Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (Edefines a physical or mental impairment as any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a chromosomal disorder due to 3 copies of chromosome 21, causing a number of developmental delays, medical and physical disabilities. Learning is one of the areas that is affected by the disorder. Children born with Down syndrome typically have delays in the area of gross and fine motor skills, thinking, short attention span, speech and language difficulties and sequencing. The following links and resources include information on tips and strategies for teaching children with Down syndrome for both parents and teachers.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Imagine during the course of the day you have no idea what is expected of you. Moving from one activity to the next depending on others to inform you of your daily plans. there are many benefits to using visual schedules especially for autistic children and adults. Studies show that many people diagnosed with autism experience high levels of anxiety often caused by unstructured activities.
Visual schedules are a way to communicate an activity through the use of images, symbols, photos, words, numbers and drawings that will help a child or adult follow rules and guidelines and understand what is expected during the course of the day.
Th following are resources containing information on creating visual schedules and free printables:
The latest estimate shows that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder. This means that more than ever, special education teachers in order to be effective, will require additional resources and support. the following links showcase a number of blogs and information on working with children with autism.
Autism Teacher Blogs
Savvy teachers are creating and developing blogs on teaching children with autism. Many of the blogs give first -person accounts while others share classroom activities, lesson plans and classroom management.
The following links discuss strategies on engaging learners and managing students in a classroom setting.
Autism and Classroom Management: Interventions that Work (Bright Hub Education)
Autism Classroom Management (Edutopia)
Classroom Management for ASD Students (Autism Investigation Project)
Classroom Management for Students with Autism (Amy Glade-Prezi.com)
Classroom Management in an Autism Classroom (Minds in Bloom)
Classroom Tips and Strategies
The following links are tips and strategies that are specific to teaching techniques and helpful information on setting up the classroom, data collection and scheduling.
10 Practical Tips for Classroom Aids of Autistic Children (colotraining.com)
Teaching Students in Inclusive Classrooms (Child-autism-Parent-Café)
Tips for Teaching Students with Autism (Scholastic)
Tips for Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Project Independence)
Tips for Working with Autistic Children (Love to Know)
Teaching College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Faculty Focus)
Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism (Temple Grandin)
Social Skills Lessons
Articles, tips and lesson plan information on social skills development
5 Tips for Running a Social Skills Group Ages 7-11 (Super Power Speech)
How I Use the Social Thinking Curriculum to Teach Flexible Thinking (The Autism Vault Blog)
How to Run a Social Skills Group (Speech and Language Kids)
Social Skills Activities for Kids with Autism (Love to Know)
Social Skills Training Groups (Autism Speaks, PowerPoint Presentation)
Tips for Teaching Social Skills When it does Not Come Easy (Lemon Lime Adventures)
12 Tips for Setting up an Autism Classroom (Principal Kendrick’s Blog)
Seven Steps for Setting up a Stellar Autism Classroom (The Autism Helper)
Life Skills for Children and Teens with Autism (North Shore Pediatric Therapy)
Social Life on the Spectrum (Autism after 16)
Teaching Important Life Skills (Autism Speaks)
Teacher Resource Sites
The following sites are great resources specifically for teachers working with children with autism. Many of the sites include free downloads and other resources including curriculums, lesson plans and data collection.
A resource for teachers, therapist and parents including a free IEP goal bank, parent resources and an assortment of tools and resources on a variety of topics. Autism Educators, Inc. is currently offering a Teacher’s Wish List promotion.
This site includes information for individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Links include information on topics such as toys and games, curriculum management and child safety just to name a few.
This site contains free resources on lesson plans on a variety of topics including data collection, seasonal, inclusion for teachers and life skills. A great site for parents, therapist and teachers.
Downloadable printables on topics relating to body parts, colors, data recording, handwriting and emotions.
Provides therapeutic tools and resources for individuals on the autism spectrum.
A resource website for parents, therapist and teachers. Resources include information on fine motor, structured task, social skills, and at home.
Provides more than 100 pages of free printable items.
An autism blog created by Sasha Long, a board certified behavior analysis and certified special education teacher.
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