The new school year will be quite different. We have researched the best tools for educators who will be teaching in classroom settings, via distance learning, or a combination. Here are our top recommendations for teaching toolsto help withcommunication, engagement, accessibility, and interactive learning.
Students with cognitive disabilities often face challenges related to independent functioning.Structured work systemscan help students develop independent functioning skills.Theyare agreat way for parents to add structureduring the summer monthsand toenhance a teacher’s classroom routine once school is in session again.
Consistent and predictable daily routines allow children to function their best. It takes effort to start and maintain a routine, but the benefits are worth it. Let’s dive into the why, what, and how behind all-things childhood routines, so YOU can start implementing them to see changes at home right now.
With any sudden change, it’s normal to experience stress and anxiety. During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to build resilience to guide us through. We’re sharing a few tips to bring resilience practices into your daily routine that allow the whole family to reset and recharge.
Todaymarks the 9th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Today is about bringing awareness to digital access and inclusion for people with all abilities. GAAD was started by 2 men passionate about starting conversations and spreading awareness. Today we discuss more about GAAD and how you can be involvedand continue the conversation.
We’re highlightingthe schools that have popped uparound the world within thehomeand the teacherswhohave had to adapt.Members of ourTime Timerteamshare howteachershave been helping their children transition to learningathome andwhatthey appreciatemoreabout teachers because of this experience.
This year, Autism Awareness Month looks a little different. Because of the current school closures, schedule changes, and the unknowns, there is growing anxiety. This can be especially difficult for families with children with autism. As we wrap up Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight some tools that may help with the anxiety that has come along with this uncertaintime.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Time Timer, along with a group of companies that create sensory tools for individuals with autism, curated the Nine Notable Sensory Essentials to help individuals (and, especially, children) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) navigate everyday life without sensory overload. Autism currently affects one in 59 children in the U.S. and their families.
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Sensory Activities for At-Home
Because of school closures and the change in your learning environment, you may need sensory activities and exercises for your children at home. Here are some videos we found that we thought families would enjoy and can do together!
The first one is an exercise sensory activity that you can do on a nice day in your driveway, down the sidewalk, or street (but be careful and watch for cars)!
The second video is a sensory activity you can make with supplies found around the house! This one focuses on practicing numbers and letters butcan be used for anything.
There are so many more to explore on Youtubeif you are looking for activities to do with your child at home!
If you are looking for more resources during this time of unknowns, theAutism Society has a page designed specifically for that. They have created toolkits for families by topic. You can find educational, mental health, lifestyle, and so many more resources. You can access all this information at this link https://www.autism-society.org/covid-19/.
Time Timer is Here to Help Ease Anxieties
As long as we have the ability to distribute products, and as long as kids are at home, we are offering structure, peace of mind, and free shipping on all orders within the United States. We would love to help you and your child during this time.
In addition to the free shipping, we are offering 20% off all products on our website. All you have to do is purchase from TimeTimer.com and use the code HOME2020. For a limited time. Retail Only. Valid in the US only.
Also, to further help families at home, the Time Timer apps for iOS and Android(available on the Apple Store and Google Play)are free of cost. This can give you an instant visual timer to help regulate routines, schedules, and ease transitions in the home. We are here to help.
Today we have advice straight from a Pediatric OT, Taelor Millsap, on how to navigate this time of disruption and uncertainty. She has given 5 ways to help kids establish a sense of control and improve their engagement at home.
With many schools closed due to COVID-19, there has been renewed (and much deserved!) appreciation for educators and everything they do to support our young people. We’re pleased to share the third post in our School Spotlight series, and here we shine a bright light on the Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore.
Are you a parent or educator? Make Every Moment Count: Parents & Educators, brought to you by Time Timer, is a new Facebook group designed for you! Join us for inspiration, tips, and resources, including free worksheets designed to help you navigate this time of at-home learning.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered daily routines for millions of people around the world. With many schools closed, a quick transition has been made to online learning.Chelsea Pierce, an education scholar,explains how the Time Timer can help parents and teachers support students with diverse needs during this time.
March 27this National Assistive Technology Awareness Day.Do you find yourself suddenly teaching your child with special needs at home?Time Timer has been a proud Assistive Technology product forover25 yearsandcan be a great tool forstudentsduring this period of at-home learningdue to the Coronaviruspandemic.