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Minnesota Special Needs Levy Funding This info module focuses on the use of special needs levy funding to support children with special needs in school age programs throughout Minnesota. Info Module
Model Me Kids Model Me Kids® is dedicated to producing high quality teaching tools for children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. We strive to make our products affordable so that they are accessible to both families and educators. Designed as a teaching tool for children, adolescents, and teenagers with Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD or NLD), and developmental delays, the videos are used by parents, teachers, and therapists. The videos are also helpful for teaching children with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Website
Planning for the Transition to Kindergarten: Why it Matters and how to Support Success The transition to kindergarten is a time that presents changing demands, expectations, and supports for children and their families. When children experience discontinuities between preschool and kindergarten, they may be at greater risk for academic failure and social adjustment problems. Thus, building and implementing a seamless kindergarten transition can make a significant difference for children's early education experience. Document
Play Activities to Encourage Motor Development in Child Care Child Care Play is crucial to the development of children's gross and fine motor skills. Through play, children practice and perfect control and coordination of large body movements, as well as small movements of hands and fingers. Child care providers can support young children's motor development by planning play activities that provide children with regular opportunities to move their bodies. Website
Pocket Full of Therapy Pocket Full of Therapy offers select pediatric and school based therapy products and toys. The site organizers have found unique materials needed to provide effective, appropriate, motivating, and fun pediatric therapy and learning. The catalog is arranged into categories pertinent to child development. Website
Princeton Child Development Center Princeton Child Development Institute is nationally and internationally known for its applied behavior analysis research in autism intervention. Current research and development activities focus on language acquisition and social interaction; promotion of decision-making skills and independence from caregivers; systems analysis and construction of quality assurance systems; expansion of career options and supported-employment opportunities for young adults; and ongoing research on family-style, community-based models of residential treatment. Research leading to the development of replicable treatment models is an essential element of the Institute's programs, because it benefits not only individuals currently receiving services, but potentially, all people with autism. Website
The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) are professional associations of more than 700 members each. The members from our organizations are a diverse group of professionals representing early care and education and school age and youth programs across Minnesota. The members are teachers, youth workers, center directors, site coordinators, program managers, trainers, and advocates. MnAEYC-MnSACA promotes quality in early care and education and out-of-school time programs and supports the leadership and development of early care and education and out-of-school time professionals. We forward this mission by focusing on Professional Development, Program Improvement, and Policy & Advocacy. Website
Therapro Therapro: The therapy resource for families and professionals! We provide therapists, teachers, parents and other caregivers with the highest quality and most economical therapeutic and educational resources for all ages and abilities, from kids to adults. Our goal is to provide unique speech and occupational therapy supplies for preventive, developmental, and rehabilitative care. With the right tools, including occupational therapy assessments and evaluations, kids and adult activities, games, products and toys, developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills is less frustrating, and will result in better outcomes in a shorter period of time. Website
Transition from Preschool Services to Kindergarten The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center offers links to National Centers, studies and specialized projects that provide resources on transition to kindergarten. Website
Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disabilities Joan Blaska's book "Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disablities and Illness," 2nd edition is an invaluable resource for parents and educators. A must read for individuals wanting to help children learn about disabilites and illnesses through young children's literature. Website