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Laura Merkle
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#Beyond Awareness: Mother's Day 2017
This weekend marks Mother's Day and a time to reflect on our own journeys through Motherhood and also those who inspire, connect and support us. I have used my good friend Andrea Haefele 's posts about her daughter Bella in the past, with the efforts to bri...

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The Inclusive FDK Classroom [Aviva Dunsiger]
Discovering a passion for Special Education early in my career, I never gained experience in nor desired to have a "mainstream" class of my own - not yet anyway. In my current position I focus on behaviour needs and have the opportunity to visit many differ...

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A Letter to Petie
Today, April 2nd, marks World Autism Awareness Day. Today we Light it Up Blue  in our homes and schools  to show support for those who live with Autism, day in and day out. In my career I have the opportunity to work with extraordinary teachers and families...

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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 te...

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Reinforcing Behaviour
In a Special Education setting, behaviours must be taught , practiced and reinforced in order to maintain and generalize skills for different environments outside of your classroom. Keep it simple and expand when necessary, starting with these tips. 1. Esta...

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AODA: A Decade in the Making
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was created to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for goods and services across the province. Read more about the ins and outs here , but in short the Act ensures that business...

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My Favourite Books for Teaching about ASD
With Social Skills and Inclusion at the forefront of my teaching practice, I am always looking for new ways to introduce ASD concepts to the neurotypical peers of my students. In my experience, young children are the best receivers of this sensitive informa...

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TEACCH: 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...

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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 te...

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A Letter to Kadence...
In honour of Mother's Day, I am happy to share a post written by my good friend and co-worker  Andrea Haefele . Andrea's daughter Bella is a student of mine and from the outside presents as a non-verbal learner with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pitt-Hopkins...
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