FASD INFORMATION for EDUCATORS
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is continuing to work to support students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, otherwise known as FASD. A delegation of 16 people from Newfoundland and Labrador visited schools across the KPDSB earlier this year, to learn more about how the board is working with students that have the disorder. July 6, 2018
Educational Strategies and Curriculum for Teaching Students with FASD
8 Magic Keys-DVD
This is a short 21-minute animated video that introduces the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). It demonstrates key strategies that have been proven to help students who experience brain-based disorders become more successful in school and in life. Scenarios depicted in this video represent both secondary and elementary situations. Join Mario as he talks about what it is like to live with an FASD. Mario collects all of the 8 Magic Keys with the support of friends, educators and family.
Credits: Concepts by Deb Evensen and Jan Lutke
Reproduced and Distributed by NOFAS and Produced by the Anchorage School District: ASD Tube Anchorage, Alaska
Video Content: Cheryl Johnson, Barb Loutrel and Frank Butto
With input from the Anchorage School District FASD Committee
Order here: http://www.nofas.org/8-magic-keys-dvd/
NOFAS Webinar: Triumph: Educating Students with an FAS
Presenter: Sr. Suzette Fisher, SND, M.Ed.,Ed.S., Director of Client Services and FASD Specialist; Published on January 21, 2015
Presenter Bio: The webinar features Sister Suzette Fisher of Double Arc/NOFAS Ohio. Sr. Suzette earned her Master and Specialist Degrees in Education from Bowling Green State University. In 1992 she co-founded Double ARC, Ohio NOFAS Affiliate, and soon after became immersed in the field of FASD.
Contact her here: 419.724.1353 firstname.lastname@example.org
Triumph: Through the challenges of fetal alcohol syndrome Teacher and Parent Workbook.
The NOFAS Ohio Affiliate, Double ARC has developed and tested separate training curricula for parents and teachers.
The parent curriculum describes the core deficits of children with FAS and related conditions, teaches effective parenting techniques addressing these deficits, and directs parents to service resources for children, including school programs.
The curriculum for teachers describes FAS and related conditions, ways to recognize children who might have the condition, and approaches to enhancing school performance. Double ARC has also created a video on FAS available for use with the curriculum.
Purchase at: http://www.doublearc.org/facilitator-training/
NOFAS Webinar: Students with FASD: Simple Strategies for Behavioral and Academic Success
Presenter: Deb Evensen, MA; Published on Sep 30, 2015.
Presenter Bio: Deb Evensen, MA, an outspoken advocate for those living with FASD, is a master teacher and behavior specialist with more than 40 years experience teaching children, adolescents and adults. She has been a pioneer in discovering practical solutions that work for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings the unique perspective of one who has spent thousands of hours helping to find solutions within schools and communities across North America facing FASD.
Tapping Hidden Strengths -- Planning for Students who are Alcohol-Affected
This is a planning resource intended to provide a support for student service administrators, principals, classroom teachers, resource teachers, school counsellors, clinicians, and other community professionals who will help in assisting schools in developing approaches for students who are alcohol-affected.
This resource will address the spectrum of students who are alcohol-affected, including those diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS), Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND), and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD)
CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Program and Student Services, Manitoba Education
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907 Email: email@example.com
DO2Learn.com Teachers’ Toolbox:
Providing the proper expectations, interventions, and supports can help individuals with special needs to succeed and learn the skills they need to lead productive lives. While this material is based on techniques that have proven effective for special needs, the tips may be of value for individuals with a range of other disorders that result in behavior, social, and learning problems.
Teacher Toolbox: http://www.do2learn.com/disabilities/FASDtoolbox/index.htm
All About Me Booklet:
This booklet was produced by the Bluegrass Prevention Center through the Sycamore Project: Kentucky’s Prevention Enhancement Site for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This is a customizable resource that families living with FASDs can complete and share with their educators, caregivers, and others who may not know about FASDs and how they affect emotional, behavioral, and environmental responses. - See more at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-toolkit/Pages/External-Resources.aspx#sthash.Wt3qBmBY.dpuf
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educational Strategies Handbook:
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Education Strategies Handbook is a product of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-South Dakota (NOFAS-SD) at the Center for Disabilities. The FASD Education Strategies Handbook is a reference guide to be used with students suspected of having a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or who have been diagnosed with an FASD.
Florida’s challenge: A guide to educating substance-exposed children:
The videotape and participant workbook are designed for teachers of substance-exposed children. The training includes medical aspects, the home and community environment, the school and classroom environment, and behaviors and interventions.
Risk and reality: Teaching preschool children affected by substance abuse.
- In recent years,preschool and elementary school teachers have noted increases in behavior concerns and developmental delays, possibly caused by prenatal drug or alcohol exposure. This document notes that it is more important to ascertain the children's challenges than the causes. It describes the most promising practices identified for improving the learning of children at risk, whatever the reason.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.(1994).
Hope for Children Living with FASD: 4 Programs That Work!;
The Centers for Disease Controland Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has developed evidence-based interventions to address some of the core deficits commonly experienced by children with FASD: self-regulation, executive functioning, social skills, and math skills. In conjunction with CDC, NOFAS has published the Hope for Children Living with FASD brochure describing these scientifically valid and proven interventions and how to access them.
Reach Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides a resource for parents and teachers to use in educating elementary and middle school children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Discusses FASD in the classroom and strategies for improving school success and parent-teacher communication.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Educational Strategies - The Maternal Substance Abuse and Child
Development Project (MSACD) under Claire D. Coles Ph.D., with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University School of Medicine
Educators- Teaching Students with FASD, Educational Strategies for Children with Disabilities-
Students with FASD are often easily distracted and frustrated, and experience deficits in social relations, organizational skills, attention to detail, motor skills and concrete thinking. Teachers can use the following strategies to improve the learning environment for the affected student:
Helpful Tips for Working with Students with FAS-
It is important to implement strategies that address the needs of the individual with FASD. These strategies across home, school, and community contexts are great recommendations from Do2learn.
Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, they offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.
Teaching Students with FAS-
If you are a classroom teacher who, for the first time, is about to teach a student with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAS/E), this guide can be helpful. Many of the strategies are general and may be appropriate for use with students who are not diagnosed with FAS/E, but who do share some of the learning needs of students with FAS/E. This resource guide is organized around areas of concern identified by experienced classroom and integration support teachers. Its goal is to provide teachers with a clear understanding of the needs of students with FAS/E by:
- defining Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE),
- describing the common learning and behavioral characteristics of Children with FAS/E, and
- suggesting strategies that may be helpful in meeting the challenges these children present in the classroom.
Doorway Online-is a new collection of free learning activities provided by the Scottish Borders Council. The suite comprises highly accessible educational activities that learners will find easy to use independently. Each exercise has range of accessibility and difficulty options. Literacy, math, touch typing and memory/matching
Teaching Math to Students with an FASD
The Math and Interactive Learning Experience Program (MILE) was created to support, educate, and empower caregivers and teachers to work with children to improve behavior and arousal to achieve learning readiness and math skills. The intervention involves parent training, teacher training, and individualized math instruction for children. Parents and teachers are taught about the special educational needs of children with FASDs and instructed on how to incorporate the MILE learning concepts into daily life at home and at school.
Focus areas of the MILE Program include;
- Enhanced communication between parents/caregivers and teachers and other school staff
- Teaching self-regulation strategies
- Teaching of metacognitive strategies
- Providing the basis for future math development
For more information on how to receive training to become a MILE instructor or more information about this program, email Dr. Taddeo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-712-9800
Practical Money Skills for Life-
Approved by the Council for Exceptional Children, these lesson plans enable students with learning disabilities to gain important personal finance skills.
Math is Fun- Interactive math site for teaching essential math skills
Attention building games for kids with special needs- Use these cognitive exercises to
help your child build concentration and improve their symptoms.
Fourteen 15-Minute Activities- From storytelling to problem solving, these activities can be
used to help fill in the dreaded gaps that are experienced between lessons or activities.
Improving Social Skills
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have significant social skills deficits. These links and strategies will be helpful for individuals with FASD to improve upon these skills.
- Addressing Social Skills-Use these skills and techniques to help teach your child the social skills they need to interact with others.
- Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, they offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.Link: http://do2learn.com/disabilities/CharacteristicsAndStrategies/FASD_Strategies.html
- Improving Social Behavior- Some children and adults with special needs struggle in the area of social interactions. These difficulties may be influenced by deficits in self-regulation, processing, analysis of spatial information, and cognitive flexibility. This long list of activities can help teach children to successful with social exchanges. Link: http://do2learn.com/SocialSkills/SocialBehavior/index.htm
The Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program helps children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), their families, and the professionals who care for them. It is a positive parenting program designed for children from ages 3 to 13 (approximately).
Some of the aims of the Families Moving Forward Program:
- Support parents and help them better understand their children who are affected by prenatal alcohol
- Give parents new skills and strategies to use when caring for their children with FASD
- Enable teachers and health care providers, as well as family members, to recognize the signs of FASD
- Train health care providers in evidence-based services they can offer to families with alcohol-affected children
- Encourage family progress in a positive direction
- Restore hope and optimism to families caring for children with FASD
- Reduce the chance that children affected by prenatal alcohol will have secondary disabilities later in life
If you think you might need treatment for a child with FASD, please call us at (206) 987-7581 and
The social deficits that are often involved with FASDs can have a significant negative impact on children who are not able to make or keep friends. Without peer social support, these children are more likely to experience behavioral and emotional difficulties. Having at least one or two close friendships can act as a buffer for children against low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Good Buddies was developed to give children with an FASD social skills training to help make this process easier. Children and parents attend 12 separate 60-75 minute sessions concurrently.
- Communication skills
- Peer entry techniques
- Play strategies
Parents learn :
- How to assist their children in making and keeping friends,
- How to practice social skills with their children
Children who participate in the intervention demonstrate improved overall social skills, reduced problem behaviors, and show a greater understanding of appropriate social behaviors compared to children who don’t participate in Good Buddies. Children continue to show improvement at 3-month follow-up assessments. This intervention has been successfully implemented in community, university, and medical based settings.
You can order the Good Buddies Trainer and Therapist Workbooks by contacting email@example.com or 310-206-6528
Improving Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Motor skills play an important role in a child’s development, independence and success at school and at home. Below is a list of activities that are both fun and educational to improve a child’s fine and gross motor skills.
- Little Hands Big Work- Blog of Activities for Kids to Improve Fine Motor Skills- This blog, called "Little Hands, Big Work" has great preschool learning activities. Lots of montessori-esque activities and skills. Link: http://www.littlehandsbigwork.com/search?updated-max=2010-06-05T12:15:00-07:00&max-results=7
- Stretchies Bands for Gross Motor Skills- Using things you already have in your home, download creativity cards to play this fun activity with your child.
- OT Website- Pick skill you want to work on and materials you have and will come up with an activity- This activity works on pincer grasp by sorting different colored ribbons using tweezers .Link: http://www.otplan.com/plans/ribbon-sorter.aspx
- 18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers- Find many fun activities your child can do to better their motor skills.
- Dandelion Seed Project Using Fine Motor Skills- This activity allowed us to work on following verbal directions, fine motor control, gross motor control, facial movements, counting, color recognition, letter sounds, and the concept of seeds.
- Activities to Promote Fine Motor Skills- Learn about materials that can promote fine motor skills along with some activities to do with them.
- Number Punch- Counting Practice and Hand Muscle Strength- Using only paper, scissors, markers, and a single hole punch, this fun activity will help strengthen the hand muscles your child will need for writing. Link: http://totallytots.blogspot.com/2012/07/number-punchsimply-made.htmutm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TotallyTots+%28Totally+Tots%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
- Gross Motor Obstacle Course Jumping Backwards- This very simple to create obstacle course will help your child foster their gross motor skills.
- DIY Balance Board- Craft a kid-friendly version of the classic plate-balancing act and award a prize to the one who balances the barrel the longest.
- Monster Punching Bag Encouraging Gross Motor Skills- Create a monster punching bag from things you have in your home to encourage your child to work on their gross motor skills. Link: http://www.playcreateexplore.org/2013/01/Monster-Punching-Bag-Gross-Motor-Activity.html?showComment=1359031179371&m=1
- Activities to Improve Upper Body Strength and Balance- Gross motor activities create an opportunity for lots of fun and games. Some games include bean bags, yoga balls, balancing, and animal games. Link: http://www.the-special-needs-child.com/Gross-motor-activities.html
PACT Parents and Children Together: One of the primary struggles that children with FASDs face are deficits in self-regulation and executive functioning. These deficits can exist in the form of poor impulse control as well as a lack of intrinsic motivation to start or complete tasks, poor memory and inattention. The Parents and Children Together (PACT) intervention was designed to help children with FASDs and their parents team strategies to cope with these difficulties. The program consists of 12 group therapy sessions (90 minutes each) in which parents and children participate in their own groups. The parent and caregivers group focuses on education about FASDs and program topics while the children learn:
- Body and emotional awareness
- Planning skills
- Emotion labeling
- Self-monitoring and self-regulation
- Memory building
- Self-esteem development
- To compensate for weaknesses
- To build upon existing skills and strengths
Kid friendly sheets great for children who need to relax and calm down at bed time-they work especially well with kids who have neurological disorders Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/88380271/custom-order-for-elizabeth
Behavioral Graphics “When I need help” http://visuals.autism.net/main.php?g2_itemId=780
Anger Map Worksheet- Free Anger and Feelings Worksheets for Kids Link: http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-anger-and-feelings-worksheets-for-kids/
Coping Skills Chart Link: https://myjourneywithdepression.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/coping-skills-2/
What Can I Do Problem Solving Wheel Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542894930050989660/
Most Effective Time-Out Methods Link: http://www.parents.com/videos/v/71652490/how-to-give-time-outs.htm?socsrc=pmmpin130306pttTimeOut
Reducing Stress in Kids Link: http://www.stressfreekids.com/resources-2/children-stress-anxiety/techniques-for-reducing-stress-in-kids
“Safe Spot” comfortable fort area for kids to calm down Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542894930050989607/
Strategies to Help Kids Calm Down Link: http://www.encourageplay.com/blog/10-strategies-to-help-kids-calm-down
The Incredible 5 Point Scale- This unique hands-on activity helps students who are highly anxious cope with their stress by systematizing social and emotional information. Link: http://www.5pointscale.com/
Addressing Sensory Issues
Sensory processing is a general term which hypothesizes that a range of interaction exists between neurological processing of sensory input and behavioral responses. Sensory-processing impairments in individuals with FASD have been linked to a wide range of difficulties, including problems with motor coordination, language, visual perceptual skills, behavior, attention, learning, and emotional regulation. The links below provide more information on these sensory topics.
KNOW FASD: This site introduces the neurobehavioral difficulties that may appear throughout thelifespan of individuals with FASD. It is important to recognize that, being a spectrum disorder, FASD can look different for different individuals. Not all individuals with FASD will experience all of the issues presented here. However, this site summarizes the common neurobehavioral features of FASD found in current research. The problems presented on this site are not necessarily gender specific. Link: https://knowfasd-webpro.ualberta.ca/
Fall sensory activities to do with your child with special needs- Learn about sensory activities with the leaves including raking leaves, jumping in the pile, playing hide and seek, and making a leaf race. Link: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2012/10/23/14-fall-sensory-activities-for-your-child-with-special-needs/
Soft Taco Swing- Helps to promote the vestibular system by providing uniform pressure around the entire body. The pressure will actually help calm an over-stimulated child, help with self-regulation or help keep the child in a neutral state. Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542894930050989546/
Snowflake- a self-regulating therapeutic aid to address the needs of children with Sensory Processing Disorders-It is made of individual barrels that when linked together form a barrel system that youngsters can use to rollover or enclosure their bodies. These actions provide children with tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory stimulation. Link: http://www.caropena.com/snowflake.html
Website with Squeeze, Fidget and Stress Toys- Enrich the “sensory diet” of young learners, who learn better and absorb information more quickly if they have something to do with their hands. Link: http://www.trainerswarehouse.com/Fidgets-Stress-Toys/products/162/
Easy Sensory Bags- Inexpensive craft for your toddler to learn sensory skills! Link: http://mamaot.com/2012/09/23/easy-sensory-bags-for-babies-and-toddlers/
Sensory Activities for Toddlers Link: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/18896/sensory-activities-one-year-olds
Parent’s Guide to DIY Therapy Equipment Link: http://wecandoallthings.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/parents-guide-to-diy-therapy-equipment.html
Bicycle Design for Children with Disabilities Link: http://www.tuvie.com/bicycle-design-for-people-with-disabilities/
Exercise Ball for Sensory Input Link: http://www.mymundaneandmiraculouslife.com/ways-to-use-exercise-ball-for-sensory/?spref=pi
Chores and Heavy Work Activities for Kids as a Solution to Aggression Developed by Pediatric Occupational Therapists Link:http://otconnections.aota.org/aota_blogs/b/pulsecheck/archive/2015/05/15/heavy-work-activities-amp-chores-for-kids-as-a-solution-to-aggression.aspx
Materials for High School Students and Transitioning Youth to Adulthood
Strategies for Transition Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The transition from school to adulthood is pivotal in the lives of all students. For a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) transition of any kind can be challenging and the transition from school to the world of adulthood can seem even more so. However, with thoughtful planning and appropriate accommodations, the transition process for a student with autism can be less disorienting and confusing and infinitely more successful.
Bridging to Adulthood: A Protocol for Transitioning Students with Exceptional Needs from School to Community
The document is intended for transition planning partners, including Manitoba Family Services and Housing, designated agencies, Child and Family Services Authorities and Agencies, Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, regional health authorities and their programs and services, Manitoba Education and educators in Manitoba. Link: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/publications/protocol_swsn.pdf
Transition and Your Adolescent with Learning Disabilities: Moving from High School to Postsecondary Education, Training, and Employment By: Sharon Townsend
A Parent’s Perspective—Tools for the High School Student with LD- In this audio podcast, Salle, the mother of a high school student with Aphasia, discusses the LEAD (Learning and Education about Disabilities) program at her daughter Hillary’s school.
Supporting Success for Adults Living with FASD:
This booklet offers an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and suggested accommodations to assist in supporting these citizens. It can be used as a tool as you develop your own knowledge and ways to support success. At the back, there is a list of other resources and websites that may also be helpful along that journey. Link: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/Supporting-Success-for-Adults-with-FASD.pdf
Family and Teaching Activities for Children with FASD
Starfall- Starfall is a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. The systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education Link: http://www.starfall.com/
Activities When Kids Need a Break- When your child needs a break from school work or long activities, tips on how to keep them energized and focused!
Sound Matching Activity- A collection of 10 favorite activities for teaching letters and soundswith the directions for each activity. The alphabet bags can either be used at home or at school Link: http://blog.maketaketeach.com/10-activities-for-teaching-and-practicing-letters-and-sounds/
Chore Chart for Kids- Creative ‘mother’s blog’ with crafts to help children do their chores.
Masking Tape Car Track for Crawling and Climbing- With only masking tape and toy cars, this activity can be easily done. Enlist the kids to help create a masking tape racetrack-or even a masking tape town. Link: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/family/bored-kids-build-a-car-track-with-masking-tape/
Masking Tape Indoor Games- Use masking tape to create indoor games and family activities on your carpet. Play games such as Hopscotch, Bulls-eye Bowling, Tic-Tac-Toe, Balance Beam, and many more. Link: http://www.whattoexpect.com/blogs/astudentatmamauniversity/indoor-family-activities-just-add-masking-tape
Book Shelf Sandbox-Get creative and use your old bookcase as a sandbox! It’s quick and easy and your child will love it
Bubble Wrap Hopscotch- Reuse your bubble wrap for a fun hopscotch game your kids will love! Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542894930050989540/
Emotions and Animals Dice Game- Great game to teach young children about emotions through a creative charade-like dice game.
Doctor Pretend Play Kit- Here you can find some pretend medical forms for kid’s who love playing doctor. Visit the website and print them out for free!
Printable Reward Cards- Check out this website to access free printable materials for endless hours of fun playing pretend.
Wikki Stix Create Your Own Race Track- Great activity to foster fine motor play, visual perceptual skills, and most importantly, fun play with some matchbox cars!
Learning How to Tell Time Activity- Help your child understand the abstract concept of time using this fun activity. Link: http://carrotsareorange.com/learning-time/
Time- Interactive Clock to learn how to tell time. http://www.time-for-time.com/swf/myclox.swf
Roller Shade Fort for Kids- Using a couple of roller shades from the store, decorate them, install under the kitchen table, and now the kids have a fort during the day. When it's not in use, just roll it up! Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542894930050989666/
I-Spy Bottle- Using just a plastic bottle, some small toys, rice, and a hot glue gun, you can make a fun activity your child will enjoy for hours.
Storyline Online; Screen Actors Guild Foundation- Classic children's stories read by actors from the Screen Actors Guild. Also provides downloadable activity guides. (Example- “Harry the Dirty Dog” Read by Betty White. (For all ages!) Link: http://www.storylineonline.net/
Grammar Blast - grades 2-5, basic sentence, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, capitalization, punctuation, verbs, adverbs, and prepositions- grouped according to grade. 10 question quizzes Link: http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/quizzes/
Bright Ideas for Writing- from Houghton Mifflin Company, grades 1-2, and 3-5 Link: http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/brightideas/
10 Restaurant Waiting Games for Kid- Avoid melt downs, whining, and crying with these very easy games you can make and play while waiting at restaurants!
Family Game Night- Try out these fun and creative games for your next family game night! Link: http://www.housingaforest.com/minute-to-win-it/
Game Ideas for Kids https://starfishtherapies.wordpress.com/tag/games/
Walk in the Woods- designed for third through fifth grade students to gain an appreciation of nature. Sometimes students are not able to go to a forest preserve or woods, so this brings the woods to them. Students will: Identify different living organisms, plants and animals in the woods. Demonstrate an awareness of conservation and protection of renewable and non-renewable resources Link: http://extension.illinois.edu/woods/
APPS for Smartphone, Tablets or Computers
- Speech with Milo: Verbs ($2.99)•“Created by a licensed speech-language pathologist. Milo is an animated mouse that performs over 100 actions such as “bounce” “count” and “play”. Great for infants, toddlers and children with language delays.
- Write My Name ($3.99) “Helps children with fine motor delays and sensory processing issues practice emerging writing skills by writing their name and tracing upper and lowercase letters. Includes over 100 familiar sight words.
- Bob Books Reading Magic ($3.99) “Teaches your child how to make the connection between letters and sounds; sound out simple words; and spell the words they’ve read.
- Bugs and Buttons ($2.99) Teaches counting, path finding, and patterns, sorting and tracking as well as fine motor skills.
- Dexteria ($4.99) Therapeutic hand exercises (not games) to improve fine motor skills. Activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.
- My Playhome ($2.99) Play skills are encouraged just as much as learning skills and this app helps kids practice. Social interaction and play skills are key therapeutic targets for kids with learning disabilities. For children with motor planning challenges, the simplicity of playing house or tea party with a friend on the iPad allows them to show others all they know and engage in reciprocal social imaginative play, sometimes for the very first time, without having to manipulate 3-D objects.
- Balloonimals ($2.99) Use this in the classroom as reinforces for students during their one-on-one teaching sessions. This helps with motivation and teaches the children that good things happen when you follow directions. These simple touch-and-respond apps are also nice for teaching developmentally delayed young children about cause and effect.
- Endless Alphabet (FREE) Endless Alphabet features words for every letter of the alphabet, but instead of the typical “A is for apple,” “B is for boy” words, Endless Alphabet features words like “artistic,” “gargantuan” and “nosey” which will certainly set the stage well for an impressive vocabulary. This is another kind of app that we use for both positive reinforcement and also for exposure to academic curriculum that is found in any Pre-K classroom. It includes captivating animation and music that is easy to remember and makes learning fun and interactive.
- Agnitus – Games for Learning (FREE) This app offers a variety of interactive games, some of which focus on identifying and matching shapes, colors, letters, and managing self-help skills. Your kids will love playing “Icky Bathtime Fun,” a game that teaches hygiene lessons such as showering and tooth brushing. Many of the games feature either Olly or Icky, cute mischievous characters, and the app tracks your child’s performance level. A “report card” provides detailed reports on study time and completed skills, which is udeful to determine strength and weaknesses.
- Book Creator ($4.99 iPad) Allows for creativity. Kids can create their own stories and have it displayed as a book.
- Social Skill Builder ($2.99) “Interactive videos teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living. Specifically helps teach problem solving and friendship/life skills, critical thinking, emotions, and consequences.
- Crazy Cop (FREE) Similar to the popular handheld game Simon Says of the 1980s, this memory game is “easy to learn, hard to master.” Helps improve memory.
- Proloquo2Go ($189.99, iPhone and iPad) This app is for children who have difficulty building vocabulary and speaking. Using natural voices to dictate words this app offers a comprehensive library of more than 14,000 symbols to help build language, customize word libraries, learn how each word sounds, and much more.
- Choiceworks ($4.99) Provides a template to create a great visual schedule, which makes daily transitions and routines more predictable and therefore less stressful for many kids.
- Pictello ($18.99) Pictello is an app that creates talking photo albums and books and can be a great visual and audio way to share stories. Apps that provide opportunities for adults and children to create social stories together are a fantastic resource for families. These stories can be used to help a child understand behavioral expectations, prepare for a new situation such as a trip to the doctor or a new school, or process a challenging situation that has occurred.
- Word SLaPps ($4.99) Word SLaPps helps kids recognize people by sight. By importing photos into the apps and then personalizing each with audio recording kids can become very familiar with their large extended family and group of friends. The app can be completely personalized for each user, so whether it’s images of family, items around the house, foods, etc., it can be customized to suit the child’s needs.
- Emotions and Feelings ($2.99) Kids with learning disabilities have difficulty recognizing emotions and facial expressions; this app, created by TouchAutism.com, uses social stories and simple illustrations to show what different feelings look like. The app also explains why people may feel a certain way. It’s excellent for use in special education classrooms and could be beneficial during speech therapy sessions.
- Pop Math (FREE) This Lite version of the Wired Kids Choice Award app introduces basic addition and makes it fun for your kids.
- Toca Boca ($0.99) The app takes real-life scenarios and allows children to create their own stories. The app provides great interaction, appealing characters, and role-play. The games teach basic money-handling skills and math.
- Kid in Story ($6.99) This story-making app is especially useful to help children with disabilities prepare for trips and transitions. The stories they are able to put together of travels and personal experiences can be shared with family, as well as his therapy team and teachers.
Craft Ideas for All Ages
KinderArt- Art lessons online by grade level- Link: http://www.kinderart.com/artlessonsbygrade/
Q-tip Painting Printable Template- This is a great activity for working on distal control as itslows movements and requires focus to place paint dots inside of each circle.
Big Box Town- Reuse your old boxes by decorating them and putting them together to create a town!
50 Art Projects for 3-5 Year Olds- From shadow boxes to spin art, find the perfect craft to do with your child.
Crafts and Ideas! -This is a collaborative board for ideas in teaching students with disabilities in the secondary grades (middle/high/adult).
Fun Activities for Children- Here are some tips and fun things to do with your child if they have a disability or additional needs.
List of 10 fun and simple Halloween crafts for preschoolers and children with disabilities- Some fun crafts for kids that help with fine motor skills, colors, sensory, and more! Link: http://adayinourshoes.com/halloween-crafts-kidsfine-motor-colors-sensory/
Preventing FASD in the Classroom
K-12 FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum
The NOFAS Kindergarten through 12th Grade (K-12) FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum is an innovative, first-of-its-kind program that has been proven successful in classrooms across the United States. The curriculum is both educational and fun and consists of four modules. Order the entire curriculum for $75 + shipping by clicking the link or contact NOFAS: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LINK: http://www.nofas.org/k-12-curriculum-2/
Kindergarten through Second Grade
This module incorporates the children’s book, Karli and the Star of the Week. This colorfully illustrated story teaches youth to be tolerant and accepting of all individuals regardless of their capabilities or disabilities. Unit includes a storybook, lesson plan, and a CD-ROM with teacher background information, 30 minutes.
Third through Fifth Grade
This unit presents a healthy lifestyle model that teaches students to distinguish harmful substances from healthy substances, including the dangers that alcohol can have on a body. The lesson emphasizes healthy choices through the use of memory games and puzzles. Unit includes a lesson plan and a CD-ROM containing teacher background information and activity sheets, 45 minutes.
Sixth through Eighth Grade
This module introduces an anatomical learning approach with an emphasis on the physical affects that alcohol has on the brain. This is shown through the use of a CD-ROM and materials on how alcohol use affects brain development. Unit includes a lesson plan, and a CD-ROM with teacher background information and activity sheets, 45 minutes.
Ninth through Twelfth Grade
This student favorite and NOFAS exclusive includes excerpts from the popular television show Law & Order: SVU that will engage your students in decision-making discussions related to alcohol use and pregnancy. The lesson presents students with extensive information on FASD and the importance of avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. Unit includes a lesson plan, Law & Order: SVU excerpts, and a CD-ROM with teacher background information and activity sheets, 45 minutes.
Karli and the Star of the Week: ($15) Developed by NOFAS to educate children about accepting themselves and others regardless of individual capabilities or disabilities Order by contacting NOFAS at: email@example.com
The Better Safe Than Sorry Curriculum: designed to promote education regarding alcohol-related birth defects and their prevention. This curriculum is designed to be flexible with respect to a range of student ages and experiences as well as the amount of class time that can be set aside for this topic. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism(NIAAA) publication. Link: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Science/curriculum.html
An Ounce of Prevention (DVD): This short, contemporary drama engages students in a setting with which they can relate, while weaving some humor into teaching about the serious realities of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. You’ll hear heartbreaking testimony from a real Mom who binge drank one time during her pregnancy and from her son, who suffers from the effects to this day.
This impactful DVD includes a fact sheet, background information on FAS and FASD, a glossary and student assessment. It is designed for use in high school parenting/FACS classes as well as health classes and other venues appropriate for discussion of preventing alcohol-related birth defects.
To order, call Realityworks at 1-800-262-3806
A Child for Life (DVD): Produced by NOFAS United Kingdom (NOFASUK), A Child for Life is a 22-min educational film explaining FASD and including interviews with experts, families, and children affected by FASD. $20.00, Order by contacting NOFAS at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Our Own Words (DVD): A NOFAS produced, hour long DVD where you’ll hear personal stories from children and adults affected by FASD. It is an excellent source for teac