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The Brain Clock Blog: Research byte: Musicians have better cognitive timing

The Brain Clock Blog: Research byte: Musicians have better cognitive timing | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

IQ McGrew speaketh!    I have intuited this for quite some time, having raised a decent musician.  it looks pretty good on the soccer field, too, btw.    

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Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

"The central question of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) surrounds the idea of barriers to learning: Is the child “disabled”? Or, could we more accurately say that many of our school environments are disabling to children?

 

We understand, through UDL, that environments can disable learning and the significance of identifying and eliminating barriers to access. Further, we understand that children whose learning is obstructed by the environment, can sometimes behave in challenging ways. CPS takes this one step more, encouraging teachers to recognize that even children with no physical or cognitive barriers to learning, may struggle with emotional barriers. These may be difficult to identify at times, but identifying and collaboratively addressing these barriers is as essential to our work as it is to ensure that children can work within their preferred learning style, or have access to assistive technologies. This doesn’t mean that the demands of the environment are wrong – “no hitting” is a fair and realistic rule, for instance – simply that some children don’t have the skills to abide by these expectations and that preparing them to do so is a teaching task, not a task of punishment.

 

If we believe (and I do), that children who fail to be engaged in school work and learning are in some way disabled by their environments, then I feel we must believe the same of behaviour. Rather than labeling children with unkind and unhelpful descriptors such as “unmotivated” or “defiant”, we need to see challenging behaviours as expressions of an inability to meet the demands of the environment."

 

Katia Reid asks: "Do you see the same relationship to UDL that I am seeing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!"


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Principal dd's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:45 PM

What a perfect lead-in / intro to a staff meeting discussion around inclusion and integration with adaptations! Katia Reid puts it in perfect 'focus' from a perspective we can all appreciate:

 

"Sitting in a large lecture theatre for a presentation that I was attending voluntarily, I reached into my purse for my glasses and realized I had forgotten them at home. The lecture was two hours long and although my hearing is fine, being within a visual fog that made it impossible to see the lecturer was frustrating. After a while, I gave up trying to listen, and I took out my cell phone instead." 


How many of us experience this scenario on similar levels ... yet we know there are students in every classroom experiencing this same scenario. They're usually the easist to identify ... they 'self-identify' through inappropriate behaviour! 

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Students With Significant Disabilities and the Common Core ...

Students With Significant Disabilities and the Common Core ... | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Federal grants have been established that specifically focus on academic skills and assessments. The purpose for these grants is to increase educational ...


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Accommodations in an IEP are just as important as Services ...

Accommodations in an IEP are just as important as Services ... | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
When we talk about IEP's, many times we focus on what services a school should be providing; however, the appropriate accommodations are just as important for.
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Faith Jegede: What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic -- and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.
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5 Reasons People Fail (& What to Do Instead)

5 Reasons People Fail (& What to Do Instead) | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
These barriers to success are easy to overcome, but only when you know they're there.

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What every special education teacher needs to know - by Dean Traylor - Helium

What every special education teacher needs to know - by Dean Traylor - Helium | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A little patience can go a long way, as the old saying goes.
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Treating Sensory Processing Issues

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Just how do Occupational Therapy gyms help kids with Sensory Processing Disorder? Treating Sensory Processing Issues: Specialized gyms help over- (or under-) sensitive kids Related articles Out on ...
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ADHD study reveals children's views

ADHD study reveals children's views | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Research finds that children with hyperactivity problems feel medication helps them, but want more treatment options...            There is a consequence to everything......

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Are You On It? (The "spectrum" that is...)

Are You On It?  (The "spectrum" that is...) | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
From Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the spectrum became quite so all-inclusive.

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HBO doc sheds light on learning disability

HBO doc sheds light on learning disability | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

I reviewed the HBO documentary "Journey into Dyslexia." Thought provoking.Emotional.  Interviews children and adults.  Showcases the difficult journey as well as positive examples of successful adults. Views dyslexia as a gift, leading some on a journey that they would not have done without the diagnosis.   See trailer: www.interdys.org/JourneyIntoDyslexia.htm .  Released May 2012.  DVD. Purchased for $17.00 on amazon.    


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'I Thought Adderall Would Solve All My Problems'

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This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing.
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Talking Matters Blog

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Care for #parents and #families so they can care for #kids with #special needs http://t.co/skBnY71i #parenting #education #slpbloggers...Great blog for parent resources related to language and communication.

 

 

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The #spedchat Project: Chat for Special Educators

The #spedchat Project:  Chat for Special Educators | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

This is the archive page for #spedchat, a chat that occurs on Tuesdays at 8:30 EST for an hour.

 

Core Values (via the Council for Exceptional Children)

The dignity and worth of all individuals. Social justice, inclusiveness, and diversity. Professional excellence, integrity, and accountability. Rich and meaningful participation in society for all individuals with exceptionalities. Effective individualized education for all individuals with exceptionalities. The importance of families in the lives and education of all individuals with exceptionalities. Collaboration and community building to improve outcomes.


Where can you find #spedchat?
Well, we have two types of conversation. #spedchat is a twitter hashtag used for
(1) daily, continuous research and resource sharing on issues related to and effecting students with disabilities, & (2) a scheduled weekly twitter chat on Tuesday nights from 8:30-9:30 EST.


#spedchat Moderators:
Deven Black aka @DevenKBlack (formerly @spedteacher)
Damian Bariexca aka @Damian613
Chris Vacek aka @ChrisVacek
Matthew Ray aka @MrMatthewRay

 

 

 

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Answers To The Biggest Questions About Flipped Classrooms: School Psych Perspective

Answers To The Biggest Questions About Flipped Classrooms:  School Psych Perspective | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
As a school psychologist intern highly interested in 'flipping classrooms', I have consulted with many teachers that have adopted the flipped model, and they have nothing but great things to say. 

 

Great article for those who support students and teachers.  


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What High School Teachers Wish Parents Asked at Conferences

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Showing up to parent-teacher conferences is an important step, but so is asking the right questions.
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Notes from the School Psychologist: Study Skill O’ the Week: Swatters!

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Notes from the School Psychologist: Study Skill O’ the Week: Swatters!
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The Common Core State Standards — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Common Core State Standards http://t.co/MNLUdZxa...

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The connection between gifted student programs and special education - by Dean Traylor - Page 2 - Helium

The connection between gifted student programs and special education - by Dean Traylor - Page 2 - Helium | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Several years ago, prospective student-teachers enrolled in the school of education at a California university were told that special education on..., Dean Traylor, page 2...
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Assessment in Early Childhood (Special Education)

Washington State's Guide to Assessment in Early Childhood

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Common Core Curriculum: ELA Instructional Implications for Students with Disabilities

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Spotlight on English/Language Arts and the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards are beginning to influence English/language arts instruction. This free Spotlight focuses on reading and writing across the subjects, a greater emphasis on nonfiction texts, the debate over prereading, and criticisms of the standards.

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Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain

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What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic?  Four important things everyone should know. 


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12 Things High School Students with ADHD Want Teachers to Know - ADHD

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This list has been compiled by teens with ADHD.  I find the list to be quite accurate. 

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Aspergers Daily News

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Aspergers Daily News, by Arlene Martell: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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How Inclusive Are Preschools?

How Inclusive Are Preschools? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

6.4% of preschoolers have been identified as having special needs. Research has made it clear of the benefits to many preschoolers of being in inclusive preschool settings.

 

Interesting, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in Washington DC defines inclusive preschool programs as ones having at least 50% of the participants not having special needs.

 

I would say an inclusive preschool would have the natural proportions of children with and without special needs, about 6% percent of the preschoolers would have special needs and about 94% of the students would not have special needs.

 

I remember when my son, Dylan was 3 years old and we thought it would be more appropriate for him to attend a community preschool class, vs. the district's special education preschool program that had a 50:50 ratio of students with and without special needs.

 

My husband and I had many meetings with the school staff about Dylan's placement. The school and district staff were recomending their special education preschool program. They believed their specially trained staff could best meet Dylan's needs. My husband and I contended that Dylan would learn much more with typical peers.

 

Finally, after not being able to resolve the issue of Least Restrictive Environment we filed for a due process hearing. Thankfully, we were able to reach a settlement in mediation. Guess where Dylan went to preschool?

 

It was Mother Goose's Preschool, a terrific community preschool with dedicated, caring teachers and typical peers. Dylan was the only preschooler with an idenitifed disability. Dylan had wonderful experiences there, learned a lot, and made friends he is still in touch with, 20 years later!

 

This was Dylan's first inclusive classroom experience.  He continued being a full time member of general education classrooms for kindergarten through high school.  After graduation he audited classes at the University of Colorado for four years.  His successful inclusive education, which began in preschool has shaped the person he is today!

 

                          – Charmaine

                          www.visionsandvoicestogether.com

 

 


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