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What's new with LASARD?

The LASARD Project is pleased to announce our Introductory School Package for the 2019-2020 school year!  This package is free to public schools in Louisiana and consists of:

  • Initial meeting to discuss needs
  • Professional training session
  • Follow-up coaching (2 visits) – 
    • Pre-observation meeting 
    • Classroom observation 
    • Post-observation feedback meeting 

If you are interested in this package, click here, complete the form, and a LASARD facilitator will get back to you soon.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Riley at jrile1@lsuhsc.edu. 

LASARD facilitators presented four sessions at the Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans on June 26 & 27 to full capacity audiences. We discussed the key areas necessary for quality educational programming, and our participants were able to explore avenues for building systems and capacity to support students with ASD and related disabilities in school systems and schools.

Resources of the Month

Social Narratives

How do you help your child/student deal with difficult situations? Social narratives are evidence based interventions that describe social situations in detail by highlighting important cues and offer examples of appropriate ways to respond. The purpose of social narratives is to help learners adjust to changes in their routines and to adjust their behavior based on the relevant physical and social cues of the situation. Each narratives is individualized according to student needs and may include pictures or other visual cues. (NPDC)

Check out the resources below to learn more about Social Narratives and to walk you through the steps to write and utilize a social narrative.

LASARD Strategy Guide

Strategy guides are short and easy to read. They are developed for educators and family members to explain specific evidence-based strategies. Check out this Social Narrative Strategy Guide that provides planning and implementation strategies along with a case study to practice writing your own social narrative.

LASARD Video of Effective Practice

A special educator knew her scholars would have a difficult time once she went on maternity leave. She decided to write a social narrative explaining what the scholars should expect and how to manage their emotions while she was out of school for a few weeks. The class read the social narrative daily, six weeks before her actual due date. This gave the scholars enough time to understand the change that was going to happen and address any questions or concerns they were having. Check out the class reading part of the social narrative below!

Social Narrative Video

Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM)

Check out the module on Social Narratives. The module will guide you through the social narrative lessons, which involve: basic information, planning process, examples of how family members and educators can use social narratives, and steps for monitoring progress. 

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA)

CSESA is a great resource for educators and family members of middle and high school students with ASD.  Check out the Social Narratives Brief packet, as well as other resources on the CSESA site for steps on developing effective transition plans, transition planning tools, and more!

Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Check out the article on Writing and Using Social Narratives in All Environments. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism has many articles that provide thoughtful discussions and practical recommendations on a wide range of topics.

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