Friday, September 23, 2016

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8: A social and emotional learning curriculum

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8 is a 272-page curriculum designed to help build middle school age children's social and emotional skills. The authors, all professionals in the field of school psychology, offer a dozen lessons that educators can use to help increase students' social and emotional competency. This curriculum is designed as both a prevention and an early intervention and can be used with kids of all social/emotional abilities.

The book begins with an overview of the curriculum including thoughts on social and emotional learning, a model for preventing behavioral and emotional problems, and some background on the curriculum itself. The lessons themselves help promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills, and an overview of each of the 12 lessons is contained in a single chapter. The lessons are sequential and include mindfulness techniques as well as sample scripts and tips for transfer training and homework. Definitions of key terms are included with each lesson. Downloadable charts, worksheets, and other materials are available from the publisher with a keycode found in the book.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

TimeSlips is a nonprofit organization headed by Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator in Milwaukee, who has a passion for helping older folks with cognitive impairment. TimeSlips "offers online and in-person training programs and has helped long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world..." The project has been developed into a formal therapy with the idea that stories can be a substitute for the memories that have been lost due to the participants' cognitive impairments.

For more information about this project, a MacArthur Fellows Program, please visit:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is pleased to issue a call for presenters for their 22nd Annual Conference on Disability to be held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, December 5-6, 2016. This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

Call Deadline: September 30, 2016

As part of their continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among people with disabilities, their families, and professionals, they offer an annual conference, which is known for its high "take away” value and camaraderie. The Indianapolis conference will include outstanding keynote presentations, more than a thirty breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to our various participants, networking events and exhibitors demonstrating the latest tools and technology related to accessibility.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October training from About Special Kids (ASK)

Public Health Insurance: 
What You Don’t Know Can Cost You
October 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This training provides parents and professionals with information about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers, Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and private insurance.

Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op
77 A Street NE
Linton, IN  47441

$40 – Family Members
$75 - Professionals
Registration Required

Register at or call 800-964-4746.
Space is limited.  If you register and find you cannot make the training, please call so that someone from the waiting list can attend.

Minimum of 6 per training is required for training to take place.
Training Certificates for Professional Growth Points are available for this training.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Kidofon

Got a kid who has trouble using his iPhone? Kidofon is a very user-friendly app that helps kids make calls to family, providers, or even emergency personnel. Photos from the phone's library can be used as contact pictures or avatars in the app can be used such as police or fireman.

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Google Lime Scholarship Program

What is Google Lime, you ask? It's a scholarship program for undergrads, graduates, and PhD students with disabilities who are passionate about computer science. Google will award scholarships and provide networking retreats as a way of supporting the work of Lime Connect.

To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, please visit:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Zero to Three Conference

Join ZERO TO THREE this December in New Orleans to help you Build the Powerful Connections you need to support young children and their families in reaching their full potential.

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is your one-of-a-kind opportunity to be informed by the experts and inspired by your colleagues—make plans to attend today.

For information about the conference and to register, please visit;