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  • Review

    Winter 2013

    Volume 4, I ssue 2

    Inclusion Collaborative

    Upcoming Trainings

    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.

    http://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Inclusion%20Symposium%202014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/CA-CSEFEL-Teaching-Pyramid-Modules-Feb-Apr-2014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/CA-CSEFEL-Teaching-Pyramid-Modules-Feb-Apr-2014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Adaptations%20in%20Action.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Adaptations%20in%20Action.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Art%20in%20Action.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/CA-CSEFEL-Teaching-Pyramid-Modules-Feb-Apr-2014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/CA-CSEFEL-Teaching-Pyramid-Modules-Feb-Apr-2014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/CA-CSEFEL-Teaching-Pyramid-Modules-Feb-Apr-2014.pdfhttp://santaclara.k12oms.org/284-70625http://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Inclusion%20Symposium%202014.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Inclusion%20Symposium%202014.pdfhttp://santaclara.k12oms.org/284-72402http://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Adaptations%20in%20Action.pdfhttp://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/inclusion-collaborative/Documents/13-14/Adaptations%20in%20Action.pdfhttp://santaclara.k12oms.org/284-72033

  • 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

    embarrassing moments.

    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.

    Page 2 of 5 Inclusion e-News

    Teaching Resources

    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.

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  • 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