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  • Language and Reading development
    Our technique and materials (video tapes, audio tapes, books and computer programs) help Infants and Toddlers with Language and Reading development.

  • ABA Resources
    This page is a collection of Internet and other resources which parents of children with PDD, PDD-NOS, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, hyperlexia, or Rett Syndrome may find useful. All the information concerns teaching methods that are a branch of applied behavior analysis (ABA), often called behavioral intervention.

  • A Brief Description of Discrete Trial Training
    Two frequent questions asked about early behavioral intervention for young children with autism are "What is discrete trial training?" and "What is the difference between discrete trial training and the Lovaas Method?" The following is a brief explanation of discrete trial training and a basic contrast of the two.

  • Accommodations Help Students with Attention Deficit Disorders
    Through the implementation of relatively simple and straightforward accommodations to the classroom environment or teaching style, teachers can adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of students with ADD.

  • A Developmental Approach-Autism and Aspergers
    How we made sense of the volumes of information our search for answers turned up. Defining Goals What we hope for and expect Katie to achieve. Why we rejected Applied Behavior Analysis. (special needs child)

  • A Kinds of Minds Institute
    All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit institute that helps families, educators, and clinicians understand why children are struggling in school and provides practical strategies to help them become more successful learners. (special needs child)

  • Alternatives to Behaviorism
    Stanley Greenspan, MD, demonstrates the superiority of relationship-based approaches to Early Intervention

  • American Music Therapy Association
    The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

  • A School Plan For an ADD Child

  • Asperger's Syndrome - Educational Management Issues
    A synthesis of a number of documents relating to the educational issues confronting children with Asperger's Syndrome. Autism or PDD-NOS in the Autism spectrum. It is written as a document for teacher information and is equally useful for anyone who cares for children with the condition

  • Assistive Technology
    What is Assistive Technology (AT)? Everything you wanted to know is here in this webpage.

  • Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
    AAPB's mission is to advance the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice.

  • ATTACh
    ATTACh An international organization of parents and professionals interested in educating the public about attachment problems and how to help children.

  • Autism Awakening 4 Therapy
    Choosing a Therapy Program for your child with Autism spectrum disorders, PDD, PDD/NOS, or aspergers is one of the most important decisions you can make.

  • Autism FAQ - Educational Methods
    There are a number of methods & techniques used in the education of autistic children.

  • Autism: Intensive Educational Therapies
    Special Needs: Motivation is the key to teaching autistic children to respond appropriately to social and environmental stimulation. It has been hypothesized that very early in life motivational problems begin when these children repeatedly experience failure; these repeated failures then can lead to depressed motivation, poor performance, and task and social avoidance (Clark & Rutter, 1979; MacMillan, 1971; Rodda, 1977). And, once this cycle of repeated failures starts, it causes the autistic child to respond less or not at all. This website covers the following:How to Motivate Autistic Children Language Usage Intervention Techniques

  • Avko Educational Research Foundation
    Avko Educational Research Foundation specializes in helping people with dyslexia.

  • Band-Aides and Blackboards
    Welcome! This is a site about growing up with medical problems...any ole type. Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that. These kids have become experts at coping with problems that most of you have never heard of. They'd like you to know how they do it, and they hope that you'll be glad you came to visit.

    FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES-This short digest describes the importance of phonological awareness in the process of learning to read. A companion digest for teachers is available in the Teaching Techniques section of LD In-Depth.

  • Beginning to Read
    Beginning to Read, ERIC Digest #E565, 1998 - An overview of the critical role that phonological awareness and word recognition play in teaching beginning reading to children with diverse learning needs - plus tips for teaching.

  • Behaviorism and Developmental Approaches
    An extraordinary debate on the nature of learning, and ultimately on the nature of man, has waxed and waned throughout the 20th century. It has been by turns brilliant and bitter, lively and soporific, trail-blazing and a dead end. This eclectic collection of quotes may serve as an entree to the issues at stake, and lead the reader to some promising sources. Compiled by Pat Amos for The Autism National Committee.

  • Buster B. Basset Hound Learns How to Learn
    This book is dedicated to those special children whose potential has been limited because they were labeled as learning disabled.

  • Circle of Inclusion
    The Circle of Inclusion Web Site is for early childhood service providers and families of young special needs children. This web site offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

  • Colorado Reading Center
    We provide intervention for individuals with learning disabilites, dyslexia, reading, spelling, writing and comprehension problems. Colorado Reading Center utilizes the most successful programs available and adapts the programs to the needs of the individual.

  • Considerations When Including Students Who Have Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    Each student who has suffered a traumatic brain injury will have a different experience in relation to recovery and the ability to function at home, in school, and in the community

  • Crossbow Education
    Games and photocopiable books that help dyslexic children learn reading, spelling and maths.

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8
    The Report continues with detailed descriptions of characteristics of good programs for children at different developmental levels, outlining adult roles and reasonable expectations adults may have for children. Each section is research-bas ed, and is the result of extensive input from hundreds of members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC members are professionals in the field of early childhood education and development.

  • Different Roads to Learning
    Different Roads to Learning is an on-line catalog specializing in learning materials and playthings for children with developmental delays and challenges. This catalog puts together educational toys and materials that stimulate the skills leading to speech and language for challenged children ages 2 to 10.

  • Down Syndrome - Special Needs
    Down Syndrome article Reprinted from the Journal of the National Academy for Child Development.

  • Dreamms for Kids,Inc.
    Educational technologies for kids with special needs

  • Dr. Pearson's Wonderful Toy Company Inc.
    maker of award-winning emotional intelligence toys Peaches & Babin, the dolls with changeable faces & games. Free online emotional intelligence games for kids. Free advice & information for adults on how to help children learn about & deal with feelings.

  • Dyslexia Online Magazine
    Articles about how to help dyslexic children.

  • Early Autism Treatment
    New York state health officials have released a set of evidence-based guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of autism that endorse a rigorous program of early behavioral and educational interventions.

  • Ed Therapy
    EdTherapy.com is an Internet resource for anyone involved with the educational planning of students with and without learning disabilities.

  • Educating Exceptional Children
    They are the more than 4.5 million children and youth in this country who have physical, mental, or behavioral handicaps. Ranging in age from birth to 21, these children and youth with exceptionalities require the assistance of special educators in order to benefit from education. A dynamic concept of exceptionality encompasses all children who need a specially tailored education program to achieve in accordance with their potential.

  • EDUCATION SURVEY -Williams Syndrome
    . The families of 1,258 elementary and secondary school age children received a questionnaire which addressed specific aspects of the educational experience; the same questionnaire was included in the Spring, 1996 issue of Heart to Heart.

  • EEG Biofeedback
    EEG Biofeedback, is a learning procedure that enables participants to improve mental performance, normalize behavior, and stabilize mood.

  • Effective Practices for Preparing Young Children with Disabilities for School
    Over 50 years of research on children with many types of disabilities receiving a range of specialized services in many different settings has produced evidence that early intervention can: (1) ameliorate, and in some cases, prevent developmental problems; (2) result in fewer children being retained in later grades; (3) reduce educational costs to school programs; and (4) improve the quality of parent, child, and family relationships.

  • Exworthy Special Education Links
    Resources and links for special education. Visit the main page for all educational issues. For teachers, parents and kids.

  • Family Village/Educational Advocacy
    Educational Advocacy Information & Guides for Parents & Advocates.

  • FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
    Special education and disability links, including FAPE, IDEA, IEP, section 504.

  • Gentle Teaching in the Classroom
    Gentleness in the classroom. To make contact with area schools and share this idea. To offer assistance in ways that would work best for each unique setting. To offer support or follow along service.

  • How Children Learn To Read,
    How Children Learn To Read, Introductory pamphlet by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.

  • How Now Brown Cow
    How Now Brown Cow: Phoneme Awareness Activities for Collaborative Classrooms, Patricia J. Edelen-Smith, Intervention in School and Clinic - This article presents a set of developmental phoneme awareness training activities that the special educator can integrate collaboratively into existing kindergarten and first-grade reading programs.

  • IDEA Practices Web site
    The IDEA Practices Web site provides useful and timely information to helpprofessionals and families understand and implement IDEA '97. IDEAPractices is a service of the ASPIIRE and ILIAD IDEA Partnership ProjectsSpecial features include a monthly online and emailnewsletter--IDEAnews--providing up-to-date news and resources,unique hyperlinked and searchable versions of the IDEA law and regulations,a series of FAQ's, and an extensive set of IDEA-related resources, all reviewed by OSEP for accuracy and consistencywith IDEA '97. Sign up to receive IDEAnews at http://www.ideapractices.org/forms/maillist.asp

  • Including Students with Autism in Typical School Settings
    Students with autism increasingly are being included in typical school settings and curriculum. Unfortunately, there remains great philosophical debate about inclusion and about what constitutes an effective inclusive program.

  • Inclusion by the Renaissance Group
    This web site is designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, parents, and school staff to help provide some answers about how inclusive education can be accomplished. Resources for making accommodations are included as well as links to other web sites and resource lists for learning more about inclusive education.

  • Inclusion Practices for Very Young Children
    Inclusion should be a natural part of a child's life.

  • Inclusion Tips for Teachers
    To assist teachers who work with students who experience low incidence disabilities, the following are inclusion tips specific to each disability. However, we urge you to scan all the lists because many strategies apply across disability groups.

  • Inclusion Tips for Teachers -- Students with Deaf-Blindness
    The mode by which a student with deaf-blindness receives and provides information in class activities may vary depending on the activity.

  • Interventions for Children with Dyslexia
    Academic Interventions for Children with Dyslexia Who Have Phonological Core Deficits.

  • ISER
    ISER is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. We help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs.

  • Kid Tips 101
    Kid Tips 101 Where Kids Learn How To Say No To Abuse.

  • LD Online:Learning Disabilities
    LD OnLine is the site maintained by Candace Cortiella and WETA, the educational television station in Washington, D. C. LD Online is a special education site. LD OnLine has an extensive list of articles about special education, new developments in educational research, legal issues, and hundreds of online links to many other resources for all children with disabilities.

  • LearningDisabilities.com
    LearningDisabilities.com - Provides information on the Lindamood Bell program. If you child is severely delayed in language, this may give you some answers.

  • Learning Styles of Students with Autism
    Parents and professionals are well aware of the difficulties children with autism have in many educational settings. In response, they have developed alternative programs and intervention strategies. Although some of these have been useful, most emphasize remediating behavioral difficulties to improve educational functioning.

  • Learning to Read...Reading to Learn,
    Helping Children With Learning Disabilities To Succeed, The National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators - An information kit containing principles for learning to read; tips for parents and teachers; researcher as resources and more, based on a synthesis of validated and recognized research on teaching reading to children with learning disabilities.

  • Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
    Help for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, comprehension, phonemic awareness, critical thinking, reading, spelling and writing.

  • Modificatrion for the LD Child in the Classroom
    This handbook includes a beginning list of suggestions for adapting instructions to meet special learning needs. These modifications were devised by regular and special education personnel. Modifications are for all students with special needs, not just those eligible for special education.

  • Multisensory Structured Language Programs
    The goal of any multisensory structured language program is to develop a student's independent ability to read, write and understand the language studied.

    Written by Myra J. Staum, Ph.D., RMT-BC Director and Professor of Music Therapy.Music Therapy is the unique application of music to enhance personal lives by creating positive changes in human behavior.

  • Music Therapy and Special Education
    Music Therapy and Music Education-Meeting the Needs of Children with Disabilities

  • Music Therapy and Young Children
    Music Therapy is an established health profession similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy. It consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning.

  • Music Therapy Connections
    A music therapist is a professional who designs therapeutic music activities to meet specific goals and objectives. In a school or home setting, music therapists use music and music activities to achieve goals on the IEP (individualized education plan) or the IFSP (individual family service plan). Music therapists do not usually work on music goals; that is, we do not teach children to play instruments. We use music as a vehicle for promoting academic, socio-emotional, speech and language, and motorical goals and behaviors.

  • Music Therapy Links from Family Village
    Music Therapy links for children with Special Needs.

  • On-Line Survey For Special Education
    ! The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) wants to hear from you! Please participate in our comprehensive planning process by completing our on-line Special Education Consumer Survey.

  • On Special Ed
    OnSpecialEd.com encompasses all known Learning Disabilities as well as all known Special Education situations and its related processes. Includes all learning programs and remediation programs!

  • Oral Deaf Education
    Welcome to the Oral Deaf Education web site. Deaf children can learn to talk! The new technology available today through modern hearing aids and cochlear implants provides enough access to sound that, with appropriate instruction at Oral Deaf Education Schools, most deaf children can learn to talk.

  • Parent Pals Special Education Information
    Ameri-Corp Speech and Hearing has developed a gifted and special education web-site for parents.

  • Picture Cards from Doto Learn
    Black and white picture cards are provided to help you make your own schedules, story strips and talking back cards. They can be printed as full-size coloring pages, in two-inch sizes with or without words, and in one-inch sizes with or without words. Printed and cut out, these can be used singly or grouped together.

  • Position on Inclusion -The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
    Inclusion, as a value, supports the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities. Natural settings are those in which the child would spend time had he or she not had a disability. These settings include, but are not limited to home, preschool, nursery schools, Head Start programs, kindergartens, neighborhood school classrooms, child care, places of worship, recreational (such as community playgrounds and community events) and other settings that all children and families enjoy.

  • Preparing Children with Disabilities for School
    Public Law 99-457, the 1986 Amendments to the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA), addresses the needs of young children with disabilities through two programs: the Handicapped Infants and Toddlers Program for children birth through age 2 and the Preschool Grants Program for 3 to 5 year olds. Together these programs represent an important effort to expand the scope of services available to the nations's youngest children with disabilities and their families. Family members play a key role in providing information about the child's abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and interests

  • Reading Difficulties vs. Learning Disabilities
    CEC Today - An examination of the question "Are too many students being identified as learning disabled?"

  • Reading Disorders and Reading Instruction,
    The NICHD Research Program in Reading Development, Reading Disorders and Reading Instruction, 1999 - A comprehensive overview of the findings of years of reading research conducted at the National Institutes of Health. Includes AUDIO file.

  • Reading Methods and Learning Disabilities
    A summary by the Learning Disabilities Association of America Education Committee.

  • School Bus ADA/IDEA Glossary
    Terms for parents to understand the laws regarding transporation of Special Needs Children on School Buses.

  • School Tips for Autistic Children
    The following information may be helpful for your child, particularly if they attend mainstream school. Hopefully this page will be a growing resource!

  • Services Included in Early Intervention
    Summarized from IDEA Part H - Reg. Sec. 303.12 Early intervention services.

  • Special Ed Advocacy: Nine Rules of Thumb
    Because the stakes are so high, it is very difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Nevertheless, calmness, objectivity, and a third quality -- patience for the long haul -- are the parents' most important tools in a complex and often frustrating process. In the course of that process, here are a few rules of thumb I have found to be helpful to parents.

  • Special Education Exchange- SpEdEx
    Whether you are an educator, professional, parent, consumer, student, or just someone interested in special education, we hope that you find what you need here at SpEdEx. We have strived to provide resources such as links, online documents, listings of professionals, job listings, school and university listings, conference announcements, a discussion area, and "poster sessions" in easy-to-use formats

  • Special Education Network Canada
    Welcome to the Special Needs Education (SNE) project, an Internet service providing resources for parents, teachers, schools, and other professionals, individuals, groups, and organizations involved in the education of students with special needs.

  • Special Education News
    Special Education News answers a need in education for in-depth, timely news related to educating students with disabilities. The Web site and newsletter are journalistic publications centered on the news of the special education field. The Web site is also designed to offer unique resources to special education professionals in one convenient place. These include places for educators and others to exchange their views, find links to important information at other sites on the Web and keep track of news and events across the country.

  • Special Educator Webpage-Behavior
    Behavior management and classroom management outlined by this special education teacher. Also many links and resources for teachers and parents. By Kay Smith, Ed.D

    Links from the Mercaz Harmony On Line (WWW.MERCAZHARMONY.ORG)We have selected the following SPECIAL SITES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND INCLUSION because we think that they are special, useful and full of useful information.

  • Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion of Students Experiencing Severe Emotional Disturbance
    Reinterpret behaviors. Move from seeing behaviors as willful misconduct to students coping or surviving the best way they know.

    To effectively teach autistic students a teacher must provide structure, i.e., set up the classroom so that students understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible.

    From Division TEACCH-This chapter discusses the features of structure that have proven useful in classrooms for students of all ages with autism.

  • Teaching Techniques for Williams Syndrome
    Methods for Teaching Music to People with Williams Syndrome.

  • The Dark Side of Special Education
    Retaliation against parents is a taboo topic in special education. No one knows how wide spread it is, or how often it occurs. Yet, where ever parents gather and when ever parents talk among themselves, the topic of retaliation receives lively attention. The focus of this essay is on parents; however, retaliation is not limited to parents alone. Anyone who advocates for children can become the target of retaliation (see The Shelia Hopper Story, Issue #9, Winter 1996/97).

  • The Inclusion Network
    The Inclusion Network was formed when discussions with individuals and organizations, initiated by The Mayerson Foundation, identified the need for an umbrella group that would help raise awareness of inclusion, recognize exemplary inclusive efforts, provide technical assistance and link individuals with and without disabilities.

  • The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
    The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

  • The Special Edges
    A special educator has listed lots of great links, organized by topic and disability. This is a great place to begin researching information about a disability.

  • The Trouble with "Reading Disability",
    The Trouble with "Reading Disability", Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D. co-author: "Off Track - When Poor Readers Become 'Learning Disabled'" - This article focuses on how the label of "reading disability" involves erroneous and potentially damaging assumptions, especially as it is applied in education. Also includes tips for parents and teachers on how to help kids with reading difficulties.

  • Why ABA Therapy?
    ABA Therapy is the most sought after therapy in autism treatment today. Parents all over the world are fighting for assistance to fund this therapy for their autistic child. It is very costly to run this program following the recommendation guidelines, approximately $60,000 per year per child. What makes this therapy so desirable that people are willing to re-mortgage their homes and sell their assets to provide it for their children? There is only one answer to that question, results.

  • Why Children Succeed or Fail at Reading
    Research from NICHD's Program in Learning Disabilities, 1998 - Overview of some important research findings from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Williams Syndrome Information for Teachers
    This pamphlet was developed to assist teachers who have a child with Williams syndrome in their class at school. The most important sources of information about any child are, of course, the child himself, and the child's family.

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