Resources for parents and teachers

“Axel’s Chain Reaction” app includes three hands-on activities in the Extras section. The reason for this, is that as much as we all love interactive media, I think we need to try to strike a balance so kids interact physically with the world around them. Making or building not only develops planning and motor skills.  It’s also a good way for kids to experiment, and practice perseverance away from the screen…And I’d like to remind parents that it offers a good  opportunity to create collaboratively with their kids.

My intention is to propose hands-on activities that are flexible enough for kids to modify, and use whatever materials they have. These activities are also meant to be used by teachers in their classrooms –specially in education systems that have Integrated or Cross-Disciplinary curriculum programs in place.  Fifteen years ago, I became a believer in the Constructivist approach to education, so naturally I welcome Project-Based Learning as an excellent entry point for concrete learners who learn better by doing (this benefits kids on the Autism Spectrum tremendously). 

In this section we’ll be including lesson plans, step-by-step activities, and recommendations of children’s books, games, and apps we like, as well as any links to other resources. Most of the information you’ll find here will be related to the themes included in “Axel’s Chain Reaction”: art, science, making and tinkering, bullying, and supporting kids with special needs (i.e. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, language delays, ADHD).

We hope you enjoy them!

Axel's Chain Reaction - Special edition for school inclusion

 

[ESP] Axels y su Reacción en Cadena - app para Inclusión Escolar

 

La aplicación para inclusión escolar: Reacción en Cadena es una nueva y próxima versión, que inició la fase de desarrollo en 2017 con el patrocinio del Ministerio de Tecnología de Colombia, esta nueva aplicación viene a llenar un vacío en el sector educativo en etapa Preescolar y Primaria, inicialmente en hispanoamericana y países de habla inglesa para ser lanzada durante 2018.

Debido al creciente número de niños diagnosticados con Trastorno de Déficit de Atención e Hiperactividad,  Trastorno de Espectro Autista, entre otros problemas de neurodesarrollo, se hace necesario educar a los profesores de escuelas regulares para reconocer los signos de alerta de estos trastornos, saber las causas que originan ciertas conductas típicas,  y tener una forma de consultar rápidamente posibles soluciones reactivas y de prevención de estas conductas. En la mayoría de los casos estos niños podrían estudiar en colegios regulares sin requerir escuelas de educación especial, si los profesores y personal directivo entendiesen un poco más sobre las características de estos niños y cómo pueden acompañarlos efectivamente, tanto en la dimensión de aprendizaje curricular, en la dimensión socio-emocional y en la dimensión conductual.

 

Las secciones del app incluyen:

  • Un listado de chequeo (checklist) de signos de alerta para cada tipo de trastorno, que permite que los profesores creen un perfil por alumno y lo impriman o envíen a psicólogos o familias.
  • Un Diagrama de Conductas, con posibles causas, estrategias de prevención y soluciones reactivas.
  • Estrategias para facilitar el aprendizaje de estos niños
  • Estrategias para facilitar los procesos de interacción social.
  • Un taller interactivo para realizar con los alumnos con el fin de trabajar la empatía y aceptación de estos niños, con base en el cuento Axel y su reacción en cadena.
  • Una Guía Didáctica sobre el Taller Interactivo con sugerencias de actividades adicionales para realizar como proyectos.
  • Un listado de Recursos adicionales en castellano: libros, webs, grupos de Facebook, cuentas de Twitter, etc,
  • Un “Planificador de lecciones diferenciadas”, que ayudaría a los maestros a planear sus lecciones tomando en cuenta las particularidades de este tipo de alumnos.
  • Una sección con explicaciones teóricas sobre cada uno de los trastornos: TDAH, TEA, Trastorno de Procesamiento Sensorial, y Déficit de Funciones Ejecutivas Superiores, que le permitiría a los maestros entender de que estos niños ni se comportan de esta manera por pereza o por falta de respeto, ni tienen deficiencias intelectuales, y así eliminar el estigma que los persigue.
  • Recomendaciones sobre cómo organizar los espacios, rutinas y actividades en casa para favorecer a los niños con estos perfiles neurológicos. Las recomendaciones serán específicas para cada uno de los trastornos cubiertos en el app.
  • Recomendaciones sobre las solicitudes de adaptaciones o modificaciones que se deban requerir al colegio.
  • Y material imprimible en algunas de las secciones.

 

  • Sponsored and supported during first stage of development, by the ministry of technology and ministry of culture of Colombia. / Apoyado y patrocinado, por el Ministerio de Cultura y Ministerio de Tecnologías de Colombia,  durante la primera etapa de desarrollo.

  • Main Menu / Menu Principal

     
     
  • Didactic guide / Guía didáctica 

  • Interactive Workshop / Taller Interactivo

  • Downloadable Content / Contenido Descargable

  • Questionnaire / Cuestionario

  • Diagnostic tool / Herramienta de Diagnóstico

  • Strategies for Prevention /  Estrategias para Prevención

  • List of Resources / Listado de Recursos 

  • Online-Offline Resources / Recursos en Linea y Descargables

  • Recommendations for Educators / Recomendaciones para Educadores 

  • About the Classroom / Acerca del Aula de Estudio

  • TPS, DFES, TEA and TDAH Warning Signs / Signos de Alerta de TPS DFES, TEA y TDAH

  • Deficit Details / Detalles del Déficit 

  • Profiles Creation / Creacion de Perfiles

  • Edit or Update Profiles / Edita o Actualiza Perfiles

  • Save Profiles or Delete Them / Salva Perfiles o Borralos

 

[ENG] Axel's Chain Reaction - app for Scholar Inclusion

 

The app for scholar inclusion: Chain Reaction is a new and upcoming version, that comes to fill a gap in the educational sector of the Preschool and Primary stage, initially in the Hispanic-American and English speaking to be release during 2018.

Due to the increasing number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, among other neurodevelopmental problems, it is necessary to educate teachers of regular schools to recognize the warning signs of these disorders, to know the causes that cause certain typical behaviors, and have a way to quickly consult possible reactive solutions and prevention of these behaviors. In most cases these children could study in regular schools without requiring special education schools, if teachers and managers understand a little more about the characteristics of these children and how they can effectively accompany them, both in the curricular learning dimension, in the socio-emotional dimension and in the behavioral dimension.

 

The sections of the app include:

  • A checklist (checklist) of warning signs for each type of disorder, which allows teachers to create a profile per student and print it or send it to psychologists or families.
  • A Diagram of Behaviors, with possible causes, prevention strategies and reactive solutions.
  • Strategies to facilitate the learning of these children
  • Strategies to facilitate the processes of social interaction.
  • An interactive workshop to do with the students in order to work on the empathy and acceptance of these children, based on the Axel story and its chain reaction.
  • A Didactic Guide on the Interactive Workshop with suggestions of additional activities to carry out as projects.
  • A list of additional resources in Spanish (Initially): books, websites, Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, etc.
  • A "Differentiated Lesson Planner", which would help teachers plan their lessons taking into account the particularities of this type of students.
  • A section with theoretical explanations about each of the disorders: ADHD, ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Executive Function Deficit, which would allow teachers to understand that these children do not behave this way out of laziness or lack of respect, nor have intellectual deficiencies, and thus eliminate the stigma that pursues them.
  • Recommendations on how to organize spaces, routines and activities at home to favor children with these neurological profiles. The recommendations will be specific for each of the disorders covered in the app.
  • Recommendations on requests for adaptations or modifications that should be required of the school.
  • And printable content for some of this content.

 

Optical illusion disc down an inclined plane

Optical illusion disc down an inclined plane

This activity can be used to talk about the force of gravity, inclined planes, and optical illusions.

What you need:

  • 1 cereal box
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pen or pencil
  • color markers or poster paint
  • small piece of poster board or card stock.
  • masking tape (the wider the better)
  • round lid to trace a circle (of around 3 inches or 7.5 cm)
  • optional: glue and a small piece of white paper