Monday, August 29, 2016

Boardmaker Share Group

Many special education teachers and related service personnel use Boardmaker software to create individualized visuals for their students. 

Did you know that Mayer-Johnson has a free sharing site? Visit for thousands of free activities created with Boardmaker software. Click the image below to go to the free site.

Also, the MVACT team has our own Boardmaker Share group where you can find many visual templates and tools that our teachers use each day. Be sure to check us out by clicking the image below!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sensory Rooms in Springfield City Schools

Check out the fantastic sensory and motor equipment we saw today in Springfield City Schools! 

We loved the dark, calming corner at Snyder Park Elementary. Look at these beautiful lights!

The igloo was a great option for students needing a break!

Perrin Woods had an awesome motor room for kids needing some time to move and get more alerting input. 

Their sensory break room was incredible! It was so calming we didn't want to leave! We loved the various options for students including the tent and bean bag stations. 

Kudos to Snyder Park and Perrin Woods for use of sensory equipment to meet the varying sensory needs of their students!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top 10 Strategies for Autism Paraprofessional Professional Development

The ACT team had a great morning at Arcanum Elementary presenting to a fantastic group of paraprofessionals and general education teachers on the Top 10 Strategies for Autism to kick off the school year! We started with an overview of the Underlying Characteristics of Autism and how these characteristics impact students. 

Allison sharing token visual contract

Then, we shared ideas for addressing various characteristics in the classroom and school environment using evidence-based practices. It was great to share stories, pictures, and visual supports to illustrate use of these strategies.

Carol sharing 1-2-3 visual contract.

We also loved answering lots of questions from the staff who seemed eager to get started with their learners.

Carol answering participant questions.

Do you work in a school district within the Ohio Miami Valley (Montgomery, Greene, Darke, Preble, Clark counties) and feel that an overview of autism and effective evidence-based practices would be beneficial to your staff? We would love to come to your building and present! Contact us at (937) 236-9925 to arrange a professional development session that meets your needs.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

About the Autism/Low Incidence Coaching Team (ACT)

The ACT Team provides job-embedded coaching to build the capacity of educators serving students with autism & low incidence disabilities.

ACT services include, but are not limited to:
  • Individual, class-wide, or building-wide coaching of school district personnel in evidence based practices for autism and low incidence disabilities.
  • Observation and recommendations for individualized sensory, communication, instructional and behavioral support strategies.
  • Onsite coaching of school personnel in evidence based practices.
  • Virtual “bug-in-ear” remote coaching.
  • Book Studies.
  • Community of Practice sessions.
  • Participation with our A-LIST network of classrooms for observation of evidence based practices.
  • Support from TAG teams to help support transfer and generalization of evidence based practices across settings.

ACT Staff:
Mary Fryman, Secretary
Lisa Combs, MA, Special Education, Team Coordinator/Behavior Specialist
Allison Officer, M.S.Ed, Intervention Specialist
Susan Aebker, DHS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Lynn DeMange, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Carol Dittoe, CCC/SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Services must be requested by a district representative of the school district in which the student lives by contacting the Regional Center at (937) 236-9965.