Special Education Department Update

April 2022

Cleveland State University - Summer Book Club

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Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month and throughout the district students and staff will be participating in a variety of activities to create awareness and acceptance. On Friday, April 22nd we are asking everyone to dress in blue for AEA's Autism Acceptance Day!
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Inside Ms Meyer's Classroom!

Hello! My name is Breanna Meyers and I am the 11th-12th grade Intervention Specialist at the Lakewood campus. This is my second year being at AEA. I have my bachelor’s degree from Ashland University in K-12 Special Education for mild/moderate and moderate/intensive needs. I also hold an associate degree from Lorain County Community College. I grew up in Lorain, Ohio and I currently still live there with my fiance Alex and my twin daughters Rosalie and Sophia. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.

I enjoy coming to work everyday and seeing my students. During my small group/intervention time I work with my students on their goals involving reading, writing, and math. I also provide push-in interventions in the general education classroom where I am able to work one-on-one with students to provide them with the proper accommodations to be successful in the classroom. My students have made great progress on their goals as well as progress with their academics. I am looking forward to finishing the year with them.

I am very thankful to have the opportunity to work here at AEA with such a great group of students. I am looking forward to seeing what next year will bring!

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Family Resources

Here are some autism acceptance month ideas and activities that you and your family can do to participate.

The School of Education and Human Development released a an insightful article packed with information and resources for all families in April of 2021, please see link below


What Are Transition Services?

Transition services become a part of a child’s IEP when a student is 14 years of age. The transition sections of a student’s IEP is to begin preparing for adult life after leaving high school. Transition goals focus on post-secondary education/training, competitive integrated employment, and independent living. While at Albert Einstein Academy, students with IEPs ages 14+will be given the opportunity to explore different careers that align with their interests and skills, looking for post-secondary education options and their requirements, as well as independent living skills (budgeting, interview skills, etc.). The transition coordinator, Mrs. Costanzo, works with students on these transition goals. Mrs. Costanzo, along with the intervention specialists, meet with students to discuss their interests, strengths, and preferences in order to begin exploration of their long-term goals related to education, employment and independent living. Transition Specialists also reach out to parents to gain their perspective related to their child’s post-secondary outcome, and support them in making connections to community resources and/ or anticipated adult services. If parents ever have any questions with regards to transition services, please reach out to Mrs. Costanzo at kristen.costanzo@aeaohio.org.
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It is almost that time of year! Below is a list of summer camps that have been sent to us from parents, staff members, and other organizations!

Great Lakes Theater Camp

Immersing participants in interactive and educational theater-based activities, Great Lakes Theater Camp is a unique opportunity for students to work with and learn from Great Lakes Theater professional teaching artists in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

The program is designed for students of all levels of experience and ability. There is no audition required. Classes will be divided by students’ respective ages. The drama camp features classes in acting, Shakespeare, movement, improvisation, musical theater. stage combat, mask making and much more!

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Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your girl’s next big adventure. The best part is, all girls are welcome — no Girl Scout experience necessary! Girl Scouts are a force of nature. They were meant for outdoor adventures. Your girl is ready to rediscover the world – to disconnect from technology and embrace the freedom of the woods, the sky and water. If she loves to explore, Passport to Fun may be her perfect Resident Camp, or Space Rockettes may be the Week-long Day Camp for the astronomer in training in your life. Whichever camp themes she chooses, fun is sure to follow!

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Cleveland Botanical Garden Summer Camps

Adventures abound at Cleveland Botanical Garden during unique, themed summer camps for kids from PreK through 5th grade. Conveniently located in University Circle, campers will be able to explore the nearly ten acres of outdoor and indoor spaces, including our glasshouse with the biomes of Madagascar and Costa Rica, as well our popular Hershey Children’s Garden. Camps are packed with outdoor exploration, hands-on learning, and physical and creative activities, engaging your child with nature in new and exciting ways!

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Challenge Island STEAM Across the Universe Camp

Specialty Camps to register for our Challenge Island summer camps! 3…2…1 Blastoff! Join Challenge Island® as you and a STEAM Team of astronaut friends will create your own Mission Control Station and soar through the universe. You’ll learn the spectacular science of space while taking on a galaxy of cosmically cool challenges - from Rocket Launch Day to Moon Day to Intergalactic Day to Alien Day. Don’t miss out on this out of this world Challenge Island camp!

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Beck Center for the Arts Summer Fun

Beck Center is more than a non-profit organization that combines professional theater with arts education in Lakewood. They create art experiences for ages 5 to 19 in music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Enroll today for summer 2022. Please note masks are required at this point in time for all ages.

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Camp Cheerful - Achievement Centers for Children

Located on 52 acres in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, Camp Cheerful is Ohio's first barrier-free camp. Camp Cheerful offers residential co-ed sessions in a beautiful outdoor environment for children and adults ages 7 and older with and without special needs.

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