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Finding opportunities in activities that are boosted towards the morale and special needs of elementary school students
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Ainslee "Lights It Up Blue" for her Classmate who has Autism | Blog | Autism Speaks

Ainslee "Lights It Up Blue" for her Classmate who has Autism | Blog | Autism Speaks | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
This blog post is from 10-year-old Ainslee from Tyro Elementary School whose class is lighting it up blue for April! ()
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I found this blog very heartwarming. This shows an example of a classmate of an autistic student showing his care and support by "lighting it blue" for Autism Awareness Day.

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Julia Bennett's comment, April 25, 2013 7:52 PM
I love the idea of lighting it blue! So great to raise awareness for autism. I wonder if they have an article from our school (CSUCI) showing how we have lit the bell tower up blue!
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Carousel School Los Angeles: Special Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Public School (NPS), Preschool, Infant Center, Early Intervention, Adult Day Program, Traumatic Brain ...

Carousel School Los Angeles: Special Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Public School (NPS), Preschool, Infant Center, Early Intervention, Adult Day Program, Traumatic Brain ... | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
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I enjoyed this school's website because of all of the various programs that they offer. This is good site to go through if you are looking for a school to send your child to.

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The Role Environment May Play In Turning On And Off Autism-Linked Genes

The Role Environment May Play In Turning On And Off Autism-Linked Genes | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
* Researchers analysed 50 sets of twins, some with autism * Identical genes allow scientists to see other influences * Autism affects 1 in 100 in Europe, up to 1 in 50 in U.S.
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This article that I found on twitter was very insightful because it contained warnings on how the environment can affect the changes and symptoms in autism.

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"You're Going to Love This Kid!" Teaching Students with Autism

What if your school just said "yes" to inclusion? How would students with and without autism benefit? How would you solve the challenges? What do great inclu...
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This video provides insight on how an elementary school teacher handles her classroom with autistic students.

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iPad Technology Helps Down Syndrome Student Communicate

iPad Technology Helps Down Syndrome Student Communicate | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
iPad Technology Helps Down Syndrome Student CommunicateNewsChannel5.comIt's just expressing it that's the hard thing, and that's where the iPad comes in," said special education teacher Sarah Roberts.

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Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs

Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
picture communication cards, songs, games and learning activities for autism, aspergers, fetal alcohol syndrome and disabilities...

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more resources

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essential visuals for non verbal kiddos 

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Dreaming in Color at The Arts Fund Gallery | Funk Zone

Dreaming in Color at The Arts Fund Gallery | Funk Zone | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
... the mission of focusing on benefiting special needs, developmentally disabled, at risk, terminally ill youth and adults in their positive environments through a specialized curriculum of art education and vocational education.

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Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Understand the Language of Friendship

Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Understand the Language of Friendship | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it

Kids with learning disabilities sometimes struggle in social situations. Here's advice on helping your child avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.


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This article gives good communication skills on how to develop a healthy friendship.

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Belinda Garcia's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:54 PM

I think this article was very imformative and it will help you learn how to talk to a child with a disability without sounding mean or making them think what you're saying is something bad, it lets you know that body language as well as the way you speak the words is important.

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Learn More About The Best Autism Schools NJ Offers

Learn More About The Best Autism Schools NJ Offers | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
There are many parents who are concerned about the current state of educational systems and are looking for top autism schools NJ offers to ensure that their children get the best education they can (At Special Education Schools, NJ Children Can Be...

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If you are looking for a good autistic school for your child, this article provides information on where to go and what to look for.

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Special Needs Art Class Gives Students a Confidence Boost - KFBB NewsChannel 5

Special Needs Art Class Gives Students a Confidence Boost - KFBB NewsChannel 5 | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Special Needs Art Class Gives Students a Confidence Boost
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Julie Vermeulen has been attending art classes at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art through Easter Seals Goodwill Day Program.

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Glendover Elementary promotes awareness, empathy for Special Needs Awareness Week

Glendover Elementary promotes awareness, empathy for Special Needs Awareness Week | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it

Students at Glendover Elementary are walking in someone else’s shoes during the school’s Special Needs Awareness Week.

 

“Acceptance begins with knowledge and understanding,” said organizer Kim Grasso, who hopes it’s a starting point for greater acceptance and kindness toward all children.

 

“We really want to hit home with children this age that you want to be empathetic to others and just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you’re disabled,” said Grasso, noting that hurdles sometimes can enhance a child’s other abilities and natural talents. “I think of my son as a little workhorse,” she added. “It’s amazing the obstacles he has to go through.”


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Practical Tips to Make your Classroom Autism-Friendly

Practical Tips to Make your Classroom Autism-Friendly | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I wrote a list of  typical characteristics exhibited by students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In this post, I will provide a list of interventions and strategies to help t...

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Communica8GH's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:15 PM

PrAACtical Ideas for the Classroom

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Check out these cool tips for classroom management!

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This article talks about the different types of things to include in a classroom and also rules which you can create in a classroom tin order to be Autism Friendly and students be able to learn in similar ways. It discusses what to do and what not to do in the certain classroom situations. 

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Many Nonverbal Children with Autism Overcome Severe Language Delays

Many Nonverbal Children with Autism Overcome Severe Language Delays | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Hopeful news for families; study counters belief that nonverbal children won’t acquire speech after age 4

Many parents of children with autism have been told that if their child isn’t spe

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Bullies Target Kids with Autism, Survey Finds

Bullies Target Kids with Autism, Survey Finds | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Kids with autism are three times as likely as their siblings to be bullied.
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I found this article quite saddening at the results of bullying towards children with autism. This is a great article for any child and parent to read so that they can see the results and try to prevent it.

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Rubi Valencia's comment, May 9, 2013 3:50 PM
this is so sad! more involvement needs to be seen so these kind of stories don't increase!
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Autism Blog

Autism Blog | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
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I loved this blog because this woman uses different scenarios to handle autism. One example is this page of blogging. She summarized her thoughts and feelings on the book "Easy to Love but Hard to Raise".

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Using Visuals to Teach Autistic Students

Token boards, distraction-free photo flash cards, photo schedules and augmentative communication devices help autistic students to learn academic, communicat...
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I really enjoyed this video. It provided insight on how to use hands-on visuals to teach students with autism.

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Julia Bennett's comment, April 25, 2013 7:54 PM
This video is great and it links into my Scoop It page as well! I enjoy how there is so much insight to teaching children with autism, and it shows how dedicated teachers can be! It is always great to see different approaches to teaching and learning.
AP's comment, May 1, 2013 8:23 PM
I thought that this video was not only great, but interesting as well. I really enjoyed the the activities that took place in the video along with the thought of using a token board.
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10 Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

10 Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Achieve Beyond serves children on the autistic spectrum nationwide on a daily basis. We believe that quotes are a very memorable way to get powerful messages across that leave a lasting impression.
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This article contains several encouraging quotes for parents and children that might struggle with the reality of having a disability such as autism.

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Andrea Coppinger's comment, May 7, 2013 7:07 PM
Such a good idea to group these quotes together! Sometimes a positive quote is essential when you are having a bad day!
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What Makes a Good Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

What Makes a Good Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Share and Enjoy: (What Makes a Good Classroom for Students with #Autism #ASD #aspergers | #SpecialEd & #IEP Advisor http://t.co/dp4QfYdf #spedchat #tck...)...

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Kandace Mangold's comment, May 4, 2013 9:40 PM
Positive enforcement is a great technique for any class.
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Children with Disabilities Participation in PE and Extracurricular ...

Children with Disabilities Participation in PE and Extracurricular ... | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it

The Department of Education has published a report entitled Creating Equal Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Participate in Physical Education and Extracurricular Activities. It is a 24 page report that ...


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Children with autism show increased positive social behaviors when animals are present

Children with autism show increased positive social behaviors when animals are present | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
The presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders, according to new research.

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The authors compared how 5-13 year old children with ASD interacted with adults and typically-developing peers in the presence of two guinea pigs compared to toys.

Alicia Milanowski's comment, May 7, 2013 8:49 PM
I have heard this before! I have a good family friend who's son goes to horse therapy three times a week and it is the only time where he will smile. Animals are so impactful with children in general, especially children with disabilities. It would be good to see schools introduce this in special education classooms!
Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:56 PM

Brings up the question, should teachers have classroom 'pets' and if so, what type?

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{Down Syndrome Awareness} Great Presentation to Kindergartners | Special & Determined | A Special Needs Mom Blog

{Down Syndrome Awareness} Great Presentation to Kindergartners | Special & Determined | A Special Needs Mom Blog | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Yesterday I had the great honor of going to Jacob's school and talk to 3 Kindergarten classrooms (over 75 kids) about Down syndrome. I had seen on Facebook people talking about this wonderful educational video calledJust Like You - Down syndrome.

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Test Modifications and Accommodations (How to Modify Tests for Children with Special Needs)

Alright, this post has been in my important folder for quite some time now. There are three articles in that folder and I promised myself that I will not write any other posts until I finish these...

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Katrina Moody's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:15 AM

Something good for all parents to know too!

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Elementary School Transition - Children with Special Needs

Elementary School Transition - Children with Special Needs | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Transitions during the elementary school years can be well planned and supported so that children with special needs may concentrate on educational opportunities, maintaining self confidence and developing healthy relationships.

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This author describes the ups and downs of transitioning into schools for children with special needs.

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New autism study shows relationship with fear and anxiety

New autism study shows relationship with fear and anxiety | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by a BYU professor and two students shows that the severity of autism for children may be caused by fear.

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Making Friends's curator insight, April 1, 2013 3:17 PM

Kids with autism are helped by rules but how do they learn flexibility....?

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Encouraging Eye Contact May Disturb Autistic Kids' Thinking

Encouraging Eye Contact May Disturb Autistic Kids' Thinking | Special Education in Elementary | Scoop.it
Children with autism look away from faces when thinking, especially about a challenging problem — just as people without the condition do, according to a recent study. Avoiding eye contact is a com...

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Tara Johnson's curator insight, March 4, 2013 10:18 AM

I really appreciate this study. I find that teachers may spend too much time focusing on eye contact before students are ready.