Autism Awareness Month 2015

Autism awareness month 2

April is Autism Awareness Month and there are always many initiatives occurring to raise awareness. Along with the initiative amazing resources are available on the topic of Autism. Autism is one organization that provides information on ASD including free Tool Kits for families and stakeholders.  Among their free Tool Kits are several guides on  self-care skills and strategies. The kits provide practical information, visual communication materials, step by step visuals of the self care task, resources and video modeling of the task. Here are just a few of their Tool Kits that feature self-care tasks:

Tips for Successful Hair Cuts Training Guide


Parents Guide to Toilet Training in Autism


ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit for Teens and Young Children



Dental Tool Kit – Offers suggestions for dental care and dentist office visits including visual communication checklists. Information is also provided for Dental Professionals to help understand the unique needs of individuals with ASD. Numerous other resources are also available at this link on the subject.

Dental guide
My Healthy Smile iconMy Healthy Smile (iOS; 1.99) is an app that teaches oral health and eases anxiety recommended on the website. Recommendations of electronic books on the subject of dental care,  such as Sam the Sugar Bug (Android free; iOS free ) are also available.

Same and the Sugar Bug pic1 Android

Autism provides many other Tool Kit topics that are well worth checking out as resources to share with families and others supporting individuals with ASD.

More for your OT Tool Kit and Autism Awareness Month.


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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