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Interactive Curriculum

Our one-of-kind curriculum contains a series of highly synthesized video animation modules providing modeled instruction. Each lesson includes a simulated online environment for guided and independent practice of skill development.

The Autism Expressed carefully structured curriculum utilizes Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Domains as well as principles of ABA. Each module is organized by standard-aligned objectives that measure skill mastery.

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Progress Monitoring

Each teacher licensed will receive a facilitator account with tools to track student progress and generate reports based on measurable and standard aligned objectives. Teachers use this data to inform instruction and the development of transition goals.

This data also lends to a personalized learning experience for students as they progress through the curriculum. Progress reports can be generated and shared with Individualized Educational Program team members such as parents and therapist.

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Professional Development

While Autism Expressed is specifically designed to engage students to learn and practice digital life-skills, teachers are simultaneously gaining access to unlimited resources to support behavioral, social and communicative development as well as functional, occupational and academic achievement.

Professional development allows teachers to use their new tools along with new sets of data to support student transition in developing the technological & vocational skills relevant to the digital age as well as a dynamic understanding of common digital age communication skills.

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The Autism Expressed Learning System is specifically designed to engage students in learning and practicing digital life-skills, simultaneously gaining access to unlimited resources to support behavioral, social and communicative development as well as functional, occupational and academic achievement.

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Socialization

In addition to skill development, we address the more specific nuances of a learner with autism. We know that students with Autism often struggle with reciprocity in socialization and this can generalize when dealing with online communication modes. The Autism Expressed curriculum explicitly demystifies the nuances of digital and social media, as well as internet etiquette.

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We Prioritize Safety

The curriculum prioritizes and reinforces safety, teaching students to distinguish private information from public information and therefore, how to appropriately share on the internet. Additionally, students learn to recognize and respond to internet threats such as spam or ‘phishing’ (when someone is trying to garner private information such as bank account information or email address) and cyber-bullying.

Plus, our platform provides simulated environments so our students can practice their new skills in a safe environment before they venture out independently onto the internet.

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Scope and Sequence

The curriculum includes four modules, each with a series of lessons that require the user to develop increased levels of digital literacy, incrementally. Lessons are short with extensive repetition. At the end of each lesson, students will demonstrate skill mastery by completing an activity before moving on the next lesson. In our world of constantly changing technologies, Autism Expressed will keep on top of the trends for you, constantly updating our lessons and adding new ones on relevant ideas.

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Who is it for?

The Autism Expressed curriculum was carefully designed by experts in the area of autism, education, and technology. Our system is unique in it’s ability to reach a broad range of diagnoses and “functioning” levels (including limited and non-verbal students).

Autism Expressed is used in a variety of educational settings; from second grade self-contained autistic support classrooms, to the DC Public Library’s Adult Service Programs–and everywhere in between!!

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Autism Expressed seeks to level the playing field, giving all students the ability to express themselves and interact in the digital world. Our methods are proven successful for students of all abilities and starting points. While your students might already be using the internet, our program seeks to provide a sound digital literacy, ultimately including certifications that will prepare them for life past your classroom.

Our platform is also effective for the following special education categories:

  • Speech and Language
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Developmental Delay
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
*(Our brand is not embedded in our platform, so any student can use it.)

 

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In the U.S., 1 in 50 students have autism, a statistic up from 1 in 150 students in 2007. While we are seeing an increase in outcomes from early intervention, there are little to no resources dedicated to the formative needs of adolescents with Autism, and nothing to improve transition outcomes in a technology driven society and economy.In fact, more than 50% of students with an ASD, who had left high school in the past 2 years had no participation in employment or postsecondary education (Pediatrics 2012; 129:1042–1049). cdc chart Digital skills are increasingly imperative to independence, as well as provide a multitude of job prospects for students.

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Technological literacy is an essential component of job readiness, citizenry, and life skills. Baker & O'Neil, 2003

The lack of access to these essential skills is creating a critical barrier to progress during transition planning and limiting postsecondary outcomes for these students, further supporting an existing paradigm of pigeonholing students with autism into unemployment or low-wage paying jobs. Not to have the opportunity to develop these essential skills is to be denied access to and participation in the most vital information and communication modalities of today’s society.

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Autism Expressed is the only scalable curriculum making digital media literacy accessible to students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Implementing the Autism Expressed Curriculum will lead to increased digital literacy skills, a critical skill area needed for improved transition outcomes for students with disabilities to obtain further training and education.

Progress Monitoring

Data, data, data! With the Autism Expressed facilitator account, each teacher licensed will be able to track student progress and generate reports based on measurable and standard aligned objectives.

Our pre-implementation assessments allow teachers to quickly and conveniently collect baseline data. Generating a progress report is as easy as clicking a button–literally. Autism Expressed already includes software analytics that evaluate student mastery of each unit’s objective, while identifying of weakness.

With easy progress reporting, team members can identify new areas of strength and use data to inform instruction and to develop personalized transition goals.

Autism Expressed was developed in a special education classroom, by a special education teacher, it is designed for you!

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Teacher Resource Portal

To ensure that Autism Expressed is making the greatest possible impact in your educational environment, we developed an extensive library of digital resources to reinforce learning objectives while creating an engaging educational environment. Make your teaching social with games designed to facilitate peer engagement and communication. The Autism Expressed’s Teacher Resource portal includes differentiated activities to support all levels and abilities of development.

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With new tools and new sets of data, teachers use data to inform instruction, develop personalized transition planning goals and create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, expressive communication and active engagement in learning and self-motivation.

Badge System

Autism Expressed’s research based rewarded system, engages, motivates and reinforces student achievement. The imagery from each badge is designed to evoke the visual/verbal association to key concepts and vocabulary. Teachers can incorporate this system into their classroom management system or behavior modification program.

Autism Expressed’s research based Tactile Reward System supplements our virtual badges to engage, motivate and reinforce student achievement within the classroom environment. The tactile rewards package includes a booklet of Achievement Badge Stickers and wall charts for each student. Teachers can incorporate this system into their classroom management or behavior modification program.

badges These tangible, token reinforcers are given upon mastery of a unit objective and are awarded as a milestone, motivating the student to work towards mastering his next objective.

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It’s easy to use

We understand the heavy demands on educators today. That is why we designed a system that has done the all work for you. All lesson content and materials have already been designed. To make it even easier, we will send you an email with supplemental content when you need it and based on the progress your students are making. Supplements all already differentiated so you have a variety of resources to accommodate all levels of development.

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Autism Expressed was developed in a special education classroom, by a special education teacher. Our program is designed to be easy to implement and effective for all styles of learning. !

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Professional Development

With a new set of tools and new sets of data, teachers are empowered to improve the transition outcomes for their students.

As a teacher or therapist in an Autism Expressed classroom, you will be empowered to facilitate digital literacy lessons under well researched and proven methods. We provide on-demand professional development as your students go through the lessons. As a facilitator, you will have the ability to learn beside your students, with access to all lessons from email to coding. Each time a student completes a lesson or section, you will receive an email with teaching tips on how to reinforce these lessons in the classroom or one on one, providing you ultimately with a library of resources for teaching digital literacy.

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We put a great importance on the development of our teacher’s digital literacy curriculum as well as the student’s. Autism Expressed can extend our development resources with hands-on inservice trainings. An experienced Autism Expressed facilitator will receive an Autism Expressed Digital Literacy Certification, indicating that you are proficient in facilitating the digital life skills curriculum and providing you with a new set tools to reach new heights as a teacher. As digital life skills become more central in student’s overall curriculum, our program will help you stay ahead of the game!

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Research

Autism Expressed is specifically designed to engage students in learning and practicing digital life-skills, simultaneously gaining access to unlimited resources to support behavioral, social and communicative development as well as functional, occupational and academic achievement.

In 2012, The Wharton School of Business surveyed parents, school administrators and therapists regarding their perceived value of Autism Expressed’s services in supporting transition. The survey provided favorable results with 90% of respondents indicating that the digital literacy skills provided by Autism Expressed are important to increasing transition outcomes. wharton chart As children with an ASD now grow up in an era of advocacy, early identification, and early and intensive interventions and therapies, many of today’s youth with an ASD may find themselves better prepared for college (Hart et al. 2010).

Our goal is to increase the overall productivity and ultimately the learning and earning potential for these individuals by allotting a portfolio of marketable digital media skills and the ability to showcase skills. “If the predication for STEM interests among youth with autism is accurate and ASDs are on the rise, then the number of individuals with an ASD entering STEM fields in the future appears likely to increase.” Key components of this product will lend to preparing students for STEM fields and related employment opportunities at technology-based employment opportunities like those provided by Specialisterne, and companies to come thereafter. The ultimate outcomes results in a greater sense of empowerment and autonomy as well as increased earning and learning potential for students as they pursue post-secondary educational goals.

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For example, the Autism Expressed curriculum teaches students how to use free communication technologies, like Google Calendar, in time and task management, a life skill used for work and socialization. Teachers develop students’ technological and vocational skills relevant to the digital age as well as a dynamic understanding of common digital age communication skills. The Autism Expressed Curriculum teaches students how to create and maintain their own blog. Blogging incorporates a variety of didactic aid; inciting low interest in writing, developing communication and functional skills through visual-verbal connections using multimedia, engaging students through design to promote sequencing and serving teachers as an assessment tool.

With new tools and new sets of data, teachers use data to inform instruction, develop personalized transition planning goals and create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, expressive communication and active engagement in learning and self-motivation.

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