School Resources

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
A ton of useful links and downloadable resources.

School Readiness and School Placement of a Newly Adopted Post-institutionalized Child by Boris Gindis, PhD -

Parent /School Guide Individual Education Plans – IEPs

by Julie Beem
This guide takes you through the steps of IEPs with lots of suggestions on what to do and what not to do!
Website with comprehensive explanations of special education laws, including information on the reauthorization of IDEA 2004 and the impact of the various changes under this legislation.

12 Rules for Writing a Good Letter
When you write letters to the school, you want to express concerns and educate your reader about your child’s problems.
You want your letters to create a good first's how!

Oil and Water by Lawrence B Smith L.C.S.W. - C., L.I.C.S.W. Classroom Strategies for Attachment Disordered Children

The ABCs of Back to School with FASD by Kari Fletcher

Outside Difference, Inside Sameness
This activity is great to talk about differences in a classroom or with a scout troop. Designed to be used with the book I Don't Have Your Eyes for children from preschool to 2nd grade.

"As a teacher, you are always looking for ways to promote acceptance of differences among people. This is a very appealing book for primary levels and is a good source of an initial introduction to diversity."

Karen Wilkening, First Grade Teacher,
NJ Teacher of the Year, adoptive parent.

Making a Family Glyph
An art activity for families touched by adoption or fostering.

Special Resources for Teachers

Adoptive Families Seek to Transform Classroom Strategies -
by Elizabeth Hunt
An awareness by teachers on what assignments and
activities can mean to adopted children.

A Teacher's Guide to Adoption By Robin Hilborn
There are 10 modules:
Module1 -- Many ways to make a family
Module 2 -- Many ways to create a child
Module 3 -- Biased class assignments -- and how to fix them
Module 4 -- Teaching the language of adoption
Module 5 -- How to introduce adoption in elementary school
Module 6 -- Answers for the pregnant student
Module 7 -- A suggested classroom presentation
Module 8 -- Research points the way
Module 9 -- Adoption resources for teachers and students
Module 10 -- Glossary: the ABCs of adoption

Adopted Children in the Early Childhood Classroom
Short articles include:
•Select Curriculum Activities and Materials That Represent Diverse Families
•Reconsider "Adopt-A" Projects
•Listen Carefully to Children's Questions
•Avoid Bias Toward Adopted Children
•Consider Using Bibliotherapy

Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me
Dedicated to creating safe, caring and respectful environments for children includes some great resources and free tools for educators.

Overview of Reactive Attachment Disorder for Teachers
Includes information on control battles, when/how to involve parents, consequencing
by Arthur Becker-Weidman

The ABC's of Back to School with FASD
a check list created by a parent of a FASD child to give to her son's teacher to help understand his particular issues and how best to work with him.

The Alert Program
This program is for teaching self-regulation awareness.
(How Does Your Engine Run®)

Special Learning Resources

Scientific Learning
The Fast ForWord family of reading intervention products develops brain processing efficiency through intensive, adaptive software exercises.

CAPD-Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Living and Working with a Central Aduitory Processing Disorder
by Judith W. Paton, M. A., Audiologist

Resources and learning tools for Special Needs kids. Some wonderful resources and tools for motor skills, charts, lists and other things to get kids off with all the resources they need.

Boris Gindis
Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment & Remediation

Identifying Learning Problems in Adopted Children
By Annie Stuart








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