Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page What are Pervasive Developmental Disorders? The diagnostic category of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) refers to a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age. Is there any treatment? There is no known cure for PDD. What is the prognosis? Early intervention including appropriate and specialized educational programs and support services plays a critical role in improving the outcome of individuals with PDD. What research is being done? The NINDS conducts and supports research on developmental disabilities, including PDD. Prepared by: Office of Communications and Public Liaison National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD 20892 All NINDS-prepared information is in the public domain and may be freely copied.
Creating an Effective Learning Environment for Asperger’s and HFA Students: Tips for Special Education Teachers Many special education teachers are encountering students with Asperger’s (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) for the first time – and have expressed some anxiety about this. So in this post, we will discuss a few ideas and techniques that will help facilitate an effective learning environment for these “special needs” students. The first step would be to get acquainted with some of the associated traits. AS or HFA students may exhibit many of the characteristics listed below. These are usually not isolated ones; rather, they appear in varying degrees and amounts in most children on the autism spectrum: Special education teachers use varied strategies to help promote learning. The terms accommodations and modifications do not mean the same thing. An accommodation is “a change that helps the child overcome - or work around - the deficit.” A modification means “a change in what is being taught to - or expected from - the child.” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
THINK first | Welcome to AutismFitness.com! Alliance for Inclusive Education Digital Citizenship Teaching Strategies The book “Teaching Infants and Preschoolers with Disabilities”, by Donald B. Bailey and Mark Wolery, suggests 10 intervention strategies to promote learning. These intervention strategies are also applicable to teaching older students. Structuring the physical space to promote engagement and learning The physical environment should be structured to promote experiences that will cause children to learn important skills. Structuring the social environment by using models, proximity, and responsive adults to promote engagement and learning The adult should be sensitive to the child’s behavior and assume the role of observer or monitor. The adult should read the child’s behavior as intents to interact. The physical and social environment should be responsive to the children’s behavior. The adult should encourage children’s ongoing interactions. The adult should support and encourage children’s attempts to display more complex behaviors. Using children’s preferences to promote learning
Is Irlen for you? - Irlen Central England Limited Irlen has a patented treatment-method which uses specially formulated, coloured overlays or coloured lenses worn as glasses or contact lenses to reduce or eliminate perception difficulties. In order to to ensure the correct diagnosis, there are a number of tests1&2 that can be performed. Take a look using the links below: Irlen Contact Lenses Some occupations mean that eye contact is preferable and some occupations mean that hygiene is important. The Irlen Method can tint contact lenses to a 5mm tint. Find out more by contacting James. Experience Irlen syndrome first hand 1 Observation Form Adapted from Self-Test for Irlen Syndrome © 1990 Helen L.
iDress for Weather Sites for Autistic Support Teachers! AdaptedLearning.com A new site from Mayer-Johnson! This site provides an endless amount of Boardmaker files! You must have Boardmaker to open the files. Southern California Autism Training Collaborative Website Lots of examples of structured work jobs. Visual Aids for Learning Some free, printable, visuals to help people learn everyday activities. Spectronics Symbol Activity Exchange Assistive Technology Team Lots of free, printable Boardmaker activities. OMAC Consulting A fantastic site by Cindy Golden. Crafty Chic Some free, printable file folder games. ZAC Browser - Zone for Autistic Children ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. Special thanks to my father, Thomas Glew for sending in this site. Create A Graph Make many different types of graphs. Positively Autism Free resources, lesson plans, teaching materials, and more! Slater Software Inc.