Special Services

November 23, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Have a great holiday!

Peer Review - December 1st

Group 2 Tuesday 12:00 - 3:00

Carol Loveless, Tamara Carter, Alex Greenfield, and Minerva Gonzales

Self-Regulation Live Video Webcast

Thursday, Dec. 10th 2015 at 8am-4pm

This is an online event.

Proven Strategies for Children with ADHD, autism, Learning Disabilities or Sensory Disorders.

  • Improve processing deficits in sensory, language and executive funtions
  • Over 50% of the workshop focuses on effective interventions to increase self-regulation in any setting
  • Increase self-control, social success, emotional control and task completion
  • Brain training exercises to increase self-regulation

Laura Ehlert, Psy.D. is a child clinical psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents with severe emotion/behavioral issues for over 25 years. She has worked with thousands of youth in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospital programs, school day treatment and outpatient mental health settings. Professionals who have worked with Dr. Ehlert in the past have often commented that interventions she offers succeeded where others have failed.

We plan to view this in DSC Conference Room #2


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

After the Thanksgiving break we have Sherry Bingham, Rachel Durrant and Chelsey Ball with Birthdays all in a row.

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Notification for IEP meetings are important.

If you have any BI or PSR students that are having an IEP meeting please let the Psychs know so they can attend.

National Convention Speech Therapy Report

Recently, our Speech Therapy team attended their national convention. Below are some things they learned and are willing to share:

Social Thinking: Social thinking is what we Do before we ACT. It is how we make sense of our world and interact successfully with those around us. Some of our students (particularly those with autism) struggle with understanding the world around them.

Our job is to make very abstract concepts more concrete and to teach them step-by-step so these students can be successful in navigating their world.

Some strategies learned:

(Rather than constantly prompting for eye contact: ‘look at me!’)

“Think about me with your eyes. I will know you are ready when you are thinking about me with your eyes.”

When playing a teacher-directed game: “You will know it is your turn when I am thinking about you with my eyes.”

Teach ‘flexible thinking.’ During an imaginative-play activity, discuss using ‘flexible thinking.’ Let’s make an ice cream sundae (using crumpled paper, fabric scraps, beads, blocks, etc.) “Is this really ice cream? No, but we are using our flexible thinking to think about it like ice cream. This is later used to help with problem-solving… helping them think of other ways a problem can be solved.

Draw out problems using stick figures, thought bubbles and speech bubbles. [Charlie wants to go ice skating and have a snow-ball fight. Tommy wants to build a snowman and have a snow-ball fight. Neither can find a compromise. Drawing it out helps them figure out they both have some similar ideas and helps them find a solution that works for everyone.]

This information is contained in a program “The Incredible Flexible You” and more information can be found on the website: www.socialthinking.com


Bookshare is a terrific resource for secondary students who after years of intensive reading instruction continue to struggle with reading fluency. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), provides funds to make Bookshare available free for all qualified U.S. students. It is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. There are many textbooks among the titles available and if the textbook your student needs is not available in the collection, you can request it be converted into an accessible format. You can sign up for this service individually or through our district account. Clink on this link to learn more about Bookshare. https://www.bookshare.org/cms

Donors Choose

Donors Choose is an organization which makes it possible for individuals to contribute directly to public classroom projects. If you have a project you would like to get funded this might be of interest to you. Several years ago I was able to obtain several hundred dollars worth of math supplies for my resource students. Here is a link for more information.


Teachers Pay Teachers

Another resource which many are familiar with is Teachers Pay Teachers. This is a online marketplace where teachers offer resources they have created for sale. Some resources are available for free. There is no cost to join. To learn more go to https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

Please Share

Please share helpful ideas, tips, websites, etc. with your Special Education colleagues. Send an e-mail to Laura Koyle lkoyle@minidokaschools.org with information and she will include it in our next newsletter.

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