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Volume 4, I ssue 2
Upcoming IC Trainings
Inclusion Symposium: Jan. 25, March 1, March 29, April 26
CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid, Modules 1, 2, 3: Feb. 1, March 15, April 5, May 3
Adaptations in Action: Adaption Bins for Children: Feb. 12
Art in Action: March 6
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Teaching Pyramid,
Modules 1, 2, 3 Participants will learn how to use positive feedback and encouragement, design environment and schedules, teach social/emotional skills, develop a behavioral support plan and learn prevention strategies. Participants will make six visual supports
to foster positive behavior. To register for this training, click here.
Inclusion Symposium: The Power and Impact of Inclusion for Children Birth-5
Are you ready to develop a strong inclusive program? It takes more than one person. Build your team of teachers, administrators, parents and therapists, and find out how your team can support inclusion together. The Inclusion Symposium will examine the best practices for including children with disabilities and special needs. This training will look at different models of inclusion, effective communication strategies that promote reflective practice and learning strategies that work with children who have challenging behaviors and developmental needs. If you need help building a team, call us at (408) 453-6756. To register for this training, click here.
Adaptations in Action: Adaption Bins for Children
Learn how to use the Adaptation Bins for Children (ABC) to make easy adaptations using everyday materials for ALL students, especially students with disabilities. Gain hands-on practice making adaptations with the 23 materials in the
Adaptation Bins for Children. To register for this training, click here.
Home for the Holidays: 12 Tips
1. Preparation makes perfect. Use calendars or visual
schedules to mark the dates of holiday events; role play
what will happen; practice asking and answering
questions; create a social story about the event or
people youll be meeting.
2. Decorate carefully. Prepare children by showing pictures
from previous holidays. Involve children in the
decorating. Gradually decorate the house over days or
weeks to help children get used to the change.
3. If a child obsesses about a desired gift, limit the number
of times she can mention it. Give the child five cards and
exchange one card for five minutes of talking about the
desired gift. If you have no intention of purchasing the
item, let the child know that it isnt an option.
4. Arrange a check-in signal. During social events, check in
with children from time to time, and arrange a special
signal to get each others attention if needed.
5. Teach children how to leave a situation. Have a calm
space set and teach children to go to the space when
they feel overwhelmed.
6. If you are traveling for the holidays, bring favorite food,
books or toys. Having familiar items can calm a stressful
situation. Also, prepare children through social stories.
7. Know how much noise and activity your children can
tolerate. There may be some situations, like shopping in
a crowded mall that you simply avoid.
8. Practice opening gifts and taking turns. Role play getting
a gift the child does not want in order to avoid
9. Prepare family members and guests for your children.
Help them to understand if the child prefers to be
hugged or not; provide other suggestions to facilitate a
smooth holiday season.
10. Relax and read together. Read holiday stories, sing
Christmas carols, start a story-telling tradition or listen
to audio books.
11. Dont forget your routine. Eating well and getting
enough rest are important all year round.
12. Take care of yourself. Dont neglect your own needs as
you care for others during the holiday season.
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Preparing Children for the Holidays The holidays are an exciting but stressful time for children and families because typical routines are disrupted. To smooth the way for the holidays, teachers can help families prepare. 1. Provide examples of social stories about the holidays.
Originally created for children with autism, social stories
help all children become familiar with something new.
Social stories describe activities, routines
or situations with pictures, words and symbols. The
story describes the steps of the activity and the
appropriate responses. Positively Autism and SET have
social stories about what to expect from Christmas.
Positively Autism also has visual supports for Jingle
Bells and The First Noel. Santa Americas autism
resource pack includes a social story about visiting
Santa. Gateways and Suncastletech have some great
social stories and visual supports for Hanukkah. Since
the holidays often involve travel, Autism for Us has
pictures of transportation for families to prepare a child
for a holiday trip. Families can edit any of these stories
to suite their own traditions.
2. Remind parents about the importance of schedules.
Though it is tempting to abandon schedules when
school is out, kids benefit from consistent routines.
Parents can create daily or weekly visual schedules for
home to help children understand what to expect during
the holidays. CHART and My Name is Snickerdoodle
have daily and weekly home schedule examples.
3. Suggest that parents look at Parents Helping Parents
Thriving and Surviving the Holidays Powerpoint which
encourages realistic expectations.
4. Notify parents about respite events and community
center activities that could give them a break. Local
churches host free respite for families of children with
special needs. Families can use the free time to shop or
to take care of their own needs. Cathedral of Faith has
respite on Dec. 13, 6:30-9:30. Calvary Church has respite
on Dec. 14 from 10:00-2:00. Mayfair Community Center
offers Winter Fun for Children with Special Needs, Ages 6-12 on
Dec. 23. For more information, contact Liz Best.
Most of all, remind families to relax and have fun during the
holidays. It is more important to enjoy time together than to
rush through traditional holiday events.
Movies Are you looking forward to seeing the latest childrens movie, but afraid that your child will disrupt other theater goers? Are you concerned that the experience of going to the movies will be overwhelming for your child? AMC has teamed with Autism Speaks to offer sensory friendly viewings for families of children with special needs once a month. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their