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Becky D. Smith
  • Galt, CA
  • United States
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Becky D. Smith replied to Diana Ashby Henry's discussion SqUoosh Contest
"I especially love reading comments by parents.   As a teacher of students with special needs, it gives me insight from those who "walk the shoes" during the hours our students aren't in school.  I…"
Aug 2, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to School Specialty Special Needs's discussion Bus Anxiety
"Headphones and music is one way.  We make sure our students have comic books, car magazines, fashion magazines, or anything else to look at while riding.  The bus can be overwhelming at times, but our bus driver often has music the kiddos…"
Aug 2, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on shawna w helmick's photo
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SUMMER SENSORY FUN

"He's a handsome young man!  Bet he loves the water.  One of my previous students in grades K-3 and is now a senior in high school, had his trach removed last summer and couldn't wait to get in a swimming pool.  We take so…"
Aug 2, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Cecilia Cruse's blog post Spend Smart: 5 Under $50!
"I have made many finger exercises for students; finely cut tissue paper and sticky clear contact paper can make many window designs.  Students work those little muscles picking up the tissue paper and placing each one on the contact…"
Jun 16, 2012
Becky D. Smith left a comment for Heavens Special Children
"I have several students in Heaven.  We have sent balloons to celebrate their birthdays and holidays when we remember how special they are.  What a wonderful name you have!    "
Jun 16, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Sensory Bins and Playdough
"What is Instanow?  Becky  "
Jun 16, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Sensory Bins and Playdough
"WOW! What a wonderful idea.  I can't wait to put some of these items in my sensory tubs.  I teach Special Day Class/moderate-severe with specialized academic instruction.  I am always looking for items that are cheap, easy to…"
Jun 4, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Hannah Ehrli's blog post Creating a Positive Camp Experience
"I have coached Special Olympics for over twenty years and the Circle of Friends the athletes develop is absolutely amazing! Our athletes know others from all over the Northern California area and look forward to seeing and competing with them. …"
Jun 1, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Joan M. Brennan's blog post A Comprehensive Eye Exam: Your First Line of Defense for Learning Success
"This is intriguing! I used to have information for parents but over the years lost touch with those who do vision therapy. I am interested in following up and passing on the information to parents of students in my class."
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Hannah Ehrli's blog post Have you hugged your teacher/therapist today?
"Hug your teacher assistant while you're at it. Some of the best teachers are the assistants in our classrooms. I am here to applaud my assistants. They are the best!!"
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Sensory Bins and Playdough
"I use numerous small items that are used to develop those tiny little finger muscles. I collect tongs and tweezers of all sizes and have students pick up the items and sort into different containers. Dollar tree has clear serving trays with…"
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Sensory Bins and Playdough
"I have numerous small items that are used to develop those tiny little finger muscles. I collect tongs of all sizes and have students pick up the items and sort them into different containers. Dollar tree has clear serving trays with compartments…"
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to School Specialty Special Needs's discussion Favorite playgrounds and parks
"Sacramento has a park designed specifically for children with special needs."
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Hannah Ehrli's blog post Sisters and Brothers
"I work with two sets of twin brothers whose sisters are in general education kindergarten. Both brothers have cerebral palsy. One dad shared the sad story from the doctor before the twins were born. The doctor had said, "you can have one normal…"
Mar 19, 2012
Becky D. Smith commented on Joan M. Brennan's blog post The BEST Apps for AD/HD and Other Distractions
"Thank you! I have parents who are desperate to find apps for their children with AD/HD.  One does not know or understand fully unless he or she lives with and/or walks in the shoes of those with AD/HD.   "
Mar 4, 2012
Becky D. Smith replied to School Specialty Special Needs's discussion Software and Apps that are beneficial
"WOW! Ask and you will find!  What wonderful resources to pass on to the parents of kiddos in my SDC/SH-SAI class."
Mar 4, 2012

Profile Information

This is why I am passionate about special needs.
I have been a teacher for almost 30 years and all but 2 years have been special education. I have worked with all levels K-22 and my heart is with these kiddos. I am also head of our Special Olympic team in Galt for over 25 years.
My Role
Teacher
Place of Work
River Oaks Elementary
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
COMMUNICATION, FINE MOTOR, VISUAL MOTOR
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
BALANCE, BODY WORKS, FURNITURE, INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES, MOBILITY, POSITIONING, RESOURCES, VISUAL MOTOR
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Don't just accept them as they are look through the disability and help them to excel in everything they do. Set your goals high as you get what you ask for.
What I hope to gain from My Special Needs Network
We are setting up a Therapy Room where Adapted PE, PT, OT etc. can work as well as a place to take our students with autism and work through sensory needs, etc. I am helping set up this room.

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Ability Awareness

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:47am 0 Comments

Years ago, I saw a need to educate teachers about the high school students in my SDC/LH/RSP program.  Explanations and simulations of disabilities were developed to better understand the students.   It was then when I realized how important it was to educate the teachers of students who were being mainstreamed into their classes.  The "ah-ha" of understanding came when a Home Economics teacher finally understood why the young girl in her class was having such difficulties following recipes. …

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At 10:32pm on August 11, 2011, mother of 2 crazy kids said…
Thank you for the kind words.  It's always great to hear that someone likes your ideas.
At 11:25am on July 21, 2011, Genevieve Powell said…

thanks Becky for the freindship request!

you are my first!

email me anytime, I am single and alone in NC.

Where are you at??

how old is your child??? boy or girl??

Thanks, Genevieve

 
 
 

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