- Division of Specialized Instruction 2020-2021 Resource Guide
- Learning How to Navigate the IEP Process This Year
- DCPS Special Education Resources
- Common Terms in Special Education
Communication and Education Support
The CES program integrates an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) instructional framework, which includes a variety of teaching approaches rooted in the science of learning and behavior. We place a strong emphasis on behavior as communication and empowering a neurodiverse community within our classrooms and broader school environment.
Weekly CES Family Updates are shared via email. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for CES Family Updates, please email Cristina Restrepo-Harner, M.Ed., BCBA email@example.com
Speech and Language Therapy
ReadWorks– (All Ages) A free website providing fiction and non-fiction reading passages by grade level. It will read a passage to a student and also includes pre-picked vocabulary that you can target in the passage. You can also get comprehension questions with answer choices for each passage.
Language Playroom– (All Ages) A website focused on different aspects of communication. Mainly for older elementary language users and articulation students. It includes activities and games for parents/ children to use at home.
Storyline Online – (All Ages) This is a channel that has celebrities read popular children’s books out loud. There are lots of read-aloud books on there.
Songs for Speech– (All Ages) A great YouTube channel with songs for early language development (including a Wh question song and a he/she song).
Simon’s Cat Wordless Videos– (All Ages) These cute little clips are awesome for sparking narration. None of these videos have words, so you can watch a video with your student and have them retell the events that had just happened.
KID’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC– (All Ages) This website has high interest stories, especially for elementary-aged students. There are readings, videos, games and more here. This is also a great spot to find high interest stories and videos to teach vocabulary and comprehension.
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Fathers of Superheroes at Skills On The Hill: In partnership with Skills On The Hill (SOTH), a Tyler CES parent founded the group Fathers of Superheroes. Fathers of Superheroes is a support group for male caregivers of children with sensory and developmental differences. Skills On The Hill provides a safe space for men to support one another, share experiences and socialize, this men’s support group is one of a kind serving families in and around the District. SOTH also offers a Parent Webinar Series, curated for caregivers looking for positive approaches to meeting their child’s developmental and sensory needs. Visit Skills On The Hill for more information.
DC Autism Parents: DC Autism Parents is a local group of parents with a mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Washington, DC through advocacy, education, support, services, and research in order to promote community inclusion. See their website for more information and resources.
Museums, Community Arts, & More: Many of our local museums and performing art centers offer sensory-friendly and autism-friendly experiences.
- The National Gallery of Art offers a sensory-friendly program for families of children with sensory processing disorders during a Family Day community program.
- Smithsonian Morning at the Museum is a free, sensory-friendly program for families of children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders, and other cognitive disabilities. See their website for more information and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the mailing list for Morning at the Museum.
- The Kennedy Center hosts sensory-friendly performances, designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcome to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
- The Baltimore National Aquarium provides express entry to guests with special needs, as well as early entry on the first Saturday & Sunday of each month.
- Imagination Stage in Bethesda offers ASL-interpreted & sensory-friendly experiences. Experiences include pre-visit social stories, videos, reduction in sound level, limited crowds, low lighting, designated break spaces, and more!
- Check Eventbrite! There are many local organizations that offer free sensory-friendly experiences and often post their events to Eventbrite. Enter “sensory-friendly” or “autism” in the search tab for upcoming events.