Autism and Scouting Training Kit Materials
The Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit was developed by Autism Empowerment in 2013 with the direction of Autism Empowerment staff, volunteers and a Leadership Advisory Committee consisting of scouts, scouting leaders and volunteers from a variety of scouting organizations in the United States and Australia. We included educators, trainers and internationally known autism experts. Over half of the people on the Autism and Scouting Leadership Advisory committee are on the autism spectrum including one of our co-authors.
Autism Empowerment has a core belief that if you really want to get deeply engaged and help kids, teens and adults living with autism, Asperger syndrome or ASD, you need to actively include men, women and youth on the autism spectrum in the conversation. We have in the past. We do in the present. We will in the future.
Ordering the Autism and Scouting Leadership Kit
In 2013, Autism Empowerment received a generous $25,000 grant from the Autism Speaks Family Services Grant Program which allowed for Autism Empowerment to develop, produce and distribute 575 physical kits throughout the United States. As of December 3rd, 2014, all 575 initial kits have been distributed. We are very grateful for these start-up project funds and for having our grassroots 501(c)3 recognized as a valued service provider to the Autism and Asperger communities.
Now it is time for funding round #2 so that every scouting unit in the country and world who wants one can have a copy!
We ARE looking for philanthropic organizations, corporate sponsors and individual donors who are willing to make a dedicated donation toward the production and shipping of additional kits. Ideally we’d like to be able to get a FREE kit into the hands of every scouting unit worldwide. If you know of someone who might be interested in donating to this cause (either for distribution in a particular area or to a particular demographic), please contact email@example.com
In the meantime, for those looking for a kit, we also offer the manual available in PDF form for free download. We do ask you fill out a quick survey to get the PDF. This is to help us know where kits are going and to have a better idea of who we are serving. Here is a link to that survey! Please allow up to 72 hours from the time of submittal to receive an email with your PDF.
(FREE ONLINE COPY – 93 Page Manual in PDF Form)
(When we raise more funds, we will produce an updated version!) Order the Autism and Scouting Leadership Kit Here (Physical copy)
What’s on the DVD?
We want to share what is on the DVD as well. Here you will find the information that is on the DVD by Chapter. Some of this information you can download now. We do ask that if you want an online copy of the 93 page Autism and Scouting Leadership Training manual, that you first fill out this brief survey.
A Starting Place for the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit
Autism and Scouting Guide to what is on the DVD in PDF from – AutismandScoutingLeadershipKitDVDInformation
Autism and Scouting – How you can Help PDF – Autism Empowerment Autism and Scouting-We Need Your Support
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Autism Does Not Define Me (Poem by Karen Krejcha) AutismDoesNotDefineMe
Chapter 2 – What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (NICHCY) – Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder Evidence Based Interventions – Interventions
El Espectro del Autismo (NICHCY) – Autism Spectrum Disorder – Spanish
Recognizing Signs and Symptoms – Recognizing Autism – Signs and Symptoms
Which Scout? On DVD (File is too large) If you would like this please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Why? – Avoiding Assumptions (Jennifer Cook O’Toole) On DVD – Why – Avoiding Assumptions
Chapter 4 – Different Ways of Thinking and Learning
A Spectrum of Apps (Heather Bridgman, OCALI) – A Spectrum of Apps
Boy Scout 10 Essentials Visual Example – Boy Scout 10 Essentials
Cub Scout Law Visual Example – Cub Scout Law
Cub Scout Law 2 Visual Example – Cub Scout Law2
Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences – Howard Gardner Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Visual Schedule with time
Visual Schedule without time – Visual SchedulewithoutTime
Visual Supports & ASD – Visual SupportsandASD
Chapter 7 – Making your Unit More Sensory Friendly
Sensory Friendly Unit Checklist – Sensory Friendly Unit Checklist
Chapter 8 – Safety and Mental Health Issues
Anxiety Disorders (NIMH) – Anxiety Disorders
Autism Elopement (Wandering) Form – AUTISM ELOPEMENT ALERT FORM
Autism, Epilepsy & Seizures – Recognize Signs (Daniel J. Fiddle Foundation) – AutismEpilepsySeizuresBrochure
Bipolar Disorder in Children & Adolescents (NIMH) – Bipolar Disorder in Children & Adolescents
Bullying and Harassment for Students with Disabilities – PACER.org Bullying and Harassment for students with Disabilities
Common View and Myths about Bullying – PACER.org Common View and myths about Bullyingpdf
Treatment of Children with Mental Illness (NIMH) Treatment of Children with Mental Illness
What if your Child is the Bully? – PACER.org What if your Child is the bully
Chapter 9 – Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 10 – Next Steps & Supplemental Resources
Autism Empowerment & Autism and Scouting – We Need Your Support! – Autism Empowerment Autism and Scouting-We Need Your Support
23 Autism and Scouting Tips – 23 Autism and Scouting Tips
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD – NIMH) – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD / SPD Training Powerpoint (Chris Parrott) – ADHD
Autism and Scouting Information Sheet – Email us at email@example.com if you would like this sheet.
Autism and Scouting Award (Youth and Adult) – Autism and Scouting Award
Autism and Scouting Media Release – Adult Autism and Scouting Media Release-Adult
Autism and Scouting Media Release -Youth Autism and Scouting Media Release-Minor
Autism and Scouting Radio – Autism and Scouting Radio
Autism and Scouting Webinar Series – Autism and Scouting Webinar Series 2014
Autism Friendly Unit Locator – Autism Friendly Unit Locator
Great Race for Autism Awareness (Sean Williams) – Great Race
GSOC Including All Girls Patch Program – GSCO Include ALL Girls Patch Program Final
Girl Scouts – A Place for Girls of All Abilities – Girl Scouts -A Place for Girls with All Abilities
Helping Children & Adolescents Cope w/ Violence and Disaster (NIMH) – Helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters what parents can do
Leadership Training Kit Order Form – Leadership Training Kit Order Form
List of Acronyms – List of Acronyms
Multiple Disabilities (NICHCY) – Multiple Disabilities
Supplemental Resources – Supplemental Resources
Teaching Knots to Scouts with Poor Motor Skills (J. Reid) – Teaching-Knots-to-Scouts-with-Poor-Motor-Skills
Working with Scouts with Disabilities ISAP (Tony Mei) – Working with scouts with disabilities ISAP
Working with Scouts with Disabilities ISAP – Revision – Working with scouts with disabilites ISAP Revised June 2013
Additional Autism Empowerment Training
Autism and Scouting Training * (Basic) Autism and Scouting 2013
Autism and Scouting Advanced Training * – Autism and Scouting Advanced
* These are 1 hour Autism and Scouting training’s in PowerPoint that Autism Empowerment created for scouting organizations to use in local training presentations.
Autism and Scouting Leadership Kit Committee
The Autism and Scouting Leadership Kit was produced with the input of a professional Leadership Advisory Committee consisting of scouting leaders, autism authors, educators and self-advocates, including youth on the spectrum involved in scouting. Committee members live in the United States and Australia. We hope these materials will also assist with retention and recruitment of youth on the autism spectrum.
Learn about the Autism and Scouting Leadership Committee.
Make a donation to support the Autism and Scouting Program
We need your help to produce more than the first 500 kits. The Autism and Scouting Program is part of the Autism Empowerment which is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and helps serve children, teens and adults around the world like the ones you see below:
We rely on public support to make all that we do happen. Donations can be earmarked to support a program or project within any of our programs. There are over 200,000 Scouting units within the USA alone including but not limited to: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts / Cub Scouts, Campfire USA, Baden Powell Service Association / BPSA, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life USA and Royal Rangers. There are also millions of scouts participating in scouting worldwide.
Your donation allows us to continue with the production, administration and shipping of these kits in order to help provide the best scouting experience possible to children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum.
Every single donation helps us continue to mission and which will bring us closer to making a difference in every Scout and their Journey in Scouting who is on the Autism Spectrum.
Please note that Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting Program do not provide medical or legal advice or services. We are also not affiliated with any scouting organization. As such, the information provided in the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any specific educational or therapeutic method and does not replace advice of medical, legal or educational professionals.
The Autism and Scouting Program of Autism Empowerment is intended to serve all scouting organizations which are interested in helping better the scouting experience for youth in their units who are on the autism spectrum. You will read, see and hear real examples from scouters worldwide from varying organizations. Because each scouting organization has its own program, the information in this kit is presented in a general way with the understanding that you may need to do some adaptation in order to tie in with the rules and practices of your particular scouting organization.