Special needs resources
Wyoming 4-H compiled this collection of resources explaining individual disabilities such as AD-HD, Down’s syndrome, or visual impairment, and more. Important definitions are provided as well as causes, specific challenges, and important considerations for Extension professionals and 4-H volunteers.
(PDF) Families can use this form to communicate their child's needs and what accommodations they need in order to succeed at a 4-H event. Submit the form to your county Extension office.
Autism spectrum disorder resources
A guide to autism-friendly youth organizations.
Information from Iowa 4-H.
Timely advice for volunteers and staff working with 4-H youth with autism spectrum disorder. It also includes some key resources for further learning. (PDF created by Minnesota 4-H staffer Darcy Cole.)
Adaptations, accommodations and modifications 4-H leaders can make to their programs to help youth with disabilities and often all their 4-H'ers. (PDF)
McLeod County 4-H program coordinator Darcy Cole presented a workshop on autism spectrum disorder (asd). These slides give background information, incidence statistics and symptoms associated with the disorder as well as strategies and tips for working with youth with asd. (PDF)
Tools/job aids for program leaders
- Accessibility checklist (PDF)
- First-Then-Next board (PDF)
- Picture cards (PDF)
- Today's schedule (8½ × 11) (PDF)
- Today's schedule (11 × 17) (PDF)
Social stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with relevant social cues, others' perspectives, and suggested appropriate response. The two examples posted here do not include pictures because it is recommended that personalized pictures be used to best prepare the youth for the situation that they might encounter.
How to use Social Stories (436K DOC)
4-H Judging at the Fair! (PDF)