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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 American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. ACB programs and services include "The Braille Forum", a free monthly publication available in braille, large print, on cassette and computer disk, and by e-mail subscription and at www.acb.org; numerous scholarship awards; and...
Description: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.
Description: The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida. Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service. (National Organizations)
Description: Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills. Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled child.
Description: The resource guide is a directory to expand awareness and knowledge and ensure that consumers and their families can gain full access to Virginia’s health and human services. The resource guide will help you: • identify resources for disability information • answer questions about services and benefits • explain rights and responsibilities • provide information for access to support and advocacy groups
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: 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: Teachers With Apps (TWA) is a premium resource for educators and parents to discover exceptional tools in the digital space. We are dedicated to understanding child development and knowing the significance of all factors that contribute to a happy and healthy child, including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Our reviews are authored by teachers, therapists, and educators with specific expertise in the different ages/content/and special areas. TWA field-tests every...
Description: "American Sign Language University" at Lifeprint.com is a site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you improve your signing (hearing impairment).
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: 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: Every 19 seconds someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That adds up to 1.7 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to other people. BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of...
Description: APH provides accessible educational and daily living products for students who are visually impaired and blind. Search the site for free trial versions of educational software and other educational products. Many products may be provided free of charge for students receiving vision services. Check with your local vision teacher for more information.
Description: This is a math resource for elementary students with a number line, a place value chart, days of the week, months of the year, time and money concepts.
Description: This collection of articles contains strategies to introduce key math concepts, foster problem solving and mathematical thinking, and encourage the use of math across the early childhood curriculum. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: It is a little known fact that over one million children are homeless every night in America. Saily's Journey is a children's book that addresses the complex issues of homelessness and raises awareness about America's most vulnerable population. When Saily the Snail loses his shell in a storm, he departs on a journey to find a new home. Along the way, he meets both friends and foes as he seeks to find a place to call home.
Description: A collection of articles from Young Children, the authors address topics such as sharing the care of infants and toddlers, acknowledging culture and promoting inclusion, conferencing with families, and helping to support learning at home. Also included is a list of key resources and questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles. (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides a definition and description of each component of literacy, a summary of related research, and a thorough description of the teacher’s role in supporting literacy development. Also offered are teaching strategies to embed language and literacy in all aspects of the daily routine and learning environment. Adaptations for second language learners and children with special needs are provided, as well as checklists to assist the teacher in self-reflecting and improving the...
Description: This Web site contains training models to be used to help service providers understand positive behavior supports for young children. (behavior/discipline)
Description: The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. This site includes CELLvideos for use with parents and by teachers.
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: ep (Exceptional Parent) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. (Registration is free.)
Description: Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We partner with organizations and individuals across the entire spectrum of the health care community to achieve our mission.
Description: TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. This web site provides a wealth of information on supports and services and coaching. It includes training modules, family stories, and reproducible newsletters. Be sure to look at the comparison of Michael and Miguel under "Natural Environments" and "Do the Math". This is an excellent resource! (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: The resources in this module offer helpful tips on setting up the physical aspects of your classroom and will introduce types of equipment used by students with visual disabilities.
Description: This module presents an overview of Bookshare, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP, which provides books in digitized formats to individuals who have print disabilities. On hand is information about how such students can access textbooks, other instructional materials, and text-reader software at no cost, as well as how teachers can use this information in their daily instructional planning.
Description: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community where young adults with mental health concerns can support each other while navigating challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18-25. The site was developed by young adults and is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in...
Description: Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare offers 90,627 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. If you have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a printed book, you most likely will qualify for Bookshare® services.
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Description: The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a child joy, satisfaction, and/or pleasurable feelings. (Autism, intellectual disabilities, behavior)
Description: To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents. (General Autism)
Description: The ASD Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge, but you must register. (General Autism)
Description: This page contains printable games, activities, charts and calendars for any part of a preschool classroom.(Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: Look Me in the Eye, a memoir by John Elder Robison, is about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism — overcoming his limitations, and ultimately becoming a successful adult. (Transition)
Description: A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology for individuals with significant sensory motor differences, develomental differences and autism.
Description: Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting. (pictures, graphics, AAC Resource)
Description: This site contains lots of free printables for use in the classroom made with Boardmaker.™ Click "Materials Exchange" on the right hand side to access free materials.(Communication)
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.
Description: A child may be found eligible for special education and related services as a child with autism if there is an adverse effect on the child's educational performance due to documented characteristics of autism. This site includes the following tools for educators, administrators and parents: Guidelines for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to...
Description: SEN Teacher has printables, specialist links, free software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education. SEN Teacher is also used by many parents and teachers of younger students and children without special needs. Most printable resources can be adapted to suit a variety of individual needs. All SEN Teacher resources are free to use at school and in the home. (AAC Resource)
Description: Response to Intervention (RtI) is viewed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as a general education process that uses high quality instruction, tiers of interventions and student performance data to help students learn. (August 13, 2009)
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has issued a revised Q&A document to provide States, State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, and other stakeholders with information regarding the IDEA requirements relating to individualized education programs (IEPs), evaluations, and reevaluations.
Description: Throughout the day infants and toddlers have many opportunities to use their arms and hands and develop their fine motor skills. During bath time they can hold their toothbrushes, during mealtime they can hold spoons, and during story time they can turn the pages of books. Unfortunately, a lot of the objects that we use during the day are not made for little hands, causing these routines to become difficult. Low-tech assistive technology and simple adaptations can be used to adapt these objects...
Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: The Personal Preference Indicators are not checklists, but are a guide to accessing information about the person’s preference. The items listed are intended to be used as cues or prompts to remind you about important subjects to bring up in your informal talks with the person. These informal conversations can give you a base line of preferences from which to begin planning. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The Functional Independence Skills Handbook, or FISH, is used for determining a person's ability to perform certain functional activities from daily life. It was developed for special education teachers, paraeducators, and parents working with individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The outcome of the program, when successful, is a direct increase in personal independence in those with autism, mental retardation, and related disorders.