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As more schools are returning to in-person instruction this fall, I see many educators concerned about their students’ transition back to a physical classroom. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), here are three easy, tech-focused tips to help you and your students.

Please forward this email to a teacher that could benefit from these suggestions!

1️. How can I “break the ice” in my classroom?

In the fall, some of your students might struggle to reconnect with classmates they have not seen or spoken with in a while. They might be feeling self-conscious and anxious about one-on-one communication with others in their class. …

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I wanted to share a few quotes that inspire me in lieu of the usual weekly article. As I am sure you have either experienced or witnessed firsthand, society often rejects or turns their back on those who might seem “different.”

Like Dr. Ingrid Amorini-Klimek wrote in her article a few weeks ago, “Equating a need for support, neurodiversity, or any type of disability as ‘something wrong’ instead of just describing it as another characteristic of a person, much like having blue or brown eyes, summarizes what having a disability translates to for the rest of society.”

Let the following…

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Salima Slimane’s fifth-grade son, Anis, is on the autism spectrum and struggling in his at-home learning environment.

“Anis was a very happy child going to school,” Slimane told reporter Mike Beaudet. “He loved going to school. We’ve seen really a regression happening socially and academically. I think he is definitely not the same child anymore.”

Salima is not alone. After a year “Zoom school” for a majority of special education students, parents are worried; and, with summer just around the corner, many parents are concerned about their students’ skills regression over the summer months.

“I have a lot of concerns…

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How are you keeping your students excited during remote learning?

While watching television the other night, I noticed an insurance company’s advertisement that showed two young adults playing a video game. At the end, they indicated the game was boring and decided to move on to something else.

Is this the attitude your students are feeling about your lessons? Remember that excitement and interest are quick to fade. The next shiny object or thrill is “just around the corner”!

Here are some ideas for adding student engagement to your lessons:

1️⃣ Response cards. Is there a procedure in place to…

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In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all on the autism spectrum are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM).

As the world “builds back” from the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting the idea of acceptance of neurodiverse persons must be inclusive. This more inclusive approach into everyday life focuses on acceptance into our communities, our workforce, and institutions of higher education.

Neurodivergent individuals have the right to quality education and meaningful employment — just like we all do.

Oftentimes, it is practices like standard interviews that…

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Concepts are defined as abstract ideas or general notions that occur in the mind, in speech, or in thought. They are understood to be the fundamental building blocks of thoughts and beliefs.

While many educators and businesses understand the concepts of inclusion, mainstreaming, and diversity, the “real” question is: Are these concepts something your establishment is doing in practice?

Neuro-positivity is switching away from the concept of promoting “help” and “awareness” and putting good concepts into practice.

Therefore, all educational settings and businesses should be promoting practices that lead to the integration and support necessary so that ALL individuals can…

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In early June 2020, Amazon Studios announced a series order from “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” writer and producer Jason Katim. Entitled “On the Spectrum,” this 30-minute comedy-drama will follow three 20-something roommates who are on the autism spectrum and navigating life’s challenges together.

Most importantly, the television series will feature three actually autistic actors: Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki.

“Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it’s like to come of age as someone with autism,” said Katim in an interview

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“Many institutions of higher education, particularly the highly competitive schools, are unwittingly failing people during the admissions process when it comes to considering neurodiversity,” writes Rob Hahn in a recent opinion piece for the New York Daily News.

Rob’s son, Bobby, has Asperger’s; and, as Bobby was applying for post-secondary programs, Rob grew increasingly frustrated with universities’ admissions policies.

“When many schools highlight their incoming freshman class, you’ll see data related to students of color and first-generation college students, but you won’t see a number related to students who identify as neurodivergent,” continues Rob. …

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Each week, I receive messages from educators who are struggling to keep students engaged as they start another semester of virtual learning. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), here are three easy, tech-focused tips to help you more efficiently teach your students in your hybrid or virtual classroom.

Please forward this email to a teacher that could benefit from these suggestions!

1️. How can I “break the ice” in my class?

Now that school is back in session for many, some of your students might be struggling to reconnect with classmates they have not seen or spoken with in a while. They might be feeling self-conscious and…

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Educators of neurodivergent students: below is a very insightful graphic from Hannah Belcher to help you better understand the cycle of autistic masking.

Autistic masking is when an individual on the autism spectrum either consciously or subconsciously hides the telltale signs they are autistic in order to appear more neurotypical and fit into their current surroundings — and it is more widespread than you might think. According to a recent online study, 70% of autistic adults participating reported that they consistently mask.

Dr. William Lane

Special education consultant, international speaker, and best-selling author advocating for neurodiversity on campus and in the workplace.

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