May Observances, Celebrations, Events and Holidays To Use As Ideas For Your Day Habilitation Program.
You can download the PDF format here: May Day Habilitation Activities
You can download the PDF format here: May Day Habilitation Activities
Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, characteristics that include developmental delays, intellectual disability, and speech impairments. Angelman syndrome generally go unnoticed until the age of 1 year. Children typically have a happy demeanor and have a fascination with water
Angelman Syndrome is a rare disorder and affects 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 a year. Equally to less than 200,000 case a year. Affects all ethnicities and sexes equally.
Angelman Syndrome-Bridges for Kids
Angelman Syndrome– Ontario Teachers Federation
Angelman Syndrome– National Association of Special Educators
Angelman Syndrome in the Classroom- Puzzle Place
Communication strategies for children with Angelman Syndrome– Cleveland Clinic
Education Resources- Angelman Resources
Some Angelman Tips– Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs
Working with a child who has Angelman Syndrome– St. Cloud State University
Writing instruction for students with Angelman Syndrome– PracticalAAC
Writing IEP goals and objectives includes collecting data to track the progress of the special needs student. The following links and resources includes information on measuring progression, organizing data and tracking IEP goals
Sequence is defined as a set of related events, movements, or things that follow each other in a particular order. For many children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities, the ability to arrange thoughts, information and language may be a challenge due to issues with their executive function capabilities. The following resources, tips and strategies will help you teach sequencing skills.
Lowe Syndrome also known as Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the eyes, brain and kidneys. It has a prevalence of 1 in 500,000 and mainly affects males.
Children and adults diagnosed with children and adults may also show the following signs and symptoms due to an intellectual disability:
The following strategies will help when teaching a child or an adult diagnosed with Lowe Syndrome:
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Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. It is defined as language-based learning disability. Research shows that 1 in 5 people are dyslexic. It is a myth that people with dyslexia see words backwards, rather, letters such as b-d are reversed due tp deficits interpreting left and right. The best way for children to learn to read is through a multi-sensory approach. The following links include tips, strategies and ways to accommodate a student with dyslexia.
Working in the special needs profession often leaves little room for self-care and developing a healthy lifestyle including exercising, which why it is vital that you take the initiative and create an exercise plan that will work well for you.
Exercise is essential for your health and well-being for many reasons. For one, it helps to prevent disease. By moving one’s body daily, we reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. A second reason is that it helps us control our weight. As we get older, we tend to slow down which causes us to burn fewer calories. Working in a profession which can take an emotional and mental toll, causes one to just want to go home and relax. However, exercising less and burning fewer calories can lead to obesity.
There are many benefits to exercising
Money skills teaches more than identifying coins and bills. Teaching children with disabilities also helps to strengthen fine motor skills, task initiation, and sequencing skills.
The following websites provide activities and lesson plans which are free to download on a variety of activities:
Education World- A money math match activity where students will learn that different combinations of coins can represent the same amount of money.
Money Instructor– Free lesson plans on basic money skills including counting money, money math, vocabulary, coloring, handwriting, tracing activities and money games.
Practical Money Skills– A website designed to teach money skills including special needs children and adults. Includes lesson plans on making decisions, shopping, banking services and understanding credit. The website includes a teacher’s guide, student activities and PowerPoint presentations.
The Teachers Corner– A generated money worksheet. The worksheets allow you to choose from different currencies.
United States Currency Education Program– Offers a wide range of free education and training resources including money coloring sheets and printable play money
United States Mint-Produces circulating coinage in the United States. This webpage includes lessons for grades K-12 with lessons on each of the coins which are free to download.
One of the ways to improve fine motor skills is helping children and adults develop cutting skills also help with pre-writing skills and pencil control. Below are resources that will help in developing and teaching scissor skills.
2 years- snips with scissors
2.5 years- Cuts across a 6-inch piece of paper
3.5 years- Cuts along a 6-inch line
4.5 years- Cuts out a circle
6-7 years- Cuts a variety of shapes and pictures.
10-page scissor skills packet (Mama’s Learning Corner)- geared towards preschoolers and kindergartners.
12 free shapes and cutting page (www.mpmideas.com)- geared towards preschool aged children
Construction truck scissor cutting practice sheets (MO & MH)- Kids will practice cutting lines.
Cut, copy and glue for spring (Your Therapy Source)- Free 3-page packet in black and white. Includes a butterfly, ice cream cone and a snail.
Free cutting and coloring pack (Tot Schooling)- Cutting pack features straight, diagonal, curved and zig zag lines.
House scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Download free worksheets. Includes shapes of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangulars.
Printable preschool cutting busy box (Fun with Mama)- post includes ways to teach kids how to use scissors and develop cutting skills
Rocket scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Kids will practice cutting and pasting shapes to make a rocket.
Snake spiral worksheet (www.education.com)- Kids can both color and cut out the spiral design.
Trolls, hair-cutting (Tot Schooling Net)- Several different levels of difficulties.
Studies show that in the United States, 6.4 million children between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. The average age of ADHD diagnosis is 7. Males are almost three times to be diagnosed with ADHD than females.
The DSM-V defines ADHD as a persistent pattern of attention and or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning of development. Inattention symptoms include the following:
Hyperactive symptoms include:
The following links provide tools, resources and information for parents and special education educators on providing support to children diagnosed with ADHD.
Information on classroom accommodations including teaching techniques, learning style, schedule, environment, material, assistance and behavior management.
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs (The Starr Spangled Planner)
Accommodations for ADHD students (ADDCoach4U)
Classroom accommodations for ADHD(Understood)
Top 20 ADHD accommodations and modifications that work (Promoting Success Blog)
Classroom Tips and Strategies
The following links are tips and strategies that are specific to teaching techniques and helpful information on behavior approaches, rewards, eliminating distractions and seating arrangements
15 strategies to help students with ADHD (Student Savvy)
30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD (Kelly Bear)
ADHD and piano lesson teaching strategies (Teach Piano Today)
ADHD Teaching Strategies for the Classroom( Promoting Success Blog)
How can teachers help students with ADHD (Education World)
Ideas and strategies for kids with ADD and learning disabilities (Child Development Institute)
Setting up the classroom (ADD in Schools)
Supporting students with ADHD (Free Spirit Publishing)
Teaching students with ADHD: Instructional strategies and practice (U.S. Department of Education)
Tips for teaching students with ADHD(ADHD Kids Rock)
Tips and information from websites on helping students concentrate in the classroom.
5 simple concentration building techniques for kids with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
5 ways to improve your child’s focus (Understood)
Ways to improve concentration in kids with ADHD (Brain Balance)
Executive functioning helps students analyze a task, planning, organization, time management and finishing a task. The following links provide articles on understand executive functioning and its relationship to ADHD.
Classroom strategies for executive functioning (Understood)
Executive functioning explained and 20 strategies for success (Minds in Bloom)
Executive function skills (CHADD)
Executive Functioning Issues (Understood)
Handwriting for kids with ADHD (Look! We’re Learning)