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Description: Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.
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: Project HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment...
Description: The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center staff has identified current and readily available resources that can help support high quality inclusive practices. Excerpts and adaptations of each resource are provided to help users to easily see what each resource has to offer and to encourage further examination via links. National and state-developed resources contained within this document have been designed for a variety of audiences, and may be useful for families, practitioners,...
Description: Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for task creation.
Description: This booklet is intended for anyone who nurtures and cares for young children. Although it is primarily directed to teachers in a structural setting, the family is the first teacher. Therefore, many of the ideas apply to either the classroom or home. (Behavior/discipline)
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
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 emphasizes inclusion as a lifelong process and offers creative problem-solving techniques that will enable the reader to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in the community. (Inclusion, 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 gives the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joint position statement on “Learning to Read and Write, Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.” The authors translate the philosophy into teaching practices under eight major themes: the power and pleasure of literacy, the literate environment, language development, building knowledge and comprehension, knowledge of print, types of...
Description: This Web site contains training models to be used to help service providers understand positive behavior supports for young children. (behavior/discipline)
Description: RecognitionandResponse.org is a comprehensive online resource that provides educators with information about this cutting edge approach to early education. This site offers information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. (State and national resources)
Description: This rubric has been developed for programs in Virginia that provide preschool services to children who are four-years-old. While it is intended for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Title I Preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Even Start Family Literacy programs, private and parochial providers may also use this rubric. The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and...
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: The experience of homelessness is told through the life of a fictional animal family. This is a story of a rabbit family that loses its home in a flood and what happens to them at the animal shelter.
Description: Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.
Description: PACER’s Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project gives parents of children ages birth through 5 years the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to help their children obtain the education, health care, and other services they deserve. In Minnesota, special education services for children with disabilities are mandated by law beginning at birth. By federal and state law, families must be involved in the planning, development, and implementation of comprehensive...
Description: NAEYC's position statements on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluations are included on this site.
Description: Symbols are images which are used to support text, making the meaning clearer and easier to understand. They provide a visual representation of a concept. Symbol Sets are comprehensive collections of images that give greater support than clip art or icon sets. Symbol Sets often follow a schematic structure, or set of design 'rules', that help the reader independently grow their own vocabulary. The Widgit Symbol Set is used within all Widgit products. The simply-drawn, colourful symbols each...
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: Through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-aged youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends can benefit from the information and guidance offered by the...
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: This page contains printable games, activities, charts and calendars for any part of a preschool classroom.(Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: This article database is written by teachers for teachers and contains articles related to responsive classroom strategies. Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs....
Description: The SPD Network is a project of the Kid Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for students, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. Available on this site are FAQs about SPD, scientific research related to SPD, SPD conferences and workshops, a treatment directory, and general information about SPD. (Sensory)
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: This site contains examples of visual curriculum accommodations and modifications that can be implemented in the classroom when working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Individualization and Support Services)
Description: ResourceSET is the new and improved home of our popular curriculumSET and pictureSET resources. Visit this area to download free activities, templates, visual supports and other educational materials to support your students’ learning needs. (AAC Boards, pictures)
Description: Transition is a part of every child’s life. Transitions from early intervention to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and high school ultimately prepare a child for adult life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of transition at two distinct points: The move from early intervention under IDEA Part C for Infants and Toddlers to preschool or kindergarten school services under IDEA Part B for Children ages 3–21. The move from high...
Description: The information on this site should be helpful to those who are responsible for the education of students with various disabilities. This site includes information, activities with suggested adaptations, IEP development, working with paraeducators, videos, info for parents, research, products, web sites, etc. (Adapted PE, APE, Paraprofessionals)
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 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.
Description: The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service...
Description: The Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community. (Adapted PE)
Description: Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.
Description: "Specific learning disability" means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.
Description: LearningPort is a national professional development library of learning modules, tool kits, archived webinars and video resources created by NASDSE’s IDEA Partnership and funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support the use of ARRA funds in states and LEAs. These modules were developed to enable district teams to meet their increasing professional development needs in a flexible as-needed manner.
Description: The Secondary Literacy Instruction and Intervention Guide: Helping School Districts Transform into Systems that Produce Life-Changing Results for All Children speaks to the critical need for a clear, coherent and replicable district-level model incorporating evidence-based and research-validated literacy resources to meet the differentiated needs of struggling adolescents. These tools and guide are designed around the context of the University of Kansas' Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) Model.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)
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: This book includes information on evaluation, decision making, service delivery methods, and new assessment tools. Special topics such as Dysphagia, auditory processing, and ESL/ELL are also covered.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education does not require that schools use this sample IEP format; it is offered as a best practice example. The sample IEP form is divided into two sections. The first section includes those pages that are the foundation of all IEPs. The second section includes those pages that will be added to the IEP as needed and sample formats for other purposes.
Description: RTI is a comprehensive student-centered assessment and intervention model used to identify and address individual student difficulties before referral to special education. In using the RTI approach, students receive research-based intervention and assessment. Rather than waiting for a student to fail, interventions and assessments are designed to meet the needs of each student with individualized instruction.
Description: The newly revised R-FVII:2 measures the vocational interests of special populations. It uses pictures of individuals engaged in different occupations to measure the vocational likes and dislikes of students and adults who are mentally retarded, learning disabled, adult disadvantaged, or enrolled in alternative or vocational/career training programs. No reading or writing is required. (Transition Assessments)
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: Planning for the Future is a workbook to help students, their families, and professionals plan for a student’s life after high school. This workbook uses a person-centered approach to identify student strengths and facilitates a problem-solving approach to develop a plan of action and a vision for the future. FREE.
Description: The Representational Portfolio is a marketing tool which job developers can use to represent job seekers to employers by making presentations on their behalf. The Portfolio is a pictorial representation of the individual’s contributions and capabilities. The Portfolio is comprised of two components. The first half of the Portfolio introduces the concept of Customized Employment to the employer, thereby paving the way for the job developer to negotiate the terms of employment to meet the...