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Join Occupational Therapist and Inclusion Advocate Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L for this enlightening webinar. Participants will learn about the seven senses as well as how the brain integrates and uses this sensory information in everyday activities. The webinar will provide participants with activities in each sensory area that can be used to help children explore and integrate sensory information in their daily lives
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.…Continue
Added by Ingrid M. Kanics on May 31, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments
The month of May is usually associated with finishing those end of the year IEP meetings at school, then making plans for summer camp, family vacations, and juggling day care responsibilities. But for many American families this past month has been inundated with back to back natural disasters that have stolen…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Unfortunately, verbal abuse of children with disabilities happens, but even worse is when people stand by and do nothing about it. Some people are acutely aware and sensitive to situations that may happen in public and feel compelled to speak up like some in the above video. Others, may not feel as comfortable. This is clearly a type of bullying. Bullying happens in many facets to many different people. It is our obligation as teachers, therapists, and parents to…Continue
Outings are a wonderful part of summer, and exploring the great outdoors is fun for ALL kids. Being outside includes physical, sensory and emotional benefits. State parks are full of hiking trails and make wonderful destinations. However, hiking can be limiting for those with physical challenges. One great…Continue
I have a daughter with Wolfhirshorn Syndrome. I was wondering if any one out there knows of a summer camp with education involvement in the area of Colorado?
Summer travel time can be difficult for children with communication impairments. These kids are no longer in their own environment comfortable in their daily routine. In order to ensure smooth travels, it's imperative to offer your child a functional and useful way to communicate their needs.
Be sure to make…
Added by Tobi Isaacs on May 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
“May Madness” weighs heavily on anyone connected to the school system – teacher, parent, service provider, student – even the custodians are called upon to do more at this time of year. It’s busy, it’s exhilarating, and -- let’s face it – it’s exhausting!
I suspect you can relate when I say: I’m ready for…
· Pick your vacation spot wisely. Choose a destination that meets your child's sensory preferences. A beach outing, for example, may not be the best choice if the child has tactile (touch)…
Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
My daughter was diagnosed as DD when she was 12 months old, then changed to MIMH when she entered public school. Even though I tried to get it done earlier, she was in third grade before the autism label was added.
It has been an interesting journey for both of us; sometimes heart breaking, some horrific experiences, sometimes very humorous and sometimes ridiculous. I think we have lived through just about every school experience there is; great ones and terrible ones. Many times I…Continue
As part of RtI (Response to Intervention) and Evidence Based Practice, schools must consider not only the Curriculum, but the Instructor, the Learner and the Environment for learning. We are passionate about revolutionizing the classroom with this topic and have spent the past several months blogging on…Continue
The earlier we start reading to our children, the better. They may not be able to make coherent or meaningful sounds as infants, but they do listen. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 35% of American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read. This is a sad statistic considering early literacy begins when they are born. Some may argue that it is…Continue
As a child and even young adult I always felt "off kilter" when I was going through a transition. This feeling of uneasiness would come over me and put me into a slight depression. I never liked Sunday evenings as I knew that the weekday and schoolday were soon approaching and changing gears was difficult…Continue
Teachers and therapists are creative when it comes to knowing what kids need to learn best! For one preK teacher of children with special needs, she really thought outside the box. OR, inside the box if the box is a…Continue
Teachers need a variety of tools in their kit to address a vast array of learning needs and styles. One of my tried and true favorite tools is Listening Lotto. It's a perfect way to develop early listening and literacy skills in students. Furthermore, it also reinforces social behaviors such as turn-taking, being a good sport, and playing with others. A spin on the classic "Bingo" games, Listening Lotto offers visual and auditory feedback, plus the kinesthetic process of matching cards. It's…Continue
As an OT working with teachers and parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "How can I get my student/child to sit still?" The answer may lie, not in sitting, but in standing! When standing to work, many students get the additional kinesthetic input their bodies need to help stay alert…Continue
I was astonished to see this article which reads that 1 in 38 children in South Korea have autism! I couldn't believe my eyes and kept reading to see the problems with the study so my mind could easily dispell the article as pure bogus. The study was very comprehensive…Continue
The Abiliations PeaPod is really a hit! Look how it helped one boy to be able to "attend" at school. See how schools are using alternative seating solutions with our hard work and creativity:…Continue
The power of technology, when used wisely, can greatly benefit our students. As an Assistive Technology Specialist, I am looking for ways to use technology as a tool to motivate, engage, and enhance learning. One of my favorite ways to do this is by using interactive books on devices such as the…Continue