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Teachers Lead Improvement at State Street School

Dogs in the classroom can be used to calm fears, relieve anxiety, and teach skills. Meet Morgan, Sadie, and Lucky, three dogs that are teaching students and their teachers lessons they’ll carry all their lives.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 30, 2014 2:45 PM
Aspect 3, 11: Therapy dogs are in classrooms to clam the kids fears, decrease anxiety, and teach the kids skills. The dogs are also there to teach life lessons to the children. Also they are there to help the kids succeed. The dogs calm the children so they can focus and do better on certain task.
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Pet Ownership and the Benefits to Special Needs Kids

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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 30, 2014 1:20 PM
Aspect 3, 9: Animals, especially Service Dogs, are there to relieve stress and anxiety. The service dog help the child become more social and interact with other people more. Also to ease the transitions some kids might face in a school day. Kids with autism have trouble adjusting to a different schedule and the dogs helps with that. The dog is there to comfort the child during the transition. Also the child learns how to be responsible with a service dogs.
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Types of Service Dogs | Canines For Disabled Kids

Types of Service Dogs | Canines For Disabled Kids | Aspect 2-Sensory Rooms & Aspect 3-Therapy Dogs | Scoop.it
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 28, 2014 8:45 AM
Aspect 3, 6: Service Dogs can be split into many different categories and trained to do certain things depending on the person's disability. Social dogs are dogs that help children become more social and talkative. The dogs help the kids be encouraged to talk and interact with other people. This type of work is very successful on kids with Autism. It helps the autistic kids open up more and become more social.
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Service Dogs for Children with Disabilities - Pet Partners

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Service Dogs for Children with Disabilities
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 26, 2014 8:56 AM
Aspect 3, 1: Therapy dogs help special needs kids overcome obstacles that they are faced with each and every day. They enhance the child's life both physically and emotionally. The dogs help the children become independent. For example, if a child in a wheelchair drops something, the dog is there to pick it up and the child doesn't have to rely on an adult to do it. Also, if there is a child with a hearing disability, the dog can signal that the bell rang or someone is trying to talk to them.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 26, 2014 8:59 AM
Aspect 3, 2: Service dogs are also great companions for a child. Sometimes children with disabilities are afraid to interact with other children or even adults so the dogs are there to give the child confidence. The dog helps the children open up and become less shy.It is a "constant companion".
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The Benefits of the Sensory Room

The Benefits of the Sensory Room
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 3:49 PM
11. The sensory room is a relaxation room. Relaxation help's the child's emotional health. It is supposed to make a stimulating atmosphere but have a calming tone.
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Multi-sensory therapy in psychiatric care

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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 3:10 PM
8. Multi-sensory rooms are to provide a sense of comfort and safety so the person can relax and enjoy their surroundings. The equipment in the room is usually designed for the clients that will be using it. There are so many different variety of chairs and other equipment that can be used in the rooms. Equipment that is usually in all sensory rooms is: a mirror ball, colored spotlights, bubble tubes, and plenty of other interactive stuff to stimulate the senses.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 3:25 PM
9. What sensory rooms help(prevision)- Control and choice, and stimulations. The stimulation's include visual, aural, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, & proprioceptive. What sensory rooms do(aspects)- relaxation, stimulation, failure-free, non-directive, responsive to the individual, enabling, and rapport-building. Benefits of the sensory room: improved task concentration and awareness of self, more social interaction and communication, explore more, better adaptive behaviors, and more.
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OT-Innovations.com

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Learn and share innovative practice ideas at this Occupational Therapy professional networking web site, and home of Champagne Conferences.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 24, 2014 8:49 AM
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Sensory room offers special needs kids new hope

Sensory room offers special needs kids new hope | Aspect 2-Sensory Rooms & Aspect 3-Therapy Dogs | Scoop.it
It is a perfect blue sky day to be on a tire swing. For two-and-a-half-year-old Alex, just being around the other kids gets him giggling.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 6, 2014 1:34 PM
1: This video is about a little boy named Alex (2 and a half years old) who has cerebral palsy. He loves the sensory room because it is a place for him to block everything out of his brain and focus. It has helped him improve over the past couple years according to his mom and physical therapist- they see a huge improvement. I plan to show this video in my presentation because this gives a lot of insight on sensory rooms.
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Project Chance | Service Dogs Empowering Kids with Autism

Project Chance has a mission to provide clinically prescribed, relatively and professionally trained service dogs with the specific skill sets needed to aid children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Aspect 3, 10: Autism assistant dogs are there for emotional support and helps with a sensory overload. Autistic kids smell, hear, and see everything all at one time and the dog can help them relax and focus on one thing at a time. The dog is very kind and gentle so the kids are easily attracted to it. The dog also keeps the child in line. They help the child throughout the whole day complete different task.
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About Pawsitive Autism Service Dogs

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Pawsitive Solutions offers Autism Service Dogs for families struggling with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 30, 2014 9:31 AM
Aspect 3, 7: An Autism Service Dog, also called a Ssig dog, is well trained to help kids or even adults on the Autism Spectrum. These dogs are helpful is so many ways. They assist the children with sensory overload, help with the social fears that often occur, let the child or adult know if they are doing something repetitive so they can stop, help overcome tough obstacles, and prevent the child from running off. These dogs provide a sense of safety and comfort to these kids or adults on the Autism Spectrum. They look to the dogs to become relaxed in stressful situations, help them when they are in a strange environment, and sometimes even play.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 30, 2014 9:45 AM
Aspect 3, 8: Kids with Autism are most of the times quiet and they keep to themselves. A kid with a Service Dog will step out of that shell and talk to the dog. The kids are known to give verbal commands to the dog when they rarely talk to adults. That shows that people on the Autism Spectrum are comfortable around the service dogs. Also, Service Dogs help stop bad behaviors like self harm, melt-downs, and temper tantrums. The most important thing the service dogs help with is helping the child or adult communicate better with the world around them. The dogs also lengthen their attention span, help them focus on other people and other task longer, and helps the child or adult improve on their eye contact with others. The dogs help the people on the Autism Spectrum feel safe and secure.
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Service Dogs - Pawsibilities Unleashed

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Service dogs (Assistance Dogs) for children and adults. Service dogs for Autism, Diabetes, Hearing Alert, Mobility, PTSD and more.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 27, 2014 8:45 AM
Aspect 3, 3: A Service Dog is an animal that is individually trained to help a person with a disability perform certain tasks. These dogs are used to help children with autism, diabetes, seizures, panic attacks, mobility, and hearing disorders.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 27, 2014 8:53 AM
Aspect 3, 4: Seizure Response Service Dogs notify someone important for help if something is going wrong, provide love and comfort during post-seizure moments, and brings back mediation to the person. Hearing Alert Service Dogs let the person know when an alarm is going off, if their name is being called, etc, and they bring back dropped items that the person may not have heard fall.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 27, 2014 8:57 AM
Aspect 3, 5: Autism Service Dogs are very important to a child with Autism. The dogs allow the person to snap out of "autistic cycles". Autistic cycles are when the person is freaking out and having an attack. The dog will then calm the person down and help them out of their attack.
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Sensory Room

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A sensory room is extremely therapeutic for both children and adults with, or without, sensory processing/sensory integration disorders. What should we put in it?
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 3:34 PM
10: Sensory room is like a "specific room". All of the equipment and objects in the room should be based on the individual and their needs. The room is to calm the child through the different senses. There are 7 senses in a sensory room instead of 5.
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Using a sensory environment (multi-sensory room) - RNIB

Using the strategy of 'Using a sensory environment (multi-sensory room)' to support sensory needs when working with children who have visual impairment and autism.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:57 PM
7. Sensory rooms help reduce distractions, increase child's tolerance of a stimuli, help the teacher learn what stimuli helps the kid the most, and help the kids learn cause and effect. Kids with autism benefit from the sensory room (or safe haven). The room is for them to go calm down if they are over stressed or have a lot of anxiety.
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Sensory Room - Riverview; Maine DHHS

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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:36 PM
6. A Multi-Sensory room is a place where people with disabilities go to help stimulate their senses. It controls sounds, space, temperature, and lighting. MSE's give pleasure and feeling of well-being. They help relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and pain.
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What Are The Benefits Of A Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE)?

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What Are The Benefits Of A Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE)?
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:24 PM
4. Sensory Rooms known as "Snoezelen Rooms" were developed in the late 1970's by 2 Dutch Psychologist. Now they are called Multi-Sensory Rooms. They provide an environment for children and sometimes adults with disorders and conditions, and disabilities. The goal of this room is a to create a stimulating but calming atmosphere. There are 6 types of multi-sensory rooms (most common): white room, dark room, sound room, interactive room, water room, & soft play room. Also, outdoor environments have been developed.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:31 PM
5. MSE's have bubble tubes, mirror balls, fiber-optic sprays, lamps, music, pillows, chairs, and a lot more. All sensory rooms are different because there are so many different objects and other things to put in the room. Sensory rooms are used for active activity but they are also used for relaxation. That is called switch interactivity (to go from one stage to another).
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The sensory world of autism - | autism | Asperger syndrome |

The sensory world of autism - | autism | Asperger syndrome | | Aspect 2-Sensory Rooms & Aspect 3-Therapy Dogs | Scoop.it
People with autism may experience some form of sensory sensitivity. Find out more about this and the strategies that can help from The National Autistic Society.
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Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:04 PM
2: People with ASD have difficulty processing all the senses (sight, smell, sound, etc). This is called sensory integration difficulties or sensory sensitivity. There are 7 senses they talk about. Also, this is split into 2 groups, hypersensitive (over sensitive) and hyposensitive (under sensitive). This means that some kids may be extremely effected by 1 of the senses or not effected at all.
Cassie Szmyd's comment, March 9, 2014 2:13 PM
3. Sight. Hypo (under-sensitive)-Objects seem to be dark, when the central vision is blurry, the peripheral vision is clear, (and vise versa), and bad depth perception. Hyper (over-sensitive)-distorted vision, easier to focus on the detail of the object rather than the whole object.