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  • It's Okay to Take a Break

    Posted by RISE Autism on 3/20/2023 1:00:00 PM

    It's Okay to Take a Break

    Are you nervous about traveling during spring and summer breaks? The Alabama Tourism Initiative to Enhance Sensory Awareness in Travel may be able to help. If you or someone in your life has been diagnosed with sensory sensitivities or is on the autism spectrum, you may be eligible to receive a FREE night stay at a certified Tourism ALL-a-Bama hotel. Visit www.tourismallabama.org for more information.

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  • Celebrate the Santa Magic

    Posted by RISE Autism on 11/22/2021

    Celebrate the Santa Magic in Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama

    Looking to celebrate the magic of Santa with lower volume, shorter lines, and less stress. Create Holiday Magic is hosting three opportunities in Alabama for pictures with Santa. For additional information on locations outside of Alabama, click the link: https://sensoryfriendly.createholidaymagic.com/

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  • Success Tips on Using AAC

    Posted by RISE Autism on 10/29/2021

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    There are two images and each image is holding three pictures of students working with AIDB's SLPs.

    Earlier this month, we celebrated Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month. AAC usage has proven to be great for many individuals diagnosed with ASD due to its visual and tactile nature. According to our SLP, Cathy Burke, "many times a combination of AAC approaches may be used to teach students to understand and use language more effectively." Take a look at how two of our SLPs use AAC to increase communication, even while pairing with ASL.

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  • AAC Awareness Month

    Posted by RISE Autism on 10/8/2021

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    October is AAC Awareness Month. AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) provides supports to children and adults with complex communication needs. In celebration of this month, SLP Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC - SLP has created a listing of some great resources from app developers who are providing discounts this month. Click the link to view the listing: https://bit.ly/AACAppSalesOct21

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  • Play! Learn! Grow!

    Posted by RISE Autism on 9/17/2021

    A light green background holding three polaroid images of 4-year-old, D'Andrei Ash, of Gadsden, Alabama.

    In the RISE Autism Program, we encourage play as our students learn and grow. "Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning." - Mr. Rogers

    RISE Autism has been collaborating with Jasmine Christion, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Jamie Saunders, ASD Preschool Teacher to work with a rising new student, D'Andrei Ash. We are so excited to see him play, learn, and grow!

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  • Share the Good! Share the Cheer!

    Posted by RISE Autism on 8/27/2021

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    A Reason to Cheer: You shared with a friend today!

    A Reason to Cheer: You waited your turn! Way to Go!

    A Reason to Cheer: You showed up to class on time!

    Here are some ways to reward positive behavior:

    • Reward often and immediately
    • Reward with something they like
    • Reward with social interaction (verbal praise, lunch with the principal, weekend dinner with friends, etc.)

    Have you caught your child or student doing "good" this week? Let's take some time to find the good and share the cheer!

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  • Thank you!

    Posted by RISE Autism on 8/14/2021

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    Accept. Understand. Love! We would like to thank everyone who supported our first t-shirt fundraiser. We truly appreciate each and everyone of you and hope you enjoy the shirts. A special thanks to all AIDB employees who wore their shirts yesterday to show their support for RISE Autism.

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  • Every Child Deserves a Champion

    Posted by RISE Autism on 7/30/2021

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    "Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be". - Rita Pierson

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  • Blast Off into the New School Year!

    Posted by RISE Autism on 7/23/2021

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    We're super excited to begin our countdown to the first day of school! Here in RISE Autism, we like to become familiar with each student's preferences. We can gain this information in various ways including observations, trial-based methods, or simply interviewing the student and/or their family.
    As we work on individualized programs and plans to promote student success, we want you to begin thinking about some of your child's preferences so that we can offer your child every opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
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  • Oh, the Places He will Go!

    Posted by RISE Autism on 7/22/2021

    picture of Mr. Robert wearing an autism shirt with Baby Yoda on it

    RISE Autism would like to congratulate Helen Keller School's Academic Director, Robert McLendon, on his upcoming retirement. Robert has always been very supportive of RISE Autism and the students we serve from his department. We will truly miss your dedication, partnership, and your constant willingness to always go above and beyond for your staff, students, and families here at AIDB.  To the new adventures that lie ahead, we wish happy endings for them all! Best Wishes and Happy Retirement!
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