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Vetted Website Gives Special Needs Kids Safe Online Playground

Ability Online is a “free and monitored online support community that links kids with disabilities or illness to other kids and adults who care.” (@mattmoo1000 Vetted Website Gives Special Needs Kids Safe Online Playground samaritanmag
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LAND Connections - Inclusive Play Community Series: Intergenerational Play

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Awesome overview of what Integrated Play is and how to practice it with your little one.

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Autism Diagnosis in Some Minority Children May be Delayed by Up to 2.5 Years - Science World Report

Autism Diagnosis in Some Minority Children May be Delayed by Up to 2.5 Years - Science World Report | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
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Autism Diagnosis in Some Minority Children May be Delayed by Up to 2.5 Years
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According to the U.S.
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Building a positive school culture

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Schools around the country are being cleaned, waxed, and made to look their best in preparation for another year. It’s about this time when principals begin planning for the new year.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:04 AM

"A school’s culture is everyone’s responsibility, but the principal sets the tone. Principals that allow all team members, from custodial and kitchen staff, to teachers and support staff, to make positive contributions to the school community, while holding those who deter a positive school culture accountable, will foster a high-quality working environment for staff and an excellent learning environment for students."

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Ipads for Autism support

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With the push for integrating technology within the 21st century classrooms, teachers are no longer using low-technology approaches to enable students with autism to communicate with others. Instead, iPads are being used to communicate.

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Jason Toy's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:59 AM

Very cool that people are taking their heads out of the sand and starting to use forward thinking to address an old issue. 

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mums' mission to provide iPads for autistic children - The Bolton News

mums' mission to provide iPads for autistic children - The Bolton News | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
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THE mum of an 11-year-old boy with autism is on a mission to provide iPads for her son and other autistic children.
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Engager is setting sail for Autism - Port Huron Times Herald

Engager is setting sail for Autism - Port Huron Times Herald | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Engager is setting sail for Autism
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On Wednesday, July 24, Nick Gammicchia, a brave young adult diagnosed with autism as a toddler, will step aboard the Engager — a boat captained by Paul Latham.
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Autism Comes to Capitol Hill

Autism Comes to Capitol Hill | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Internship program for young adults with disabilities growing 'like wildfire'

Members of Congress and Americans with autism are getting to know each other a little better every day on Capitol Hill.
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Special needs students and long-term care residents find common ground in art - MyCentralJersey.com

Special needs students and long-term care residents find common ground in art - MyCentralJersey.com | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Special needs students and long-term care residents find common ground in art MyCentralJersey.com “We are a special needs school, so we deal with different levels of abilities,” said Melissa Jenson, a Rugby School art therapist.
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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. I hope you noticed the previous sentence didn't refer to being a great talker - big difference.

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Lauran Star's curator insight, April 29, 2013 7:08 PM

A great read on communication - even if it focuses on male communication - women can get a bit from it!

Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, April 29, 2013 9:38 PM

A great way to better your presentation and communication skills is to watch, listen to and read other great communicators!

Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, April 29, 2013 9:39 PM

A great way to better your presentation and communication skills is to watch, listen to and read other great communicators!

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Steampunk as art therapy for the autistic - The Boston Globe

Steampunk as art therapy for the autistic - The Boston Globe | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
A whimsical device worthy of Rube Goldberg was the culmination of nine weeks of invention, reinvention, tinkering, and trial and error by 15 young adults on the autism spectrum who came together to create it through the taking part in a...

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Communica8GH's curator insight, June 5, 2013 1:28 PM

More than art therapy, also communication, social, and leisure skills were a priority

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See how we prepare our kids with #Autism for shots » Lost and Tired

See how we prepare our kids with #Autism for shots » Lost and Tired | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
My family has a large amount of medical issues.  Gavin and Lizze are by far the medically complex but the other boys have their share of health issues as well.  Today we are taking Elliott to the (See how we prepare our kids with #Autism for shots...
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Ryan’s 101 | HollyRod

Ryan’s 101 | HollyRod | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Ryan Elizabeth Peete advocates for her twin brother and for other kids affected by autism and special needs…#Ryans101 http://t.co/OpXm3GBHLJ
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Allstar Comedy Show for Autism Awareness

Allstar Comedy Show for Autism Awareness | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Easy Breezy Productions brings a one-of a kind comedy show to Atlanta for two nights only featuring 6 of the best comedians in the business and its all for a good cause - Autism Awareness!
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Winnipeg student uses iPad to speak first words

Winnipeg student uses iPad to speak first words | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Eight months ago, seven-year-old Jade Forscutt couldn’t talk to her classmates at Samuel Burland School.

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Marcelo Carusso's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:50 AM

great !!! 

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:51 AM

This is wonderful.  The advantages of technology in assisting those with disabilities cannot be underscored enough. You should see what a colleague of my wife is doing with Makey Makey in this regard.

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Non Verbal Autistic Kids with Cameras Discover a way to Communicate

Non Verbal Autistic Kids with Cameras Discover a way to Communicate | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
The 2009 documentary, Kids With Cameras, films a nationally acclaimed educator, Brad Koepenick, , teaching 11-19 year old autistic children the art of movie making. The camp lasts five days and eac...

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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.


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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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Studying movement and learning in autism - Philly.com

Studying movement and learning in autism - Philly.com | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
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Rutgers University. In one study, autistic children played a game that let them choose what they wanted to see on a computer screen. ....

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 4, 2013 12:50 PM

Tech plays a vital role.

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:56 PM

It is getting more interesting!

Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 8:00 PM
Agreed. Thank you, Jasemin!
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Autism 'affects genders differently'

Autism 'affects genders differently' | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study suggests.
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AutCraft - The Minecraft server specifically for children with autism and their families - Link - Hashonomy

AutCraft - The Minecraft server specifically for children with autism and their families - Link - Hashonomy | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
AutCraft - The Minecraft server specifically for children with autism and their families. Related hashtags: #autism, #minecraft, #spectrum. (AutCraft - The Minecraft server specifically for children ...
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Got kids with special needs? DFW YMCAs offer adaptive swimming lessons - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Got kids with special needs? DFW YMCAs offer adaptive swimming lessons - Dallas Morning News (blog) | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Got kids with special needs? DFW YMCAs offer adaptive swimming lessons Dallas Morning News (blog) At least three kids with autism have drowned already this summer, as author Kim Stagliano writes in her Age of Autism column.
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Kings Island angers special-needs parents - Cincinnati.com

Kings Island angers special-needs parents - Cincinnati.com | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Kings Island angers special-needs parents Cincinnati.com Parents are taking to Facebook and online support groups to express frustration with what they say is a policy change at Kings Island that doesn't accommodate the special needs of autistic...
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Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary Classroom (IES)


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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 7, 2013 5:17 PM

Great guide ffrom WhatWorks ClearingHouse!

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Performance-Based with Zero Dropouts

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Roger Cook, Superintendent of Taylor County Schools, Ky, shares how their district is "Performance-Based with Zero Dropouts".


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 29, 2013 10:55 AM

Discover in this interview how Roger Cook has implemented a Performance-based Education System with Zero Dropouts.

 

During his first year as Superintendent, Mr. Cook transformed Taylor County Schools into a performance-based educational system, challenged teachers and students to meet 21st century expectations with rigor and relevance, and spearheaded the effort to fund new, much-needed facilities.

 

The drop-out policy for our schools states that any student wishing to drop-out of school must come to the superintendent's office and meet with me. I listen to their reasons for wanting to drop-out and then tell them they are not allowed to do it. Our board of education policy states that no students can drop-out before the age of 18 years of age. The state has now adopted this policy into law with Senate Bill 95. I then proceed to find them an alternative they can live with and still get their diploma.

 

 

 

 

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Developers dive in to create a wealth of autism apps

Developers dive in to create a wealth of autism apps | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
At times, Andy Shih still finds himself overwhelmed by the groundswell of interest in autism apps he's seen in the three years since Apple Inc. released the first iPad. In his role as senior vice... (Look out for new autism apps!
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Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism | Social Skills & Autism | Scoop.it
Using a kid-friendly robot during behavioral therapy sessions may help some children with autism gain better social skills, a preliminary study suggests.
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Early intervention found cost effective through school years

The Early Start Denver Model, a comprehensive behavioral early intervention program that is appropriate for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as young as 12 months, has been found to reduce the need for ASD therapies and special...
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