Sunday, February 26, 2012
This year I am back at Belvoir Special School, after a 2 year stint at the Hume Regional Office. I'm so happy to be back, working directly with students. I hope that it will mean that I will have the opportunity to keep this blog updated, on a more regular basis.
I have been teaching art, to a sensational group of Middle Years students, over the past two weeks and would love to hear from other special educators who are doing the same.
Art is meant to be shared, so please visit our art blog to look at the the projects we have been working on.
You can visit us by following this link.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I have spent quite some time this morning exploring the National Fragile X Foundation (USA) website. The site is full of terrific resources to support the understandings of educational and allied medical professionals and a wonderful resource for parents, navigating a new diagnosis, to find evidence based, up to date information about the syndrome.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Click here for Part 2
Click here for Part 3
Check out his fantastic, 39 minute podcast, which does a sensational job of demystifying Tourette Syndrome, on the Tourette Syndrome Association Australia website.
Below is a 30 second commercial, made by the Tourette Syndrome Association Australia, which shows what it is like to experience tics from the person with Tourette's point of view. I hope it encourages you to spend the next 39 minutes watching the 3 part series.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
When I am working in schools, I am often asked to 'check out' another student in the class or school that has some 'autistic like traits'. Diagnosis is the work of a multidisciplinary team, so I tell the school staff that if they are concerned they sound refer the student on for assessment.
There are many conditions that have 'autistic like traits' as part of their profile. Nonverbal language Disorder (NVLD) is one that pops up regularly as the actual diagnosis of students that I am asked to observe.
Click here to read some simple information which explains the differences between a diagnosis of NVLD, ADHD and the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The Coffee klatch Blogtalk Radio show has recently produced an excellent podcast about NVLD. Click here to listen.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
During the week, in my role as an Autism visiting teacher, I spent some time observing a left handed 12 year old student, with dysgraphia, during his writing lesson. The teacher wanted to know if his current writing issues were to do with being left handed, autistic or dysgraphic !
Here are 2 very good, short videos which will help teachers and parents to sort out the' left handed' issues from the others.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Click here to access Parts 2 through to 4
Remember to check out my Twitter account - see the widget link in the left margin, for the reading linked to this topic and a whole range of inclusion issues.
Metacognition: Dylan Wiliam (Learning and teaching)
- Watch more Videos at Vodpod.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Many thanks to Angela, for showing me this terrific site for making visual supports for home and school. This program imports pictures from your computer straight into the frames. it is very useful for children who may not be ready to use symbols such as Boardmaker, but respond well to photographs.
Click on the links to explore the site for yourself.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Dyslexia explained - Better Health Channel
People with dyslexia - more often referred to as a specific learning difficulty (SLD) - have difficulties with reading, language and words for no apparent reason. Common problem areas include spelling, comprehension, reading and identification of words. Dyslexia isn't a symptom of low intelligence.
My son started university this month.
He has battled with dysgraphia throughout his schooling.
The university he is attending ( RMIT Melbourne Campus) has been sensational in providing him with the supports and accommodations he needs to do well.
This month I am going to focus my professional reading on the 'dyses' - dyslexia and dysgraphia.
I found this great video about famous people with dyslexia, on the Pedia Staff website this morning.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
What is Twitter? - Explania
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
You might have guessed that I am taking some time this week, to up skill myself in the area of vision and hearing impairments and the impacts that they have on learners.
As an autism consultant, I am finding that I am frequently in the position of supporting teachers with students with a co-morbid hearing and/ or vision impairment.
This article by David Brown, is a very informative and easy read. It describes what the proprioceptive sense is, how it impacts our ability to learn and strategies teachers can use when this sensory system is challenged.
If you want to join me in some quick professional learning, follow this link to the article.
Monday, January 3, 2011
- The anatomy of the ear
- Causes of hearing loss
- Types and degree of hearing loss
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
- Tactics to help when communicating with people who have a hearing loss.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I love this british TV Series called 'The Specials'. The series follows the lives of a group of young people with special needs, as they make their own way in the adult world. All of the episodes of Series 1 are available via YouTube.I can't wait to share this series with our teens at my Special School and I am really looking forward to Series 2!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
If you have a new diagnosis of Autism and you looking for a website that will provide you with easy to read information, that is simple to navigate through, Autism Help is the site for you.
Autism Help covers all the information , that you will need to understand both the strengths and impacts of an autism diagnosis, from pre-school through to the tertiary years.
I wish you well on your journey.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I had a great time working with the junior classes, at Belvoir Special school today. The highlight was making a home made lava lamp, during the science lesson. Joanne, their amazing classroom teacher, found the lesson plan on the Science Bob website. What a sensational find! It is full of simple and highly engaging science experiments and multimedia presentations, suitable for primary aged kids, in both special education and inclusive classrooms. I will definitely be adding this site to my science links.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I have been on a web quest all year, trying to get my hands on the 'Sing Yourself Safe' CD. I posted a plea for help to locate the CD, earlier in the year, and it was read by the owner of Safe 4 Kids , Holly -ann Martin, during the week.
Hooray ! Not only is that quest now over but I have also found a terrific range of other resources, to support my protective behaviours program in mainstream and special education settings.
Visit the Safe 4 Kids website to check them out for yourself.
Thanks so much for getting in contact, Holly-ann. : - )
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here is a link to the Stockholm University research paper, if you would like more specific details about the research project.