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Description: My child with autism is doing well in his academic programming, but I’d like to help him develop social skills with peers. He participates in playdates, but I often worry that we are not making the most of these opportunities. How can I help him learn to play with a friend? Considering the recent pandemic, what are some other things I should consider?
Description: This listing provides a variety of summer opportunities for children and adults with disabilities located in or near school divisions in Regions 6 & 7.
Description: Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. But oftentimes, stress that is not managed well can get in the way of reaping the immediate, natural benefits to our mental health that this season brings us. Here are few mind, body and soul refreshing ideas for you to try out this month: Practice meditation: One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation is one of the most popular methods of achieving this quiet. Exercise: Another way to battle...
Description: AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
Description: COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and communicate about. The materials on this page were created to help make communicating about COVID-19 a little easier. Choose from videos, posters, social stories, and interactive activities to best meet your communication needs. These materials (also available in Spanish) will cover 5 basic topics: getting the COVID-19 shot, washing your hands, getting a COVID-19 test, as well as wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance until you have...
Description: CRi is a community-based nonprofit organization with a focus on providing personalized resources to people with developmental disabilities & mental health needs. We believe in serving people within the communities in which they live. CRi is transforming how at-risk youth & people with developmental disabilities or mental health needs live, work & play. Working closely together with each individual, they create plans to empower & connect people with services & support while...
Description: Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it. The Types of Mindfulness Practice While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques. Here are some examples: Seated, walking,...
Description: The world's largest movie theater chain is adding onscreen captions at hundreds of U.S. locations in an effort to make moviegoing more accessible. AMC Theatres announced that 240 of its locations — in more than 100 U.S. markets — are adding open captioning to certain showings. The change took effect last week and is aimed at improving the viewing experience for people who have hearing loss and for whom English is not their first language.
Description: Presentation Recordings from VDOE Family Literacy Night Family Literacy Night included presentations on the following topics: Early Childhood: Early Literacy Starts at Home Assessment Supports: An Explanation of Your Student's SOL Reports Family Field Trips: Connecting Literacy to the Commonwealth Family Engagement: Supports for the Home Virginia State Literacy Association: Choosing Books for the Children in your Lives Virginia Association for Teachers of English Equity & Community...
Description: Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program. This competition encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by providing positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since it was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students have benefited from this program. Reflections Awards Program Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division, create theme-based artwork in...
Description: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Virginia provides YouTube videos with yoga instruction covering a variety of topics, including: Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: Why Do We Do Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: Why Do We Do Yoga? And more...
Description: The Shenandoah Valley Inclusive Wellness Coalition (SVIWC) is an alliance of individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals who are working to increase opportunities for ALL individuals to participate in community-based physical activity and wellness opportunities.
Description: Take 5 is a great mindfulness and relaxation exercise to use with kids, adults, and anyone in between. I teach it in education, healthcare, and corporate settings and people love it. Try it out! Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness. He serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches mindfulness and positive psychology, and in 2012 spent six months in silence living as a monk in Asia.
Description: This includes opportunities for students with: ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Emotional Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Physical Disabilities, Sensory/Motor, Social Skills, Speech/Language, and Visually Impaired.
Description: SHAPE America is dedicated to supporting health education and physical education teachers across the country as schools implement reopening plans and continue effective instruction through the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. PE goes hand-in-hand with social and emotional learning as it’s a learning environment where SEL socialization occurs naturally through active play, teamwork, and motor skill development. Students learn resilience, problem-solving skills, collaboration,...
Description: Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages two to seven with and without intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children enjoy activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured eight-week Young Athletes program showed...
Description: Self-regulation skills help children to control emotions, thinking, behavior and motor actions in different situations. Throughout the day, children need the ability to tolerate sensations, situations and form appropriate responses.  It requires that children control their impulses to stop doing something if needed and to participate in something even if the children does not want to do it.  Playing self control games can help children learn the necessary skills to self-regulate while...
Description: During this unprecedented year of learning, the Kennedy Center is focusing on developing digital education resources to ensure that students continue to have access to high quality arts education. Our remote learning priorities include: Performances for Young Audiences, Classroom Lessons, Digital Learning Resources, Teaching Artists Present, Moonshot at Home, Virtual "Field Trips" They are continuing to expand their offerings with online courses, web-based professional development, virtual...
Description: Jill’s House is a Christian non-profit that provides short-term, overnight respite care for families raising kids ages 6-17 with intellectual disabilities in the DC metro area, and around the country. Parents regularly receive 24-48 hours to rest and recharge, while their kids are engaged in fun activities, tailored to their interests and abilities.   
Description: Since October is Disability Awareness Month, Special Olympics Virginia offers age-appropriate videos promoting inclusion of people with differences. Elementary-level videos feature a Special Olympics athlete and siblings reading picture books. Videos highlighting how people turned their experiences with isolation into inclusive opportunities are available for older students. Optional discussion questions and activities are available for each lesson. When students do return to school in person,...
Description: This posting includes: A listing of camps for children and adults with disabilities Some websites that list camps Articles on choosing camps This information was provided by Camping for All, 2020. Updated May 2022
Description: It is recognized that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone. The PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), in collaboration with the Bureau of Special Education, has created this website for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home. For the purpose...
Description: This is a place for parents and teachers across the United States to work together, to collaboratively build out a database of educational resources, materials, and activities so that no parent or teacher is on their own. Resources can be searched by: Type Grade level Subject Review This site was created by two current and former teachers: Rose Sebastian, a post-doctoral fellow in education at the University of Virginia and Kendal Friesen, a special education teacher for San Diego Unified.
Description: During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement with adults.  Parents often have competing demands, with other children, working from home, or just getting through the day.  We hope that some of these ideas may be helpful during this time!  Establishing a Routine Helping Around the House Cooking Ideas...
Description: The Kid Zone! was created with kids in mind.  But it also is a place where families can connect with one another.  Parents and caregivers play an important role in promoting and supporting children’s literacy development.  You can do this by listening, looking, helping, and encouraging while your child explores the Kid Zone! In the Kid Zone!, you and your child can access ebooks, audiobooks, and stream videos of stories read aloud. Follow the adventures of Kayla, a girl with...
Description: Resources About Face Masks, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (Available in English & Spanish) The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocate Medical Group: Adult Down Syndrome Center For Individuals with Down Syndrome For Families...
Description: This video presentation is by Dr. Anastasia Samaras.
Description: The resources are organized by the following topics: Early Childhood Education Resources Counseling Resources Online Learning Resources Math Education Resources Culturally and Diverse Learner Resources Health and Physical Education Resources
Description: This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing. Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include:  Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways. Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience. Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children...
Description: Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities is a resource that originated in Arkansas. Intended as a means of collaboration between teachers and families, the document offers examples and related resources for a number of lessons that can completed at home during normal daily routines. We asked a number of Virginia special educators to preview the document and then invited them to a virtual discussion where they shared their initial thoughts, offered some great ideas, and...
Description: School closures are now widespread as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are critical steps to protect the health of Americans, the disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard.   Long-term changes to daily schedules can mean a loss of skills they may have gained during school programming or lead to increased anxiety and problem behaviors. In addition, parents who are also at home unexpectedly...
Description: There are 2 types of tools on this page. On the left, you’ll find games and calendars for families to use to make their home an Active Home. On the right, you’ll find resources to help teachers and parents partner together to provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes. Check back often for updates. Topics Include: Active Fun for Families DEAM Calendars (Drop Everything And...
Description: As a public health organization, we at Hip Hop Public Health felt the strong need to support the communities we work with during a time like this. For those of you wondering how best to keep your schools, workplaces and homes safe, refer to this practical and informative guide from the CDC. Even with current social distancing recommendations, the importance of keeping active remains important for our overall health and immune systems. Hip Hop Public Health has, therefore, put together...
Description: With the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone across the globe is in the process of figuring out how to adapt in order to curb the spread of this virus. HiMama has compiled these resources with the feedback and support from the childcare community to help child care centers, teachers and families make the most of these uncertain times to continue providing great care for our kiddos.
Description: Wide Open School Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  Resources are organized by "I'm an educator" or "We're in a family" and "Grades PreK-5" or "Grades 6-12". The topics include: Daily Schedule Emotional Well-Being Field Trip Getting Started Learning At...
Description: Resources on this page are provided by educators and families from around the world. We are collaborating to support the needs of students with significant disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student's need. They may not be used for purchase.   We are updating this site often. Please email distancelearning4sped@gmail.com if you have a resource to share that would support students with significant...
Description: Most school districts have closed during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, leaving both parents and teachers looking for help. Teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lesson plans and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Parents are trying to keep students on track with their studies and educational growth. We are here with a growing list of online learning resources. And to make it better, many companies are choosing to make their products free for schools,...
Description: "The COVID-19 pandemic is understandably causing worry and fear for youth, families, and educators. Each person’s feelings are different; our needs are too. Some crave structure; others prefer freedom to be and feel, rest, connect, play, create, read, or learn in self-directed ways. Caregivers may want to hold children close. Some kids may want that too; other young people are desperate for freedom and time with their friends. The purpose of this post is to encourage everyone to trust...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that every teacher in the commonwealth’s public schools will be able to host virtual classes on the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning system throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The expanded access to Virtual Virginia is available at no cost to school divisions through $3.5 million in support from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...
Description: NetSmartz is NCMEC's online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline. 
Description: From Minecraft to Mario Kart, today’s tweens and teens can spend a lot of their free time gaming. But are video games good or bad for these kids? And what about for a child with ADHD? Hear from Jodi Gold, M.D., a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices, on the benefits and drawbacks of video games. Plus, learn about some of the extra...
Description: disAbilityNavigator is a unique web resource created by and for people with disabilities and their families. Topics covered include: Family Caregiving Family Support Health Fitness & Recreation Health Care Settings & Providers Health Conditions & Disabilities Community Community Resources Community Best Practices & State Plans Individual Supports Advocacy Federal, State & Local Laws Protection & Advocacy Transitions Planning Insurance & Benefits Life Skills My Money...
Description: A cell phone contract is an agreement that outlines what families will do to make sure kids take care of their cell phone and use it responsibly — like not texting while driving.  Another goal is to help kids speak up if they see or receive anything on their phone that makes them feel uncomfortable. These contracts include steps that kids promise to take. They also include steps that parents or caregivers promise to take. A cell phone contract can also help set limits on how much...
Description: Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children. Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual...
Description: All travelers will get more out of their trip by being able to speak a few words of the local language, but for people with a disability it’s often vital to be able to explain your particular needs. Since standard phrasebooks are unlikely to contain the language you need to talk about needs around disability we’ve gathered together some disability-specific words and phrases and translated them into as many different languages as we practically could. Although things are slowly...
Description: Dedicated exclusively to camps that serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs.
Description: Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults Video Resources The Underage Drinking "Talk" Saves Lives "No Drinks for You” - Anti-Social Hosting Law Enforcement: Social Hosting  Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking There are Costs to Being the Life of the Party Parents are the Key to Preventing Underage Drinking Virginia teens say they ride in cars with impaired drivers and that their parents don’t talk to them about underage drinking*. It is a fact that parents are the...
Description: E-cigarettes are increasingly popular among adolescents, and currently there are limited options for education and prevention curriculum specifically targeted at E-cigarettes. While the purchase of E-cigarettes by minors is prohibited, the use of E-cigarettes among youth and adolescents is on the rise. This is particularly concerning as the liquid in E-cigarettes contains nicotine, and the chemicals in nicotine liquids are not currently regulated for safety standards, with unknown health...
Description: A Place To Be helps people with disabilities, medical and mental health struggles face, navigate and overcome life's challenges using the clinically-based practices of music therapy. Our Board-Certified therapists create individualized plans to help our clients achieve therapeutic goals and discover unrealized potential in a supportive, engaging and fun environment. A Place To Be is more than just our programs. We are a community dedicated to the values of inclusivity, respect, acceptance, love...
Description: Sportable is an adaptive sports club with a mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives of those with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport. We accomplish this mission by providing people with physical disabilities and visual impairments access to 13 sports in the greater Richmond area. These sporting opportunities build a community of athletes with active, healthy lives who take pride in there and each other’s accomplishments.