop a personal resource kit for teaching young children with autism.

    Usually, but not exclusively, this will consist of materials and resources in the following areas:

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  • Group Planning

    Group Planning

    Teaching young children with autism in a group-learning context requires systematic planning.

    Generally the teacher is required to:

    • Communicate with team members
    • Schedule what, where, how, when, and with whom each student will learn
    • Prepare materials, data gathering & documentation routines
    Group Planning

    Sample Group Planning Resources:

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  • Visual Supports Manual

    Visual Supports Manual

    Individuals with autism are often described as "visual learners" or "visual thinkers".

    The goal of visual supports is to provide supports to learning that make sense to the young child with autism. Visual supports can be used for a variety of learning situations, such as supporting understanding, scaffolding expression and reducing distractions.

    Visual supports are viewed as a prompt that may be faded or reduced as the child becomes more successful in his environment, although some children may need such support for longer than others.

    There is a wide array of visual supports that can be used in the home, at school, and in the community. The ARC(S) Visual Supports Manual is a practical reference for the classroom teacher on how to incorporate visually structured teaching strategies into learning situations.

    Visual Supports Manual

    Visual Supports Manual

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  • 1:1 Planning

    In preparing for 1:1 direct teaching sessions, teachers are required to link information from various sources to decide 'What' and "How' to teach.

    The fundamental goal of direct teaching is creating and repeatedly practicing personally meaningful learning experiences across learning areas. Joint attention is the key.

    Working with family carers and other members of the team ensures consistency of approach and reinforcement of goals and methods.

    1:1 Planning

    A direct teaching session can be a very 'intense' social experience for a young child with autism.

    Session planning routinely covers:

    • Consistent engagement
    • Empowerment through choice making
    • A good balance between practicing old skills and introducing new skills for a sense of competency
    • Opportunities for reciprocal communication

    Key Planning Resources:

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