Special Needs Resources

I liked the idea of Hand Talker as a activity to develop vocabulary for students. Super Duper sells several books with hand talkers (also known as ‘fortune tellers’ or ‘cootie catcher’). I decided to try making one myself and made a template with Creative Memories that I could add my own vocabulary and even sentences too. The students love them. I now have the template in Creative Memories and just change up the visuals and words based on themes or subject areas.

Super Duper Publications Hand Talker: http://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?stid=570



I love the idea of adding qrcodes to a students’ flashcards, step-by-step instructions, stories or posters. A qrcode is an easy way to link a student to a video on Youtube or any Internet location which can provide additional background informtion. So many students have smart phones …. imagine a video illustrating a step by step instructions for a student learning a new concept, or simply adding background information! Technology is wonderful!! As a scanner there are so many to choose from.  I like the app called Best Bar Code scanner by SimpleAct Inc. because it has a simple user interface which is  – you guessed it – easy for students with special needs to use!  

Try the flashcards below (made Boardmaker Software) and scan the qrcode. As a student, I think using a qr reader would be not only educational but fun! I like the site http://www.qrstuff.com/ to develop a qr code because you can color code your image.  I am very new to qrcodes so sorry if this all seems so simplistic!


Cricuit Sand Cards

My first video …. I love crafts and for many reasons over the years it has been difficult to find a craft that my daughter could be successful at.  Well we finally tweaked a craft that both of us can do together and enjoy!.  Laura enjoys giving cards to families and friends and if you have a circuit, you can make sand cards that look fantastic!  You just need to keep your design simple and kiss cut your design on label paper and glue onto a blank card.  All Laura needs to do is peel and sprinkle and voila, beautiful cards!  Take a look at the video and see what you think!

Well here goes my first post at Visionary Adaptations. I have had this name/idea for years and finally decided it was time to share some of my ideas. My background …. I work in special education and have had many roles throughout my career (teacher, consultant, coordinator). I am the proud parent of two daughters and the proud wife of one amazing environmental biologist. My daughter Laura has Down Syndrome and mild Cerebral Palsy. Laura and I enjoy technology as a learning tool and of course having fun too!