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August 2010 Blog Posts (17)

ADHD....Is Gluten-Free A Way Out?

This month is National ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) month. So, we take the time to ponder what we've learned and where we are with this diagnosis.

I am not one to answer those questions but the number of children being diagnosed each year makes us wonder why - and what are we doing about it?

We know that ADHD is not diagnosed in a vacuum. It frequently comes along with several other…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on August 29, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Learning Loft Minimizes Distractions


Added by Sue Wilkinson on August 27, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

People, First

As a future educator, I am still learning a lot about children with disabilities and how to best serve them. A few years ago, in my first practicum class we were given an article to read about how we should talk about individuals with disabilities. It is probably the most meaningful thing I've read in all of my classes so far. It talked about the importance of seeing people with disabilities as people first, rather than seeing their disability first. The…


Added by Alexandra Wenrick on August 27, 2010 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

RtI Success Stories and More!

As we close out this back to school month for many districts around the country, I wanted to leave you with some additional resources for getting more information about Response to Intervention (RtI).…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

3 GREAT RTI Solutions!

These three great RtI products can be used with all children in the classroom where everyone benefits from specialized instruction. These solutions focus on speech and sound awareness, reading and literacy, and direction following which is great for ALL students!

Let's Celebrate! Speech and Sound Awareness has 36 school-year speech…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 24, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

RtI: Intervention With A-C-T-I-O-N!

Action Alphabet

In a sea of RtI (Response to Intervention) tools, Action Alphabet stands out for preK through first grade teachers as a Tier 1 intervention. This effective approach teaches letter recognition, letter formation, and vocabulary using activities that build fine motor, gross motor, self care, pre-writing and pre-scissor…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on August 19, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Morgan's Wonderland - A Theme Park Designed Just for Kids with Special Needs and Their Families

Greetings from "on the road" in San Antonio Texas where I am doing a series of staff development trainings for teachers. Although our blog focus is return to school and Response to Intervention (RtI), I had to make note of a fabulous find that I came across this week while visiting the Alamo City.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Response to Intervention Improves Students’ Speech

RtI provides quality instruction for all students, not just the ones who qualify for therapy. A speech therapist’s responsibility is to identify children who are “at risk” (showing the first signs of difficulty) for not mastering their curriculum, and then determine how to help those children become more successful.

Children with true disabilities are identified earlier and are placed in appropriate therapy. This improves…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 17, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

“Back to School” Might Mean Overwhelming Changes for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

I have a very distinct memory about returning back to school. My parents never had much money, but on the first day of school I always had new supplies, new clothes (they were itchy) and new shoes...and they were hot.…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on August 16, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

PROBLEM: Response to Intervention Implementation; SOLUTION: CATT Center!

When teachers use our CATT Center, they FALL IN LOVE!

I don't know anyone who doesn't LOVE the School Specialty CATT Center (CATT stands for Classroom Accommodations, Techniques & Tools). If you want to streamline and implement RtI quickly, this is the tool for you.…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on August 13, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Take Note! of this Recycling Lesson That Turned Into a Profitable Business for a Special Needs Classroom

Just in time for back to school success, here is an inspirational story that came across our desk from a teacher in South Florida who turned a hands-on recycling lesson plan into a profitable greeting card company, while involving special needs students in the process.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 11, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Did RTI Make Your Assessments Longer?

One of the effects of Response To Intervention (RtI) is more accountability on the part of the professional. With this in mind, it has affected the assessment procedures we use with children. We now use a variety of assessments which are formal and informal.

It is our ethical responsibility to use standardized tests along with other objective and subjective measures such as profiles and observations of a child's environment, parent and…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Educator + Paraprofessional = Successful Students

The success of your students is not only directly correlated to the curriculum, adaptations, behavior intervention plans, new strategies, or even open communication with parents/teachers; their success lies in the hands of the paraprofessionals that work so closely with these…


Added by Julie M. Trentmann on August 10, 2010 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Ball Chairs Improve Attention and Encourage Alertness for Response to Intervention Students

When looking at tools that might fit the needs of multiple students and yet at the same time service the needs of a child with special needs, my favorite tool that comes to mind is a ball chair. Ball chairs have been used for many years for posture education, to improve attention and encourage alertness.…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on August 9, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Response to Intervention: What are YOU Doing to Support It?

RtI is certainly becoming a hot topic in school districts around the country.

As we approach back to school this is a concept that will continue to receive attention in the coming months ahead. For more information and updates, check out this timely…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 4, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Stimulating the Five Senses Helps Children with Sensorimotor Challenges

Sensorimotor refers to the process by which we use our senses to produce appropriate motor responses. For children with special needs this can be challenging if either the sensory system or the motor system is challenged.

Our goal as teachers, therapists and parents is to provide comfortable…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on August 2, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

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