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Description: Play is an integral part of most early childhood special education programs. For many young children with ASD and severe learning needs, this skill may be very difficult. This webcast will discuss the importance of teaching social skills in early childhood education programs that serve students with ASD. Elements of social skill instruction will be explored to include both systematic and naturalistic teaching strategies. Methods of how to embed evidenced-based practices in...
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: Within the text of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5, the word “social” appears TEN times; indicating that social skills are, inherently, a significant area of need for students with ASD. Learning to navigate social situations not only helps them understand their world, but also impacts a student’s ability to gain benefit from academics. Our students, more often than not, find themselves alone during recess and lunch times, verbally...
Description: Learning to communicate and enhancing skills is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Every student with autism spectrum disorder is to have an effective communication system that will allow him/her to interact in a meaningful way across settings and across people. The use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a way to enhance communication for a variety of students with ASD. It can be effective for those with no or limited verbal...
Description: Justin George is a young man with AS and ADHD. He also has anxiety. This webcast will be delivered by Justin. In his own words, he will discuss how strategies, people and placements helped him move from middle school, high school and now to college. Strategies on how he moved forward, became more self-determined, and has used his interests and love of amateur radio and weather reporting to continue to become more successful as he progresses through his transitions in life will be discussed.
Description: VCU-ACE has been providing embedded technical assistance in 12 school divisions to assist them in improving their programming for students with ASD. In this project, the Technical Assistance division of VCU-ACE used the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS) as a measure of program quality and a standard for classrooms to model. In this webcast, we present the APERS pre- and post-test data to demonstrate the change that occurred in classrooms as a result of its use. In addition, we will...
Description: Girls and women with ASD are often underdiagnosed and lack effective comprehensive services to establish and maintain a quality of life. During this session, Dr. Lori Ernsperger will provide effective interventions and strategies for addressing specific issues which include friendship making, social communication skills, hygiene, personal safety, and self-determination skills.
Description: EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom. They...
Description: This is a section of the Smithsonian website that includes links to Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Kids' Favorites, Smithsonian Students, and Visiting the Smithsonian.
Description: Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance. It includes a section on Science Education. This site is available in Spanish.
Description: The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with...
Description: Here are Mary’s Top 10 Tips on communicating with someone who has a disability. This video engages the viewer while educating them on the proper disability etiquette. This video is part of a series on disability awareness and inclusion in sports and physical education.
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Description: CEC is the voice and vision of special education and the premier association for special education professionals.
Description: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.
Description: This is a compilation of journal articles dealing with Coaching/Services and Supports for Early Childhood.
Description: Pretti-Frontczak, K., Jackson, S., Goss, S.M., Grisham-Brown, J., Horn, E., Harjusola-Webb, S., Lieber, J., & Matthews, D. (2007). A curriculum framework that supports quality early childhood education for all young children. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series, 9, 16-28. Grisham-Brown, J.L., Pretti-Frontczak, K.L., Hemmeter, M.L., & Ridgley, R. (2002). Teaching IEP goals and objectives in the context of classroom routines and activities. Young Exceptional Children, 6(1), 18-27.
Description: The following contains various simulation activities designed to increase students’ understanding and empathy for their classmates who experience challenges following a brain injury. Each page includes a description of the activity, a recommended subject area relevant to the activity, objectives and procedures, a list of materials, and discussion points to facilitate conversation following each activity. Please note that these activities are designed to stimulate the senses to give a...
Description: Based on the High Scope approach to learning, this book offers the teacher suggestions for developmentally appropriate materials for classroom work areas, language to encourage children to express and build upon their own ideas, strategies to teach important concepts without direct instruction, and a daily routine that accommodates individual needs and encourages creativity. An emphasis is placed on active learning, language, representation, classification, seriation, number, spatial relations,...
Description: Learn how to recognize and respond to a concussion, be alert for other serious brain injuries, and how to safely return to school and sports. Watch these videos to get pointers from professional athletes, tips from concussion experts, and stories from real-life teens and their parents.
Description: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
Description: The transition strategies presented in this manual address the challenges that children, families, educators, and community providers face when working with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Research on transition has shown a variety of practices to be effective for students with a range of disabilities. This manual describes many of those practices and recommends strategies to adapt practices for students with TBI.
Description: AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us.
Description: This website focusing on the five core components of reading offers information and resources to educators and parents with the goal of ensuring that all students are able to read at grade-level by the close of their third-grade year.
Description: VSDB has expanded its webpages to include links to great resources and tools that can be used by families of and professionals serving children from birth to 22 years who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deaf-blind.
Description: The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is a tool designed to help assist families of children between the ages of 5 and 13 recently diagnosed with autism during the critical period following an autism diagnosis.
Description: This is a link to the video presentations from the TBI Summer Institute.
Description: The National Autism Center has released the results of the largest systematic review to date of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The resulting report identifies effective, research-based interventions for individuals across the lifespan. The report, Findings and Conclusions: National Standards Project, Phase 2, updated the Center’s 2009 summary of the ASD intervention literature for children and youth under age 22 and added information about interventions for adults. This...
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list.
Description: Total Participation Techniques by Persida and William Himmele is filled with excellent strategies for getting ALL students involved while also offering effective formative assessment strategies. This toolkit includes several tools you can use to get started in putting together your TPT toolkit! Print,laminate and store in plastic bags or containers and they will be ready to go all year! Color and printer-friendly grayscale options included! Included: Hold-ups Number Cards Letter Cards Talking...
Description: Executive Function 101 is a free e-book from founding partner the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Download the e-book to find out what executive function is and how it impacts kids with learning and attention issues. This e-book also includes a thorough graphic that walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function (pages 7-9).
Description: The purpose of this interactive workbook is to provide a concise, practical tool to assist teachers in beginning or continuing their journey toward best co-teaching practices.
Description: This site includes: Low Tech Options, App Organizers, Chrome Extensions, and Computer Options.
Description: Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Description: The Institute develops instructional materials and educational programs that engage students and teachers with America’s Founding documents and principles.
Description: The Virginia Autism Council is a group comprised of self-advocates, professionals and family members. This Council works to advance knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders by defining skill competencies needed to effectively support a person with ASD and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers who provide support. The VAC website is Virginia’s clearinghouse on education and training opportunities taking place...
Description: TeachingMoney VA.org was created to help Virginia’s high school teachers find quality resources that they can use in teaching Virginia’s new economics and personal finance course.
Description: Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia is the leading provider of quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. We offer an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development in arts-integration techniques that improve students’ literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn.
Description: The SOLs are intended to provide students with skills and understanding to improve, sustain and promote personal, family and community health. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: The SOLs are intended to provide students with the necessary knowledge, processes and skills to become physically educated and fit for a lifetime. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: Although there is no applicable SOL test associated with driver education instruction, the SOLs serve as the Board of Education’s approved driver-education and traffic-safety program of instruction for public and private school programs and are intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of driving. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: The Academy has over 75,000 members — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students — and is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. This website has a section "For Kids," "For Parents," "For Men," "For Women," and "For Seniors." (National Organization)
Description: This podcast highlights the evidence that supports the link between healthy eating and improved academic achievement. It also identifies a few actions to support a healthy school nutrition environment to improve academic achievement. (CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: AAAS is providing access to 600+ assessment items and resources to middle school and high school educators. These free items test student understanding in earth, life, physical science, and the nature of science.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance today for K-12 schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes.
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia notes that it is important for all education professionals to be aware of the issues surrounding brain injuries and how they can affect the student’s abilities in the educational setting. When a child is known or suspected to have sustained a concussion, either from a sports injury, motor-vehicle crash, fall, or other cause, the resulting impairments can be multidimensional and may include cognitive, behavioral, and/or physical deficits. Impairments...
Description: This information brief is written for educators who are familiar with early intervention and early childhood special education to introduce the special issues families experiencing homelessness. It provides an overview of developmental concerns and homelessness, summarizes a Virginia survey of early childhood educators, and offers promising practices to better serve this population of young children and their families. (Project Hope-Virginia) (Homeless Education)
Description: Our mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Our aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
Description: This video presents the fundamentals of UDL.