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HOW AUTISM TEACHES US ABOUT BEING HUMAN, BY ROBERT NASEEF
As we close out autism awareness month, listen to this TEDx talk by Robert Naseef, father of a son with autism, psychologist, and author of Autism in the Family. He speaks about what he's learned from his now 37-year-old son, who is "happy most of the time and severely autistic all of the time."
Dr. Naseef describes how he went from a time when he "couldn't get the A-word out of my mouth" until he began the process of acceptance. See how he illustrates our shared humanity by querying the audience about the traits they have in common with those on the spectrum (begins about 12:40).
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15 TIPS ON ORGANIZATION, STUDY SKILLS, AND TIME MANAGEMENT
When you hear the words "executive function," what skills come to mind? An ability to organize, study efficiently, manage time well? These are critical underlying skills that have a significant and lasting impact on children's school success.
When students struggle with executive function, tasks such as homework, tests, and long-term projects can be especially challenging. Learn 15 executive-function-enhancing strategies, adapted from the practical guidebook Executive Function in the Classroom, to make it easier for your students to experience success.
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LAST CHANCE! NOMINATE AN INCLUSION HERO
Do you know a teacher or community member who works tirelessly each day to make every child feel welcomed and included? A UDL wizard? A co-teaching champion? We think their accomplishments deserve praise and recognition.
Tell us about them, and your favorite inclusion hero could win their own page in our new 2017-2018 inclusion calendar!
If your nominee wins a slot, it's a chance to honor their work and also to inspire other teachers to be the "inclusion hero" their learners need.
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WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO TRY TEACHER-STUDENT MEDIATION?
If your school could try something that would result in 40% fewer suspensions and a 55% decrease in disciplinary referrals, would you try it?
Those are the results Centennial High School in Illinois saw after implementing teacher–student mediation. What if, when students have an issue, instead of just being punished, they sit down and work out the problems with their teacher?
In this news clip, Ondine Gross, school psychologist and author of Restore the Respect, explains, "When students have a conflict with a teacher or maybe there's a misunderstanding or maybe they think their teacher hates them ... there would be a mechanism for the student and teacher to come to a room with a mediator to have a frank discussion."
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NEW ONLINE CLASS FOR "THE INSPIRED PARAPROFESSIONAL"
Paraprofessionals play such a key role in the education of students with disabilities. There is a great need for increased training and knowledge to help paraprofessionals support diverse students in inclusive classrooms.
Julie Causton, author of the bestselling Paraprofessional's Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms, and Kate MacLeod, MSEd, are now offering a 5-session online course for paraprofessionals. Each class is 30 minutes long and includes video and printable resources. Professional development hours are offered upon completion.
Participants qualify for a discount on Dr. Causton's book as well as the other handbooks in her inclusive schools series.
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