Posted on October 24, 2014 in News
If you are a paraprofessional or work with a paraprofessional, you know just how challenging this role can be. One of the primary difficulties of the job is getting feedback in a way that is streamlined, efficient, and useful. Paraprofessionals are typically busy in their direct support of students and classrooms; this leaves little room for meetings and collaborative planning. One way to be sure that paraprofessionals get the support they need is to …
Posted on August 04, 2014 in Inclusion
Last month, I sent one tweet each day to help families generate ideas for summer activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. July is over, but summer is not, so I am posting the list here for those you not on Twitter and/or still seeking ideas for these last weeks of August.
- Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
- Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.
- Head to a drive-in. No need to use quiet voices & those needing to move around during the film can do so.
- Remember headphones during …
Posted on April 30, 2014 in Autism
I hope you enjoyed my 30-days feature this month and that you found some books for your summer reading lists. I know how much these books had an impact on me, so I hope they will do the same for you or maybe even inspire some of you to write your own stories. We need them!
As promised, I am opening up this last day of the month for you to add any autobiographies/memoirs that I was not able to list in just 29 days. Feel free to add in other titles too if they made a big impact on your understanding of autism or Asperger syndrome—even if they are not memoirs.
Posted on April 29, 2014 in Autism
My final selection of the month is one of the most popular books on the market. Michael John Carley is the founder of GRASP, an advocacy organization for people with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Carly is the father of child on the spectrum and-not unlike many parents on the spectrum-was diagnosed at the same time his own son was evaluated.
Asperger’s From the Inside Out is a hybrid autobiography as it is part personal story and part user’s guide. Carley’s book is moving, interesting, and practical and you get …
Posted on April 28, 2014 in Autism
Jeanette Purkis spent her early life baffled and often extremely frustrated about how different she was from others. She was acutely aware that she found things difficult that others did not. These feelings led to a life that became dark and frightening. Purkis finds herself addicted to drugs and a prison inmate before turning her life around, gaining coping skills and strategies, and beginning to understand her diagnosis.
Finding a Different Kind of Normal is a unique autobiography because Purkis lands in so many severe situations. Therefore, it is not an easy read, but it might be very helpful for someone feeling …