A network to share best practices for children with special needs
Examples of tools would be: pencils, pens, paper, index cards, tape, glue sticks, colored markers and pencils etc.
Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Create a nook for your kids. All of my favorite classrooms have a “nook” in the corner. You can create the same idea in your home or in your child's room. It may be a reading nook, or a “time-in” nook, but it’s somewhere for a child to sit comfortably to read, study, or just chill out. Be creative and find a friendly…Continue
Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 29, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Increasing a child’s self-esteem is a critical component to a child’s development, academically and to encourage life-long learning. It is important to recognize that there are a reported nine levels of intelligence developed by Howard Gardner (1999) and in order for a child to feel good about themselves one needs…Continue
Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Everyone has a comfortable and successful place to study. Some kids need a quiet, calm, clean, and cool environment. Other kids need noise and activity, with a warm and busy environment. Still other children need some mix of the two. My own kids are different in that one child is easily distracted and…Continue
Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
Don't feel guilty about a yard full of leaves. Autumn turns your yard into a magnificent "therapy" opportunity for your kids! Do you have kids that need to be calmed down, or even calmed up? Your yard is a sensory rich environment that can provide the sensory input your kids crave. Heavy work, movement and tactile…Continue
Halloween is here and the season of Ghosts, Pumpkins, Bats, and Cats is around.
From my friend Keith Ferrell at Tech-Happy, there are three sites he references that will keep kiddos engaged, motivated, and if using an interactive whiteboard- active.
The Kidz Page features Halloween games and downloadable…Continue
Can it be that the first grading period has arrived already? Yes, and with it come the annual or semi-annual, parent-teacher conferences. This realization usually causes one of two parental reactions ---“I can’t wait to see how Evan is doing!” or “I’m worried about what Ms. Jackson is going to tell us about our Emma.”
From a teacher’s standpoint, this first conference with parents can also be a stressful event. At conferences, educators often meet students’ parents for the…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 21, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments
I enjoyed reading our colleague Hannah Ehrli’s blog on tips to make Halloween time more about the season and less about the spookiness which can have the potential to frighten some children…especially those with special needs.
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for creating a sense-ational “Fun House” with the emphasis on fun instead of fear and encourage tactile and…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 18, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
All of us will agree that sometimes it is easier for you, the adult, to take over and do it for your child instead of allowing him/her to work things out in his/her own manner, in his/her own time. For your child’s sake, RESIST THE URGE! Maslowe studied how Blackfoot Indians were taught autonomy and responsibility.…Continue
Added by PAM BROGDON on October 16, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
I just returned from a training at an elementary school in North Carolina that made the smart move to get their team of teachers on board with the CATT Intervention System. The Classroom Accommodations Techniques and Tools is a comprehensive problem solving system designed to help struggling students and was designed as one possible solution for the RtI (Response to Intervention) initiative.
Toni Schulken, MS,…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 11, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
There are excellent recommendations regarding safe trick or treating, tasteful costumes, and candy/food concerns around celebrating Halloween as well, but as an educator this is how I approach the whole…Continue
Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
We want this to be your go-to blog when you need reading or learning resources, strategies, apps and other help for all kinds of learners, especially those who struggle to read and learn.
That is why this week, we’ve decided to provide you with a short list of 3 collections that contain great Android apps for special needs---all kinds of special needs! You’ll find some apps that are FREE and others that are available at various…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 8, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments