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A Mother’s experience in teaching her child to read with Minecraft

I have known about the power of Minecraft for a while. It has opened up a whole new world for my son, and has been a real boost to his ability to socialise as he has bonded with like minded people over the game. Here a mother shares her experience with teaching her son with Asperger’s to read and write using Minecraft:

http://www.stam.se/blog/2013/01/05/how-minecraft-taught-my-9-year-old-son-with-aspergers-to-read-and-write/

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How Do I Teach This Kid to Read?: Teaching Literacy Skills to Young Children with Autism, from Phonics to Reading Comprehension

Award-winning author of the How Do I Teach This Kid series, Kim Henry extends her expertise to the realm of reading. In this book, she presents simple instructional strategies for developing early literacy skills in young children with autism. She provides evidence-based research to support her strategies and addresses topics such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Included are creative activities and interesting lesson plans that can be easily adapted or combined with other teaching methods to suit teachers’ and students’ individual needs. A bonus CD of printable lesson plans is also included!

via How Do I Teach This Kid to Read?: Teaching Literacy Skills to Young Children with Autism, from Phonics to Reading Comprehension.

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Smart But Scattered

Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are ‘smart but scattered’ lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills – the core, brain-based habits of mind required to ‘execute’ tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids’ abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. “Smart but Scattered” provides ways to assess children’s strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.

via Smart But Scattered.

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Tips for helping children with Auditory Processing Disorder

Reposted from kidshealth.org

“Strategies applied at home and school can ease some of the problem behaviors associated with APD. Because it’s common for kids with CAPD to have difficulty following directions, for example, these tactics might help: Continue reading

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Embrace your inner ADHD

What do you do when you have a challenging or boring task to do? Do you get distracted? Do you find other things to do? Do you sometimes find that when you are reconciling your finances, you suddenly get the urge to clean the house? When you should be tidying your house do you get distracted by checking your emails? When you have a challenging task to do at work do you find yourself chewing your pen or maybe getting up more often for a coffee, or find yourself sorting your desk? Continue reading

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Professor Howard Gardner’s model of Multiple Intelligences

Academic performance is only one way to measure intelligence. Children can so often feel inadequate if they don’t ‘measure up’ at school. But as Professor Howard Gardner tells us, everyone has different intelligences and we can all be good at something. Continue reading