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PA Gathering: Advice to My Younger Self

Recording from the PA Gathering webinar held on January 20, 2022.

Resources to Accompany Topic Discussion

Autism Interaction and Communication Guide

Resources for professionals on Executive Functioning, Emotional Regulation, Theory of Mind, Sensory Differences, and general communication with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Communication Works Both Ways

This resource provides information for direct support staff about the communication needs of individuals with autism, particularly those individuals who have spoken language.

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Be Safe: Relationships Social Story, Parts 1-6

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information on different types of relationships such as friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, strangers and acquaintances.

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Building a Relationship of Mutual Respect

This specific resource provides professionals with information on building relationships with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Starting an Autism Support/Self-Advocacy Group

Support/Advocacy groups are a great way to learn from others’ experiences, discover local resources, and stay informed about things that are happening in your community. There are lots of different kinds of support/advocacy groups that meet different needs. If you are interested in starting a support or self-advocacy group, the information below will give you some guidance.

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How to Be a Good Parent Advocate

All parents naturally want to be good advocates for their children. There are a few steps you can take to help you be more effective.

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Social Skills Resources for Individuals with Autism

Challenges with social skills and social situations are a core characteristic of autism. These resources provide useful information, tips, and suggestions on ways to help teach and improve social skills. Resources focus on basic conversation skills, employment settings, and even dating.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.