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The very first category that C.A.S.T., the Universal Design for Learning clearinghouse, describes as a way of constructing environments for variable learning is:  (1.1) ”Offer Ways of Customizing Display of Information.”  We can see the wide range of possibilities available, for example, when customizing the reading of text within Microsoft Word.  Here are 15 ways...
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I have an article in the April 9, 2013 online issue of Education Week Teacher entitled:  ”7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special Needs Students.”  In the article, I share the experience of a music teacher who had a young student with Asperger’s syndrome in her class who said he hated music and...
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The rapid pace of new educational technologies has made it so that students with special needs can accomplish many things that were difficult or even impossible for them only a few years ago. The following list contains some of the best apps I’ve seen for kids with neurodiversities in communication, reading, sociability, attention, and behavior. Dragon...
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Here’s a post I did for the ASCD Inservice site.  Read it and write a reply to me (thomas@institute4learning.com) about the strengths of some of your neurodiverse students.  The two best responses will win copies of my new book Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in  School...
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I’ve just completed a 13 minute video (available on You Tube) that describes my new book:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life.  In the video I explain the concept “neurodiversity,” describe my idea of ”positive niche construction” (which is essentially, creating a favorable...
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