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Educators and parents of children with Autism and other special needs are often challenged to find appropriate teaching materials. We hope the resources, suggestions and links you find here will be helpful. Feel free to explore using the links on the left.

Children with special needs often require extra help to learn to play with toys. The new PlaySteps® books teach constructive play, step by step and are recommended for children 3-8 years old. The books have been field tested for two years with students with autism and multiple disabilities and provide a helpful tool for parents and teachers targeting independent play skills.

To learn more about PlaySteps®, click here.


Educators recognize the need to provide individualized and effective programs based on current skill levels. Whether in public or private school or in the context of a full inclusion classroom, good teaching begins with appropriate assessment. Basic Skills Checklists are an efficient and effective tool for determining skills and monitoring progress for students in the pre-school to elementary grades. Created over many years in the classroom, the checklists have proven useful in identifying and prioritizing objectives. With regular updates, the checklists are a valuable resource as the child transitions from one grade or school to the next. To learn more about the Basic Skills Checklists, click here.

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