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Effective Teaching Strategies for Successful Inclusion (A Focus on Down Syndrome)

The DSAT has received positive feedback from educators and parents regarding the resource guide, Effective Teaching Strategies for Successful Inclusion (A Focus on Down Syndrome). The guide was created by the PREP Program, in Calgary, which is a well-known school and resource centre for children with Down syndrome.

The DSAT is one of the Down syndrome associations in Canada that helped to sponsor the guide. Parents are thrilled to have something concrete to share with their child’s teacher. It is full of practical information to make the school experience a positive one for the children and their teachers. It covers curriculum adaptation, behaviour concerns, communication, gross and fine motor skills, and more. It is a “must have” resource for any school that welcomes a student with Down syndrome. Contact the PREP Program store to order. Under the Rainbow Advocacy Workbook.

At last! If you are like most parents of a child with learning disabilities, you have accumulated piles of records and information over the course of your search for understanding and services for your child.

The Under the Rainbow Advocacy Workbook provides the opportunity to pull everything together in one place.

Produced by the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto (LDAT), the workbook makes it easy for parents and care givers to compile and maintain a full profile of the child’s school experience. It also guides the advocate through the school year, offering information, outlining expectations and prompting appropriate responses.

The workbook binder is divided into seven chapters with tabs. It contains over 65 interactive pages of advocacy information, forms, and charts. You are also encouraged to add acetate holders to store samples of art-work, writing, and anything else the child has done recently.

The workbook will guide you through each sequence of the process of seeking services by informing you of your rights and reviewing strategies. At the same time, you are assimilating this information, you will also start becoming an active participant in the decision making process by gathering the information you will need to begin this profiling diary.

The workbook costs $18 plus shipping and handling. To order your copy:-
call the LDAT at (416) 229-9046 or email at

(Reprinted from the newsletter for the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto.)

Still Putting the Pieces Together: A Parents Guide to Special Education in Ontario

This guide is available through the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. The cost is $15. For more information or to place an order, please call (416) 929-4311.