Braille Teaching Resources

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January is Braille Literacy Month.  Invented by Louis Braille, at the age of 15 years old while attending the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. Braille lost his sight during a childhood accident at the age of 4. Braille is not a language, rather it is a code that uses symbols formed within units of space that consists of six raised dots , 2 across and 3 down.

The following sites describe Braille:

Braille: Deciphering the code

Braille: What is it?

What is Braille

The following links below include resources on teaching braille:

 

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Braille Teaching Resources

  1. A kitchen curriculum for the parents of visually impaired children. A functional skills curriculum for visual impaired children from infants to 12 on up.
  2. 3 tips for teaching young children with a visual impairment how to become strong readers. Kristen Smith describes ways to prepare young children for reading including creating story boxes, and using all the senses.
  3. 5 ways to teach your blind child how to use an iPad. This article includes a few demonstration via videos and an infographic.
  4. 10 strategies for teaching math to children with visual impairments. Hillary Kleck shares ten strategies for teaching math to children who are blind or visually impaired.
  5. Creating a theme for your braille classroom. Liz Eagan shares tips and suggestions on creating a braille station in the classroom.
  6. Fun ways to teach braille to partially sighted students. Game activities for students that are partially sighted braille readers.
  7. Tips for promoting braille in the classroom. A number of suggestions that give students the opportunity to explore and understand braille
  8. Ten tips to help you teach yourself braille. Wonder Baby’s article includes a braille cheat sheet and a downloadable Braille alphabet and numbers sheet.
  9. Teaching Braille Writing. Tracy Fitch outlines 5 ways to help new learners on using a braille writer.
  10. Tracking activities for pre-braille learners. Resources including a variety of tactile material that can be glued to index cards or braille paper
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Celebrating Nerodiversity: Embracing people for what they are

Celebrating Neurodiversity: Embracing people for what they are

 

 

 

 

Source: (Durham Region Autism Services)

The term “neurodiversity” was first pioneered in the late 1990’s by two forward-thinking individuals: journalist Harvey Blume and autism advocate Judy Singer. Blume and Singer both believed that the ‘Neurologically Different’ deserve their own political category, standing alongside the familiar ones of class, gender, and race and working to augment the rights and redefine common perceptions of the neurodiverse.

It was Blume and Singer’s wish to see the neurodiverse perceived in light of their strengths as well as their weaknesses. They noted, for example, that those with dyslexia often show above-average visual thinking abilities and entrepreneurial knack. Those with ADHD have a penchant for creative problem solving on the fly. They are typically very imaginative and excel in holistic problem processing that is based on imagination rather than working memory. People on the autism spectrum often show an unusual affinity for mathematics and computer programming. Those who struggle with mental illness, though their challenges may be many, often come up with unique and insightful ways to cope, and frequently exhibit heightened creativity. Click here to read the rest of the story

Managing Anxious Behavior In Children:7 Tips

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Source: (Psych Central)
Author: Tara Bates-Duford

Stress and anxiety is a normal part of life for many people, including children. Children, like adults can struggle with intense feelings of frustration and anxiety leading to challenges in cognition, academic performance, managing emotions, building resiliency, etc. Anxiety in can children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development, as well as physical health. Increased stress and anxious behavior in children can be associated with parent’s divorce, abuse, biological sensitivity, personality, stress in school, self or parent inflicted pressure, death of a loved one, significant/abrupt familial changes, rigid schedule, etc.

Anxious feelings do not exist in a vacuum, anyone can experience stressful and anxious feelings, even children who are often overlooked. As with adults, children respond differently to stress depending on their age, individual personalities, and coping skills. When it comes to anxiety in children, very young children may not be able to fully explain or understand their feelings, whereas older kids may be able to express what they are feeling and why they are feeling it. Children struggling with anxiety often struggle with low self-esteem, self-doubt, and difficulty building and establishing social relationships. Children that do not develop the skills to appropriately manage frustrations and anxiety or develop maladaptive coping skills will experience difficulty with building self-confidence. Children that develop healthy coping skills exhibit a higher rate of self-confidence, increased social and self-control skills, have better management and control of their mood, communicate their needs more effectively, perform better in school than peers struggling with decreased confidence, etc.   Click here for the rest of the story

2017 Disability Awareness Month and Observances

Awareness campaigns serve the purpose of informing and educating people on a certain causes. Each year, the number of special needs organizations bringing awareness to specific disabilities and disorders seems to grow. Awareness activities range from one day to a month.

Here is a calendar of major special needs awareness months, weeks, and days. Most websites include awareness toolkits, promotional materials and fact sheets.

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January

January 4- World Braille Day

National Birth Defects National Month

February

February 15- International Angelman Day

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week February 13-19

March

Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 18- 24 (United Kingdom)

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis Month

National Tuberculosis Awareness Month

Social Work Month

Trisomy Awareness Month

April

Auditory Processing Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Occupational Therapy Month

May

May 5- Cri Du Chat International Day

International Cri Du Chat Awareness Week May 1-7

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Apraxia Awareness Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Prader Willi Awareness Month

Williams Syndrome Awareness Month

June

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week June 24-30

Dravet Syndrome Awareness Month

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month

July

National Fragile X Awareness Month

August

Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Month

September

Craniofacial Acceptance Month

Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

National Spinal Cord Injury Month Awareness

Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month

October

October 6- World Cerebral Palsy Day

OCD Awareness Week- October 8-14

ADHD Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Disability Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Sensory Processing Awareness Month

Special Needs Law Month

Spinal Bifida Awareness Month

November

November 4- National Stress Awareness Month

22q Awareness Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

December

December 3- International Day of Persons With Disabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why “High Functioning” Autism Is So Challenging

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Source:(Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

The autism spectrum is very large.  If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you’ll note that there’s an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other — but somewhere in the middle.

At this point in history, we don’t have good information to tell us whether MOST people on the autism spectrum are “somewhere in the middle,” but it is clear that the lion’s share of media attention goes to folks at the high and the low ends of the spectrum — that is, the profoundly disabled and the very high functioning. Please click here to read the rest of the story.

Why Special Needs Moms Are Exhausted All The Time, But Will Never Ask For Help

Why special needs moms are so exhausted all the time, but they'll never tell you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source( Life Over C’s)

“You drink a lot of coffee.” Yep. I do. I hear that one little sentence all the time. The problem is most people don’t want to hear the explanation. Daily life with a special needs child is a series of rapid fire, interrogations that a parent can never answer correctly. In fact, special needs moms have been found to have similar levels of stress-hormones to combat soldiers. I’ve never been in combat, but I do know what PTSD from stress feels like. I know people don’t want to hear this. People are busy. People are tired. But most people are not this tired. Most people are not ‘5-cups-of-coffee-just-to-keep-their-eyes-propped-open’ tired. Special needs moms are exhausted all.the.time…..but will never ask for help. Click here for the rest of the story.

Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Similar But Different

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Source: (Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood to be a condition in which individuals have a strong desire for order and repetition, or an intense focus on details. As a result, many people believe that autistic behaviors and preferences are a sign of OCD.  But autistic behaviors such as rocking or flicking fingers — or a desire for a structured routine — are actually quite distinct from the very specific qualities of OCD. Click here to read the rest of the story

2017 Autism Conferences

Hi Everyone!

It that time again for the yearly upcoming autism conference listings. The conferences listed are specifically on the topic of autism spectrum disorder. The conferences vary from 1-day seminars to 3-day sessions and keynote speakers. Some of the conferences focus on parents and people with autism, while others are geared specifically for researchers and educators.

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When you click on the highlighted links, you will find additional information on the costs, location, hotels and detailed information on each conference..

January

Date: January 13

Future Horizons

Autism One Day Conference
The River Center
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Features Renown Dr. Temple Grandin who will give insights backed by research evidence and her own experience.

Date: January 18-20

Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

18th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Featured sessions on post-secondary initiatives, differentiating instruction in the inclusive classroom, sexuality education and managing challenging behaviors.

Date: January 21-22

Massachusetts General Hospital

Autism Spectrum Disorders Across The Life Span
The Westin Conley Place
10 Huntington Avenue

Conference offers a broad review of advances in ASD research, genetics, diagnostic tools and treatments.

Date: January 31- February 2

Association for Behavior Analysis International
11th Annual Autism Conference
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This conference will focus on behavioral assessment and intervention across the life span of autism.

February

Date: February 9-10

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401

March

Date: March 18

9th Annual Southern Main Autism Conference
Doubletree Hotel
363 Maine Mall Rd.
Portland, ME 04106

A one-day conference for parents and family members of children with autism, educators and service providers

Date: March 26-27

19th International Conference on Autism
NH Collection Madrid
Eurobuilding
Padre Damian 23 28036
Madrid, Spain

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Autism. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Autism

April

Date: April 26-29

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Doubletree Minneapolis

A 3-day conference for educators, parents, caregivers, mental health professionals, service providers and people on the spectrum.

Date: April 28

Center for Advancement of Behavior Analysis
CABA Autism Conference
Seal Beach
Old Ranch Company Club
3901 Lampson Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

A conference on autism for behavior analysis, educators, psychologists, speech language pathologists and parents.

May

Date: May 3-4

Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia 2017
Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The conference theme is, ‘Innovation to Action: Connecting the Pieces with Practical Strategies.’ This conference is intended for professionals, parents and self-advocates.

Date: May 10-13

International Society for Autism Research
Marriott Marquis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

An annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress among ASD scientists.

July

Date:July 12-15

49th Annual Autism Society National Conference

The Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Will include session, keynote addresses and social events for individuals, families, educators, caregivers and service providers on concrete strategies that allow people to interact with one another and the world on their terms.

August

Date:August 24-25

U.S. Autism and Asperger Association
12th Annual World Conference
Location: TBA (To Be Announced)

Conference open to anyone interested in learning more about autism, Asperger’s and related disorders including parents/families, caregivers, adults with ASD, employers, educators, professionals, agencies, and self-advocated.

September

Date:September 7-9

Asia Pacific Autism Conference, 2017
International Convention Centre
14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2009,
Australia

Toddlers with Autism Indifferent to Eye Contact, Study Says


Source: (Spectrum News)
Author: Sarah Deweedt

Toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, but don’t actively avoid meeting another person’s gaze, according to a new study1.

The findings support one side of a long-standing debate: Do children with autism tend not to look others in the eye because they are uninterested or because they find eye contact unpleasant?

“This question about why do we see reduced eye contact in autism has been around for a long time,” says study leader Warren Jones, director of research at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s important for how we understand autism, and it’s important for how we treat autism.” T read the rest of the article, click link here.

How to Avoid Autism Scams

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Source: (Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

Autism is a complicated and poorly understood disorder.  No one knows, for sure, what causes most cases of autism — and there is no established cure.  No one can tell you how well a particular child will respond to a particular therapy, or how far they’ll go in life.  With so much uncertainty, many people are desperate for “definite” information.  As a result, people living with autism are often the target of scams which offer just such certainty. For rest of article, click link here