Tag Archives: inclusion

Sensory Inclusive Zoo Experience at the Los Angeles Zoo

Sensory inclusion at the LA Zoo
Sensory Inclusion at the LA ZOO
Exploring the sensory bag

KultureCity Sensory Inclusion at the Los Angels Zoo

We visited the Los Angeles zoo during summer break. Before heading to the zoo we downloaded the KultureCity application on my phone. We were so excited to see they participated in this sensory inclusive experience. According to the website,

“The Los Angeles Zoo joins over 900 other KultureCity certified sensory inclusive venues across five countries.”

LA ZOO website

Sensory Sensitivity and autism:

The website goes on to share more information about the sensory challenges people with autism experience and how they have partnered with experts in the field to create an inclusive and supportive experience at the zoo for folks that experience sensory challenges. If you want to read more about this you can check out the website here: KultureCity Sensory Inclusion

Picking up the bag:

We were directed to the stroller pick up area to get the bag. The woman at this stand re-directed us to the gift shop to get the sensory bag and told us we needed to find a manager. After some time went by where staff was trying to locate a manager and checking other guests, we came in contact with a manager to check out the bag. The waiting and passing us along almost caused my son to melt down. I had my ID scanned and signed a photo-copy of the license which a copy of the contents of the bag for them to check upon return. Once we had the bag we layed it out out on the bench and took this picture…

Items included in the sensory bag

Bag contents:

The bag included two fidgets and a set of noise canceling head phones and a lanyard. We didn’t ends up using the lanyard or headphones but the fidgets were nice to have.

While waiting for the zoo shuttle in the heat, my son was getting close to a meltdown. I looked in the bag for the emotion scale but didn’t see it so I logged on to their app and found it there.

Social story:

One of the best parts of the app is the social story which outlines what to expect at the zoo. The social story was really helpful to read prior to going to the zoo and helped preview what to expect during our visit at the zoo. The link to their social story can be found here…

Thank you to the LA Zoo for being inclusive and supportive to neurodiverse people who visit your zoo! We had a wonderful time and look forward to coming back soon!

Stimulate Early Learning & Learning Through Routines & Play 7 Proven Strategies

7 proven strategies to stimulate early learning and language through routines and play

These strategies are helpful for kids with autism and any child who is needing support with language development and early learning.

I created a parent resource and each of the 7 strategies comes with a quick video explaining how to implement. This is a digital download powerpoint presentation. Click here to find the download: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Stimulate-Early-Learning-Learning-Through-Routines-Play-7-proven-strategies-8035131

Example of strategy 1

7 proven strategies

Thanks for being an inclusive educator!

Sarah Razzano

My life on the autism spectrum: Interview with Marcus

It is important for me as an autism specialist and neurotypical person to understand and share the first-person experience of (actually) autistic people.

Marcus shared what his life is like as a college student with autism and what life was like for him growing up autistic. He is a great role model to our young students and children on the spectrum. Thank you Marcus for taking the time with me and sharing your experiences.

Thank you for watching and subscribing!

If you are interested in being interviewed and sharing your experience on the autism spectrum please email me at sarahrazzano@yahoo.com

The Incredible 5-point Scale for Social Emotional Check-In & Free Superhero Five-Point Scale

The incredible 5-point scale for social emotional check-in and support

All people live with some level of stress and anxiety but when anxiety gets in the way of daily functioning in school, it becomes a problem. The incredible 5-point-scale for social emotional check-in is a tool to support all students when their anxiety gets too big.

Free download of a 5-point scale with a Superhero theme!

Thank you Chris N. from my Fall 2021 behavior class for your willingness to share this great social emotional resource with all of us!

Click the link below to access the free superhero 5-point scale…

Please watch this mini-video tutorial on the 5-point scale…

Who created the incredible 5 point scale?

Kari Dunn Buron created the incredible 5 point scale. Here is a link to the website to find all of her products. https://www.5pointscale.com.

Thanks for being an inclusive educator!

With gratitude, Sarah

40 Reinforcer ideas for your classroom

Some students benefit from extrinsic motivation (reinforcement). This resource provides 40 great reinforcer ideas you can use in your classroom today.

The reinforcers are split into categories: Edible, tangible, activity and social reinforcers.

Once page download. Thank you for being an inclusive educator! Click the icon to find the reinforcer ideas.

40 reinforcer ideas for your classroom
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Parents as change makers in the history of special education inclusion.

On this MLK weekend, I would like to honor the heros of inclusion and the work parents have done. Tireless effort over the years have created change and much of the credit is due to families of students with special needs. If you are a parent of a child with special needs you are my hero! Please watch this brief history of special education which started with exclusion and ends with inclusion. Lets keep advocating on behalf of our most precious and valuable students and know how far we have come!

See video for details:

Respectfully,

Sarah

How to give constructive input in the IEP process: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Parent-Input-form-for-the-IEP-meeting-4864867

Autism Eligibility in Oregon

Oregon ASD Eligibility

As a teacher in higher education, I love working with teachers who are just starting out in the field. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn is so heartening!

I put together this video lecture for them to learn more about the Autism (ASD) evaluation for our state of Oregon. I decided to publish it on my blog so parents/caretakers and others can learn more as well!

Respectfully!

Sarah

ASD sensory support suggestions and tracking form

The sensory supports are in four categories: 

  • Support for sensory seekers
  • Strategies for low registration (passive) 
  • Suggestions for students who are sensitive to stimuli 
  • Strategies for students who avoid sensory stimuli 

You can find the resource here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autism-Spectrum-Disorder-ASD-Sensory-accommodationssupports-tracker-4994260

*Ensure you have consulted with the student’s Occupational Therapist (OT) and case manager for specific sensory supports. This resource is a general list of suggestions to try. This resource is not intended to replace expert advice from specialist who know the student.

Sarah