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January 2016 News & Events

Autism Resources

Happy New Year! As we embark on 2016, we want to thank our subscribers from around the world for taking time each month to read this e-newsletter. Our goal is to provide you with resources (e.g., visual supports, Apps, webinars, technology, articles) that have proven effective with our students at Monarch Center for Autism. We hope you're able to use these resources to benefit your own students/children. As we begin a new year, we'd also like to familiarize you with the vast array of autism services provided by Monarch Center for Autism. Please learn more by viewing our NEW VIDEO and contact us if we can help.

The Art of Using Visual Supports

Visual Supports are one of the 27 evidence-based practices (EBPs) identified by scientific researchers as being an effective intervention for individuals with autism. However, in order to successfully use a visual support, you must first assess what level of visual representation a child understands. By meeting a child at his/her level, you promote greater understanding, retention and generalization. Below are examples of 5 different levels of visual representation of a common object, which are part of a lengthy Visual Representation Assessment developed by Monarch Center for Autism and Boston Children's Hospital. Please click on the links below to learn more about each of the 5 levels of representation. Once a child's level is determined, future visual supports should be created to reflect and build upon this level.
  1. Object to Object Matching
  2. 3-D Representation to Object Matching
  3. Photograph with No Background Detail to Object Matching
  4. Picture to Object Matching
  5. Line Drawing to Object Matching
  6. Labeling
  7. Greater Task Complexity

Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism

Apple Watch:
  • Connects with your iPhone and shares data from Apps
  • Uses features such as Tap or Messages, which enables you to prompt a student in a more socially appropriate way
  • Potential for multiple prompt types including physical (vibration), visual (images or messages), verbal/audio (built in speakers)
  • Has built in sensors to monitor things such as heart rate. Sensors allow for additional data to be tracked on the wearer, and may help wearer identify when s/he is upset
Amazon Echo:
  • Stand-alone, artificial intelligence (AI) device
  • Voice is known as Alexa
  • Place it around the house, office, classroom, etc. and it answers questions for you and acts as a personal assistant
  • Uses farfield technology so it hears you when you are not nearby
  • Amazon used Cloud services for AI functionality, enabling them to add more features over time
Learn more by watching Monarch Center for Autism's archived webinar entitled "Current & Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism: Building Communication & Education Skills."

NEW Monarch Video

When your child attends Monarch School or lives in our therapeutic residential treatment cottages, they are part of the Monarch family - and we become a part of yours. Take a few moments to view this video and hear from parents and staff about the Monarch difference and why our programs are so special.


Upcoming Webinars - Save the Dates!

March 17, 3-4pm EST
Webinar (online only)
Art & Music Therapy: The Value of Co-Treating Students with Autism  
Details & Registration 

April 14, 11am-12pm EST
Webinar (online only)
Integrating Autism & Mental Health Interventions with Behavioral Strategies
Details Coming Soon

April 28, 11am-12pm EST
Webinar (online only)
Using Visuals & Technology for De-escalation and Crisis Prevention
Details Coming Soon

May 18, 11am-12pm EST
Webinar (online only)
Autism in the Community: A Desensitization Approach
Details Coming Soon

** Please click here to view archived copies of Monarch's previous webinars. **
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