“A balance board is a relatively safe way to help a child get used to vestibular input. They have to shift their body weight and respond appropriately to the changing stimuli.” – My Mundane and Miraculous Life
“Just as your child needs food throughout the course of the day, his need for sensory input must also be met. A “sensory diet” (coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger) is a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provides the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day.” – Sensory Smarts
Written by Director of Special Education Peter Gennaro, occupational therapist Beth Aune, and special needs mom and advocate Beth Burt, this book illuminates possible causes of those mysterious behaviors, and more importantly, provides solutions! Teachers can quickly look up an in-the-moment solution and learn about what the child is communicating, and why.
Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom: A Handy Reference Guide that Explains Behaviors Associated with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other Special Needs
By Beth Aune, Beth Burt, Peter Gennaro
WHY won’t he stay in his seat?
WHY does she flap her hands?
And WHAT should I do??
As inclusion becomes the norm in general education, teachers are faced with behaviors they have never seen before. Special needs educators may recognize the telltale symptom of a sensory need or a textbook-case of an avoidance behavior, but this is all new territory for the general-ed crowd!
The authors collaboratively address problem behaviors such as:
Hiding or Running Away When Upset
Putting Head Down or “Shutting Down”
Difficulty with Class Work and Homework
Losing Materials and Missing Assignments
Not Following Directions
Saying Rude or Inappropriate Things
Difficulty Making Decisions
Laughing Excessively or Being Silly
Little or No Eye Contact
And many others
Teachers, it is possible to accommodate learning differences and sustain a positive learning environment for ALL students. This book is a must-have for every inclusive classroom.
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Beth Aune, OTR/L, currently has a private practice as a pediatric occupational therapist in the Coachella Valley area. She and her dedicated staff provide intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and other diagnoses in a variety of environments: early intervention in the home, for general and special education students in the school setting, and in the clinical setting. Beth has developed and presented numerous workshops and trainings for parents and educators that focus on the care and treatment of children with disabilities. She lives in Palm Desert with her three children.
Beth Burt currently resides in Southern California with her husband, their two sons, two cats and a dog. Because of her experience with her own children, one with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the other with a learning disability, she became an advocate. She has over 13 years of experience collaborating and advocating on the behalf of students with ASD and other disorders. She has been actively involved in numerous task forces and committees related to children, disabilities and education. She has presented numerous times in Southern California to colleges, conferences, parent groups and businesses. She is currently President of the Inland Empire Autism Society and is a board member of the Autism Society California and Visions R Us, a nonprofit organization that assists young adults with special needs in making the transition from high school to desired employment.
Peter Gennaro is currently the Director of Special Education for the Alvord Unified School District in Southern California. He has served as Special Education Coordinator and as Program/Inclusion Specialist prior this. As a teacher, he taught classes for students with emotional disturbance and has taught direct service special education classes consisting of students with varying disabilities. In his current position he continues to work closely with teachers, service providers, and families to develop and implement successful student programs.
We actually discovered this game at our neuropsychologist’s office… and my 9-year-old son has been asking for his own ever since. What I didn’t expect was the entire family has fallen in love with these games, including my 7 year old and myself!
In addition to it being a great brain challenge, it’s actually quite calming to work through.
Perplexus Original Maze Game (Fine Motor Toys)
Flip, twist, and spin your way through the Perplexus Maze Game from PlaSmart. This Perplexus Original is a bendy, trendy, can’t-put-it-down challenge! With plenty of twists, turns, and barriers between start and finish, it will leave you perplexed. Once you try it, you won’t be able to put it down!
At a Glance:
Flip, twist, and spin your way through the Perplexus Original Maze
The maze and its obstacles are easy to play, but hard to master
Race against yourself, your friends, and the clock
Includes a super spiral, a tightrope, and a swing arm
Features 3 different puzzles and 100 challenging barriers
Easy to play, but hard to master. Clear sphere holds metal balls that wind through a maze. Race against the clock or challenge your friends.
Easy to Play, Hard to Master
The Perplexus Original Maze Game is a clear sphere filled with multicolored pathways covering different areas of the sphere’s interior. A small metal ball rolls around on the inside, and it’s your job to guide that ball through the maze to its end. Once the ball is balanced in its starting position, it’s easy to start rolling it around the tracks. By the time you’ve learned the different passageways, you’ll realize that even though it’s easy to play, all the different ways of moving around are hard to master!
Flip, Twist, and Spin Your Way through the Maze
Moving through the different pathways is a wacky exercise in spatial reasoning and stimulates your cognitive reasoning. As you move the ball along one track, you find that it’s never long before you reach a different colored track that requires you to flip, twist, and spin the sphere 90 degrees one way or another to keep the ball rolling. Twist around corners, flip from the yellow to the orange ramp, spin around the various curves–if you fall off the track, just get back on and try again!
Race Yourself, Your Friends, and the Clock
If you work hard enough and make it to the end of the maze, congratulate yourself, and then turn it into a racetrack! Keep track of your personal best times and race against the clock. You can also race against your friends’ times, or stage races with multiple Perplexus Mazes!
3 Races and 100 Challenging Barriers to Master
The Perplexus Maze Game includes a super spiral, a tightrope, and a swing arm to form 3 different puzzles and 100 challenging barriers to discover and overcome. Share it with your friends and family as you try to uncover all the patterns and obstacles, but be careful–Perplexus Original is so addicting that once you let it go, you might not get it back!
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“Thanksgiving often means new people, places, and foods, all of which can be overstimulating for young kids with neuro-developmental disorders. …We want all children to enjoy the holiday season, so help your child avoid sensory-induced meltdowns with these practical strategies.” – Brain Balance