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Description: PACER’s Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project gives parents of children ages birth through 5 years the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to help their children obtain the education, health care, and other services they deserve. In Minnesota, special education services for children with disabilities are mandated by law beginning at birth. By federal and state law, families must be involved in the planning, development, and implementation of comprehensive...
Description: Combating the effects of homelessness becomes an even more pressing and critical mission when children are involved. Horizons for Homeless Children is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families by providing world-class early education, vital opportunities for play, support for parents, and crucial advocacy on behalf of some of our most marginalized citizens.
Description: This document is intended to be used by school divisions as a framework for the development of assistive technology operating guidelines tailored to local resources and service delivery models and should be used in conjunction with federal and state regulations. (November 2008)
Description: TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. This web site provides a wealth of information on supports and services and coaching. It includes training modules, family stories, and reproducible newsletters. Be sure to look at the comparison of Michael and Miguel under "Natural Environments" and "Do the Math". This is an excellent resource! (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This article by Debra J. Ackerman (National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) speaks to the role of a coach/mentor in the Quality Rating System in New Jersey and the impact they have on the quality of early childhood programs. (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This website is a complimentary link to the book, 'Coaching Families & Colleagues in Early Childhood'. It provides information about evidence-based practice regarding coaching in early childhood for ages birth to five years. Key features include common misperceptions about coaching and the use of a primary provider or coach.  Dathan Rush, MA, CCC-SLP, and M'Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD are the primary coaches and investigators of the Coaching in Early Childhood initiative. (May 2015- Website...
Description: The FGRBI web site is based at Florida State University. The FGRBI model includes 4 processes: Introducing natural environments and welcoming the family; Routines-based asessments in natural environments; Linking assessment to intervention; and Involving caregivers in teaching and learning. The web site includes videos, checklists, and other resources.
Description: This packet on Using Primary Service Providers & Coaching in Early Intervention Programs are in pdf format. There are other packets available on specific topics.
Description: Symbols are images which are used to support text, making the meaning clearer and easier to understand. They provide a visual representation of a concept. Symbol Sets are comprehensive collections of images that give greater support than clip art or icon sets. Symbol Sets often follow a schematic structure, or set of design 'rules', that help the reader independently grow their own vocabulary. The Widgit Symbol Set is used within all Widgit products. The simply-drawn, colourful symbols each...
Title: TECHMATRIX
Description: The latest CITEd powerful tool to help professionals and families find educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities.
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Title: TinSnips
Description: TinSnips includes links to information, organizations, techniques and strategies especially for teaching students in the autism spectrum. Ideas for things to do and make, social stories, songs, hands-on, functional activities that address multi-sensory learning styles and promote higher order thinking skills. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: The Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is the United States' first undergraduate course of its kind. Our goal for this website is to make all of the lecture content and supporting materials available online for free for anyone who desires to learn about Autsim Spectrum Disorders. Videos include: Overview of Autism- Prof. Fred Volkmar/ Treatments for Autism: Overview of Model Programs- Prof. Fred Volkmar/ Autism in Infants and Young Children- Dr. Kasia Chawarska/ Parental Perspectives...
Description: The ASD Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge, but you must register. (General Autism)
Description: This page contains printable games, activities, charts and calendars for any part of a preschool classroom.(Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology for individuals with significant sensory motor differences, develomental differences and autism.
Description: Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting. (pictures, graphics, AAC Resource)
Description: This site contains lots of free printables for use in the classroom made with Boardmaker.™ Click "Materials Exchange" on the right hand side to access free materials.(Communication)
Title: Social Skills
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.
Description: This practical guidebook gives non-mental health professionals a ready-to-use, start-to-finish linked system for identifying concerns and improving young children's social-emotional health. This book walks readers though the five-step intervention process called Activity-Based Intervention: Social Emotional (ABI:SE): screening, assessment, goal development, intervention, evaluation.
Description: The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service...
Description: Face-cards are a safe, easy to use resource for exploring feelings and the faces that go with them. Face-cards portray the ten most common emotion expressions. People on the autism spectrum use face-cards to identify and explain feelings. Face-cards are also used by teachers, parents and therapists with both children and adults across a range of abilitiies. Version 2.0 has iGaze,a simple therapeutic tool that may assist people with autism in developing eye contact skills.
Description: The term “developmental delay” as a disability category is not as specific as the other categories in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the IDEA regulations.
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: Throughout the day infants and toddlers have many opportunities to use their arms and hands and develop their fine motor skills. During bath time they can hold their toothbrushes, during mealtime they can hold spoons, and during story time they can turn the pages of books. Unfortunately, a lot of the objects that we use during the day are not made for little hands, causing these routines to become difficult. Low-tech assistive technology and simple adaptations can be used to adapt these objects...
Title: Raz-Kids.com
Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: In "Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities" (published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota), parents reflect on their experiences with early childhood education and inclusion for their children; researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for identifying and providing quality, inclusive programs; and staff from inclusive early childhood programs around the country describe their approaches.
Description: The RMC Research Corporation's Center on Instruction (COI) website is your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. This site includes information on...
Description: Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program's mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility...
Description: The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes Bright Futures to promote the health, education and wellbeing of children, families, and communities. The heart of Bright Futures is up-to-date expert children’s health information covers health and wellness from birth though adolescence. Bright Futures also focuses on the relationship between social, developmental, and health outcomes for children of all ages. And it reflects the core concepts that Every child deserves to be healthy Prevention...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education does not require that schools use this sample IEP format; it is offered as a best practice example. The sample IEP form is divided into two sections. The first section includes those pages that are the foundation of all Elementary IEPs. The second section includes those pages that will be added to the Elementary IEP as needed and sample formats for other purposes.
Description: We are a small staff of researchers and special educators who work for the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, a program of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in developing effective assessment and teaching strategies for children and adults with low-incidence disabilities. We have special expertise in addressing the educational needs of children who are deaf-blind and children with autism spectrum disorders. Our approaches and...
Description: Many children with special needs require software that is very simple to operate. Switch software is a type of software program that is operated by only a few defined keystrokes and/or a mouse click. (The newest software programs include: Animated Toys II, Virtual Motor Skills and Story Builder.)
Title: PBS Kids
Description: This site includes coloring, games, videos and music for early learning. (Early Childhood)
Title: PBS Teachers
Description: PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.
Description: I want to introduce myself. I’m Mrs. Houghton, and I’m “The Reading Lady.” As an educator and reading specialist, I created The Reading Lady to help children learn to read and to impart my love of reading. Reading is an adventure that changes with each new book. It is a journey that you can take over and over again. I would like to share my background as an educator. I’ve been a reading specialist for over 20 years, and an educator for 26 years. I have my Masters in...
Description: Created in association with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and supported by Part C funding, this is an excellent training website for all ECSE and ECE teachers. Training modules include:- A course on typical child development for children from Birth to 3- A second module for 3-6 (to be developed in the near future)- A course on Family Centered PracticesCourses can be used towards re-certification points and the site has a registry that will keep track of the courses you have taken....
Title: Starfall.com
Description: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Description: Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students. Your universally designed books will engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. (Create an account to create, modify, and save books.)
Description: This site includes the following for educators: Lesson Plans, Free Professional Resources and Art Techniques.
Description: Guidance designed primarily for service providers regarding effective early intervention for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing, the extensive resource section is beneficial to anyone working with young children and students with hearing loss and their families.
Description: The MSRRC is a project within the Human Development Institute (HDI), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service. HDI focuses its efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. MSRRC provides technical assistance to state early intervention lead agencies, departments of education and other related state agencies in Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky,...
Description: Web links related to SMART Boards including software and toolkit downloads, lesson activities, PowerPoint presentations and flash files that you can download and adapt.
Description: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or now income; and It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Other questions answered include: Am I eligible for SSI benefits? How may I apply for SSI benefits? Help for Beneficiaries Who Return to Work Income Reporting
Description: Classroom Suite Activity Exchange offers educators, therapists, and others access to hundreds of pre-made activities for immediate use with Classroom Suite. Use this time-saving resource to find and share activities specifically made for Classroom Suite, many including accompanying overlays for IntelliKeys and other AAC devices. Join the Classroom Suite community today to: Share your activities with a strong community of educators Post reviews and comments to guide colleagues Receive regular...
Description: Reading First is a national reading initiative established under the No Child Left Behind Act.