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    SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION PAGE

    FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

     

    DEAR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: ALERT ABOUT IEP MEETINGS:

    ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD THROUGH GO TO MEETING. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ACCESS CODE AND NUMBER. YOU CAN DIAL IN VIA PHONE OR DOWNLOAD THE APP AND PARTICIPATE VIA TECHNOLOGY

     

     

    March 28, 2020

    Downloadable Book for Parents: 

    AUTISM 24/7: A FAMILY GUIDE TO LEARNING AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY
    BY ANDY BONDY, PHD, AND LORI FROST, MS, CCC-SLP

    https://pecsusa.com/downloadable-books/?fbclid=IwAR0pnFpJqmxgVRuPQHVQIqwjA3qAIpeJikSmdfy6bzTmRFiLJDyXhOO5sRg

     

     

    March 13, 2020

     

    Dear Families of Students with Special Needs;

     

    The continued information received regarding COVID-19 changes daily, as a district we have been in a constant state of planning and preparing.  The District has an approved Preparedness Plan that provides for equitable access to instruction for all students in the event of a closure. This letter is to focus on the instructional contingency plan for special education students. During this process, support staff, administration, and teachers have met to discuss the needs of individual learners. Each individual plan is reflective of thoughtful consideration and deep discussions with staff invested in both the education and well being of our students. 

     

    Instructional staff that provides services to our students with disabilities will provide students with instruction through different modalities designed in consideration of the student’s needs. The teachers and therapists will provide students and parents with information about each child’s plan. Related service providers (if applicable) will provide you with a plan of action based on individual needs. The plan will include activities that can support their educational program and IEP goals and objectives.  

     

    For students in specialized programs, you will receive information about the programs that your child is working on at school. They have been adapted to include ideas that will assist you in working with your child from home. Please complete the attached document to track activities completed until school reopens. While we are closed, the assigned teacher will be available daily via email and will be in contact with the parent to check in about progress. This will help any revisions needed to the plan to continue to meet your child’s needs. The teachers will check emails three times a day and will also email you. If you would like to schedule a conference call at anytime, please email your child’s case manager who will coordinate that ‘meeting’.

     

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Email jkastner@cpsnj.org

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Jenine Kastner

     

    SOME RESOURCES

    Fundation Reading Resources

    https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Fundations-At-Home-.pdf

    Fun Resources for HOME: 

    https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/pages/fun-resources/

    Wilson Reading Resources: 

    https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WRS-independent-activities-for-at-home-practice.pdf

    Scholastic Resources:

    https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/content/dam/classroom-magazines/magazines/support/scholastic-at-home/LAH-letter-families_rev.pdf

    Newsela

    https://newsela.com/instant-license/

     

    Dear Families, 

    Our Behaviorists and teacher compiled a list of home suggestions to reinforce the skills during the school closure. Please review and have some fun with your children while engaging in these activities. Your child's teacher is available via email and can set up a phone conference if you have any individual questions or concerns. Additionally, case managers assigned to your child are always available.  Our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time and we hope everyone stays healthy. 

     

    Preschool: Teacher: Kristin Pignio at kpignio@cpsnj.org

    Case Manager: Dawn Eberhard at deberhard@cpsnj.org

     

    LEAPS: Teacher:  Carolyn Schorr at Cschorr@cpsnj.org

    Case Manager: Jenine Kastner at jkastner@cpsnj.org

     

    HORIZONS: Teacher: Allyson Kubik at Akubik@cpsnj.org

    Case Manager: Jenine Kastner at jkastner@cpsnj.org

     

    SOAR: Teacher: Jillian Houllihan at jhoullihan@cpsnj.org

    Case Manager: Brandon Rauchbach at Brauchbach@cpsnj.org

     

    Director of Special Services: Jenine Kastner at Jkastner@cpsnj.org

     

    AT HOME IDEAS FOR STUDENTS IN PREK, SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, and ELEMENTARY. 

    Fine Motor:

    Lacing with beads (or cereal, fruit loops work well. You can use string or a pipe cleaner, for 2 year olds a pipe cleaner might be more sturdy and easier for them. Since you have two it might be challenging so helping one at a time would work. You could also stick the pipe cleaner in a small mound of play dough so it stays up. I would do this activity in their  high chairs or at the table so that they have their attention focused on activity) 

    Playdough using rollers and cookie cutters

    Pom Poms into ice cube trays. You can use tongs if you have ones small enough for little fingers. If not you can use a variety of cup sizes and have them practice putting it into the cups (tall, short, etc) 

    Place a piece of paper on the wall and have student write using markers, chalk (if using black paper), or crayons, this is great to strengthen the wrist. You can do this outside and tape to the garage etc, if you don’t want your walls dirty 

    Laundry Line- Clothes pins of any size, student can hang anything on the line, clothes, paper, etc. 

    Attach clothes pins together

    Copying or imitating folding shirt

    Rolling pair of socks up and tucking in

    Cooking: stirring, pouring, rolling, etc. 

    Puzzles, legos, small manipulative are all great practice that is fun for all kids! 

    Use a whisk and have them stick cotton balls in the whisk, this is a great fine motor activity

    Use a colander and stick pipe cleaners in the holes 

    Use paper towel holders and tape to the wall. Find a ball that fits and create a marble run. This also works if you cut the paper towel holder in half and tape up. 

    Use a box and let them color all over it. Then pretend it is different things, like an air plane, train, boat while you sing common nursery rhyme songs

     

    Gross Motor: 

    Animal Game- bear crawl, crab crawl/kicks, yoga moves like down dog, great for building hand and wrist strength

    Stacking cups, give them plastic cups and have them stack them

    Pots and pans- Give them some pots and pans and some different types of utensils (safe ones obviously) and have them sing some of their favorite songs (twinkle, twinkle, abcs, happy birthday, etc) 

    Walking up and down stairs

    Use masking tape or painters tape and make shapes on the floor. Have them hop from shape to shape or find things in the house and have them match the shapes to the big shapes on the floor. 

    Playing outside in the backyard

    Uno workout game: each card you put down you have to do the number and exercise (color code your exercise)

    Mini golf: take boxes and cut holes in them.  Put them around the house and hit golf balls into the holes (use ping pong balls).

    Crafts & Games: 

    Tearing strips of paper and then gluing to make a collage

    Bean gluing - place glue in fun shapes and have student  place the beans on the shape to guess what you made

    No glue? Mix water and flour together, using a little more water will mimick the consistency of glue. 

    Melt broken crayons with hair dryer to make cool pictures.

    Draw a picture and then use water and a paintbrush to create a cool water collor effect with sharpie markers.

    Create a daily “escape room” using your kids’ toys with clues.  Kids have to find the clues to escape the room!

     

     

    Discrete Trial Teaching Skills:

    Matching colors- find a bunch of things that can be sorted “put red together or put all cars together here”. You can put a bunch of their toys out and sing the clean up song have the help you to clean up. I would say no more then 3 different toys. 

    Use a laundry basket and dump all the clothes on the floor, have them put them back in, or you can do it in reverse and have them take one clothing item out to help you sort 

    Put different color post its on the wall and have them stick and sort by color. I had some different shape ones and my 3s loved doing this with the different shapes. 

    Do activity schedules.  For learners who are not fluent in completing activity schedules, put out bath towel or floor mats and place an activity that can be done independently on it.  Tell child to complete each activity on each mat to earn a prize. 

    Adaptive Living Skills/Life Skills:

    Sort laundry

    Sort utensils

    Wipe tables or surface tops

    Task analysis for handwashing, teeth brushing, and any hygiene tasks

     

    Online Web-Based Academic programs: (Many are offering free accounts now)

    Everydayspeech.com   (great online social skills games/programs)

    Headsprout

    Khan Academy

    Adventure Academy

    ABCMouse

    Scholastic

    Sensory: 

    Water play- super important for developing learners. Give them each a bucket of water and some cups, they can pour the water in one cup to the other, give them some really cool things to put in the water that they normally wouldn’t do. 

    Use old water bottles and have them put some items in it to make noise: pasta, beans, bells, big beads, then fill it with water and a little oil to make some of the things float. Tape the top with duck tape so water doesn’t explode out. 

    Shaving cream- again, sensory so important. Give them shaving cream and a paint brush, have them paint their high chair trays or you can do this in the bath tub 

    Create and play snow out of conditioner and baking soda

     Songs: 

    You tube the singing walrus, and Laurie berkner, they have great gross motor direction following songs for kids

     

     

    RELATED SERVICE PROVIDERS
    Related services help children with disabilities benefit from their special education by providing extra help and support in needed areas, such as speaking or moving. Related services can include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
     

    I.Speech and Language Therapy Speech-language pathology services are provided by speech-language professionals and speech-language assistants, in accordance with state regulations, to address the needs of children and youth with disabilities affecting either speech or language.

    Speech and Language Specialists
    Amanda Thomas 735-8512 ext. 115 athomas@cpsnj.org
    Nicole Vazquez 735-8512 ext. 115 nvazquez@cpsnj.org  
     
    II. Occupational Therapy OT services can enhance a child’s ability to function in an educational program and may include such services as: self-help skills or adaptive living (e.g., eating, dressing);functional mobility (e.g., moving safely through school);positioning (e.g., sitting appropriately in class);sensory-motor processing (e.g., using the senses and muscles);fine motor (e.g., writing, cutting) and gross motor performance (e.g., walking, athletic skills);life skills training/vocational skills; and psychosocial adaptation.
     
    Occupational Therapist
     Karen Sinagra .   Ksinagra@cpsnj.org

    III. Physical Therapy  These services generally address a child’s posture, muscle strength, mobility, and organization of movement in educational environments. Physical therapy may be provided to prevent the onset or progression of impairment, functional limitation, disability, or changes in physical function.

    Physical Therapist
     Debbie Best . Dbest@cpsnj.org