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Resources Tagged With: learning tools

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Sensory rooms are specially created environments created to provide an immersive sensory experience. For children on the autism spectrum, sensory rooms are designed to have a calming effect that reduces anxiety and improves focus.

This video is part of the Schools That Work series from Edutopia featuring Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut and the ways in which the district has redesigned its special education services. Read more ›

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K-12 Sensory Rooms Offer Safe Space for Special Needs

ball-pit-1661374_640Sensory rooms not only help students with special needs feel more comfortable and empowered in the classroom, they may also keep them in their neighborhood schools, according to K-12 administrators.

The carefully designed rooms may include dim lights to help students who are sensitive to light, weighted blankets to give them comfort or a swing they can gently rock on to become calm or spin in a circle for stimulation.

The Council for Exceptional Children says sensory rooms are getting popular in districts to help calm overstimulated or anxious students. Read more ›

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Edutopia: Evidence-Based Practices and Strategies for K-12 Educators [web resource]

edutopiaFunded by the George Lucas Educational FoundationEd utopia is dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Their focus is on the practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.

Edutopia offers a range of resources to help educators implement the core strategies aimed at “empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.” Read more ›

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The IRIS Center [web resource]

IRIS CenterThe IRIS Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues such as response-to-intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction, and many more. IRIS resources are used in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. Read more ›

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Not All Screen Time Is Bad [presentation]

For all students, but especially students who learn differently, a comprehensive, integrated approach to technology makes reading, writing, studying, organization, and creative expression more efficient. Presented by a Compass High School teaching team with Rachel Wylde, Executive Director, Lura Milner, Coordinator of Educational Services, and Josie Porcella, Learning Specialist, parents learn what to look for in instructional and assistive technology programs in schools, and teachers learn strategies for developing executive functioning skills in their students, differentiating for a variety of levels, and making instruction more interactive and engaging using computers. Read more ›

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Parents Helping Parents [web resource]

ParentsHelpingParentsParents Helping Parents (PHP) helps families who have children of any age with special needs.

PHP’s mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care. Read more ›

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Council for Exceptional Children [web resource]

CEC LogoThe Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. Read more ›

Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

As a parent, Graphite™ can help you find the best tools to meet your child’s particular learning needs. Graphite is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students. Though Graphite was designed and built with educators in mind, the site open to anyone. Read more ›

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Top Assistive Technology for Reading Difficulties

Graphite™ is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students. Though Graphite was designed and built with educators in mind, the site open to anyone. As a parent, Graphite can help you find the best tools to meet your child’s particular learning needs. Read more ›

Best Apps for Kids with Autism

autism girl is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students. Though Graphite was designed and built with educators in mind, the site open to anyone. As a parent, Graphite can help you find the best tools to meet your child’s particular learning needs. Read more ›