Earlier this year, NFAR awarded grant funding to Kids Included Together (KIT) for the production of a series of instructional videos that offer strategies for supporting children with autism in after-school programs and activities.
KIT, a non-profit organization specializing in the training of child and youth agencies on the inclusion of children with and without disabilities, works with providers across the country and at 293 sites throughout San Diego, including the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.
NFAR has supported KIT’s inclusion training to childcare and recreational providers for many years. In 2005, NFAR funded the development of KITs ASD training module “Accommodations for Children with Autism” which is now one of their most requested inclusion training programs.
As part of KIT’s eLearning program, the new NFAR funded “How-To-Videos” focus on four general topics and provide “hands-on” strategies for implementing visual, sensory, communication, and social supports.
In an increasingly busy work environment with an emphasis on online resources, the instructional videos are a just-in-time resource for professionals all across the country. “The videos are great,” noted one recent KIT training participant. “It's a nice resource to be able to watch these videos as a reinforcement and reminder of the concepts learned at the KIT trainings and webinar.”
These online resources are free for early childhood and youth providers and can be accessed on the KIT website under Instructional Videos.