Important Links

Autism Families CONNECTicut

AFC is a non-profit organization formed by a group of parents, grandparents, and family members who noticed a lack of programming designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Connecticut. They decided to form an organization dedicated to providing recreational, cultural, and social activities for children with ASD who may struggle in activities designed for neurotypical children.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, preventions, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Connecticut Collaborative to Improve Autism Services

The goals of the collaborative include: 1) Enhance awareness of the early signs of ASD; improve knowledge about screening, diagnostic assessments and interventions; 2) Engage family support and training organizations to provide information and education about ASD; 3) Identify and expand primary care practices providing family-centered, comprehensive coordinated health care and related services including early ASD screening, linkage to timely diagnosis, and transition to evidence-based interventions.

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center, Inc.

The mission of the ASRC is to provide, through our many programs, the most recent information and research parents and professionals, thus helping them to better understand the barriers and challenges that people with ASD face on a daily basis. Our center works to help those on the autism spectrum through support, recreation and education to work toward the goal of leading full and productive lives. Our center is committed to raising public awareness about autism spectrum disorders, and devoted to empowering families and lessening the isolation.

CT Families for Effective Autism Treatment

CT FEAT is a non-profit organization that provides Connecticut families with information and networking opportunities.

Autism Program at Yale Child Study Center

The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Roses For Autism

Roses For Autism is a social enterprise that facilitates the thoughtful transition of individuals with Autism to meaningful employment and personal success.

Autism Internet Modules

AIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more.

Different Roads to Learning

Different Roads to Learning is the one-stop shop for Autism Spectrum resources, teaching materials for autistic students and special needs children.

Special Needs Calendar

Find out where and when the next conferences, expos, awareness days, fairs and other recreational events will be.

Mrs. Riley

This is a simple website that generates picture cards. We use it often for our various programs.

Larry Bissonnette’s Blog

Larry Bissonnette is an individual on the autism spectrum and an advocate and artist who lives in Milton, Vermont and has had his work exhibited regularly both locally and nationally. Larry is one of the featured artists of the GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort) project based in Hardwick, Vermont. His paintings are shown in various art museums and private collections. You might recognize Larry from the film Wretches and Jabberers, in which two men (Larry and Tracy) with autism set out on a worldwide road trip to change attitudes about disabilities. Find out more about Larry through his blog.

Tracy Thresher’s Blog

Tracy is an individual on the autism spectrum who began typing to communicate in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism at Washington County Mental Health Services (a community-based service provider) to be introduced to it. He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences.  He has consulted with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Standing Committee and has worked for the Green Mountain Self-Advocates in Montpelier, Vermont. In Vermont, he mentors teenagers and adults. Most recently, Tracy has consulted at Syracuse University as a lead trainer. You might recognize Tracy from the film Wretches and Jabberers, in which two men (Larry and Tracy) with autism set out on a worldwide road trip to change attitudes about disabilities. Find out more about Tracy through his blog.

Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program

Yale Center for British Art

Yale Center for British Art, Social Story


Reaching and Teaching: Students with Special Needs Through Art by Beverly Levett Gerber and Doris M. Guay.

Understanding Students with Autism Through Art by Beverly Levett Gerber and Julia Kellman.

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk.

A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member, and Teacher Needs to Know by Fred R. Volkmar and Lisa A. Wiesner.

“You’re Going to Love this Kid!” Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom by Paula Kluth.

National Autism Center (2009). Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools: A Guide to Providing Appropriate Interventions to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Randolph, MA: National Autism Center.


 Lesson Plans

Let’s Go Fly a Kite (4/20/2013)

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Fingerplay Fun Poems

Shape and Color! (9/21/2013)

Lesson Plan

Warm and Cool Colors

Ruffs and Cuffs (2/23/2013)

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18th Century Dress

The Sense of Hearing: Making Sound (10/20/2012)

Lesson Plan

Sense of Hearing Warm Up Sheet

Instrument Pictures

Our Sounds Worksheet

Edwardian Feathers and Fans (3/16/2013)

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Types of Fans

Ostrich Pictures

How To Make a Paddle Fan

How To Make a Folded Fan

 Animals in Art (12/15/2012)

Lesson Plan

Zebra Flash Card

Dog Flash Card

Falcon Flash Card

The Inside Scoop Worksheet (Skeleton reference)

Zebra Outline

Water Spaniel Outline

The Island of Barbados (10/19/2013)

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How To Make an Island

How To Make a Sailboat

How To Fold A Boat

Balance and Repetition in Sculpture (11/17/2012)

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Make a Sculpture

Shapes and Forms

Types of Lines

Shape and Form in Sculpture (9/22/2012)

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Shapes and Forms

Shapes and Forms with Sculptures

How to Soap Carve

Buildings (11/16/2013)

Lesson Plan

Building Parts (Warm Up)

Building Materials

Building Tools and Machines

Building Types

Warwick Castle Outline

Building Types PowerPoint

Bears (1/18/2014)

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Bear Icebreakers

Bear Icebreaker Presentation

The Bear Song

How To Make a Bear Mask

Animal Expressions (2/15/2014)

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Warm-Up Activity

Image and Title

The Shapes and Colors of John McLean’s Black Watch (3/15/2014)

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Shapes Warm Up Activity

Color Shapes Warm Up Activity

Bugs and Artist Books (5/17/2014)

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Bug Warm-Up

Gardens (6/21/2014)

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Butterflies (7/19/2014)

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Life Cycle Warm-Up Activity

Coins and Medallions (9/20/2014)

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Parts of a Coin Warm Up Activity

Design Your Own Coin Worksheet

Crowns and Headwear (10/18/2014)

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Warm-Up Activity

Crown Matching Game

Hats&Caps iPad/iPhone App

Collage (11/15/2014)

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Shapes Warm-Up Activity

Singing Fingers App

Henri Matisse (2/21/2015)

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Warm-Up Activity Organic v. Geometric

Vincent van Gogh (3/21/2015)

Lesson Plan

Warm-Up Activity

van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Irises Slideshow

PlayART App van Gogh Tutorial Slideshow

PlayART App Link

Antarctica (4/18/2015)

Lesson Plan

Iceberg Warm Up

Landscapes and Animals PowerPoint

Small Seal


Elephant Seal


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