8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker

So many people ask questions about how to manage IEP meetings in the United States. Here are some tips from a leader in the industry. Also, be sure to check out his books (links to follow).

8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker

 

8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker

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Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration

Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration: Forms, Checklists, and Practical Tools for Teachers and Parents

Book: Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration: Forms, Checklists, and Practical Tools for Teachers and Parents by Jane Koomar, Carol Kranowitz, Stacey Szklut, Lynn Balzer-Martin, Elizabeth Haber and Deanna Iris Sava

In this elegant approach to the often-elusive subject of sensory integration, Carol Kranowitz, M.A. (author of the best-selling book The Out-of-Sync Child) and expert occupational therapists Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L, Lynn Balzer-Martin, PhD, OTR, Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Elizabeth Haber, MS, OTR/L, and Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L, have assembled an extensive and easy-to-use set of checklists and other tools that will be invaluable to every teacher (and parent) who has children with sensory processing challenges.

You’ll find tried-and-true instructions for developing fine-motor, “organizing,” and motor-planning skills, and for providing an appropriate “Sensory Diet” that will benefit all your students. Checklists help you identify students who have difficulty processing sensory information. With up to 20% of the students in any given classroom affected by Sensory Processing Disorder, Answers to Questionsis an invaluable resource for teachers of preschool through high school.

Winner of Learning magazine’s Teachers’ Choice Award, this book and the tools within it will help teachers learn how to:

  • Recognize Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Understand how Sensory Processing Disorder may interfere with a child’s motor coordination, muscle tone, fine motor skills, visual perception, and relationships with others
  • Discern a child’s unique pattern of out-of-sync behavior
  • Help a child recover after a meltdown
  • Develop strategies to prevent future meltdowns
  • Approach a child who is simultaneously oversensitive to one kind of stimulation and  undersensitive to another kind
  • Help children identify their own needs for the right amount of sensory stimulation
  • Collaborate with parents, occupational therapists, and other professionals on a child’s behalf
  • Provide a safe, appropriate, “sensory diet” in the classroom that will benefit all students
  • Structure a calm and organized classroom
  • Manage his or her own behavior when a child “pushes those buttons”

Finally, this book will help teachers to always remember that these are good children who are trying their best in a confusing world.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder, SPD

A Teacher's Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder, SPD

Book: A Teacher’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz and Stacey Szklut

Research shows that 20% of all school-age children in the U.S. have problems with sensory integration. However, teachers are given little or no training in how to work with these high needs kids. Finally, here’s a commuter-friendly way to help teachers and other school professionals reach these kids and help them succeed in the classroom. Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of the best selling booksThe Out of Sync Child and The Goodenoughs Get in Sync, interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut about how to teach children with sensory integration problems. This audio CD set includes narration by public health physician Dr. David Silver.

An audio companion to the book Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration, Carol Kranowitz interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut and they discuss how to teach children with sensory integration problems.  It is like eavesdropping on two experts sharing sensory secrets!  Finally, here is help for teachers and other school professionals who are trying to reach kids with sensory problems and help them succeed in the classroom, and in life.

Discussion topics include:

  • Understanding why challenges in sensory integration affect learning
  • Learning how to become a good detective of SI dysfunction in the classroom
  • Gaining insight into how sensory integration dysfunction can look like ADD, ADHD or learning disabilities
  • Learning methods for creating effective collaborations between home and school
  • Materials appropriate for preschool through high school teachers and school professionals

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Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers

Book: Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers by Christy Isbell, Rebecca Isbell

Do you have a child in your early childhood classroom who:

  • Climbs on top of furniture and jumps off?
  • Covers his ears when children are singing?
  • Refuses to touch clay, paint, or sand?
  • Often falls down and skins her knees?
  • Refuses to play on outdoor playground equipment?

If so, it is possible the child is having sensory processing problems. How can you help children with these problems so they can enjoy learning and grow in positive ways? Sensory Integration helps you identify children who have difficulties with sensory processing, and it offers simple, easy-to-use solutions to support the sensory needs of young children in the preschool classroom. Easy-to-implement solutions include adaptations and activities for children with different types of Sensory Processing Disorder. This book has a bonus chapter with instructions for creating low-cost items to help children with sensory issues.

Chapters cover concepts such as:

  • Explaining Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Defining sensory avoiders, seekers, and under-responders
  • Designing the environment to support the sensory development of all children
  • Helping preschoolers with sensory processing problems
  • Providing practical solutions to meet the needs of individual children during daily routines
  • Building and creating low-cost items such as a tire swing, sand pillow, and incline board to give children opportunities to get the sensory input they need

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All About IEPs

Book: Wrightslaw: All About IEPs by Peter W. D. Wright,  Pamela Darr Wright and Sandra Webb O’Connor

Whether you are the parent of a child with special education needs, a seasoned educator, or a professional advocate, you have questions about Individualized Education Programs, (IEPs). In this comprehensive, easy to read book, you will find clear, concise answers to frequently asked questions about IEPs. Learn what the law says about IEP Teams and IEP Meetings, Parental Rights and Consent, Steps in Developing the IEP, Placement, Transition, Assistive Technology and Strategies to Resolve Disagreements.

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I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No!

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Book: I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be)

Amazon Description: NO is RJ s least favorite word . . . and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn No into Maybe or We ll see or Later or I ll think about it. Even though he doesn t have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom s Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept No for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club s Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way!

Author Julia Cook helps K-6 readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach and encourage kids to use the skills of accepting No for an answer and disagreeing appropriately are included in the book.

I Just Don t Like the Sound of NO! is another title in the BEST ME I Can Be! series of books from the Boys Town Press to teach children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful.

This book is also available with an accompanying CD audio book, read by the author. Winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the National Parenting Center’s ‘Seal of Approval.’

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