The Benefit of Sport for ASD Kids

"It was through the world of sports and legendary Lakers announcer Chick Hearn that I was able to find my voice and thus communicate with the world." Ethan Hanson was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger's syndrome when he was 4 years old. Asperger's is an Autism Spectrum Disorder which is characterized through difficulties with social interactions, restricted... Continue Reading →

Ontario’s New Inclusive H&PE Curriculum

Ontario's new Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum has had it's share of controversy since it's release in February. The pushback from parents and educators is mainly due to the fact that the new curriculum is "keeping up with the ages", and is teaching students more explicit lessons at younger ages in an effort to keep up... Continue Reading →

TEACCHing Fine Motor

Students with ASD benefit from exposure to activities that support the development of fine motor skills in the hands and fingers. Developing motor strength and dexterity can lead to the improvement of other cognitive, communication and life skills necessary to achieve independence in their daily lives. I incorporate Fine Motor skills into my TEACCH Independent Activity Schedules on... Continue Reading →

Physical Education: DisABLE the LABEL!

  This year for the first time, I am responsible for teaching Physical Education to my ASD class and it has quickly become a meaningful integration/inclusion opportunity for my students. My colleague ad P.E. guru @andreahaefele and I observed a gap in the knowledge and education of Phys.Ed teachers required to properly teach special needs students. To... Continue Reading →

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