Thursday, March 31, 2011
I know someone with Down syndrome is a book for kids who are interested in learning more about the condition. Using large print text and great pictures, the book highlights ways people with Down syndrome are different from those without it and also the ways in which we are all the same. Facts and fiction and a list of resources are also included at the end of the book.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Ready to get started with RTI? Jumpstart RTI: Using RTI in your elementary school right now can help. It provides evidence-based strategies and tips for getting RTI underway quickly in your school which can help readers at all levels, from those who are gifted to those who struggle. Forms are available online to download.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Not sure if your math students are really "getting" the concepts presented? Want to make math easier to visualize? Visible thinking in the K-8 mathematics classroom can help. This book offers an overview of what visible thinking is, why it is important, and how to implement it in the classroom. Grade-specific examples are also included. Visible thinking offers many benefits:
- Interactive student-to-student learning
- Increased class participation
- Development of metacognitive thinking and problem-solving skills
Monday, March 28, 2011
Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Lyrics to a song? Maybe, but they're also the "Wh" questions that some children, especially some children with autism, have trouble answering. The app "Whquestions" from Smarty Ears can help parents and professionals work with children who have trouble with these questions. The app, designed by a speech and language therapist, features 300 questions and has audio recordings of each of them. Interactivity and tracking features are also included.
Check out this app at:http://smartyearsapps.com/2010/10/26/whquestions/
Friday, March 25, 2011
According to a new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities may be at risk for negative outcomes themselves. This study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and points to an elevated risk of conditions such as separation anxiety and agoraphobia. These siblings were also less likely to express their emotions, internalizing them instead.
For more information from the press release, visit: http://www.lifespan.org/news/2011/02/16/latino-siblings-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities-at-risk/
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Winter is over (not counting this coming weekend), spring is here (truly, it is!), and summer is right around the corner. If you're like some, you're already starting to plan for the kids' summer break. The Indiana Department of Education has you covered. Their annual list of summer camps is online and available to help you decide which camp is the best for your children. This 13-page list offers names, programs and contact information for more than 40 camps in and around Indiana. There's sure to be something for everyone. Check it out at: http://www.doe.in.gov/exceptional/speced/docs/Summer_Camp_List_2011.pdf
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
From the National Council on Disability comes, Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited. It presents the findings from a year-long study of how programs resulting from the Developmental Disabilities Act have improved supports and services for people with developmental disabilities. It suggests that great strides have been made over the past 40 years, but there is still room for greater improvement.
To check out this book, email us at email@example.com.
The full text is also available online at: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2010/rising_expectations_02-15-11.html
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Now in its third edition, the Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology boasts more than 4,000 jargon-free definitions of various
- educational practices
- public laws
Written for anyone who cares for or works with people with developmental disabilities and can also be used to complement courses on disabilities.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to check out this title.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Looking for an easy way to create social stories for kids? Stories2Learn is a mobile app that can quickly create social stories showing various social cues. Users can easily build their own stories by adding pictures, audio, and text. It can also be used to create visual schedules for children who need extra help with organizing their time.
Stories2Learn comes preloaded with one story demonstrating the skills necessary to play a game with a friend. For more information, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stories2learn/id348576875?mt=8#
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Diary of a social detective is a fun, mystery-filled book for the older child (or parent of the child) who may struggle when trying to relate to peers. With chapters such as, "Too close for comfort: The case of back-away Bobby" or "It's not what you say but how you say it: The case of the back-talking ballerina," this book looks at ten social mysteries, lays out the facts for the reader to try to solve, and then cracks each case in clear language that points out the issues and gives suggestions for improving social behavior.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Do you love popping bubble wrap? Know someone who needs the sensory stimulation? Bubble Snap may be the app for you! Pop bubbles one at a time or drag your finger across the screen for multiple pops. Find this free app at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-snap/id285646135?mt=8
Got students who are learning English and content at the same time? Need help working with them? Check out Implementing RTI with English learners. This book is based on the idea that all teachers need to be able to teach language, including math teachers, science teachers, etc. Using Response to Intervention techniques can help. The book provides many classroom examples and focuses on four representative students from different countries and levels of English understanding.
Friday, March 11, 2011
In The Goodenoughs get in sync: 5 family members overcome their special sensory issues, each family member has some sort of sensory issue (including the dog!): Dad has sensory discrimination issues, Mom and the dog are sensory seekers, Carrie has difficulties with dyspraxia, Darwin is over-responsive to sensory stimulation and Edward is under-responsive.
Throughout the day, each family member has a sensory-related crisis and explains what he or she needs to do to function successfully. At the end of the day, they all get back in sync.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Developed for early childhood professionals, Assistive technology for young children: Creating inclusive learning environments is an easy-to-read guide to help those working with young children ages birth to five. The book gives advice on everything from homemade solutions to high tech ones and will help professionals
- Learn how to select, implement, and purchase AT devices
- Determine funding options for AT
- Assess children's needs
- Use AT to aid implementation of universal design for learning
- And more!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The 2010 edition of Nolo's guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & keeping your benefits is packed with information on this important subject. This 5th edition has new and updated descriptions of SSA regulations governing immune and digestive system disorders, updated information on the "ticket-to-work" program, the latest new SSA forms and instructions, plus updated figures, fees, and contact information.
Interested? Email us at email@example.com, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.
Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking®. According to its website, Dragon Dictation is up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard! It creates voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard. Languages that this app supports are: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and it must have Internet access to work. For more information, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8
Friday, March 4, 2011
It's Spring! It's Spring! Or at least it will be in a couple more weeks. Until then, please enjoy our latest issue of our biannual newsletter, CeDIR Citings. This Spring issue is about new beginnings and focuses on resources for behavior supports.
To see the latest issue, go to: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/newsletters/CeDIR_Citings_0311.html
Think you might have missed one? Back issues are archived on our website at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2316
Thursday, March 3, 2011
From Freedom Scientific: The new large print keyboard provides convenient access to commonly used MAGic® and JAWS® commands. Some of the new features include:
- Bold, high contrast keys - U.S. English layout
- Scroll wheel to control magnification level
- 22 dedicated keys to instantly start MAGic and provide quick access to the most-used MAGic features
- Dedicated keys for functions such as speech rate, Research It, the links list, and more
- Three keys reserved for user assignment to favorite MAGic functions, applications, documents, or Web pages so they’re only a key press away
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Got a child with a sensory processing disorder? Looking for a book that can help him understand not only what he's feeling but also what those around him experience? Picky, picky Pete: A boy and his sensory challenges might be just what you're looking for! Written in rhyme, this fun illustrated book will show kids what it sometimes looks like to have over- or under-stimulated senses. It will also help them to see just how exasperated moms can get too!