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Assistive Technology Blog: Kidspiration Maps: Inspiration Mind Mapping for Kids

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Mind maps, concept maps, infographics, videos ---- visuals in general are all important when presenting concepts and ideas.  They allow for the person with autism to understand the interconnected relations between and across topics and concepts.

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Resources to help support students with autism, professional development tools for teachers, and support materials for families.
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24 Secrets of Special Education Teachers

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Special education teachers share their secrets and the parts of their jobs parents may not realize about working with children with special needs.
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National Association of Special Education Teachers — Apps For Special Education Teachers In our...

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Apps For Special Education TeachersIn our changing world, many educators are utilizing apps to help them complete many of the tasks that teachers deal with on a daily basis. Apps can be helpfu

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How an Amazing Cat Changed My Child with Autism's World - Autism Parenting Magazine

How an Amazing Cat Changed My Child with Autism's World - Autism Parenting Magazine | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
I have loved animals all my life and in the past I practiced Horse Whispering and have always had pets around me.  So, for me, my first thoughts were about equine therapy and a service dog.  For us neither of those two were right for Iris but after looking after my brother’s cat over Christmas …

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SU student-run music camp gives kids with disabilities chance to record music

SU student-run music camp gives kids with disabilities chance to record music | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
"We started to see at a certain point, students with varying disabilities tend to lose their ability to be included in many of the fine arts, especially music. It's presented as they can't take lessons or do this or that. In a lot of cases, students have intuitive talent, they really do. We started to say hey, we can make an impact."

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Michael Jordan provides an autistic fan with the gift of a lifetime

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Earlier this week, NBA legend Michael Jordan went out of his way to provide one of his biggest fans with a memory that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
As you can see

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Autism Coverage Varies From State to State - MedicineNet

Autism Coverage Varies From State to State - MedicineNet | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Autism is a brain disorder that affects a child's behavior and ability to communicate. It ranges from mild to severe and covers a large spectrum of symptoms. Around 1% of U.S. children from birth to age 21 have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
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Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs: Proceedings of a Workshop

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Download a PDF of "Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free. Description: Children with disabilities and complex medical and educational needs present a special challenge for policy makers and practitioners. These children exhibit tremendous heterogeneity in their conditions and needs, requiring a varied array of services to meet those needs. Uneven public and professional awareness of their conditions and a research base marked by significant gaps have led to programs, practices, and policies that are inconsistent in quality and coverage. Parents often have to navigate and coordinate, largely on their own, a variety of social, medical, and educational support services, adding to the already daunting financial, logistical, and emotional challenges of raising children with special needs. The unmet needs of children with disabilities and complex medical and educational needs can cause great suffering for these children and for those who love and care for them.

To examine how systems can be configured to meet the needs of children and families as they struggle with disabilities and complex health and educational needs, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in December 2015. The goal of the workshop was to highlight the main barriers and promising solutions for improving care and outcome of children with complex medical and educational needs. Workshop participants examined prevention, care, service coordination, and other topics relevant to children with disabilities and complex health and educational needs, along with their families and caregivers. More broadly, the workshop seeks actionable understanding on key research questions for enhancing the evidence base; promoting and sustaining the quality, accessibility, and use of relevant programs and services; and informing relevant policy development and implementation. By engaging in dialogue to connect the prevention, treatment, and implementation sciences with settings where children are seen and cared for, the forum seeks to improve the lives of children by improving the systems that affect those children and their families. This publications summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
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4 Ways to Boost Your EQ

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Like verbal or mathematical skills, there are ways to strengthen your emotional intelligence with hard work and practice.

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Education Dept. Tells Schools To Rethink Discipline For Students With Disabilities

Education Dept. Tells Schools To Rethink Discipline For Students With Disabilities | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Schools currently suspended or expelled about one in 10 children with disabilities.

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Phonemic Awareness Activities | Gryphon House | Gryphon House

Phonemic Awareness Activities | Gryphon House | Gryphon House | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Phonemic awareness is a key part of building a foundation for successful literacy development within young children.
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5 Great YouTube Channels for Learning English via @medkh9 

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Classroom Management Tips for Handling Difficult Students

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Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students who tend to act out.
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Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards, Policies by Evie Blad

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By Evie Blad

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Special needs pupils lack crucial support, poll suggests - BBC News

Special needs pupils lack crucial support, poll suggests - BBC News | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Too many pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England lack crucial support, a poll of education staff suggests.
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20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Back in November I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students.


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A collection of activities to help develop students' speaking and digital communication skills.

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People with Williams Syndrome are more social due to brain differences

People with Williams Syndrome are more social due to brain differences | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of California in San Diego, worked together will colleagues at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, to better understand what make people social.
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Teaching with Graphic Novels 

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Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.

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Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation... they can improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.
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"Visual Storytelling Can Build Non-Visual Reading Skills


Although often grouped together, a graphic novel is not the same as a comic book. Unlike the Sunday comic stripes or short serialized superhero stories, graphic novels contain all of the aspects of any school-assigned book: a beginning, a middle, an end, conflict, character development, resolution, and many other literary characteristics. However, graphic novels often use panels and images to also tell the story.

“The most significant difference from a comic is that the graphic novel’s text is both written and visual,” English teacher Cat Turner explained to the National Council of Teachers of English. “Every part of each frame plays a role in the interpretation of the text, and hence, graphic novels actually demand sophisticated readers.”

 

This more diverse and complex style of storytelling may be especially beneficial to students who struggle with large sections of text. The combinations of short lines of text and images throughout may deliver the same information to a student as a lengthy paragraph, but feel more palatable.

 

Due to space limitations in a panel on on the page, graphic novels also showcase efficient writing, mirroring a habit that readers can practice themselves. The unique combination of image and text can also improve comprehension and even vocabulary, as students have more context to derive their clues from. The School Library Journal noted one example of graphic novels in the classroom where an educator gave half the class Hamlet as the traditional text and the rest the graphic novelization. Those who read the graphic novel spent almost one fewer hour reading and scored higher on a comprehension quiz later.

 

Some educators argue that reading through images can be just as important as learning to read through text, particularly with the proliferation of visual media. Graphic novels also provide nontraditional learners an opportunity to get excited about reading and thrive via the mixed medium.

 

“Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional texts,” educational publisher Scholastic explained. “Even those deemed poor readers willingly and enthusiastically gravitate toward these books. Readers who are not interested in reading or who, despite being capable of reading, prefer gaming or watching media, can be pulled into a story by the visual elements of graphic novels.”

 

When Graphic Novels Are Too Graphic
One of the major criticism over graphic novels is the depiction of violent, graphic, racy, or scandalous images. Some of the most famous graphic novels, such as the Watchmen and Persepolis, feature scenes or stories of serious violence.

 

However, advocates of graphic novels argue that the issue is often not with the content but the presentation. As SLJ noted, the problem may be what researcher Steven Cary calls the “naked buns” effect. This is a paradox where the text of the phrase “naked buns” is not perceived as offensive or indecent while the illustration of the phrase would be. It is the image not the concept that can lead to controversy.

 

In the past, the graphic memoir Fun Home has faced controversy when it was assigned as reading for college students due to its depiction of sex. Fellow autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis has also been protested when assigned to middle school students because of a scene involving torture. Following the “naked buns” argument, this content may only be seen as more offensive than traditional novels because of its illustration of the concepts versus its discussion of them.

However, many books that have been banned or censored throughout history in U.S. are now looked at as literary masterpieces and assigned regularly, such as The Canterbury Tales , The Grapes of Wrath , and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .

 

 

Ways to Begin Integrating Comics Into Curriculum
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation, but this also makes it more difficult for educators to incorporate these works into their curriculum.

 

Shelley Hong Xu, associate professor in the department of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach, recommended that teachers start slow and learn more about graphic novels in general, according to the NCTE. Xu advocates for educators to spend time reading a graphic novel and noting their own comprehension skills.

 

“I think that every preservice and inservice teacher needs to experience this activity in order to better understand literacy knowledge and skills that students use with reading comics and graphic novels,” Xu said.

 

Teachers should also learn about the genre of graphic novels and what their students are most interested in learning or what their experience with the genre is. There are a number of graphic novels that are directly focused on historic events and may act as teaching tools on their own, but there are many others that would be meritless in the classroom.

 

Teachers who want to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum should also expect some pushback from parents and administrators, Xu argued. Educators should explain how these texts can help students reach their education goals, improve reading comprehension, and provide other benefits. Students may be less likely to push back about the inclusion of graphic novels in class, but educators should be prepared to coach students on how to read graphic novels and deal with other difficulties that may arise.

 

Although graphic novels are unlikely to cure modern reading issues in the classroom, their unique style of storytelling and more exciting visual medium can help address specific pain points by attracting a wider variety of readers, leading to more consistent recreational reading and creating healthy reading habits."

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 18, 7:08 PM
An interesting assessment of the effectiveness of using and analyzing graphic novels in the classroom, and of the controversial nature of the material that may also face educators.  However the writer of the article clearly sees the value of using graphic novels as a teaching tool.
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3 Good Text to Speech Tools for Struggling Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet | Classroom Tested Resources

8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet | Classroom Tested Resources | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Eight ways to differentiate worksheets in your classroom. The last one has been a life saver, and is very empowering for the students!
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Concerns About Overlapping ASD Research Persist

Nearly three years after investigators warned that most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," a new report finds some improvement but
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Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse This Effect)

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Utilizing Augmented Reality For Special Needs Learning - eLearning Industry

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Check about the advantages of Augmented Reality For Special Needs Learning and how it helps special needs learners imbibe life skills.
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Schools Must Provide Behavioral Supports to Students Who Need Them

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Students with disabilities who are frequently suspended from school may be missing out on the behavior supports they are entitled to, says new guidance released this week from the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Teaching Strategies to Build a Sense of Community

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These useful teaching strategies will help you get to know your students, and have them get to know one another.
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55 Inspiring Quotes That Show the Importance of Emotional Intelligence

55 Inspiring Quotes That Show the Importance of Emotional Intelligence | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Emotional intelligence can be the most potent weapon in our armory. It helps boost our self-awareness, self-control, motivation, empathy, and social skills, all of which help us become much better leaders.

 

Here are 55 quotes to remind us of the power and importance of emotional intelligence and why we should focus on developing it further.

 

If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. -Daniel Goleman75 percent of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.  -Center for Creative LeadershipWhen dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion. -Dale Carnegie

 


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Emotional intelligence is a major factor in our success.

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Interesting quotes worth understanding.