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The Resource Room will remain closed until further notice 
We are offering some services and support through our virtual resource room and web based platforms. Emails are being responded to by:
 
Anne Hall: annehall@illinois.edu 
Linda Tortorelli: ltortore@illinois.edu
Resource room number: 217.244.1395

(Please leave a message. We will return calls)

 
Our friends just call us TAP.  We focus on facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.  Find more information about TAP on our website or follow us:
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Funding is provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Dept. of Human Services
 

Summer ZOOM Group Opportunities @ TAP
REGISTER TODAY!

Zoom groups for Children & Adolescents - FREE

Social Thinking & Me  ages 9 – 12 years  with Joan Gorsuch, M.Ed.
Registration: gorsuch@illinois.edu
Starts Tuesdays June 2 for 8 weeks
Tuesdays from 3 – 4 pm
We teach social thinking skills ranging from perspective taking, which is understanding that others have “thoughts” separate from our own, to interpreting and responding to the nuances of verbal and non-verbal communication. Parent participation required.
 
UCLA PEERS for Central Illinois ages rising 8th gr. – high school seniors
Registration: gorsuch@illinois.edu
Starts Wednesdays June 3 for 8 weeks
Wednesdays from 4 – 5:15 pm
Joan Storey Gorsuch, M.Ed., UCLA PEERS ® certified provider, we bring together students of similar ages and abilities for weekly group meetings via ZOOM. PEERS ® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is an evidence based social skills intervention for motivated teens who are interested in making and keeping friends. Parents attend a short session at the beginning and end of the weekly meetings and are taught how to assist their teen on how to make and keep friends. Parent participation required.
 
Executive Function Zoom Groups for rising 6th – 9th graders
Jeanne Kramer SLPD CCC-SLP
Registration: jjkramer@illinois.edu
Starts Thursday June 4 for 8 weeks
Thursdays from 10 -11:30 am & 2 – 3 pm
Participants will be placed in groups according to age and needs
Late or missing assignments? Disorganized binders and backpacks? Hard time getting started? Emotional melt-downs over homework? These issues and more will be covered.
 

Social Thinking® Parent and Professional Training

By: Joan Storey Gorsuch, M.Ed

2 Part Training – Wednesdays

Free: Register at  https://go.illinois.edu/SocialThinking

Information: gorsuch@illinois.edu

Part 1 – May 20, 7 – 8 pm                  Part 2 – May 27, 7 – 8 pm

A brief overview of the Social Thinking ® Methodology. This two- part series with Joan Storey Gorsuch, M.Ed., explores “What is Social Thinking?” Students with conditions such as High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Verbal or Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, or those with no specific diagnosis but struggle with social interactions, often lack the innate ability to think through and succeed in everyday social situations. For many of them, social thinking must be learned and practiced. Unlike most social skills groups, Social Thinking® addresses the underlying reasons as to why we are social.

 

Executive Function Classroom Strategies for

Educational Professionals (All Welcome)

By: Dr. Jeanne Kramer SLPD, CCC-SLP

5 Wednesdays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

June 3 – July 1

CEU’s Available for Select Professions

Information: jjkramer@illinois.edu

FREE: Register HERE

https://go.illinois.edu/classroom_strategies_executive_function

FREE Professional and Parent Trainings

Social Thinking® Parent and Professional Training

By: Joan Storey Gorsuch, M.Ed

2 Part Training – Wednesdays

Free: Register at  https://go.illinois.edu/SocialThinking

Information: gorsuch@illinois.edu

Part 1 – May 20, 7 – 8 pm                  
Part 2 – May 27, 7 – 8 pm

A brief overview of the Social Thinking ® Methodology. This two- part series with Joan Storey Gorsuch, M.Ed., explores “What is Social Thinking?” Students with conditions such as High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Verbal or Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, or those with no specific diagnosis but struggle with social interactions, often lack the innate ability to think through and succeed in everyday social situations. For many of them, social thinking must be learned and practiced. Unlike most social skills groups, Social Thinking® addresses the underlying reasons as to why we are social.

 

Executive Function Classroom Strategies for

Educational Professionals (All Welcome)

By: Dr. Jeanne Kramer SLPD, CCC-SLP

5 Wednesdays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

June 3 – July 1

CEU’s Available for Select Professions

Information: jjkramer@illinois.edu

Free:  Register HERE

 

Autism Speaks Covid 19 Information and Resources
Understood - Corona virus News and Tools
OAR - Seminar on Crisis and Safety in the ASD Poplulation
Covid-19 for the Disability Community
Mental Health and Anxiety during Covid-19
Plain Language Information on Social Distancing 

FREE On line Autism Educational Websites:  These on line trainings are a great way to learn about strategies and interventions that are helpful for people on the autism spectrum.

Autism Internet Modules The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

Autism Navigator -  A unique collection of web-based tools and courses that uses extensive video footage to bridge the gap between science and community practice.

The National Professional Development Center 

NPDC has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

Websites for Free Pictures, Social Stories, Other Activities


Indiana Resource Center - Many great supports

Infinite Reach: excellent visual supports.

Practical Autism Resources - Printable

Living Well with Autism : variety of visual supports plus safety aids

Geneva Centre for Autism. Variety of visual supports & video that teaches how to use them.

Visual tools and cue cards.

do2learn -Games, stories, visuals, educational materials

Autism Classroom
Find out helpful information about Autism, online trainings, request consultative support, download tons of free materials, post a question, message the Chatboard message board, and listen to audio podcasts.

Set BC Provides a wealth of classroom resources and training modules on assistive technology. Click on “Picture Set” for visuals which can be found in the middle column under “Our Students”. Dental vocabulary and Public vs Private activity

Building Blox - Offers specialized teaching tools for teachers of students with developmental disabilities. Their products are developed by  experienced classroom special education teachers and speech therapists. Products from other sources are also featured. Structured Task Ideas

ABA Resources Provides practical resource materials for families and professionals using educational strategies for children with autism. Facilitates the delivery ABA services to families through the provision of resource materials at a free and/or affordable cost.

Pic Search
Search the web for images. An image search service with more than 3,000,000,000 pictures.

Noblesville Schools : common visual for schools and social stories

Head start inclusion: social stories with Spanish translations.

5 Point Scale
 

Websites for social stories

ABA Resources

The Watson Institute- Resources https://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/resources/behavior-stories/ PowerPoint on how to use schedules http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu (click on “practical strategies”) http://speakingofspeech.com - go to “Materials Exchange” and then “Social Pragmatics” http://www.ksdetasn.org –go to “Resources” and then search for “Social Narratives”

Social Stories for Special Needs Kids

Sesame Street and Autism
 

Website for social skill training ideas, strategies and visuals

 Autism Teaching Strategies – Lots of free, downloadable, social skills visuals, tips and lesson ideas. Great for anyone leading social skill groups.-

Michelle Garcia Winner – Social Thinking
 

 

 

Free On-line learning Opportunities about ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Click Here

Autism Certification Center
ASD Strategies in Action: Real-Life, Practical, Evidence-Based
Many Faces of Autism - a free course that will introduce you to characteristics of ASD

Click Here

OAR Organization for Autism Research publishes and provides free resources to support families, educators, and clinical professionals. This page includes a complete list of all of the resources we offer to individuals and families at no cost.
Click Here

Autism Speaks Tool Kits are free resources on topics ranging from toilet training and new diagnoses to housing and post secondary education
Click Here
 

Area Support Groups

Which one is for you?

CU Autism Network - SPRING WALK IS CANCELLED
Facebook group

CU Able
Facebook group.
Parent Network Meeting
Description: Open meeting/discussion for all parents of kids with disabilities.  Meet other parents who "get it".  
 
Puzzled Minds 

Danville area support group for families and professionals.    For more information contact puzzledmindsvermco@gmail.com

Adults on the Spectrum
This groups meets once each month to  talk and socialize together. Members currently range in age from the early twenties to the fifties. All are welcome!
Check out Facebook page.

Vermilion-Iroquois Disability Connection 
 Meets every last Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm at Hoopeston First Church of God. 
Call or text Margo -(815)471-0828
Facebook page

Community Choices
Options for support for family members with adult children with Developmental Disabilities as well as free groups for adult members
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