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CICC E-News, Issue #6. July-August 2008


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School Readiness

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By: Cindy Croft

At this time of year, we start to think about sending young children to the first year of school and their ‘school readiness.’ The term ‘school readiness’ is used frequently today by many people and there is debate about what can and should be expected of a young child entering kindergarten. Read the full article.

Easing the Anticipation & Anxiety: The Beginning of a New School Year

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By: Dea Anderson

One of the most readily available and easily accessible tools we have to help children and young adults process, understand, and work through their concerns is the use of books.  Books provide children and young adults with an opportunity to meet characters they can relate to and that share their experiences and emotions.  Often as these characters and their stories evolve, there is an opportunity to discuss the characters’ emotions, ideas to solve the problem or concern, and insights into applying what was learned by the character to our own lives.  Books can be used to stimulate conversation, for brainstorming, and for development of possible coping strategies to ease an individual’s apprehension in order to promote a sense of assurance and confidence.

Read the full article that contains a list of books that might be helpful in easing anticipation and anxiety about starting school or beginning a new school year.  Some of the books are directly related to school while others deal with worry and anxiety.  This article also contains website links that contain resources for titles of children’s books.

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Cindy Croft, Director || croft@csp.edu || 651.603.6265

Fraser's Tip Sheets

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Making Back-to-School Easier
For children, summer can mean playing outside until dark, staying up late, and sleeping in.  After the flexibility of summer schedules, children and their parents often struggle with getting back into the school-year routine.  This tip sheet contains information that can make the transition back-to-school smoother for both children and adults.

Visual Supports: Helping Children Communicate
Most children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders process pictures better than words.  This tip sheet gives information on helping children communicate with visuals and how to create a visual supports system.

More resources for Visual Supports

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Sites offering free visuals:

  1. images.google.com
  2. www.usevisualstrategies.com
  3. www.do2learn.com
  4. www.angelfire.com/pa5/as/boardmakerfiles.html
  5. www.environmentsresources.com
    - Go to Resources and click on “Just My Label Maker” then click on any of the menu items on the left except the first one titled “New Label Maker.” This area displays items for sale. The other areas have materials to download and will walk you through the process.
  6. www.imaginesymbols.com

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www.inclusivechildcare.org || Concordia University, College of Education
Cindy Croft, Director || croft@csp.edu || 651.603.6265

Sites and/or programs that offer materials to purchase to make visuals:

  1. www.symbolspeak.com
  2. www.mayer-johnson.com
    -Boardmaker
    -Writing with Symbols

Tip Sheets of interest available at:

  1. www.fraser.org
  2. cehd.umn.edu/CEED/

Website with resources for individuals who have Autism and some information on visual supports:

  1. www.angelfire.com/pa5/as/asteachersites.html

Articles on Transition

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PACER’s Early Childhood Connection, Winter 2008 newsletter contains two helpful articles on the topic of transition.  The article titles are:
New Eligibility Criteria May Affect Transition Planning for Your Child
Try These Tips for a Smooth Transition to Kindergarten

If you are interested in reading these articles, we’ve supplied a link to PACER’s newsletter.

Two New Info Modules

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The Center for Inclusive Child Care has recently added two new Info Modules to its website Learning Center.

Supporting Sensory Preferences in Children, Part 1, An Overview
Supporting Sensory Preferences in Children, Part 2, Strategies

We live in a world of sensory bombardment.  Experts tell us that the level of sensory input we receive each day affects our mood, productivity, sleep patterns, and memory.  This is true for children as well as adults.  For information regarding sensory preferences and to learn how to help create a comfortable environment to enhance learning and comfort for children, visit the CICC’s Learning Center and check out the two new sensory Info Modules.