Diet and Hyperactivity

As shared in Exchange Every Day, from Child Care Information Exchange, a new study reports a link between consuming food dyes and sodium benzoate, and hyperactivity in children. A UK study reported in Work & Family Life (November 2007; www.workandfamilylife.com) demonstrates the impact of food additives on children’s behavior. Researchers …

TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, …

One Stop for Free Assistive Technology

Steve Jacobs has created One Stop for Free Assistive Technology, a clearing house of free assistive technology tools available for a variety of needs. It is organized alphabetically, but if you choose a few handy keywords, you can usually jump to the products that would be of interest to you. …

Q-Charm – AAC on your wrist!

Check out the Q-Charm customizable bracelet for a down-to-earth, convenient low-tech communication and cuing system. Q-Charms are silicone wrist bands with interchangeable half-inch square charms. The charms have different icons to help an individual communicate, anticipate daily events, etc. UPDATE: Sadly, the Q-Charm is no longer made – do you …

ASL Pro

ASL Pro is a web site that offers a free American Sign Language video dictionary and quiz tool for teachers and others who want to teach or learn sign language. Words and phrases are organized into a Main Dictionary, Religious Dictionary, Conversational Dictionary (including idioms), and ASL for Babies Dictionary. …

Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges

Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges FCBC (Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support for caregivers to promote awareness of more enlightened, compassionate, and effective approaches, such as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)SM for helping children who struggle with social, emotional and …

The Color Bug: Radio-Controlled Art

The RC Color Bug is one cool idea (and one we used to rig up ourselves with remote controlled cars, markers and rubber bands). This lady-bug shaped toy holds markers point down so kids can draw by steering the bug with a button-operated remote. With a little work, we could …

U.S. health officials say autism rate about 1 in 150

The article below makes one pause… MIKE STOBBE Associated Press ATLANTA – The largest U.S. study of autism has found that the troubling condition is more common than previously understood. About one in 150 American children has autism, U.S. health officials said Thursday, calling the troubling disorder an urgent public …

UseVisualStrategies.com

Tips and tools for people who are visual learners, especially those on the autism spectrum or with other behavior or communication challenges, by Linda Hodgdon. powered by performancing firefox

What is Universal Design for Learning? from CAST

According to CAST (The Center for Applied Special Technology) Universal Design for Learning calls for … Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge, Multiple means of expression, to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, Multiple means of engagement, to tap into …