Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Differentiated Instruction


Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher is designed to provide teachers with a wealth of new and exciting strategies to engage students in all aspects of the writing process. Lessons can be modified to accommodate students with different learning styles and opportunities to involve parents are also provided. It's a great resource that gives teachers valuable tools for teaching standards-based curriculum in inclusive middle school classrooms.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Teenagers

People Smarts for Teenagers: Becoming Emotionally Intelligent by Carol Carter helps teenagers develop skills for learning about themselves, understand the motivations behind their peers actions, strengthen the ability to make friends, develop coping strategies for life's issues, and help them manage stress.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

CeDIR is now on Facebook!

The Center for Disability Information and Referral is now on the popular site Facebook. Become one of CeDIR's fans and you can learn all about upcoming events, check out our blog, and receive "mini feeds" about what is going on at CeDIR. You can also talk to other fans of CeDIR on our Wall or post questions on our discussion board for others to answer and much more.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Inclusive Classrooms

Themes for Inclusive Classrooms Lesson Plans for Every Learner by Laverne Warner is a perfect book for teachers who have developing young children as well as children with special needs in their classroom. Each lesson plan features objectives, a materials list, a circle or group time activity, assessment strategies, accommodations/modifications, and curriculum connections.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hidden Disabilities

Hidden Disability Coalition, now called the Bloomington Association of People with Hidden Disabilities, is having their monthly meeting at Monroe County Public Library, meeting room 1A on Thursday, February 26 at 4:00pm.
This month they will be discussing stigma and discrimination. "Hidden Disability" covers areas of disabilities that are not always apparent or visible.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Autism Resources Blog!

Are you looking for information on Autism Spectrum related books and videos? Visit our new blog at http://iidcautismresources.blogspot.com. Here you will find information about all the latest autism related resources available to Indiana residents through CeDIR, as well as quality online resources, tips and tricks on how to find good information online, learn how to search our collection and more! We look forward to "seeing" you there!

Friday, February 13, 2009

How Do I Teach This Kid?


How do I Teach This Kid? Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum by Kimberly A. Henry provides several at home and school tasks that help children with autism, specifically ages two to ten, in writing, reading, sorting, matching, math and motor functions. Not only is the book great for professionals it is also a wonderful tool for parents. How Do I Teach this Kid? goes step by step in explaining what "task boxes" are, how to create a system where the child will start to learn independently, what to do once you've acquired the material for the tasks, and even tips for constructing he tasks. Examples of Individual Education Plan goals and data sheets for tracking the tasks can be found at the end of the book.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Create a Meaningful Day!

Creating a Meaningful Day: An Innovation Curriculum for Adults with Significant Intellectual Disabilities by Linda Cofield-Van Dyke is a curriculum that features 96 lessons in areas like socializing, athletics, nature awareness, community service, drama, visual arts, creative movement, storytelling, etc. Use these step-by-step plans to help eliminate boredom and the endless search for ideas.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Abledata: Information Source for Assistive Technology


Do you need help deciding the best assistive product to purchase for you or a loved one? Abledata is a wonderful resource that contains objective information on over 34,000 assistive products. Each product review contains a detailed description of the product, price information when available, and contact information for the product's manufacturer or distributors. The information is arranged into 20 different categories, based on the product and its intended function. Also, if you have a product to sell, you can list it on Abledata's website free of charge. If you need to speak with a specialist on a product, contact the Abledata Information Center. They provide information on related conferences, simple information requests and provide referrals at no charge. Abledata is a powerful resource tool to provide you with information and guidance in selecting products most appropriate to your needs.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Superflex!

Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner provides "the social-thinking educator, teacher or parent with a fun, motivating, and non-threatening way for students to explore social thinking while increasing their knowledge of social expectations, their awareness of their own behavior and how to modify their behaviors with Superflexible strategies." Because what kid wouldn't love to pretend they had a Superhero's powers?

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Friday, February 6, 2009

One


One by Kathryn Otoshi is an excellent way for children of all ages to learn about what happens when you are being bullied and discovering the courage to stand up for yourself. In the end everyone counts and can join in on the fun, including the bully. With easy to read sentences and colorful pictures, any child can easily follow the story.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Technology and Accessibility


Recently NPR did a story on the explosion of "touch" technology in the marketplace and what it means for users with visual disabilities. Check out what Stevie Wonder and others have to say about this, as well as see some of the new accessible technologies being introduced, including NPR's four accessible radios!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Aspergers and Employment

Asperger Syndrome and Employment: What People with Asperger's Syndrome Really Really Want by Sarah Hendrickx explores the reasons why work just doesn't work for many people with Asperger's Syndrome and how to resolve these issues. Featuring personal stories from those with AS, the book highlights successful scenarios and provides suggestions for both employers and those in search of work on how to improve employment for the benefit of everyone.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guide to Sex for People with Asperger's

Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex, and Relationships for People with Asperger's Syndrome by Sarah Attwood is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Also offered in this book are coping strategies for different social experiences, from bullying to dating, and includes essential tips on the politics of mature behavior.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Autism book for sibs

In My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, we get a snapshot of what it can be like for a child to have a brother with Autism.

An incident in the cafeteria leads Billy's brother to run away rather than try to help Billy calm down and deal with the situation. Billy's brother expresses his frustration and concern about the incident to his teacher who finds a way to help the children understand Autism better.

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