Resource Center for Autism The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) staff conduct outreach training and consultations, engage in research, and develop and disseminate information focused on building the capacity of local communities, organizations, agencies, and families to support children and adults across the autism spectrum in typical work, school, home, and community settings. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism does not promote one method or a single intervention. Instead, IRCA staff strives to address the specific needs of the individual by providing information and training on a variety of strategies and methods. Download our Brochure (PDF, 404 KB). Download our 2011-2012 Annual Report (PDF, 233.37 KB). What's New at IRCA
Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages - iPhone app recommendations - Lisa Caplan All of these best iPad books for kids use digitization to enhance the reading experience, not divert attention from it. Where there are frills, I prefer to see them focus on education instead of playtime. There are great books for pre-schoolers but also for older kids, a somewhat under-served sector. And, for those aimed at school-aged readers, I primarily looked for educational offerings, since there are iBooks, eBooks and digital comics for fiction fans.
10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone This post is part Five of the Special Needs iPad & App Series. In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped. Dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities. This has lead Apple to create a special education section in the App Store. To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In part four we discussed 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store
Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs The Emotion Color Wheel can help visually group feelings. The circle is divided into colors to show some basic emotions. Within each basic emotion there are levels of that emotion which range from less intense on the outside to more intense in the center. For example, levels of angry are shown as: Visually, it might help to think of basic emotions as levels of color that become more intense as they pull inward towards the circle center. Brighter, bolder colors are associated with more intense emotions. Autism Games This Site is Full of Games: Games that young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will play. Video models of games that parents can watch and learn from and young children can watch and imitate. Tips and strategies for making games and play more educational and more fun! Playing is Like Breathing...
The iPad as RTI Intervention Toolkit While waiting for the iPad to arrive in my reading intervention classroom, I’ve had a lot of time to think and plan how I will use the device. Ground Rules I don’t want hundreds of apps. I’m looking for a few favorites. I don’t want more drill and kill. The reading intervention programs I teach do their fair share of drilling and killing (to great success) so I don’t need more of the same. Goals, goals, goals Learning outcomes Students will: list benefits of goal-setting. describe steps in a goal setting process. practice all the steps of the goal-setting process. have an opportunity to observe how goal setting can improve performance and self confidence. Teacher planning Time required for lesson Sensory Integration Activities: Turning Therapy Into Play Sensory Integration Activities are the lifeline to providing and achieving the necessary challenges for your child so they maximize: daily functioning intellectual, social, and emotional development the development of a positive self-esteem a mind and body which is ready for learning positive interactions in the world around him the achievement of normal developmental milestones The great news is... sensory integration activities are unbelievably fun and a necessary part of development for any child, whether they have a sensory processing disorder or not. Sensory integration activities are activities that should be used with any child if normal sensory development is one of your goals (hint... it should be). From the womb into adulthood, our neurological systems are developing and processing an overwhelming amount of sensory information every day. Our system must then interpret this information and make it ready to be tolerated and used for specific purposes.
presentation creation and the iPad There are so many great apps out there students and teachers can use to create presentations. One of those apps is free (yes.. free) for a limited time - Doodlecast Pro Doodlecast Pro has a clean design with easy to understand icons for students and teachers. The presentation can be paused, continued, and saved through out the process. Students can also open already saved presentations. Being able to select from multiple background images has great potential. Motivation Identifying strengths, interests, abilities, hopes and dreams Interactive Ideas and Reproducible Activities for Facilitators Working with Adults and Teens Motivation means incentive, inspiration, enthusiasm; it is the driving force behind behavior. People need motivation to face difficulties in their lives, make significant behavioral change, and reach their maximum potential. Motivation is achieved by identifying ones strengths, interests, abilities, hopes and dreams. The activities in this book will help participants identify and tap into both inner strengths and external resources in order to reach their full potential.
Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide Adam Foster, the teacher behind @iPadTeachers, has written an excellent guide to Book Creator. The book contains 47 pages of lesson ideas for using Book Creator for iPad, divided into 8 subject categories. Dan Amos, founder of Book Creator, said: “We are delighted that someone of Adam’s experience and knowledge of Book Creator has published a guide like this – it should prove an invaluable resource for teachers across the world”. Adam Foster is an experienced Primary School Teacher who teaches across Key Stage 1 and 2, as well as co-ordinating ICT at a Preparatory School in Wolverhampton, UK.
Counselor News TTS School 14 Reaching the Mobile Generation: How to Integrate Cell Phone Technology into Counseling by Catherine Taintor, Counselor‘s Room editor Some teachers are encouraging the use of regular cell phones in the classroom as a way to engage students in learning. Maybe it’s time for counselors’ to make the technology leap and harness the potential of cell phone technology to connect with students. According to a recent webinar by Education Week entitled Cell Phones as Instructional Tools, cell phones are quietly making their way into schools.