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Technology gives special-needs kids a voice - Gainesville Times

Technology gives special-needs kids a voice - Gainesville Times | Special Needs Children Developing Problem Solving Skills | Scoop.it
Four-year-old Edwin Molina smiles sweetly at his teacher as he presses a button on his iPad telling her he'd like to play with toy cars.
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This is a huge deal for families such as Edwin's family.
Making their own choices and delivering a response within the classroom and at home is something that can only be positive and help with their education in the long term.

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New Classrooms to Teach Special Needs Students Life Skills - Patch.com

New Classrooms to Teach Special Needs Students Life Skills - Patch.com | Special Needs Children Developing Problem Solving Skills | Scoop.it
New Classrooms to Teach Special Needs Students Life Skills
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East Brunswick students are hard at work in brand new learning labs made possible by a grant from Lowe's.
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Community coming together to assist in ensuring special needs students have an opportunity to learn life skills. This is what it is all about!! I found when I worked in special school it was not the maths marks they were able to achieve, it was the life and social skills they were able to overcome.
I feel as thought socially these skills are just as if not more important than academics.

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Special needs, a special struggle - Imperial Valley Press

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Special needs, a special struggle
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LeDoux said “our district is committed to providing our students with the supports they need to receive a quality education in the least restrictive environment.
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This article is venturing outside the classroom and discussing the support needed from the district. Clearly in some cases society are still not accepting the fact the special needs still need to recieve quality education.

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Technology gives special-needs kids a voice - Gainesville Times

Technology gives special-needs kids a voice - Gainesville Times | Special Needs Children Developing Problem Solving Skills | Scoop.it
Four-year-old Edwin Molina smiles sweetly at his teacher as he presses a button on his iPad telling her he'd like to play with toy cars.
Samantha Ellis's insight:

This is a huge deal for families such as Edwin's family.
Making their own choices and delivering a response within the classroom and at home is something that can only be positive and help with their education in the long term.

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Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences

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Power Up: Common Sense Media's guide to nearly 100 great apps for kids ages 2-17 who have special needs and learning differences.

Via Lou Salza
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Learning difficulties are in every school so finding appropriate apps is a major priority for both parents and teachers.
Apps can clearly be abused and it is essential students are working towards a particular goal and not just placed in front of an IPad or Computer to play a game. Keeping these apps monitored and ensuring they are age appropriate and inline with the curriculum is essential.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:00 PM

Categorized by challenge area and difficulty level.--Lou

 

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"...A fresh look at learning

If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.

Our hope for you and your kids

No matter which hurdles your kid faces, the apps and other media included in Power Up can give them an added boost. We don't expect an app to be a complete solution, of course. Working with kids who face challenges requires lots of time, attention, and patience on the part of a parent, teacher, or other adult caregiver. Our goal is to offer you a host of fun, well-designed apps that were recommended and tested by field experts. We hope they can become a part of your toolkit as you work with your child...."

 
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Program helps teens with special needs - WAOW

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Program helps teens with special needs
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Finding child care is an in-demand and expensive endeavor in Wisconsin.
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Young People With Autism at Work in a Digital World | CPI

Young People With Autism at Work in a Digital World | CPI | Special Needs Children Developing Problem Solving Skills | Scoop.it
Ever wonder about what resources are available to help young adults with autism to thrive in the workplace?

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This article does not surprise me one bit! My little brother is Autism finds that he will excel when working with anything that is Digital Technology. He seems to find this form of work very engaging and is happy to continue to sit and complete his work if it is on a computer or an IPad.  Other than that - he absolutely is against completing any assignments at all.  So it does not surprise me that people with Autism are working in the Digital World and thriving at it!

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Young People With Autism at Work in a Digital World | CPI

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Ever wonder about what resources are available to help young adults with autism to thrive in the workplace?

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Samantha Ellis's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:11 PM

This article does not surprise me one bit! My little brother is Autism finds that he will excel when working with anything that is Digital Technology. He seems to find this form of work very engaging and is happy to continue to sit and complete his work if it is on a computer or an IPad.  Other than that - he absolutely is against completing any assignments at all.  So it does not surprise me that people with Autism are working in the Digital World and thriving at it!

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Special education teachers | VSO UK

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Disabled children in many countries face discrimination. They’re excluded from family and community life. Inclusive education can change that, by transforming attitudes and supporting disabled people in exercising their rights.
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30hands app for storytelling and presentation

Different from other presentation apps, 30hands Mobile focuses on the power of storytelling. Like pages in a book, photos or images are dragged around the desktop into the order of the story. Next, the teacher or student records audio over each image. Finally, the story or presentation can be published to the device’s photo area or uploaded to a 30hands collaborative learning site.


Via Baiba Svenca
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This is fabulous, Could be a valuable source for all levels of learners, easy to use and could help establish new ideas.

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Teresa Gibbons's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:05 PM

It seems like this app would be terrific with many grade levels. 

Chaiyi Bee's curator insight, June 9, 2013 3:30 AM

手機可用的

designandtech's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:25 AM

Very easy to use with elementary grade students. 

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[Video] Implementation Tips for iPad Apps to Meet Special Ed Needs

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This SimpleK12 presenter interview is with Luis Perez. Dr. Luis Perez received his doctorate in the Department of Special Education at the U

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Getting Started iPads For Special Needs Book: Protected Content

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iPad Help with Accessibility Disability AssistiveTouch VoiceOver Guided Access Augmentative Alternative Communication AAC

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IPads are clearly doing wondering for all children, but as a big sister of a autistic 14 year old I can see that without his IPad he finds it very difficult to maintain interest in the topic and will often just walk away.
During my time working with special needs students I have seen the Ipad used as a form of communication and I think in this case it is a wonderful device to continue use.
It is when it becomes an obsession is when I think we need to look at drawing the line some how? How would this be done if the Ipad is the main form of communication? How can we ensure to use it appropriately and not abuse this resource?

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John Pearce's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:02 PM

You can purchase the book via Amazon and other retailers or you can read it online via this link. Either way it comes highly recommended.

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BIG SISTER BLOG

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I have just connected with other experts on http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/online/resource/ipad-workshop-cairns-11th-march-2013/  and it was wonderful!! Great to see other passionate teacher for...
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Please check our my blog - my journey as an older sister of a 14 year old boy with Autism.
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Innovating Learning for Kids With Autism--and Their Parents, Too | CPI

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The Jump Start 4 Autism Program at a hospital in New Jersey is pairing preschoolers with autism with new skills.

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