Autism Resources

RCA Sign Language Resources

Sign language is a useful communication tool for many of our children. Some are able to express their wants and needs with gestures. We work with the students to turn these gestures into the correct signs. While the Rochester Center for Children teaches Sign Language, we try to use American Sign Language.  However, because the majority of our staff and clients are hearing, we are considered to use “Contact Signing” and is not always true American Sign Language.  To clarify, we are teaching where the two cultures and languages (Hearing/Deaf & English/ASL) overlap which tends to result in the development of a form of communication called "contact signing." Contact signing by its very definition is not ASL, however it has many signs and terms that are ASL.  We may alter the sign using an initial or a simplified version of the fine motor movement.  There are also cases in which we create a sign specifically for a student to be able to communicate his/her wants and needs.  To further bridge this possible communication gap, we are constantly in communication with the client’s family and support members so there is less of a communication break. Because RCC uses Contact Signing, there may be a few signs in the videos and descriptions that are unfamiliar to the Deaf Community.  

For more information on the importance of sign language, click here.

http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/topics/autism02.htm

 

Sign List #1 Words

Sign List #1 Words with Descriptions

Sign List #2 Words

Sign List #2 Words with Descriptions

 

Sign List #3 Words

Sign List #3 Words with Descriptions

Sign List #4 Words

Sign List #4 Words with Descriptions

Sign List #5 Words

Sign List #5 Words with Descriptions

 

RCA Sign Library

Learn More About Autism

The Rochester Center for Autism wants to provide you with all the help and information you need when it comes to a diagnosis with Autism. Rochester and the surrounding Southeast Minnesota area have a wide variety of resources you need when it comes to your children.

Advocacy/Legal

RT Autism Awareness Foundation

Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota

Autism Advocacy and Law Center of Minnesota

Autism Society of Minnesota

Minnesota Autism Insurance Advocacy Blog

PACER Center

ARC of Minnesota

Plan of Southeastern Minnesota

Southeastern Minnesota Autism Alliance

 

Case Management and Social Services

Developmental Disability Case Management of Olmsted County

Children's Mental Health Case Management of Olmsted County

Dodge County Social Services

Mower County Social Services          

Fillmore County Social Services

Winona County Social Services

Goodhue County Social Services

Wabasha County Social Services

 

Diagnosis, Evaluation and Assessment

Mayo Clinic Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (Melissa Schultz, MD)

Decision Point Behavioral Healthcare (Amalyssa Johnson, LP)

Bluestem (A.W. Atkinson, M.D.; Developmental Pediatrician)

Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (Marriage and Family Counseling)

 

Education and Childcare

Rochester Public Schools: Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Autism Specialist, Hilary Clark

Rochester Public Schools: Jefferson Elementary School

Zumbro Education District: K-12 Autism Specialist, Melinda Schroeder

Learning Rx, Jennifer Beyst

Sylvan Learning Center

PAIIR

RCTC- Occupational Skills Program, Vicky Keller

Rochester Community Education: Adults with Disabilities Program

Transition to Adult Program (TAP), Rochester Public Schools

 

Family/Parent Support & Counseling

PAIIR - "Parenting a Child with Special Needs" Group

Decision Point- Amalyssa Johnson, LP

Fernbrook Center (Rochester, Owatonna, Faribault, Kasson, Waseca & Red Wing)

Social Odyssey, Susan Powers

RCA Parent and Sibling Support Groups- Stephanie Schmidt & Edie Belonga

Sibshop (RAC and NAMI), Diana Evans

Disability Linkage Line

Center for Effective Living (Marriage and Family Counseling)

Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (Marriage and Family Counseling)

Covered Bridge Family Resources (Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, Counseling and Psychotherapy)

Bluestem Center (Counseling and Psychotherapy)

Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center

Rochester Families Website

Family Service of Rochester

 

Recreation, Sports & Camps

J.E.T.S. Gymnastics (Adaptive Gymnastics)

Ironwood Springs Ranch

Rochester Adaptive Park and Recreation

Rideability

Special Olympics-Rochester Area

Possabilities Youth Rec Program

Bowlocity Adaptive Athletes Program- Rochester

 

Specialized Therapy (Behavioral, Speech, Occupational, Physical)

Achievement Therapy Services

Stanley Jones and Associates

Jenny Kruse Music Therapy

 

Personal and Respite Care

College Nannies and Tutors

Cardinal of Minnesota

SEMCIL

ARSYSS

Hiawatha Homes

 

Technology

Minnesota STAR Program

People Achieving Change Through Technology (PACTT)

 

Transition, Employment and Adult Services

Bear Creek Services

SEMCIL

Possabilities, Linda Driessen

Hiawatha Homes

Cardinal of Minnesota

REM

Ability Options

Opportunity Services

Alpha Services

 

Transportation

R & S Transport

ZIPs

Handi Van

 

State Officials

Kim Norton-D (Serves on Minnesota Autism Task Force)

Dave Senjem-R (Serves on Minnesota Autism Task Force)

Tina Liebling-D

Carla Nelson-R

Nels Pierson-R

Duane Quam-R

Governor Mark Dayton-D

Phil Sievers- Minnesota Department of Education

Anne Harrington- Minnesota Department of Human Services

 

U.S. Senate

Al Franken-D

Amy Klobuchar-D

 

U.S. House of Representatives

Tim Walz-D

John Kline-R