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Description: When a child reaches puberty, families may view this time with mixed feelings. It may be that of pride that their child is developing into an adult, or families may view this period with trepidation, feeling unsure of how to explain all the changes to their child. For an adolescent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the physical changes that indicate increasing maturity can be quite out of place with where the individual is at in other aspects of their development, such as academic and social...
Description: Dr. Henry provides a brief overview of the Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS) and describes how the CAPS may be used to enhance communication and aid in transition planning.
Description: This presentation provided a brief overview of the research regarding the outcomes of adults with ASD and discussed the primary areas of concern for this group, including employment, residential living, social interactions, and community integration.
Description: This webcast designed to introduce parents, educators, and professionals to effective strategies for supporting someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in adolescence and adulthood. The webcast provided a description of common strengths and areas of need present in adulthood and focused on characteristics related to communication and social-emotional development.
Description: In this presentation, Sam and his mom, Bradford, shared Sam's journey and some of the tools used to facilitate the path to an "extra" ordinary life for him. This presentation discussed how these principals were used throughout his entire lifetime and are still utilized now as he is preparing for the transition to adulthood.
Description: This is a handout from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. Behavior has a neuro-anatomical basis.. Behavioral characteristics of persons with brain injury may include.. Thinking difficulties can lead to behavioral issues when someone.. Some things are often mislabeled as inappropriate behavior.. Behavior is communication; what is the person trying to communicate?.. Types of communication difficulties persons with brain injury may have include.. Common pitfalls when communicating with...
Description: On this website you will find books that have been adapted using the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and the Mayer-Johnson program BoardMaker©. The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are typically used by individuals who have difficulty being understood verbally or have severe difficulty with reading and writing. (AAC Resource)
Description: This report looks at a variety of technology-based products and technology-assisted programs designed to improve the early literacy skills of children from birth through age 8. The report also provides information about available technologies for parents, educators and children, as well as what may be missing in current uses of technology by children.
Description: The revised Computer Technology Standards of Learning were approved by the Virginia Board of Education in February 2013. These standards outline the content and skills that teachers in Virginia are expected to integrate into their classrooms so that students are proficient in technology use.
Description: REAP, stands for the four essential elements of concussion treatment and management: R- Reduce physical and cognitive, or mental demands, E- Educate the student athlete, families, educators, coaches and medical professionals on all of the potential symptoms, A- Accommodate for the student athlete academically, P- Pace the student athlete back to activity, play, and learning. REAP helps families, schools and medical professionals develop a multidisciplinary team around the student athlete to help...
Description: Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We serve more than 11,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 30 area programs. We are one of 52 U.S. programs, and part of a global movement that serves more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 counties.
Description: The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start* along with Child Care, Early Intervention/Part C, Early Childhood Special Education/619, family support, and other related programs. (parent, parents)
Description: The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia addresses priorities of VDOE with centralized coordination, implementation, and dissemination of information about the laws which define AT devices and services, the process of consideration of AT by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and AT assessment and resources. It includes a section on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In support of these priorities, the network has several initiatives which include: Developing...
Description: The role of the ombudsman is an informal one in which there is a focus on listening and providing information and a discussion of issues and options, as well as referral to other services including mediation. Part of the function of the ombudsman is to encourage the parties to resolve issues at the lowest level in an organization through appropriate dispute resolution processes, by formal and informal means.
Description: New research in public schools comparing kids with ASD to their peers finds that children with ASD are more likely to be rejected by their peers, receive less social support from their friends and classmates, spend more time alone at recess and lunch times, chat and play less with others, are verbally abused more often, are more likely to react aggressively and are three more times likely to be bullied.
Description: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: The following is an annotated listing of certain curriculum, instruction, and assessment supports and guidance provided to school divisions since 2010 to assist with the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning.
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment supports and guidance provided to school divisions since 2010 to assist with the implementation of the 2010 English Standards of Learning.
Description: The purpose of the PA Verbal Behavior Project is to enhance learning and communication to improve the lives of children who live with autism and their families. The Project provides training, consultation, resources, and information.
Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and...
Description: This site is devoted to providing helpful information, tools, and resources for brain injury survivors, families, friends, and caregivers. Sections include: Learn about TBI, Recommended Books, Discussion Lists, Organizations, For Caregivers, Relearning for Daily Life, and Managing Daily Life at Home (Assistive Technology).
Description: GUIDED ACCESS is a feature of iPads/iPod Touches with iOS6 or higher that can help students remain on task and focused on content by limiting access to a single app (disabling the Home Button) and restricting touch input on certain areas of the screen.
Description: The Virginia Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA) renewed the statewide license of Read:OutLoud, an accessible eBook and web reader for students with IEPs or 504 Plans. The AIM-VA Read:OutLoud license is now upgraded to a no-term license (no expiration), meaning that you will be able to use Read:OutLoud (version 6) on a continual basis. There will be no annual renewal fees.
Description: This takes you to the Read:Outloud 6 Show-Me-How Tutorials.
Description: This section of the Don Johnson website includes information on: Understanding the Product Learning to Use the Product Extras and Supports
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: The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) Reading Program is an evidence-based reading instruction program that has been proven highly effective in teaching students with disabilities to read. Developed by Drs. Janice Light and David McNaughton of Penn State, ALL eliminates the need for oral responses, helping even non-verbal students learn to read. (It is available for check out from the T/TAC Libraries.)
Description: The purpose of this kit is to provide helpful information about your students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community. With help from respected experts in the field of autism and special education, and experienced parents, caregivers and teachers, we’ve included an introduction to autism and specific strategies for supporting students. About the School Community Tool Kit Information about the...
Description: Mt. Sinai's Dr. Wayne Gordon introduces one mother's powerful story about the importance of accurate diagnosis. "Few experiences are as difficult for a parent as seeking help for a child and being denied the help that they were seeking. The story (in this video) is that of a mother asking time and again for help from diverse professionals and being told time and time again that her son's ongoing and worsening symptoms were the result of poor parenting, bad behavior, or an attention deficit...
Description: This site contains information about preventing injuries: at home, at play, and on the way for parents, educators, media and safety professionals. There are local coalitions in Virginia that can be accessed through this site.
Description: This CDC fact sheet is part of the "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs." Children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussion. The potential for a concussion is greatest during activities where concussions can occur, such as during physcial education (PE) class, plaground time, or school-based sports activities. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young,developing brain and need to be addressed correctly. What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?...
Description: This CDC fact sheet is part of the "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs" program. It provides steps that school professionals can take to help facilitate a student’s return to school and recovery after a concussion. It emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach by a team that includes not only school professionals, but also the student’s family and the health care professional(s) managing the medical aspects of the student’s recovery. (CDC- Centers for...
Description: CDC Injury Center's publications are designed for professional health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. Many of our publications are also available for ordering in hard copy at no cost. (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Traumatic Brain Injury Publications include: Fact Sheets Patient Information Health Care Providers Sports Older Adults
Description: To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Specific Concussion Information for: Coaches Parents Sports Officials Young Athletes
Description: A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms (Signs Observed by School Professionals and Symptoms Reported by the Student). (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Any one of your students could take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond. That’s why—whether you’re a principal, school nurse, teacher or other school professional—the CDC and several other distinguished medical, educational, school-health and school-professional organizations encourage you to use the HEADS UP to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs materials....
Description: There are many ways to help reduce the risk of a concussion or other serious brain injury both on and off the sports field, including: General Prevention, All Sports Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Field Hockey Football Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Volleyball Wrestling (CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: The purpose of this Resource Document is to present and describe 15 principles for State, district, and school staff; parents; and other stakeholders to consider when States, localities, and districts develop policies and procedures, which should be in writing on the use of restraint and seclusion.
Description: The American Society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.
Description: The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers a source for training, technical assistance, resources, and consultation to build program capacity and individual learning and growth. Autism Internet Modules are available on a wide range of topics.
Description: Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, Beyond the Bake Sale reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom.
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: This is an illustrated step by step guide for backing up and syncing your iPad data.
Description: This guide is to help you think about your life, your plans, your needs, and your happiness. It will ask you questions to start thinking about different areas, and will help you identify places to go for support and next steps you can take to make your life the way you want it. This toolkit can be downloaded as a PDF that you can save or print, or you can write your answers on your own. If you need help doing this or going through the questions, you should get a friend, family member, or...
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: Concern about responding to behavior problems and promoting social and emotional learning are related and are embedded into the six arenas we frame to encompass the content of student/learning supports.
Description: Welcome to EZ AT II, a guide for parents and professionals who want to help infants and toddlers with disabilities participate more fully in daily activities. This guide shows how using simple assistive technology (AT) can help children with disabilities from birth to age 3 reach that goal. AT refers to a wide range of products, devices and strategies that help increase or improve a person’s ability to participate in life activities such as playing, reading, communicating, etc. AT opens...
Description: MEville to WEville is the first researched-based literacy curriculum developed specifically for students with disabilities in the moderate to severe range. Designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging, each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families, and their school. This curriculum is available in all T/TAC Libraries.
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)