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Educational Resources for Special Needs

Educational Resources for Special Needs

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: All Ages
Do2Learn is an educational Web site designed for parents of children with special needs. A wealth of information, the site provides information on various childhood disorders along with a list of potential assessments, a guide to common abbreviations, a large resource list of books and related Web sites and an extensive selection of games, songs and other educational tools.

One of the best tools on the site is a game that teaches children how to recognize various facial expressions, a skill that can be very difficult for children with Autism or Asperger’s syndrome. In the game a child can manipulate individual elements of a face such as the eyes, eyebrows and mouth to show expression. Another game designed to teach sequencing shows actual events transpiring, making it much less abstract - and therefore more effective - than traditional sequencing card games.

The site is easy to navigate and presents information to both adults and children at age appropriate levels, using visual cues for children and eliminating technical jargon and unnecessary acronyms for parents. The information is accurate and the site’s consultants are individuals who are top researchers in their field.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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