GLEAN START Coaches Newsletter

March 2020

Corona virus edition

Hello START Coaches!

We had a regularly scheduled newsletter ready for you but recognize the need to adapt to our current times. We have been compiling resources to assist you, your students and your families in navigating this unique situation.

If you have any specific needs or concerns, please reach out to your ASD TC and we will do our best to find a resource or information to help you. We are all available by email. Please also consider sharing any additional resources or information you have with your ASD TC so that we can update this and share out more resources. Check back for updated resources by visiting the web version of this newsletter.

Thank you for all you are doing to support your students and families during this time. PLEASE share this out to colleagues and families!

Visuals & Social Stories

Distance Learning - What is it?

Social story geared towards elementary

Plain language information on Covid-19

8 page booklet - GREAT for secondary students and in 11 languages!

Covid-19 visuals and social stories

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

What you can and can't do

Red, Yellow and Green activities showing what you can and can't do during Stay at Home.

School Closure Kit

Visuals, token board and more

"Learning about Corona Virus" Social Story

from Carol Gray and Dr. Siobhan Timmins

"Pandemics & Corona Virus" Social Story

My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus written by Carol Gray

Covid-19 - I can help!

Carol Gray story about washing hands

Parent guides to learning at home

Spartan Caregiver Support

Spartan Caregiver Support aims to address this urgent need by providing caregivers with free informational support via phone, video chat, or other electronic media. This includes behavior support, communication supports, sleep concerns, and routines.

Family Matters: Navigating Time Away from School

From Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education

The Autism Helper - Emergency Home school kit

8 Weeks of Curriculum, Schedules & Training For Home Schooling During School Closings

GISD OT Resources for home, PreK - 12th grade

OT resources, video examples and links to Speech and Social Emotional Resources from GISD/Grand Blanc Ancillary staff

School Based Occupational Therapy Support

GISD Occupational Therapist resources for students and families

Gross Motor and Mobility Activities from GISD PTs

Home based gross motor and mobility activities from GISD Physical Therapists

Academic Readiness Intervention System

Free language builder resource kit: language, motor, functional routines, lesson plans and photos.

Autism Research Institute - Free Webinars

Coping with Covid-19 and home learning strategies

Language Arts & Reading

Breezy Special Ed - Reading, Writing & Math

2 weeks of take home packets free for download

RaZ Kids and/or Headsprout - FREE subscription

Learning A-Z is giving away FREE Raz-Kids and Headsprout subscriptions to K–6 educators for the duration of the school year.

Capstone Interactive Library

eBooks with audio, music and sound effects. 3,000 FREE eBooks for the next 3 months during this emergency. K-6+ login: continue pass: reading

TarHeel reader

A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens

Scholastic Teaching Remotely, PreK-9

Daily projects, lessons and resources for parents and teachers

Supporting Literacy at home

National Center on Improving Literacy

Math resources

Additional Academic Resources

GISD Educator Resources

Resources by grade level and content area

Collaborative Teaching Virtual Instruction Tips

Tips from Florida Inclusion Network

Distance Learning for Special Ed

Recommended by Paula Kluth

Kent ISD Tele-Learning Basics

Preparation, Accessibility, Virtual Learning tools and support

Special Needs for special kids

Free remote learning lessons for special education

EdHelper - Daily work 1st-6th grade

Daily & weekly assignments/practice: reading, math, writing & puzzles

Actively Learn - remote learning tool

Currently free to educators

At-Home activities & Resources - ASD & disabilities

Lots of ideas and resources for exceptional learners

Resources from National Center on Transition

Post-secondary & Transition resources

Red Head Sped

Middle school special ed teacher sharing online lessons and downloadable activities.

Social Skills + Social Emotional Skills

Conscious Discipline COVID-19 resources

Free printable resources, free webinars and more!

ABCs of Covid-19 Sesame Street & CNN Town Hall

Additional Sesame Street Caring For Each Other resources at

Social Express

Free trial, great social skills and social emotional lessons

Everyday Speech

Video modeling and social-emotional lessons. Free trial

Attainment Company

Attainment is offering free, 90-day web-based subscriptions for our research-based literacy programs: ELSB, ELSB for Older Students, ERSB, Access Language Arts, and Access Language Arts: WRITE.

Emotional ABCs

Elementary social-emotional skills. Currently FREE for teachers.

Feelings First Aid from Scholastic

Activity booklet with The Moodsters, geared towards younger students.

Common Sense Media: Social Emotional Learning

Teachers and family resources, lesson plans videos and more.

Center for SE Foundations for Early Learning

Early Childhood Social Emotional Learning resources

Character Strong

Lessons and videos on Character for students, teachers and families

Mrs. Kauffold's SEL online library

Michigan School social worker

Choice board for older students

from National Technical Assistance Center for Transition

GISD Teacher Consultants

Teacher Consultant, ASD:

Laura Henry -

Alex Keesling -

Barb Olszewski -

Angie Grindel, Consultant for Behavior Support -

Kelli Pierscinski, TC for students with Disabilities -

GISD's Regional Collaborative Network (RCN) has partnered with Livingston ESA to strengthen our resources and collaborate to bring your MORE amazing things from START. We are GLEAN (Genesee-Livingston Educational Autism Network).

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