Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Looking for a beautiful picture book to help kids understand that people with Down syndrome are not so different from everyone else? Check out My sister, Alicia May. Told from an older sibling's point of view, this lovely book describes Alicia May's daily activities in honest, positive terms from counting the number of steps at the library to her first school bus ride to her nighttime routine. Learn about Alicia May's likes and dislikes and her older sister's love for Alicia May.
Monday, April 11, 2011
It's Mobile App Monday here at CeDIR, and today's post is about iReward--a fun little app that can help motivate a child's positive behavior with the incentive of rewards. Rewarding positive behavior can help parents of typically developing children, children with autism, developmental delays, ADHD, and anxiety disorders. You choose what behavior you want to see and the number of times the behavior must be repeated before being rewarded. You also get to set the reward that will be offered when the behavior has been repeated often enough. The screen shot above shows the reward of watching television after 5 stars have been earned for cleaning up a child's room.
Want to know more? Check out this app at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireward/id324643198?mt=8#
Friday, April 8, 2011
Learn to have fun with your senses: The sensory avoider's survival guide introduces kids to the human senses. It also explains what happens when the brain magnifies the senses to the point of having kids avoid sensory experiences. This therapeutic guide suggests many different activities that can help kids begin to enjoy experiencing sensory input slowly, gradually increasing the level of input over time so that they can overcome the avoidance behaviors.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Interesting in learning how to coach in early childhood settings? The early childhood coaching handbook may be the answer for you. This book is a follow-up to the 2004 book Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood. The handbook contains the foundation and process for the coaching model which can be used to support families of children with disabilities as well as practitioners in early childhood programs.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Looking for a book to help educators understand more about families who have children with special needs? From families' diverse cultural backgrounds to ethical and legal considerations, the book Working with families of children with special needs: Family and professional partnerships and roles can help prepare the reader to work with families. The book has an emphasis on special education legislation, includes a chapter on ethics and ethical practices, and provides material on diversity and cultural competence. There is even a chapter called, "A family's voice," which highlights different families' experiences with special education.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Working with someone who needs help scheduling work times and rest periods? Productivity Helper may be the answer. It aims to help manage time "with an effective productivity technique to significantly boost your work output performance." The app can help
- Break the procrastination habit.
- Stay alert by timing your working period in bursts.
- Work/rest cycles help you to stay on the job.
For a closer look at this app, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/productivity-helper/id316563396?mt=8
Friday, April 1, 2011
Looking for a textbook on American Sign Language? Signs of the times, 2nd edition offers 44 lessons with more than 1,300 signs representing 3,500 English glosses (English words that convey the same meaning as a sign). This book uses a spiral approach to learning signs, repeating them and building upon them from lesson to lesson. This second edition also includes new class activities for teachers and new student activities that can be done in class, as homework, or as quizzes.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to check out this title.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I know someone with Down syndrome is a book for kids who are interested in learning more about the condition. Using large print text and great pictures, the book highlights ways people with Down syndrome are different from those without it and also the ways in which we are all the same. Facts and fiction and a list of resources are also included at the end of the book.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Ready to get started with RTI? Jumpstart RTI: Using RTI in your elementary school right now can help. It provides evidence-based strategies and tips for getting RTI underway quickly in your school which can help readers at all levels, from those who are gifted to those who struggle. Forms are available online to download.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Not sure if your math students are really "getting" the concepts presented? Want to make math easier to visualize? Visible thinking in the K-8 mathematics classroom can help. This book offers an overview of what visible thinking is, why it is important, and how to implement it in the classroom. Grade-specific examples are also included. Visible thinking offers many benefits:
- Interactive student-to-student learning
- Increased class participation
- Development of metacognitive thinking and problem-solving skills
Monday, March 28, 2011
Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Lyrics to a song? Maybe, but they're also the "Wh" questions that some children, especially some children with autism, have trouble answering. The app "Whquestions" from Smarty Ears can help parents and professionals work with children who have trouble with these questions. The app, designed by a speech and language therapist, features 300 questions and has audio recordings of each of them. Interactivity and tracking features are also included.
Check out this app at:http://smartyearsapps.com/2010/10/26/whquestions/
Friday, March 25, 2011
According to a new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities may be at risk for negative outcomes themselves. This study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and points to an elevated risk of conditions such as separation anxiety and agoraphobia. These siblings were also less likely to express their emotions, internalizing them instead.
For more information from the press release, visit: http://www.lifespan.org/news/2011/02/16/latino-siblings-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities-at-risk/
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Winter is over (not counting this coming weekend), spring is here (truly, it is!), and summer is right around the corner. If you're like some, you're already starting to plan for the kids' summer break. The Indiana Department of Education has you covered. Their annual list of summer camps is online and available to help you decide which camp is the best for your children. This 13-page list offers names, programs and contact information for more than 40 camps in and around Indiana. There's sure to be something for everyone. Check it out at: http://www.doe.in.gov/exceptional/speced/docs/Summer_Camp_List_2011.pdf
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
From the National Council on Disability comes, Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited. It presents the findings from a year-long study of how programs resulting from the Developmental Disabilities Act have improved supports and services for people with developmental disabilities. It suggests that great strides have been made over the past 40 years, but there is still room for greater improvement.
To check out this book, email us at email@example.com.
The full text is also available online at: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2010/rising_expectations_02-15-11.html
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Now in its third edition, the Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology boasts more than 4,000 jargon-free definitions of various
- educational practices
- public laws
Written for anyone who cares for or works with people with developmental disabilities and can also be used to complement courses on disabilities.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to check out this title.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Looking for an easy way to create social stories for kids? Stories2Learn is a mobile app that can quickly create social stories showing various social cues. Users can easily build their own stories by adding pictures, audio, and text. It can also be used to create visual schedules for children who need extra help with organizing their time.
Stories2Learn comes preloaded with one story demonstrating the skills necessary to play a game with a friend. For more information, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stories2learn/id348576875?mt=8#
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Diary of a social detective is a fun, mystery-filled book for the older child (or parent of the child) who may struggle when trying to relate to peers. With chapters such as, "Too close for comfort: The case of back-away Bobby" or "It's not what you say but how you say it: The case of the back-talking ballerina," this book looks at ten social mysteries, lays out the facts for the reader to try to solve, and then cracks each case in clear language that points out the issues and gives suggestions for improving social behavior.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Do you love popping bubble wrap? Know someone who needs the sensory stimulation? Bubble Snap may be the app for you! Pop bubbles one at a time or drag your finger across the screen for multiple pops. Find this free app at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-snap/id285646135?mt=8
Got students who are learning English and content at the same time? Need help working with them? Check out Implementing RTI with English learners. This book is based on the idea that all teachers need to be able to teach language, including math teachers, science teachers, etc. Using Response to Intervention techniques can help. The book provides many classroom examples and focuses on four representative students from different countries and levels of English understanding.