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April 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Hands Down: Hands Rock

One of the first tasks I do, in an early childhood setting, is to assess the level of independence. This, of course, really boils down to functional use of hands, which is why most early childhood settings are full of tactile manipulatives and gooey substances for hand use.

The hands are great for …

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on April 29, 2012 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Abilitations Sneak Peak at AOTA Conference

This week we are at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association conference hosted this year in Indianapolis. The Exhibit Hall officially opens this evening with a welcome reception, but for those of you who cannot attend, I am including a Sneak Peak of some of my favorite products. As April is OT Month I hope you will reach out to your local therapists and…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Autism and Sensory Feedback in the Mouth

My 19 month old son, and youngest of four, has recently started to bite! I can foresee when it is going to happen. He gets wound up and very excited running around about something (almost bursting at the seams). He’s not trying to be malicious but he just can’t contain himself as he looks for some sensory feedback;…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 24, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Struggling Readers + Pinterest = GREAT Solutions!

By now, you probably know that I'm all about three important things---1) struggling readers 2) helpful resources and 3) reading solutions. What better place could there be than this blog then to combine all three for our readers? I decided to add a fourth ingredient to the mix for this week's article, however, just to mix it up a little bit.



If you've been paying any attention to trends on the internet, you're probably aware that Pinterest has almost taken over as the major…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on April 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Another Hand Raised for Autism

I teach workshops around the country to train teachers, parents and even our staff about solutions for children with special needs. When I ask the audience if they know any child - family, friends, in their school or anyone in their neighborhood who is along the spectrum - there are many more hands nowadays. As we have seen, …

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 19, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Exactly Do You Teach Social Skills to Children With Autism?

Social skills and pragmatics are a major area of difficulty for children with autism. Children with autism can lack understanding, judgement and prediction of social cues and situations, making it difficult for them to interact and maintain friendships. These children want to relate and connect with peers just as…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 18, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Early Warning Signs for Autism and Suggested Solutions!

The most recent statistics for Autism are startling! There has been a swift rise in cases going from 1 in 150 in 2002, 1 in 125 in 2004, 1 in 110 in 2006, with the most current research from the Centers for Disease…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 16, 2012 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

CEC Teacher of the Year 2012

We are in Denver, CO this week for the annual…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Celebrating Springtime

Spring is one of the most wonderful times of the year for a teacher to bring nature into the classroom. Everything is blooming, and the world outside is a plethora of metamorphosis in all kingdoms. Not only does this allow children to explore plant life, but also the insect and animal world. Here are some more…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on April 10, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

"WE ALL CAN DO IT TOGETHER"

I Can Do it Myself:

One of the most common responses when providing additional assistance to students in inclusive classrooms is “I can do it myself”.  Of course my response is “Of course you can!”. Bringing tools into an inclusive classroom for specific students can sometimes have an adverse reaction especially if the student feels they are being singled out.  If it’s good for Special Education, it is probably a good tool for any child in any classroom- whomever may need…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on April 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hands are Great Tools for Communicating

We use many tools on a day-to-day basis. We use tools such as a hammer or screwdriver to help us manipulate, create or fix things. We use our phone or calendar as an external memory…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

New CDC Findings on Autism

Just in case you missed it on the news, the CDC released new findings last week  on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the US.  The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 88 children are now found to be…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

For Struggling Readers, “Color” Can Make a Difference!

We are concluding our spring conference season and have talked with so many parents and teachers of struggling readers throughout the Midwest. A number of these adults described the various reading challenges of their children and students.



Some mentioned that their children have reported to them that words or letters on a page seem to “wave out” or have “shadows” behind them. Others told us that the children often do not want to read for more than a few minutes, saying that…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on April 2, 2012 at 11:47am — 8 Comments

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