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Monday, November 28, 2011

In One Week (12/5/11): "Behavior Management" Parent Education Seminar

Looking forward to our third presentation in the series one week from today! 

On December 5, 2011, Scott County School Psychologists will be discussing Behavior Management Strategies..

Explore childhood and adolescent behavior from a functional viewpoint and learn how to respond effectively with easy strategies.

If you plan to join us and have not already, please complete a quick registration here: http://tinyurl.com/6ao6dmq

Also, if there are questions/topics you would like to be specifically addressed during the seminar, please feel free to send those beforehand to cristina.green@scott.kyschools.us.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Whole School Model of Behavior Reform

This article was included in a publication titled "The Special Edge: Behavior." It provides an excellent description of how behavior can be managed through a tiered system.

To access the article, go here: "A Whole School Model of Behavior Reform"

The Special EDge is a publication of the California Department of Education's Special Education Division. It is designed to inform and support parents, educators, and other service providers on special education topics, focusing on research-based practices, legislation, technical support, and current resources. (For more information on The Special Edge, http://www.calstat.org/specialEdge.html)

Accommodations vs. Modifications vs. Adaptations

The following resource, developed by Amie Wong of San Diego City Schools, offers a great explanation of how to differentiate between accommodations, modifications, and adaptations.

You can access the presentation here: "Accommodations, Adaptations, & Modifications"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Trainings Offered Through the Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC)

Regional Workshops

Supporting Autism 24/7

Regional 1
Upon completion of this training Parents and Professionals will have in their repetoire ways to:
  • Design a supportive home environment for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Develop strategies for going into the community with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Understand functions of behavior and how to develop strategies based on specific functions.
Seating is limited
Proof of Attendence will be offered
Registration Fee: $30.00 per workshop (lunch buffet and snacks included)
All workshops are scheduled from 8am to 4pm local time
Kentucky Dam State ParkMarch 5, 2012
Barren River State ParkMarch 23, 2012
General Butler State ParkApril 2, 2012
Greenbo State ParkApril 23, 2012
Rough River State ParkMay 11, 2012

Family and Adult Webinars

Coping with Stress
Monday, November 21, 12:00-1:00, EST---Postponed (Reschedule Date TBA)
Presented by: Jennifer Bobo, LCSW, MSSW

This presentation will identify sources of stress parents of a child with autism experience, learn to better understand stress by identifying signs and symptoms and learn stress management tools.

Unspoken Social Rules for the Internet
Wednesday, December 7th, 12:00-1:00, EST
Presented by: Maya Chan

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what is acceptable or unacceptable to put on the Internet.  Participants will learn about the unspoken social rules of the Internet, as well as how to use the Internet most effectively.

All webinars are FREE

Foundations of Autism Disorder Online Course

Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders Online Course
(approximately 8 hrs)

Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders is an online course designed to provide basic information about autism spectrum disorders that will serve as the foundation for  providing evidence-based practices. This course was  developed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.


  • Session 1  Historical Background and Classifying and Defining Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Session 2 Characteristics of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Session 3 Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Session 4 Guiding Principles
  • Session 5 Factors that Affect Learning and Development
  • Session 6 Instructional Strategies and Learning Environments
  • Session 7 Foundations of Communication and Social Interventions
  • Session 8 Promoting Positive Behavior and Reducing Interfering Behaviors
To enroll in the online course visit Kentucky Autism Training Center Online Community.

Save the Date: 2012 Autism Institute June 18-20

The 2012 Autism Institute will be held June 18, 19, & 20th at the University of Louisville, Shelby Campus.

The event it titled: "Putting the Pieces Together Through Collaboration: Bridges to a Brighter Future."

Registration begins January 11, 2012.

More information will be available soon here: https://louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining/events/2012-autism-institute.ics

US Dept of Ed and Defense Launch "Learning Registry" Tools and Community

The U.S. Departments of Education and Defense announced on November 7, the launch of “Learning Registry,” an open source community and technology designed to improve the quality and availability of learning resources in education. The launch is an important milestone in the effort to more effectively share information about learning resources among a broad set of stakeholders in the education community.

“Learning Registry addresses a real problem in education, by bridging the silos that prevent educators from sharing valuable information and resources,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Registry also allows content developers, curriculum coordinators, principals, counselors, and everyone else who supports good teaching in the classroom to benefit from the combined knowledge of the field.” The project was made possible by a $2.6 million investment, with the Departments of Education and Defense contributing $1.3 million each to the effort.
Rather than creating an alternative destination to existing websites, Learning Registry is a communication system that allows existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public, while respecting the privacy of individual users.

Basic data about resources—grade level, subject area and author—can be shared through Learning Registry, as well as more complex data such as curricular standards alignment information. This platform for innovative data sharing also allows user activities to be shared anonymously, such as the types of educators who find a specific resource particularly useful (e.g., elementary teachers, or those focused on working with migrant students, etc.).
The Learning Registry community and technology are intended to create opportunities for future innovation in areas that are just now starting to be explored. The project is an open, community–supported activity – any organization or individual can contribute to or use the technology. Learning Registry technology's open source license permits integration into other open projects, and in commercial applications.

The project is a voluntary collaboration among many organizations that want to share more and new types of information about learning resources with one another and the public. Federal agencies participating in the Learning Registry community, in addition to U.S. Departments of Education and Defense, include National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. Private sector organizations collaborating on the project include PBS, National Science Digital Library, Agilix, Institute for Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), BetterLesson, Benetech, Booz Allen Hamilton, JISC UK, European Schoolnet, Achieve, and JES & Co. State and local governments involved in the project include the Florida Department of Education's CPALMS project and the California Department of Education's CTE Online and Brokers of Expertise projects supported by the Butte County Office of Education/CADRE in California.
A recording of the event will be made available on the U.S. Department of Education's website (www.ed.gov). For further details about Department of Education's involvement in Learning Registry and related initiatives, please contact the Department's Office of Education Technology. For further information and contact with collaborators using Learning Registry, visit the community website www.learningregistry.org.

Resource for Use with Teens with Asperger's/Autism

60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More

Teenagers and older children on the autism spectrum are, like everyone else, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction, but have much more difficulty in interpreting them. Reading cues such as sarcasm, idioms and body language often presents an impossible challenge, but this book of realistic and thought-provoking stories provides much needed help.
Written with both parent and teen in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the autism spectrum are likely to encounter. Each story is followed by questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?' along with practical tips for parents on how to initiate constructive discussions. As teens consider these questions with adults, they will begin to be able to put themselves into someone else's shoes and think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them. This process will equip them to transfer this invaluable understanding and confidence to other everyday life situations.
Packed with 60 stories exploring real-life situations, this book will be an essential tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else wishing to enable young people on the autism spectrum to acquire great social skills.
For more information, go here: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849058629

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Research Results Provide Evidence Base for 'Cogmed Working Memory Training'


Cogmed's published research and clinical results show that rigorous, sustained, and supported training of working memory can lead to improved cognitive performance and behavior. This evidence-based research is what sets Cogmed apart from other cognitive training programs, proving the ground-breaking discovery that the brain can change (neuroplasticity). Based on published trials and the experience of clinicians who are already offering this program, on average 80% of all users see improvements in attention, impulse control, and complex reasoning skills. These changes generalize to improvements in academic and professional performance and social behavior.

We work with well-respected institutions like Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Duke. There are several peer-reviewed and placebo-controlled studies on Cogmed's effectiveness conducted by independent research teams. Below are a few examples:

Cogmed Working Memory Training - Children with ADHD

Cogmed Research Study
Research Findings
Olesen et al., 2004
Increase in brain activity in prefrontal and parietal lobes after Cogmed- reflects plasticity of neural systems underlying working memory. First evidence of changes in brain activity after Cogmed Working Memory Training.
Link to abstract

Beck et al., 2010
Working memory training associated with reduced parent report of inattentive behavior and ADHD symptoms at 1 month and 4 months after training.
Link To abstract

Holmes et al., 2010
Children with ADHD show up to 6 months lasting effect of improved working memory capacity. Cogmed associated with wider effect on cognitive executive functioning than stimulant medication alone.
Link to abstract

Dahlin, 2010
Special needs children improve reading comprehension after Cogmed training.
Link to abstract

You will find detailed information on all published and ongoing Cogmed research at www.cogmed.com/research

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ADHD and Social Skills: "Is There an App for That? - Social Skills for Young Adults with ADHD, Ask the Expert" @CHADD_ADHD

Michele Novotni, PhD
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern time)

Is There an App for That? - Social Skills for Young Adults with ADHD

Need help with scheduling, planning, notes and making reservations to keep ADHD symptoms from messing things up? There’s an app for that! But how about interacting with others at work, home and in your social life? Now, where is the app for that?!

Michele Novotni will focus on social skills for young adults affected by ADHD in November’s Ask the Expert chat “Interacting with others – Is there an App for That?” Dr. Novotni will focus on how to constructively tackle social interactions with co-workers, friends and family members that can be difficult for young adults affected by ADHD. Skills for meeting social needs and working around the challenges of impulsivity, forgetfulness and trouble reading social cues will be touched on during the chat.

Please click here at 1:45 PM (Eastern time) the day of the chat and follow the instructions on that page. This is an online chat only and there is no audio.

About Michele Novotni
Michele Novotni, PhD, is the author of What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?  and the Novotni Social Skills Checklist. She is an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of ADHD, former president and CEO of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association, an inspiring speaker, best-selling author, psychologist, coach and parent of a young adult with ADHD.
Dr. Novotni was instrumental in helping to establish the first ADHD Awareness Day, which has evolved into the recently observed ADHD Awareness week. She served as technical editor for AD/HD for Dummies. She serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for both ADDA and for the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO). Inspiring individuals to unlock their potential is her passion, whether one-to-one or speaking before thousands.
Dr. Novotni makes the following disclosure: she is currently a paid consultant for Shire US, Inc., a pharmaceutical company which manufacturers medications for the treatment of ADHD.

KDE to Host a Second TweetFest November 22nd

The Kentucky Department of Education will host a second "TweetFest" on November 22, 2011. See information on how to participate below:

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will host a second TweetFEST Tuesday, Nov. 22 inviting teachers and administrators to share resources they’re using to teach the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) in the 2011-12 school year.

KDE encourages teachers and administrators who use Twitter to tweet links to resources they are using to implement the KCAS in the classroom at any time on Nov. 22 and add the #teachkcas hashtag to each tweet.

Not a Twitter user? You can sign up for a free account at www.twitter.com. School districts and individual schools who have a Twitter account also are welcome to tweet resources during the TweetFEST.

KDE uses the KDE Twitter feed to share information and converse with the education community and the residents of Kentucky. If you have a question about the TweetFEST, please contact Stephanie Siria via email at stephanie.siria@education.ky.gov.

Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Problems in Children Linked

ABC News:

Obesity, sleep apnea and behavior and learning difficulties can cause significant dysfunction in children, but a new study suggests these three problems interact with one another, exacerbating the effects of each individual problem.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Social Skills Articles and Resources from NCLD

Featured Articles

Dr. Betty Osman explains how having LD can hinder a child’s social skills – and how to pinpoint your child’s specific problem areas and nurture her ability to relate well to others.

Two moms discuss strategies parents can use to help their kids with LD learn and practice social skills in a safe, comfortable environment. Listen online or download the podcast.


Your child with LD may need extra support to develop strong social skills, which are critical for making and keeping friends. These tips may help you teach him to navigate social situations with confidence.

Books for Kids About Relational Aggression

Here are some books available from the RENEW Center for children and adolescents on relational aggression/bullying.

Coping With Cliques $14.95

Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney $9.95

Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet $8.95

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Collaborative Problem Solving Blog Chat with Dr. Green

For those of you familiar with the Collaborative Problem Solving Model (and for those of you who are not), Dr. Green (author of The Explosive Child) hosts weekly blog chats on the topic. You can listen online live or hear previous broadcasts in the Listening Library on his site. See below for more information:

Collaborative Problem Solving at School:
Understanding and Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

Helping behaviorally challenging kids in a classroom...while attending to the diverse needs of the other students...while trying to make sure they all do well on high-stakes testing...can be a daunting challenge, one not met by simply increasing detentions, suspensions, and expulsions and referring behaviorally challenging students into the judicial system.  Collaborative Problem Solving can help! Want to learn more about the CPS model? Do you have questions about how to get the ball rolling on using the model in your classroom or school? Are you running into trouble in your attempts to use the model with a particular student? Having trouble getting colleagues to buy in? This is your opportunity to get your questions answered and listen to how other educators are using the model and overcoming some of the hurdles involved in responding more effectively to the needs of behaviorally challenging kids in schools. And the Listening Library contains recordings of these programs and provides a ton of useful information about various aspects of the CPS approach.
The program is on the air at 3:30 pm Eastern time every Monday...but not on November 14th (Dr. Greene will be at the First Annual Lives in the Balance Conference on Collaborative Problem Solving) or November 21st (he'll be speaking in Sudbury, Ontario).  But after that, just CLICK HERE to listen or join in live! If you can't join in during the live program, you can submit a question or comment through the Contact page of this website.  And all of the programs are archived in the Listening Library on this website. There are tons of recorded programs, including those with Anytown High School, where the staff of a real high school with real challenging students and a real need to transform disciplinary practices learn how to implement Collaborative Problem Solving. And the programs are also available for download through the iTunes store (CLICK HERE).

Parenting Your Challenging Child:
Collaborative Problem Solving at Home

If you're the parent or relative of a child or adolescent with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges, this is the program for you. New to the CPS model? Just getting started with Plan B? Trying to find time for your other kids when your challenging one demands so much of your energy and attention? Having trouble getting others on board? This is a great opportunity to hear from other parents or relatives who are dealing with similar real-life issues. And, in the Listening Library, the recorded programs are a very good way to learn more about the CPS approach.
The program is back on the air at 11 am every Tuesday!  The Parents Panel is featured on the first Tuesday of every month.  If you have a question or comment, CLICK HERE to join in live. And you can always submit a question or comment by using the Contact form on this website. If you can't join in live, you can always listen to archives of past programs in the Listening Library (CLICK HERE), or download past programs through the iTunes store (CLICK HERE).

NCLD: New Spanish-Language Resources for Families

Today one in five schoolchildren are Hispanic. And Spanish-speaking families need access to information about learning disabilities (LD) and other resources to help their children receive the services and supports they need to succeed in school and beyond.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is pleased to launch an extensive toolkit in Spanish to help families recognize potential signs of LD, work with their children to develop and enhance skills, and be an advocate for their children who are getting ready for school as well as those who are enrolled in K-12 education settings. This comprehensive toolkit includes:
  • 30+ articles that provide information on
    • Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia
    • How parents can stand up for their child’s rights
    • Behavior challenges and LD
    • Supporting a child’s success in school
    • Helping a child to develop “success” skills such as pro-activity, self-awareness, and perseverance
  • Handy worksheets
  • An interactive LD Checklist
"Early detection of barriers to learning can be life-changing for young students, and every Spanish-speaking parent and caregiver should know about these free resources," said James H. Wendorf, executive director of NCLD. "Now Hispanic families can access online tools and information in English and Spanish that will help them to be effective advocates for their children."

Additional Spanish-language resources will be published in the coming months – stay tuned!

Visit Recursos en EspaƱol today!

Free Webinars from the Committee for Children: "Preventing Bullying in Elementary" & "Helping Students Succeed in Middle School"

Prevent Bullying in Elementary School
November 15: 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT

Help make your school a safer place to learn by giving students, staff, and families the tools and skills they need to deal with bullying. The Steps to Respect program for elementary schools includes policies and procedures, adult training, and classroom lessons.

Help Students Succeed in Middle School
November 16: 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT

Now you can help students stay engaged in school and avoid peer pressure, substance abuse, bullying, and cyber bullying, all with one program! The Second Step middle school program uses multimedia-rich materials to teach empathy and communication, emotion-management and coping skills, and decision making.

New Bully Prevention Supports from the National School Climate Center

BULLYBUST Launches the NEW Upstander  
Alliance Resources!  
Building off the great success of the "Stand Up to Bullying" WICKED-themed Student Supplement and Educator Guide in 2010, BullyBust  is proud to announce a NEW resource for the 2011-12 school year: the Upstander Alliance, which empowers youth with the tools and resources they need to powerfully engage their peers in the effort to prevent bullying in their schools. By joining the Upstander Alliance, schools will have access to several new supports!   
  • Detailed Toolkits for students and adult moderators on how to start and sustain a successful youth team dedicated to raising awareness a nd putting an end to bullying for good   
  • Guidelines for Team Projects - Each team will be encouraged to create their own student-led initiatives to help address the issue of bullying with their entire community.
  • Opportunities to connect with other Alliances across the country to share their stories and
  • Messages of Support from youth leaders, experts, and celebrities who will encourage teams throughout the school year on the Upstander Central forum. 
Click here for more information on free BullyBust supports and details on our new WICKED video contest!