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Description: Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Thank you for visiting our site today and we hope you find the resources you need to successfully include technology devices and services for your schools.
Description: The Glossary includes over 200 education- and disability-related terms translated from English to Spanish to ensure that educational terms related to IDEA are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way. (With proper citation, the Glossary can be reproduced in whole or part.)
Description: This guide provides state policymakers and advocates with strategies to maximize resources and make policy changes that drive funds, resources, and community partners to child care and early education programs to benefit young children and families. Separate from blending and braiding funding streams at the local or program level, the strategies described in this guide focus on state policy decisions that can facilitate the innovative use of funds, encourage partnerships at the state and local...
Description: The third annual issue, which appeared in September, 2012, is packed with resources for teachers, leaders, professional development providers and families. Articles range from Tackling Children’s Weight Issues Through Music Therapy to Because I Said So: Effective Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behavior. This issue also includes ideas, resources, international perspectives, and podcasts you can participate in.
Description: A 20-minute video featuring Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), highlights some of the major changes to the regulations. These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Description: This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, announced on September 6, 2011.
Description: Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. This site includes "Screening Tools," "Transitioning to Kindergarten Toolkit," "Skill-Building Activities," and "Early Learning & Childhood Basics."
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: El Manual de 100 Días de Autism Speaks fue diseñado exclusivamente para familias que han sido recientemente evaluadas. family/parent/parents, General Autism)
Description: The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Description: This toolkit provides state policymakers and advocates with strategies for extending and expanding access to state- or federally-funded home visiting through partnerships with providers of FFN child care. This toolkit includes: Part I: What are Family, Friend, and Neighbor and Home Visiting Partnerships, and How Can They Help You Reach Families?: This section provides an overview of what home visiting partnerships with FFN providers may look like, and the role of such partnerships in serving...
Description: Digital video is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance a range of early care and education practices, including observation, documentation, assessment, evaluation, coaching, consultation, reflective practice, reflective supervision, family education, and professional development. The Desired Results access Project established a Digital Video Initiative to support early childhood practitioners' use of video in their work.
Description: This module focuses on effective practices for developing trusting family-professional partnerships in early care and education programs (including home visiting, early intervention, and other 0-3 settings). CONNECT modules are free and use an evidence-based approach to professional development. They include video clips, activities, and handouts that are designed to be embedded into existing curricula, coursework, and other professional development opportunities.
Description: The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over 5,000 participants nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.
Description: "Transition to adulthood" is a complex and ongoing process that starts as soon as a child is born and continues as the child becomes an adolescent, to early adult life and then through the stages of adulthood. While this process is complicated at best for any person, the individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) faces unique challenges that require specialized considerations. This set of guides will help the user understand these challenges and raise awareness of these important...
Description: Beyond Random Acts provides a research-based framing of family engagement; examines the policy levers that can drive change in promoting systemic family, school, and community engagement; and focuses on data systems as a powerful tool to engage families for twenty-first century student learning. (Harvard Family Research Project)
Description: This resource contains 2 different reinforcement inventories. The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a person, satisfaction, or pleasureable feelings. It requires the child, parent and/or professional to check items that describe how much the individual enjoys the things described.
Description: Many interventions exist for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Yet, scientific research has found only some of these interventions to be effective. The interventions that researchers have shown to be effective are called evidence-based practices (EBPs). One reason for using EBPs is because, by law, teaching practices must be based on evidence of effectiveness. What EBPs have been identified? The NPDC used a rigorous criteria to classify 27 focused interventions as EBPs in 2014. The 27...
Description: A comprehensive and practical resource that provides field-tested, research-based strategies for including young children with disabilities in early childhood programs. Early childhood educators, child care providers, and administrators can use the photocopiable forms and case studies to promote inclusion in the earliest social and educational experiences of young children. The book provides suggestions on activity planning, family involvement, collaboration, cultural issues, multiple...
Description: Tummy Time Tools provides parents with ideas and activities to make sure your baby gets enough time on his tummy throughout the day, while he is awake and supervised. These activities include handling, carrying, diapering, positioning, feeding, and playing with your baby. It can also be downloaded in Spanish, French, Portugese, Japanese, German and Swedish. (parent, Family Involvement Resources)
Description: The Virginia Autism Council has developed a set of skill competencies for professionals and paraprofessionals. This document addresses the following areas: general autism, individualization and support stategies, communication, social skills, behavior and sensory. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: A guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and products promote best practices for home and classroom learning. (2006)
Description: The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The Web site provides resources, training modules, news, and a blog for discussions related to inclusive practices. (Inclusion)
Description: Learn to guide, expand, and assess children’s block play with nationally field tested curriculum that meets national standards. Block play is an important part of exploring physical properties such as gravity and balance as well as theories of structure like tension and compression. Real-life examples bring to life this exciting realm of science learning. Part of the Young Scientist Series and copublished with Redleaf Press.
Description: Autism consultant, Susan Stokes, has authored six articles on autism: 1. Assistive Technology for Children with Autism 2. Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Characteristics/Learning Styles and Intervention Strategies 3. Effective Programming for Young Children with Autism (Ages 3-5) 4. Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism 5. Increasing Expressive Communication Skills for Verbal Children with Autism and 6. Developing Expressive Communication Skills for Non-Verbal...
Description: The Blind Childrens Center's mission is to provide comprehensive early intervention, specialized education and training, in a fully inclusive family oriented environment, for children ages birth through school age who are blind or severely visually impaired and to optimize each child's development and consequent opportunities to lead an independent and productive life. Additionally, to utilize the Center's professional expertise and experience to serve families and professionals worldwide...
Description: Pathways Awareness is uniquely dedicated to increasing knowledge about the gift of early detection and the benefit of early therapy for infants and children with early delays. We honor and support their parents by providing knowledge, information and a sense of community as they guide their children on life’s journey. Pathways.org also provides valuable information to healthcare professionals.(A multi-language brochure is available on the website.) (Early Childhood, National Organizations)...
Description: USSAAC is the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the national chapter of ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. We are an organization dedicated to supporting the needs and desires of people who use AAC, as well as the family members, professionals, and manufacturers making up our community. Augmentative and Alternative Communication refers to methods of communication that enhance (augment) or replace (alternative)...
Description: Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Description: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. (National Organizations)
Description: The Office of Head start (OHS) launched the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) in 2006 with a clear and innovative mission: to provide timely information and learning opportunities relevant to the Head Start and Early Head Start community, and to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. Head Start programs and parents visiting the ECLKC will find the latest information on OHS priorities, policies, and programs. The ECLKC also offers...
Description: Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and...
Description: This video explains the importance of early language development and establishing a good communication system with your child (hearing impairment).
Description: From improving math frequency to tracking data, here are a few good Special Education apps to check out on iTunes...(One teacher's thoughts on using iPods & iPads in the classroom)
Description: This guide is designed to assist the mental health consultant in guiding teachers, teams, and families in developing and implementing an individualized plan of support that results in a reduction of challenging behavior and the promotion of communication and social skills.
Description: Technical Report 3 from the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) entitled Recommended Transition Practices for Young Children, by Beth Rous provides findings from a national validation survey. The report provides information on 21 transition practices validated across early childhood and early childhood special education professionals. (preschool)
Description: This fact sheet (from The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center- NECTAC) provides a brief overview of the Part C program and quick facts from the research on early brain development, the importance of intervening early, the benefits of early intervention, and current unmet needs. It is meant to be used as a tool to communicate with policymakers, pediatricians, families, and community leaders about the importance of high quality services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for...
Description: COACH is better than ever! Now with practical updates based on user feedback and a new streamlined format for easier use, the third edition of this bestselling guide can be the key to effective educational planning for students with intensive special education needs in inclusion-oriented schools.
Description: Partnering with parents is essential if your early childhood program is to succeed. From Parents to Partners explores the reasons and methods for developing ongoing partnerships with parents and other family members. It also provides the tools and strategies you need to build the communication and support networks within which these partnerships thrive.
Description: The goal is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps. This blog will help parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and anyone else, wade through the vast number of ”educational” apps being introduced on a daily basis. Remember, not all educational apps are created equal. This blog, founded by two lifelong educators, is dedicated to the idea, that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly.
Description: This resource includes a baby sign language dictionary that includes: General Signs, Action, Animal, Color, and Family Signs, Feelings, Food/Drink, Manners, and Motivational Signs, Objects, and Survival Signs
Description: Challenge Discovery Projects is excited to present the "Sign with Your Child" video series. This series of instructional and informational videos was created to provide a resource for parents and caregivers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are designed to facilitate and encourage communication and language development within the family. The video series contains lessons on various topics with language that can be easily incorporated into daily life, for example, "Getting...
Description: Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel offers federal definitions of AT devices and services as well as a list of the AT tools to consider in content areas and other resources including books, journals, newsletters and internet sites. Special savings for large orders.
Description: Assistive Technology devices are tools that enable people living with disabilities to lead more independent lives. They can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as a computerized communication system. This guide provides an overview of what’s available and how to choose the best AT tools for a child. (Article from Family Center on Technology and Disability)
Description: Here you will find information to support your work in helping infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to three, achieve their full potential.
Description: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood.
Description: Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase. We believe that simply telling busy teachers, parents, and professionals what they should be doing is not enough. Within each topic, we provide the...
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: 2009 (FCTD Family Guide) : The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning is to help families prepare for those times during which their child moves from one environment to another and from one development stage to another. The focus is on the role of assistive technology during those times.
Description: The Children's Partnership is a national, nonprofit child advocacy organization working to ensure that all children, especially those at risk of being left behind, have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and to lead productive lives. Particular attention is on the goals of securing health coverage for uninsured children and ensuring that the opportunities of digital technology benefit all children and families. National research is combined with community-based...