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Autism

Regardless of the cause of autism, the only interventions with repeated evidence of success are those that use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Intensive early intervention using ABA has been shown to reduce or eliminate the signs and symptoms of autism in up to 50% of children. These children typically enter into school and no one knows they once had the diagnosis. For the other 50%, and for those children who did not have access to early intervention, ABA can still provide the best opportunity for lasting changes that will increase the child’s ability to function in mainstream society.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General states, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior” - Department of Health and Human Services.

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Tools for Positive Behaviour Change

“Tools” are entry-level behavior analysis skills. We have used the “Tools” for many years for staff training, parent training, and to simplify individual behavior programs. The Tools are objectively defined and criterion-based, meaning there is a skill checklist used to determine competency in each tool. This makes it easier for parents to identify specific skills on which they may to practice. Unlike other curricula with a “scattergun” approach, Tools for Positive Behavior Change” build upon one another, each Tool becoming a firm foundation for the next Tool.

“Tools for Positive Behavior Change” were developed by a group of forward-thinking individuals who saw a tremendous need and filled it. Read their brief story here. The benefits of the Tools are many, you have everything to win and nothing to lose!

Web Resources

These resources are here to assist you in making choices about your child or adult’s behavioral, educational, vocational or living goals. The Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board are predominantly for professionals in behavior analysis, although either will allow you to contact their members by email, and the BACB.com website has a certificant registry that allows you to look up BCBAs abd BCaBAs by location and distance from your zip code (very handy).

The following websites are a little different, geared towards all levels of parents, teachers, professionals, and paras, these sites are intended to give you a bit more information on several topics, and maybe expand your knowledge base into areas of which you were unaware. Have fun, and happy learning!

UDL

In a class by itself, Universal Design for Learning is a concept that goes beyond disability, education or work. It is the concept of designing curricula, homes, businesses, jobs, trainings, basically everything, with the knowledge that a very diverse population will be using it. School work that includes audio files explaining concepts, great for those who cannot read, but also great for others who find listening an excellent way to get information. Homes built to be handicapped accessible, even though the owners do not have a disability. Automatic doors were designed for people with disabilities, but could you imagine getting your luggage to the airline counter without it?

The Center for Applied Special Technology

(CAST) are real innovators in UDL. Of particular interest on their site, a free digital version of “Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age” by David Rose and Anne Meyer, and the free CAST Book Builder tool to help individuals create their own digital books. Several books are available for the public to enjoy.

Behavior Analysis

Do you want to know what behavior analysis looks like? Here are LOTS of video clips about various behavior analysis procedures: http://www.baam.emich.edu/baammoviepages/baamdttmovieindex.htm

Don’t be fooled by the low-tech page, this web site, by The Fluency Project, a Washington State not-for-profit corporation, is packed with information. Many of us can do things, but how fast we do them is a problem. This page has several linked articles relating to behavioral fluency and precision teaching. http://www.fluency.org/

Education

Need help with the periodic chart? Who doesn’t? This awesome web site from the University of Nottingham has a video periodic chart. Geared towards secondary and college students, others may find it fascinating in and of itself. Science was never so quirky! Check out the element “Lead” for an interesting story from an Einstein-looking fellow. Great fun and a great way to learn. http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

The web page for Brevard County Schools Exceptional Education Department:

http://ese.brevard.k12.fl.us/default.htm

National Park Service Webrangers webpage. Intended for children, it is very appropriate for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Lots of games and activities, grouped by ability level:

http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/

Fun Math is a Rice University web page that has lots of activities for learning math. Many age and skill levels are here, and some activities are in Spanish as well:

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/

Utah State’s National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is an excellent resource for those who are struggling with basic mathematic concepts.

http://nlvm.usu.edu/

The Fun Brain website by Pearson is a mix of all kinds of computer-based academic games and activities. Many allow you to log in and play time and again, keeping track of your scores. Great as a fun supplement for school work!

http://www.funbrain.com/

Starfall is a free reading system with downloadable materials and online activities (the calendar activity is terrific). Although geared towards the preschool crowd, again, some activities may be suitable for older individuals who are struggling with concepts.

http://www.starfall.com/

Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures website is filled with games, activities, and LOTS of information about the world’s oceans and the living things within them. Designed as a teacher resource, you can all scroll down the chart to find all kinds of activities, video clips, etc.

http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/educators/#videos

Assistive Technology

The Council for exceptional Children has a Technology and Media division, known as TAM. Their web site offers access to current information regarding technology in education, both k-12, and adult learners. The purpose of TAM is to support educational participation and improved results for individuals with disabilities and diverse learning needs through the selection, acquisition, and use of technology (from the TAM website).

http://www.tamcec.org/

JSET, the Journal of Special Education Technology, is now available through TAM, with a paid subscription. This link is to a 2003 issue, still archived on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas web site. Take a gamble (sorry!) and click into the site. Several back issues are there with presentations and “how-to”s. This link will bring you to a presentation by Frankie Dissinger on Core Curriculum in Assistive Technology. Read the article, or click on the presentation button to go to the PowerPoint. Great information that may help your child access their curriculum in school!

http://jset.unlv.edu/18.2/dissinger/first.html

Irene Chen has developed an electronic textbook on learning and social theory using Instructional Technology. Fun to go through, interesting activities to do.

http://viking.coe.uh.edu/~ichen/ebook/et-it/cover.htm

 
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