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August 27, 2009

New Position Statement on the Definition of INCLUSION

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have joined forces to approve a position statement on the definition of inclusion.
The definition includes the following: Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports. You can learn more about this joint policy statement at

August 26, 2009

Tourette Syndrome Association has "Back to School: Making Successful Transitions" teleconference available on their website

Tourette Syndrome Association has great resources that benefit individuals with autism.  Did you know that their are a number of people dually diagnosed with autism and tourettes?  I found a lot of their materials relevant and informative.  Passing it on.

"Back to School: Making Successful Transitions"
August 18, 2009 Teleconference Recording
Now Available on TSA Website!

On August 18th, TSA conducted an teleconference on easing back-to-school transitions for students with Tourette Syndrome. The audio was recorded and posted on the TSA website and is now available for listening.

This 53 minute audio presentation supplies significant information to families and caregivers with transition needs as they pertain to students attending a new school, new grade or a teacher new to them.
To listen to the teleconference, click here to go to the TSA website page.

The original teleconference was presented by TSA Education Specialist Kathy Giordano to an audience of concerned parents and caregivers. Kathy is an Education Specialist with the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). She presents nationally for TSA on issues concerning Tourette Syndrome and related disorders, positive and proactive educational & behavioral techniques, and Functional Behavioral Assessments to audiences of teachers, special educators, clinicians, school based staff, allied professionals and families. Ms. Giordano is the mother of three adult children, her youngest diagnosed at the age of 5 with severe Tourette Syndrome with ADD, OCD and ODD. She has a background teaching English in grades 7-12 and has worked to assist school districts as a behavior consultant since 1998. Ms. Giordano has appeared on the PBS Series "Nova," in a segment about Tourette Syndrome which aired in the United States and on the BBC.

Stay up to date on Tourette Syndrome-related news and bookmark the national TSA website and visit often!

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August 25, 2009

Cindy Schneider from Acting Antics will be our very first guest for the September 13 show!

Join us for a candid and informative interview with Cindy Schneider, founder of Acting Antics; an innovative theater program designed for students diagnosed with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, HFA, ADD, NLD or other deficits in social understanding.

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Cindy is also the author of Acting Antics; A Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome -

August 17, 2009

Survived my first podcast!

I was really nervous about yesterday's first broadcast. But it went great, fantastic even. I am surprised by the amount of sweat I managed to create if 15 minutes. I think I'll do it again next week.

Featured Music

"Crazy As" by Julandrew

Next Show - August 23, 2009Topic - Do YOU have a life outside your child's autism?
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