Links for Learning
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Teaching and learning resources fro federal agencies, including animations, photographs, primary documents and videos in a range of subject areas, suitable for upper elementary, middle and high school students. http://free.ed.gov/
PBSKids - great source for free high quality educational games, videos and music suitable for pre-schoolers and young children.
Florida’s Personnel Development Website Supporting Exceptional Student Education. The purpose of this website is to provide a single access point for individuals seeking information related to both preparation and professional development for personnel working with exceptional student education students.
Educational Resources for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism: Interventions and Strategies for Success
Autism Teaching Tools
~ Juliet Burk
Cindy's Autistic Support
Our classroom is a highly structured setting dedicated to supporting students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. We service eight students, with a wide variety of needs, from grades 3-5 using components of the TEACCH method (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren). Our focus is on the development of language and communication skills, social skills, self-help & academic skills. An emphasis is placed on maintaining appropriate behavior and developing independent skills through the use of structure.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Disability Studies for Teachers
This website contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.http://www.disabilitystudiesforteachers.org/
Provides information on autism, educational and communication approaches, supported employment, research, and training opportunities.
Exceptional Children's Assistance Center
Provides information on Circle of Friends activities and links to additional resources. http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/packets/friends/index.shtml
A resource for parents, professionals, or anyone interested in teaching children with autism or other related developmental disorders. Polyxo.com was developed by Jason Wallin to encompass a variety of instructional techniques and philosophies.
Simply Good Ideas
Simply Good Ideas is a consultation and training service with an emphasis on practical solutions that work, specializing in the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
This website is a great resource for free downloadable materials for speech and other instructional activities.
Scholastic Classroom Set-Up Tool
This interactive room arrangements tool is a new, easy-to-use, virtual layout tool that helps you design customized and effective classrooms to promote learning. Use this tool to rearrange and set-up mock classrooms, and map out virtual seating charts. http://teacher.scholastic.com/tools/class_setup/
TinSnips is a special education resource. It contains tools for teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs. Quite a few of the activities are also appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten. http://www.tinsnips.org
Use Visual Strategies
Provides articles, free downloads, and purchasing information for publications.
Special Education Technology – British Columbia PictureSET
The Learning Centre website provides resources related to educational strategies and assistive technologies for students with special learning needs. PictureSET is one of the many online resources available to educators. PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, home and community. Visual supports are organized in six main categories including: young adults, school, home, seasons and holidays, health and community. Each category includes activities, social stories, visual supports and vocabulary. Operational with Boardmaker, Mayer-Johnson, Inc.
Organization for Autism Research
An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome, the third book in the Life Journey through Autism series of resource guides, is now available from Organization for Autism Research. The resource guides are distributed free of charge to education professionals and parents of children with autism as part of their national autism education initiative. Guides are also available to preview online. An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome provides guidelines for meeting the complex needs of a child with Asperger Syndrome in the classroom setting, from elementary to high school.
Autism Society of America
ASA encompasses a broad, diverse group of parents, family members, special education teachers, administrators, medical doctors, therapists, nurses and aides, as well as countless other personnel involved in the education, care, treatment and support of individuals with autism. Recognizing and respecting the diverse range of opinions, needs and desires of this group, ASA embraces an overall philosophy which chooses to empower individuals with autism and their parents or caregivers, to make choices best suited to the needs of the person with autism.