A network to share best practices for children with special needs
We are in National Harbor MD this week for the annual Council for Exceptional Children Conference. For the past 7 years School Specialty/Integrations Special Needs Division has been the proud sponsor of the CEC Clarissa Hug Award for National Teacher of the Year. This year's TOY is Dr. Donald DeVito. Dr. DeVito is the music…Continue
I recently ran across a special needs facility in Israel, Aleh, where children with special needs are not only cared for but where they can grow up and live as adults. This is really an amazing facility that is showing the world how to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. Watch and enjoy!
We fast-paced, multi-tasking, busy professionals tend to have trouble relaxing. When we are accustomed to squeezing what feels like 30 waking hours out of a 24-hour-day, it can be hard to slow…Continue
Challenge the way anyone thinks with this short video...
No need to go any further if your in need of some inspiration. I have truly enjoyed watching some of these amazing videos from the Sprout Film Festival finding myself crying and smiling through them. I had to share this amazing…Continue
Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 21, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments
Well, you probably don't have to look very far. Your first stop might be your very own local community center or county…Continue
Have a student with Asperger's in your class? Wondering what to do about that child with PDD-NOS? Need some help with another student on the Spectrum? Here are 3 quick solutions that you may want to consider:…Continue
We can all learn from Nicholas Maxim. Perserverence is the key. This 10 year old has no lower arms or hands, but still manages to open, cut, and write. He has written well enough to win a National Handwriting Contest. Nicholas's entry has changed the minds of the staff involved in the contest and they have created a new award called the Nicholas Maxim Special Award For Excellent Penmenship. This award encourages all students to participate. One person CAN…Continue
1) Think about how you feel right now--not yesterday, or last week, or how you think you might feel tomorrow.
2) Be honest with yourself. Try to avoid answering how satisfied you would like to feel.
They offer integrated advanced clinical, behavioral, educational and family support services through one…Continue
Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on April 11, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
Paired reading has so many fantastic benefits for your students.
1. Helps to improve fluency, vocabulary and comprehension
2. Peer support-partners will listen, follow along and provide assistance
3. Gives teachers the…Continue
I am looking forward to two presentations I am part of at the AOTA national convention in Philly next week.
The first is an exciting preconference institute that is taking place right at the Franklin Institute! (an institute at the institute!) At this session, there will be three occupational therapists and three museum exhibit designers, from Philly, Boston, and Chicago museums. It should be really fun for participants to learn about adapting the environment and activities in this…Continue
It's amazing how one piece of technology can do so much. The iPad®, designed to be an advanced mobile operating system, has become incredibly valuable to children and adults with special needs. It used to be difficult for children and adults with hearing loss to communicate, but with the iPad, it has opened up a whole new world using "face time." The…Continue
It seems like every other child I meet these days is on the spectrum. But what I also am seeing more often these days are kids who are not just surviving but thriving. Here's a…Continue