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General
ADHD
Autism
Behaviour
      Bullying & conflict resolution
      Positive Behavioural Support
Chronic health
Deaf and hard of hearing
Deafblind
Down Syndrome
ELL
FASD 
  Part 2
Gifted
Instruction and management
Learning disabilities
Mental health
Multiple intelligence
Nonverbal learning disabilities
Physical disabilities
Processing disorders
Severe disabilities
Students at risk
Tourette Syndrome
Visual impairment
UDL/Differentiated Learning  

General

  • The Special Education Teacher
    This video clip was created by the Special Education Association of BC. It gives a very good overview of the roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher in supporting students with special needs. It demonstrates the continuum of service, and the breadth of service as students develop and change over the school years.
  • Éducation de l'enfance en difficulté An overview of teaching students with different challenges: definitions of disabilities, service forms and terms used in special education.
  • When asked,  "If you could only have 30 resources, which ones could you absolutely not give up?" this is what some of the Learning Assistance Teachers Association executive chose.
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families
    Provides concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers and their families.
  • BC Children's Hospital Family Resource Library
    The Family Support & Resource Centre is a welcoming community space and library that provides accessible and quality health information. Its mission is to help patients and their supporters become informed and active partners in making health care decisions along with their health care providers. It provides access to: library resources and help finding health information, free mailing service of resources anywhere in British Columbia and the Yukon, with return postage provided for free, access to computers, internet, free fax and printing, quiet lounge areas with a Little Free Library of adult fiction and children's books, orientation, navigation, and connections within the hospital and community, 24 hour computer kiosks, free coffee and tea. All of the library’s resources are also available via its online library catalogue. This includes a wide variety of books, pamphlets, DVDs, and other resources on health topics.
  • BC Ministry of Children and Family Development - Children and Youth with Special NeedsIn order to assist and support families and children and youth with special needs from birth up to age 19, the Ministry of Children and Family Development offers a range of services. These services are provided through various organizations, including MCFD offices, health authorities, contracted agencies and other ministries.
  • Books for Use with Children to Discuss and Promote Understanding of Invisible Disabilities  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required., from Odin Books
  • Celebrating Diversity
    A teaching resource to foster inclusive classrooms and appreciation for human diversity. There is no question that Canada is a country with an increasingly diverse population. Schools are being challenged as never before to respond to a complex range of needs while building classrooms and school yards that are safe and inclusive. The activities in this resource raise awareness in youth about the challenges and strengths of diversity, and the critical need for mutual respect and understanding. Students are encouraged to understand the consequences of stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination through experiences that foster empathy, compassion, connection and belonging. To order a print copy of this resource, please visit Classroom Connections order page on their web site or download the entire resource.
  • Classroom Connections
    Works with major education organizations in Canada such as the Canadian Education Association and the Canadian Home and School Federation as well as with a network of teachers from across the country. Their resources are provided to schools and community organizations at no cost and registration is free. They develop teacher's guides, teacher's reference materails, student handbooks and student activities, parent programs, parent reference materials and more. Materials of interest: Reading Buddies, Literacy Connections and Celebrating Diversity.
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. Of specific interest is the Resource Catalog with many books and media for the educator.
  • Disabled Peoples' International
    A network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.
  • Dyspraxia is a term that refers to a specific disorder in the area of motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have difficulty planning and completing intended fine motor tasks. It is estimated that as many as 6% of all children show some signs of dyspraxia, and in the general population, about 70% of those affected by dyspraxia are male.   Learn about the effects of dyspraxia and strategies to help.
  • Everyone Belongs in Our Schools: Making the case for inclusive education in British Columbia                                       (Find file under subsection EDUCATION)
    This booklet makes the case for inclusive education by shattering myths, presenting research findings on the positive impact of inclusive education, and telling the stories of five young people who, with the support of their teachers and families, are a testament to the value of inclusion. Includes references and ideas for how to support and advocate for inclusive schools. A useful information tool for teachers, school boards, families, advocates and community organizations.
  • Federation of Invisible Disabilities
    Non-profit organization that provides resources for families, professionals and other interested community members who want to learn more about Invisible Disabilities. Services include information and referral, community workshops, advocacy training and support, and various education initiatives.
  • The Kids In My Class I  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    This excellent 46-page document from Delta School District describes the characteristics of learners with academic and behavioural challenges and provides strategies to support them and address their needs. Learners described include those with: anxiety concerns, attentional difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, gifted, LD, reading difficulties, slow learners or mild intellectually impaired, and written output difficulties.
  • The Kids In My Class II  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    This excellent document from Delta School District describes the characteristics of learners with academic and behavioural challenges and provides strategies to support them and address their needs. Learners described include those who are/have: deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, moderate intellectual disability, physical disability, intensive behaviour, fetal alcohol spectrum, and others.
  • The Kids In My Class IIIPDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 
  • Additional 73 pages document by Delta School District describes characteristics of learners with behavioural challenges and offers ideas and strategies to support their needs, manage classroom situations, assess and investigate causalities of behaviours.
  •   LATA (Learning Assistance Teachers' Association) Student Grade Retention Brochure
    A review of the evidence regarding grade retention
  • Lifeskills Health  A comprehensive health and wellness program for high school students who read below grade level (Grades 3-4). The easy-to-read textbook addresses the important health and wellness issues that confront today’s teens. Interest Level: Grades 9-12, ABE, ESL/ELL
  • Thanks to LATA, here are just some of the many  publications available on the ministry website.  Use the search facility on the site to find even more articles on these and other topics.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada
    has an Educational Resource to build support networks for teachers, parents and students with and without neuromuscular disorders. The goal is to provide tools and information, resulting in a more inclusive school community. School presentations, Teacher Presentations, and a Teacher's Guide are also available. Regional chapters throughout BC. For more information, contact email: infowest@muscle.ca .

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, and research-based information on effective educational practices. Fourteen fact sheets and 3 briefing papers on specific disabilities. Each defines the disability, describes its characteristics, and offers tips for parents and teachers.

  • Priory Woods
    An all age community special school situated in east Middlesbrough. The school provides a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs. Includes free educational resources for download.
  • Services for children with positioning and mobility needsPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - on line pamphlet
    Information about the Positioning and Mobility team at Sunny Hill.
  • SET-BC Conference Centre  Hosts resources and learning materials developed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, educational programs, non-profit agencies, and vendors and manufacturers.
  • Sexual Health Resource Centre
    Part of the Sunnyhill Education Resource Centre, families, teachers and service providers can support the healthy sexual and social skills development and strive towards the decrease in the incidence of sexual abuse for children and young people with disabilities. Search their library to borrow materials free of charge, find a counsellor or information about education and training.
  • Sexuality and your child: A resource for parents of children with a disabilityPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - on line pamphlet
    Information for parents to help their children with disabilities deal with and understand their sexuality
  • ProfessorGarfield.org  For kids ages 8-12 with learning difficulties, educators and parents.                             
  • Special Education Resources on the Internet
    A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.
  • Talking about Special Education
    Talking about Special Education Handbooks, written by the First Nations Schools Association and the First Nations Education Steering Committee. For teachers and parents. Written in easy to understand language.
    Download copies from the publications section on their web site: http://www.fnsa.ca/resources/publications 
  • Teaching Students to Take Class Notes
    Taking notes in class can be a challenging task for almost any student. Without proper strategies, this can be frustrating and overwhelming for most students. Luckily, there are some helpful tools that students can use to develop their note taking skills.
  • Teachers: Use today's tools of technology
    More and more students are using everyday technology such as iPods, cellular phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's), and other new technology. Don't pay for expensive technology that is "special" for people with disabilities. Ordinary electronic equipment works better and doesn't make the students seem different. Did you know that PDA's can set a reminder for your student who has trouble remembering? Or store lesson notes and assignments? Or that mobile music players such as iPods have built in compatibility with audiobooks, study guides, and GPS maps?
    Visit the LD Online Technology Questions and Answers section.
  • Toilet Training for Everyone: It's Never Too Late!
    Power Point presentation by Dr. Pat Mirenda, UBC Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.
    Toilet training program laid out for parents of children with special needs.
  • Vehicle transportation of children who use wheelchairs or special needs strollersPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - on line pamphlet
    General guidelines about safe vehicle transportation for children who use a wheelchair or a special needs stroller. Also provides a list of resources.
  • What is Executive Functioning?
    Some children just can't seem to "get it together." They have trouble gathering materials to start an assignment, finding their clothes to get dressed in the morning, and deciding which task to do first. A list of executive functions includes: Inhibition, Shift, Emotional Control, Initiation, Working memory, Planning/Organization and Self-Monitoring.
  • Why am I in Special Education and what can I do about it?: Helping students develop self-determination 
    This article focuses on teaching students specifically-disability-related self-determination skills rather than activities that can be used with non-specified populations. In this design, lesson plans are used and suggested as a systematic means of instruction for students with deficits in learning (i.e., learning disabilities, mild mental impairments) as best practice. Lesson content includes teaching students the specifics of their disability characteristics, exploring strengths and weaknesses, and self-advocacy techniques.
  • The Year At A Glance  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Student Support Services - School District 68, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
    An overview of typical processes and procedures provided by the special education teacher in a month-by-month format.

ADHD


Autism

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder homepage
    BC Ministry for Children and Family Development
    Information for parents on services, and funding available for children with autism.
  • Teaching Students with Autism - A Resource Guide for Schools
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource guide is intended to support educators in the process of planning and implementing effective education programs for all students, including students with autism.
  • ABA Learning Centre
    It's mission is to provide a wide range of services to families of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other complex developmental disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the foundation of intervention. Treatment programs are designed to each child’s developmental needs to help the child reach his/her full potential.
  • ACT - Autism Community Training Society
    ACT is a registered not-for-profit society. They are a province-wide information and referral service created to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They offer families (and professionals) a wide range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up programs for their children.
  • Applying Structured Teaching Principles to Toilet Training
    This article is the compilation of several experienced teachers' and consultants' suggestions about toilet training for students with autism.
    From a Division of TEEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Asperger'sPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    The resources on this list are selected based on parent and child feedback from the collection at the Family Resource Centres at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
  • Autism 101PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Elizabeth Sparling, M.Ed.
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Spring 2004, Pages 3-6
  • AutismPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    The resources on this list are selected based on parent and child feedback from the collection at the Family Resource Centres at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
  • Autism Primer: Twenty Questions and Answers
    From a Division of TEEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Autism Society of BC
    Their mission is to promote understanding, acceptance, and full community inclusion for people with autism in British Columbia while providing support for the realization of the rights and informed choices of individuals with autism and their families. In formation packages available, as well as community groups through BC to support parents.
  • BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN)
    A program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, BCAAN is responsible for assessing and diagnosing children who may have autism. The goal of BCAAN is to provide timely assessment and diagnosis within reasonable distance of the child's home.
  • Communipack
    A great idea for non-verbal students!
    A 6 x 8 communication pack that is worn around the waist. Inner fabric is Velcro compatible and allows easy removal and placement of symbols. Made in BC!
  • Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism (Project DATA)
    A quality early childhood special education program, including opportunities to interact successfully with typical peers, functional assessment and evaluation strategies, appropriate curriculum to meet individual child needs and effective instructional strategies.  Show Me the Data section is particularly recommended.
  • Does parental reading promote literacy skills of children with autism?
    Spotlights on 4 relevant articles.
    Canadian Centre for Knowledge Mobilization
  • ERIC Digests
    These are short reports (1500-2000 words) that provide a basic overview, plus pertinent references; available from their web site: ERIC directory - www.ericdigests.org/eric-digests.html.  
  • Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

    Friend 2 Friend is a not-for-profit, federally registered charity, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Our mission is to enhance reciprocal social interaction, communication, imaginative play, and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their typically developing peers. To meet this mandate, Friend 2 Friend provides a variety of unique and innovative programs such as our Autism Demystification Programs and the Friend 2 Friend - Integrated Play Groups® Programs to individuals ages 3 through 18 on the autism spectrum and related social, communication and play needs. 

      How to write Social Stories for children with Autism
    by Meredyth Goldberg Edelson, Ph.D.
  • Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders web site
    Some good downloads on topics such as: 30 Reasons to Use and Keep Using a Visual Schedule, Likes/Dislikes Chart, IEP Goals in the Regular Classroom and more.
  • The Puzzle of Autism: What Educators Need to Know
    "The Puzzle of Autism" is a succinct informational guide for all education personnel who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The guide explains common autistic characteristics and suggests effective classroom strategies for improving the communication, sensory, social, and behavioral skills of children who have autism.
  • Quick Strategies for Supporting Children with Autism that Benefit Everyone  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Elizabeth Sparling, M.Ed.
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Spring 2004, Pages 7-10 
  • Recommendations For Students with High Functioning Autism
    A list of recommendations that were written in the course of serving many students with high funcitoning autism. The recommendations cover several topics including, the use of schedules, adapting academic material for students with autism, developing social skills, and managing behavior.Not all of these recommendations will be necessary or appropriate for all high-functioning students.
    From a Division of TEEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Strategies for Surviving Middle School with an Included Child with Autism
    From a Division of TEEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Structured Teaching
    To effectively teach autistic students a teacher must provide structure, i.e., set up the classroom so that students understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible.
    From a Division of TEEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • WatchMinder- Training and Reminder System
    Features a unique training mode and a unique reminder mode. It can be used as an assistive device, as a medication reminder, or as an aid for behavior modification.

Behaviour

  • Teaching Students with Learning and Behavioural Differences - A Resource Guide for Teachers
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This manual is designed to support teachers as they strive to help students with learning and behavioural difficulties succeed in the classroom.
  • AngerPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    B.C. Children’s Hospital, suggestions to help work with angry students
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Fall 2000, Pages 33 – 34
  • AngerPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    The resources on this list are selected based on parent and child feedback from the collection at the Family Resource Centres at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
  • BehaviourPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    The resources on this list are selected based on parent and child feedback from the collection at the Family Resource Centres at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Re-circulated by BC Ministry for Children and Family Development.
  • Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)
    Supports and promotes a US national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.
  • Classroom Management for Kids Who Won’t Sit Still and Other “Bad Apples”
    This article presents a case description of collaboration between an occupational therapist and a general education teacher to develop an effective classroom management system. The classroom management system described here was based on the Alert Program for Self-regulation: How Does Your Engine Run? In addition, the case description provides a clear example of how this system could be replicated in other classrooms.
  • Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
    CPI is dedicated to the creation of crisis prevention and intervention training and resources supporting the work of helping professionals and those whom they serve. Their programs provide training for human service professionals to address the need for training in safe, respectful, noninvasive methods for managing disruptive and assaultive behavior that are compatible with the staff's duty to provide the best possible care.
  • ERIC Digests
    These are short reports (1500-2000 words) that provide a basic overview, plus pertinent references; available from their web site: ERIC directory - www.ericdigests.org/eric-digests.html.  
  • Establishing a Help signal
    Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. www.interventioncentral.org  
  • Learning in Safe Schools: Creating Classrooms Where All Students Belong
    by Faye Brownlie and Judith King
    It is essential in today`s classrooms to create a safe learning environment that meets the needs of all students. Practical and timely, this comprehensive book focuses on three ways that teachers can make schools safer, more inclusive places. Teachers will learn how to: develop a constructive code of conduct and behaviour, create curriculum that encourages safer schools by addressing the needs and challenges of all students and implement cooperative learning strategies that foster student interaction in positive ways. The book is full of simple suggestions for meeting the diverse needs of individual students. Hands-on activities and blackline masters complement this essential resource you won`t want to miss.
    ISBN: 1-55138-120-6, $18.95 (Cdn), order from Pembroke Publishers 
  • Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments
    Subsite of Canadian Child Care Federation.
    It is designed to help parents and caregivers to better understand best practices to reduce antisocial behaviour in preschoolers and to access information, tools and resources for developing effective intervention strategies in homes or child care facilities.
  • Middle School Program Takes Positive Approach
    Teachers at Jefferson Middle School are using a new approach to manage their classrooms, called "nurtured heart." Teachers using this approach put their energy into recognizing the good behavior of their students and the positive things they are doing. They strictly enforce classroom rules, but put little focus on negative behavior.
  • Behaviour Suite
    from the Center for Parent Information and Resources.
    Includes 5 areas of focus: Behavior Expertise, Behavior Assesment, Plans and Positive Supports, Behavior at Home, Behavior at School, and Bullying.
  • Order in the Classroom  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Dawn Reithaug
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Winter 2002, Pages 19 – 25
  • Orchestrating Positive and Practical Behaviour Plans  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Dawn Reithaug
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Winter 2001, Pages 31 – 38
  • Time TimersPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    These are a great way for students to be able to see the passage of time and can help with individual independence. It also works as a wonderful visual for children and adults with sensory deficits, or those working in a sound-sensitive environment. Available in 3 sizes. You can order from Odin Books in Vancouver or Insight Media in Surrey.
  • The Trouble with Kids These DaysPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Gordon Neufeld
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Spring 2003, pages 15 – 22 + pages 42 – 48
  • WatchMinder- Training and Reminder System
    Features a unique training mode and a unique reminder mode. It can be used as an assistive device, as a medication reminder, or as an aid for behavior modification.
  • Zone'in Program
    An energy based program, derived from sensory integration theory, and designed to improve students' learning by maximizing their attention in a class setting. The program provides tools to help children discover the role their bodies play in learning. Designed by a BC School Based Occupational Therapist.

Bullying and conflict resolution

  • Words Can Hurt: Teaching Kids Better Ways to Express Anger
    By: Kristin Stanberry
    Kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) or other learning disabilites (LD) may verbalize angry feelings inappropriately, resorting to swear words, name-calling, and hurtful remarks. This doesn't necessarily mean they're "bad" kids. Consider what the child may be struggling with:
    * Tim, who has AD/HD, is easily frustrated and has poor impulse control. He often blurts out an angry retort before he can stop and think about what he's about to say.
    * Pam has LD involving language difficulties. She may struggle to find and express the words she needs to communicate. She grows more frustrated and lashes out with whatever words she can spit out. Some of those words may be hurtful.
  • From the BCTF Video Library
    For more information, see the BCTF Video Resources.
    • Taking A Stand, Crime and Violence Prevention Tool Kit : A Solution For Youth British Columbia. Ministry of the Attorney General, Youth Programs Division
    • Making Schools Safer
      B.C. Ministry of Education
    • Bully Dance National Film of Canada
     

Positive Behavioural Support

  • The Association of Positive Behavior Support
    An organization dedicated to the advancement of positive bheavior support.
  • Beach Center on Disability
    An organization devoted to improving the quality of life for families and individuals affected with disability. To access information regarding PBS, follow links on homepage: general topics, PBS, then select a resource type.
  • Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems to Manage Physical Impulsiveness
    Want your students to stop grabbing things, pushing, and shoving? Teaching techniques you can implement right now.
  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    Useful bibliography for using PBS in schools, home and community. To locate useful information for practicions, follow the links starting at the home page: publications, out of print, Resource List (BIB3).
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
    Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support.
    This program was established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.
  • School-Wide Information System (SWIS)
    A web-based information system designed to help school personnel to use office referral data to design school-wide and individual student interventions. The three primary elements of SWIS are: an efficient system for gathering information, a web-based computer application for data entry and report generation and a practical process for using information for decision making.
  • Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Don't Yet Have Them
    This article, written by Dr. Mac, from the BehaviorAdvisor.com, applies to all students who have social skills difficulties. 
    Do any of these comments sound familiar?
    "I tell him to stop doing that, but he keeps on doing it. Darn. This kid must have been raised by wolves!"
    "That kid knows how she is supposed to behave. She CHOOSES to misbehave."
    "I ask him what he is supposed to be doing and he can tell me. He knows better, so why isn't he doing it?"
  • Why am I in Special Education and what can I do about it?: Helping students develop self-determination 
    This article focuses on teaching students specifically-disability-related self-determination skills rather than activities that can be used with non-specified populations. In this design, lesson plans are used and suggested as a systematic means of instruction for students with deficits in learning (i.e., learning disabilities, mild mental impairments) as best practice. Lesson content includes teaching students the specifics of their disability characteristics, exploring strengths and weaknesses, and self-advocacy techniques.

Chronic health

  • Awareness of Students with Diverse Learning Needs, What the Teacher Needs to Know, Volume 1
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource book contains information intended to assist classroom teachers in understanding the implications for classroom instruction and management of a number of chronic health conditions. Some students may have more than one of these conditions in combination. Each section includes a definition, recognition signs, classroom strategies and contacts for more information.
  • Awareness of Students with Diverse Learning Needs - Volume 2  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    Just as the companion first volume has done, this resource book contains information intended to assist classroom teachers in understanding the implications for classroom instruction and management of a number of chronic health conditions.
  • The BC Epilepsy Society offers a variety of resources and services to assist teachers and other school personnel in supporting the learning and psycho-social needs of students with seizures. These include educational workshops for school staff or students, classroom resource kits, and information materials. It is estimated that 30-40% of children with epilepsy have cognitive difficulties; this can lead to various academic and social problems. However, within these formative years, teachers and students are in a unique position to help children and youth with epilepsy develop a positive and healthy attitude towards themselves and their learning. For more information on the Partners in Teaching program, email outreach@bcepilepsy.com or call 604-875-6704.
  • Dr. Hallowell Talks to Teens: Do You Feel Worried or Sad?
    Dr. Edward Hallowell, has both AD/HD and dyslexia himself. He is a child and adult psychiatrist. He shares his personal and professional insights into depression — and encourages teens to open up.
  • Partners in Teaching program
    This initiative from the  BC Epilepsy Society includes free educational workshops and materials about seizures, first aid, and the related school issues for school staff or students. The goal of this program is to create safe and supportive classrooms for any student who may experience seizures. For more information, individuals can call BC Epilepsy at 604-875-6704, or email them at outreach@bcepilepsy.com.
  • Reintegrating Students with Brain Injury Back into School in BC: Taking a Closer Look  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    by Robyn E. Littleford, M Ed, G.F. Strong School Program
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Fall 2000, Pages 44 – 46

Deaf and hard of hearing


Deafblind

  • Communication During Physical Activity for Youth who are Deafblind: Research to practice
    by Katrina Arndt, Lauren J. Lieberman and Gina Pucci.
    The purpose of this study was to observe effective communication strategies used during four physical activities for youth who are deafblind. Communication during physical activity was analyzed over two summers during a one-week sports camp with eight participants with four different modes of communication.
    From TEC Plus
  • Intervention - A Guide to Getting Started
    Experienced Intervenors Talk about Deafblindness and Intervention.
    Intervention is about earning trust, building communication and creativing a meaningful world for the person with deafblindness. By the British Columbia Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness. To order a copy ($15), e-mail Joyce Olson at deafblind@richmond.sd38.bc.ca.

Down Syndrome

  • Canadian Down Syndrome Society
    The following resources available for order online:
    • Effective Teaching Strategies for Successful Inclusion: A Focus on Down Syndrome (1999)This was developed by The PREP Program as a resource for parents and educators. It has 107 pages of the most current insights and strategies. Incorporating these effective therapy techniques and teaching practices will assist your student or child in achieving his or her potential.$22 CDN.
    • Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and TeachersPatricia Oelwein, M. Ed., Woodbine House, 1995. This guide presents a nationally recognized reading program for children with Down syndrome that effectively meets each child's unique learning needs and style. The reading method and lessons presented here are specifically designed to be motivating, fun and rewarding. Using flash cards, games, charts and books, the program emphasizes that most children with Down syndrome are visual learners. Parents can customize lessons to capture their child's interests and set the learning pace to a level for greatest success. $26 CDN
     
  • The Down Syndrome Research Foundation was formed in 1995 in response to the need, expressed by parents and professionals, for detailed and research-based information for themselves and for the community at large. It is based in British Columbia.
  • The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society strives to promote opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome by supporting families, promoting public awareness, networking with other organizations and individuals, and lobbying for appropriate educational, vocational and social opportunities.
  • The PREP Program is a resource centre dedicated to the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in home, school and community life. It is a registered, non-profit organization for parents, families and friends of people with Down syndrome. The PREP Program now provides a wide variety of services and resources to individuals with Down Syndrome in the Calgary area and around the world. The store includes these 2 recommended books: Effective Teaching Strategies for Successful Inclusion: A resource guide for educators and parents by Barbara Tien and Win -Win Advice for the Inclusive Classroom by Barbara Tien and Clare Clelland.
  • Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group research site 
    Their Mission Statement is:
        * To advocate for the needs of individuals with Down syndrome
        * To offer support, acceptance and encouragement for parents and families of persons with Down syndrome
        * To increase our awareness and knowledge of issues relating to Down syndrome
        * To educate the community about the presence, the potential and the needs to people with Down syndrome
        * To promote inclusive environments for all persons
  • Woodbine House Publishing: Resources for many categories of special needs, including several resources related to Down Syndrome.
    For example, there is a book called Teaching math to people with Down Syndrome and other hands-on learners that includes proven, practical hands-on activities--with the help of games, manipulatives, props, and worksheets--to make learning concrete and more tangible to hands-on learners, including those with Down syndrome, autism, or other cognitive disabilities.
     

 


ELL

  • Cultural Profiles
    Each cultural profile provides an overview of life and customs in the profiled country.
    From Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    The Internet's meeting place for ESL-EFL techers and students from around the world. Collection of techer resources and student activities.
  • English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    The Ontario Curriculum,  Grades 9 to 12 REVISED
    This 188-page document is from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • English as a Second Language Provincial Specialist Association
    An organization striving to improve the quality of ESL education in BC and to promote a greater awareness of ESL and the needs of ESL students and educators.
  • ESL PSA Newsletters  
  • English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development, ESL Level 4
    http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/esl912curr.pdf  
  •  The ESL Kids In My Class  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. This excellent 27-page document from Delta School District describes the characteristics of ESL learners at the different stages of language acquisition, and provides strategies to support them and address their needs.
  • ESL Learners: A Guide for Classroom Teachers 
  • ESL Learners: A Guide for ESL Specialists 
  • ESL Learners with Special Needs in British Columbia: Identification, Assessment and ProgrammingPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Prepared for the B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills, and Training in co-operation with Charlie Naylor, Research and Technology, BCTF
    February 1998
  • From the BCTF Video Library
    For more information, see the BCTF Video Resource.
    • ESL Orientation Video
      NSS
      "...produced at North Surrey Secondary School to give ESL students and their families an opportunity to see the ESL students in action in a variety of classroom settings." It may be also used for professional development.
    • Listen With Your HeartStrategic Video Productions
      "...a documentary about the making of the stage play, CANADIAN STORIES....interviews with some of E.S.L. students whose stories form the basis of the play, and student researchers who recorded some of the stories...three scenes from the play are also shown, as well as one of the songs, CHANGES."
     
  • Essential Teacher
    Essential Teacher is a magazine for language teachers and administrators in varied ESL and EFL workplaces, including pre-K-12, 2- and 4-year institutions of higher learning, and adult education. Each of these arenas has teachers with varied experience and expertise, making for a broad and diverse readership. Essential Teacher also offers guidance to mainstream teachers who work with students for whom English is an additional language. Compleat Links is an online complement to Essential Teacher. This section offers original articles, interviews, and other content thematically linked to Essential Teacher.
  • Grass Roots Books
    Providing comprehensive adult literacy resources for practitioners and students.
  • Helping English Language Learners Who Struggle in School
    English language learners often struggle in  classrooms. How can parents and teachers determine if there's more going on, such as a learning disability?
  • How Cultural Differences May Affect Student Performance
    Children in various cultures learn different rules for communicating with adults through facial expressions, body language and physical gestures. Learn how cultural differences can play out in the classroom.
  • Immigrant Services Society of BC
    The society works in communities throughout Greater Vancouver assisting immigrants, refugees, and visa students since 1972; providing programs and services that meet their clients' needs; and developing partnerships with community organizations supporting immigrants to build a future in Canada.
  • Listen with your Heart
    A video which documents a change in attitude among actors from the play Listen with your Heart. It follows the young actors as they learn what it is like to be a stranger in a strange land. A comprehensive resource guide is also provided. Available from Strategic Video Productions www.strategichrgroup.com  e-mail: lwyh@strategicHRgroup.com  
  • Lost in translation   PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 
    Gladstone secondary student and refugee Phe "Josh" Rahlan speaks halting English and is effectively illiterate. He and a flood of refugee students face uncertain futures as the school district struggles to meet their needs. Vancouver Courier, June 6, 2008. Byline: Naoibh O'Connor.
    Republished with permission from Vancouver Courier, © 2008
  • Mainstreams Publications:  the only Canadian ESL/ELL publisher for elementary materials/resources. 
    Click on resources, whole-school programs, etc. 
  • Many Roots, Many Voices: Supporting English Language Learners in Every Classroom
    Many Roots, Many Voices is designed to support teachers, principals, and other education professionals at the elementary and secondary levels in working effectively with English language learners. In it, you will find a rich source of practices and strategies that can be put to immediate use in the school and the classroom.
  • Myths and Delusions: Integration Failure and the Future  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    By Mary Meyers
    This article outlines the specific myths and delusions of integration as a language support system.  Its failure lays not in theory, but in the implementation.  Recommendations for improving ESL services are made regarding reform, assessment practices and school initiatives.
  • Principles of Language Learning and Teaching to guide ESL work  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    A matrix for reflection and discussion from Silvia Helmer
  • Rosetta Stone  - comprehensive Language Learning software
    A technology-based solution for learning languages with many improvements. Proprietary speech recognition technology gets you speaking from the start and new speech analysis tools perfect your pronunciation. Contextual Formation feature uses real-world simulations to give you the benefits you need to succeed. Adaptive Recall Language feature tracks progress to reinforce your strengths and revisit needs.
  • Supporting English Language Learners in Kindergarten: A practical guide for Ontario educators
    A resource for teachers, administrators, and other school staff as they support ELLs in achieving the overall expectations of the Kindergarten program. This resource provides a rich source of research findings, practices, and strategies that can be put to immediate use in the school and the classroom.
  • The Whole-School Approach: Services and Supports in Multiethnic Schools  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    When educators designate ESL as a priority in their school improvement plans, the Whole-School Approach provides a comprehensive and effective means to make great improvements.  by Mary Meyers, Reprinted with permission from 'Teaching to Diversity: Teaching and Learning in the Multi-Ethnic Classroom' Revised Edition 2008. Mainstreams Publications Inc. www.mainstreamspublications.com
     

FASD

  • BC Ministry of Education Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD)
    We are a new Provincial Outreach Program formed in September, 2006. Our site is designed to help teachers, parents, students and others increase their understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    Ministry of Education Special Education Resouce Guide
    This resource guide is organized around areas of concern identified by experienced classroom and integration support teachers. Its goal is to provide teachers with a clear understanding of the needs of students.
  • Ain’t Misbehaving  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Fasalaska Project FACTS
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Winter 2002, Pages 35 – 37
  • Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    in Maple Ridge offers diagnostic, assessment and family support services, based on a multidisciplinary team approach, for children, youth and adults affected by FAS.
  • From the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)
    See order form. Contact: toll free 1-888-815-5511 or Fax: 250-381-7312
    • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect Resource Guide for Aboriginal Community Workers compiled by the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society.
    • Journey Through the Healing Circle
      A Training Series for Foster Parents - Written in the Native American storytelling format, the four stories dramatizes the challenges FAS and related conditions present at different stages of life. The series offers frank and honest information in a non-judgmental way while it provides insight and guidance into some of the most challenging manifestations of the disease for families in all walks of life. Appropriate for parents, teachers, counsellors, nurses or anyone who interacts with children or youth in their professional setting.
      The Little Fox (birth to 5 yrs old)
      The Little Mask (Ages 6-11)
      Sees No Danger/Wanders Afar (Ages 12-17)
      Travels in Circles (Ages 18-22)
     
  • Canada Northwest FASD Research Network
    A research network regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention and treatment to improve in the lives of affected individuals, their families, and communities.
    Purpose:
    • To build a sustainable research network
    • To build research capacity and knowledge across and within all communities
    • To identify priority research questions and themes relating to FASD policy and practice
    • To develop comprehensive and culturally appropriate prevention, surveillance, diagnosis & intervention research programs to answer research questions in ways that can be understood, utilized, and applied
     
  • Challenges and Opportunities: A Handbook for Teachers of Students with Special Needs with a Focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)
    This comprehensive resource book, written by Peggy Lasser, outlines three main sections: What is FAS/pFAS?, Identifying Student Needs; and Accessing Services and Strategies. Sample forms, recommended resources, and student and class profiles are included. To order, contact FAS Bookshelf Inc #438-6540 E. Hastings St. Burnaby, BC V5B 4Z5 or call (604) 942-2024 or fax (604) 942-2041.
  • David With F.A.S., A Story Of A Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    National Film Board
    This production chronicles the life of 21-year old David Vandenbrink, a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Revealing the personal side of a serious health problem, it provides a window for the viewer to see how this condition affected not only David but also his family members.
    Available for loan to BCTF members from the BCTF Video Library. For more information, see the BCTF Video Resource
  • Eight Magic Keys - Developing Successful Interventions for Students with FAS  PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Winter 2002, Pages 32 - 34
  • FAS Bookshelf (Burnaby)
    Provides both an online and mail order service for a wide range of resources on FAS.
  • FASLink
    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Information, Support & Communications Link
  • FASD Tool Kit for Aboriginal FamiliesPDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Developed by the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada - Ontario Region - www.ofifc.org.
  • FAS/E Support Network of BC
    14326 Currie Drive, Surrey, B.C., V3R 8A4; FAS/E Warm Line: 589-1854; Phone: (604) 525-5069,
    Services: The Network provides consultation, education and support services and undertakes research projects in the area of FAS. Consultation and support services are under contract to the province of BC, Ministry of Children and Families, offered free of cost to users. Training services are available on a fee-for-service basis. They also run a 24 hour, 7 day a week ‘warm line’ which is a support network for those with FAS or those caregivers of children/family with FAS. Publications available for purchase include:  
  • FASlink
    FAS information, support and communications link
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education and Training Services, Inc. (FASNET)
    FASCETS is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization Established October 1997
    Services are designed to increase understanding, build on strengths, expand options for developing effective parenting and professional techniques, enhance existing programs and support the development of new programs.
    The screening tool is especially recommended.
  • Living and Working with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects
    A collaborative work by individuals who live and work with those affected by FAS, pFAS, ARND, ARBD. This manual provides the ‘how to’ when addressing the complexity of FAS. It is written in reader friendly language and includes stories by birth mothers, foster parents, and a young woman living with FAS. The manual provides useful strategies to support children at home, daycare and school and information on the development of program models to address FAS. Cost $20 (plus $4 shipping and handling per manual).
  • Parenting with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Challenges, Strategies and Supports, and its companion booklet
    A VHS/DVD resource based on in-depth interviews with adults living and parenting with FASD, this project explores many of the parenting-related experiences and challenges faced by people with FASD. The booklet and video/DVD also highlight strategies, supports and resources found to promote positive parenting.
    Video & Booklet $45, Video/DVD only: $35, Booklet only $15.
    To order, contact Research Initiatives for Social Change unit, School of Social Work, University of Victoria. e-mail Deborah Rutman: drutman@uvic.ca 
  • Programming for Students with Special Needs Book 10: Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Building Strengths, Creating Hope (Alberta Learning; Sandra Clarren et al)
    To order hard copy: Alberta Education - download chapters at  Teaching Students with AFS: Building Strengths, Creating Hope  
  • Living with Prenatal Drug Exposure: A Guide for Parents
    by Lissa Cowan and Jennifer Lee. Modeled on the best selling Living with FASD: A Guide for Parents, this comprehensive book introduces caregivers to the challenges of caring for a child prenatally exposed to drugs. Bringing up-to-date and comprehensive information about FASD, this edition includes the latest Institute of Medicine diagnostic criteria and terms, special considerations for infants and adolescents, parent needs, and an expanded resource list. A must for any parent or professional caring for a child or adult who has the disorder. 
  • Living with FASD: A Guide for Parents
    3rd edition, updated and expanded by Sara Graefe. This guide offers practical techniques and strategies, debunks well-known myths, explores social issues and includes a workbook for parents and other caregivers. A must for any parent or professional caring for a child or adult who has the disorder.
  • Parenting Children Affected by FAS: A guide for Daily Living - a free to download guide, covering diagnostics process, characteristics, and parenting suggestions.
  • Talking about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    Talking about Special Education Handbooks, written by the First Nations Schools Association and the First Nations Education Steering Committee. For teachers and parents. Written in easy to understand language. Download copies from their publications section on their web site: http://www.fnesc.ca/resources/publications 
  • Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol/Effects - A Resource Guide for Teachers
    BC Ministry of Education, Special Programs Branch. See website for ordering information.
  • Tough Kids and Substance Abuse
    A brand new Drug Awareness Program for children and adolescents with Alcohol Related Neurological Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Effects and other cognitive disabilities. The program targeted to “tough kids” provides educators and other youth community professionals with practical strategies related to educating this group about alcohol, inhalant and other drug issues.
  • Trying Differently
    A Guide for Daily Living and Working with FAS and Other Brain Differences, 2nd edition. Produced by the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon, 2002. This is a booklet of strategies that work, gathered from parents and caregivers throughout the Yukon, Canada and the U.S. Because all people with FAS are unique, and specific strategies work for specific people, the booklet suggests you try what sounds right for you and your situation, if it doesn’t work, try something else. $15 each, shipping included. Order online: www.fascets.org/market_place.html.
  • Whitecrow Village: A Successful Program Regarding FASD
    Programs are specifically designed to have professionals and parents learning, working and playing together in the camp setting in order to create a common language and understanding of FASD. Click on Our Camps for dates/locations.
    All camps provide formal training and hands on practice sessions. Training covers the following topics:
    • Everyday structure and strategies at home;
    • Why structure and strategies are necessary;
    • Principles by which specific strategies can be designed;
    • Looking at environments, what works, what doesn't and why;
    • Everyday structure and strategies at school;
    • Teambuilding at home, in school, in the workplace, and in the community;
    • How to support individuals and families, what's needed, what does not help and what positive outcomes can look like in our communities
     
  • Websites of interest
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See Part 2 for more general resources.

Updated October, 2017

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