Resources & Publications

Inclusion Works! Parent Manual

A manual offering tips and information that NJCIE mentors and parent group members have found useful in ensuring more inclusive placements for their children.

Friday Fast 5 Tips

Our weekly Fast 5 Friday Tips offer useful advice, techniques and insights from NJCIE’s work.

Quality Indicators for Effective Inclusive Education Manual

Quality_Indicators_Manual_(2010) Quality Indicators are statements of specific practices that have been documented through research and/or school-based experiences to promote the creation of inclusive learning communities where all students can be successful. The Quality Indicators listed in this Manual have been identified through an extensive review of research literature and examination of similar documents developed by…

Inclusion Research

Swift Center, 2014, Research Summary-Inclusive Education Highlights on Inclusive Education Research

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) at Home

Positive behavior support does not mean changing the child. Rather, it means creating a new environment that supports the positive behavior you want to achieve.

Choice-Making Strategies for Parents

Brief Introduction: By the time lunch arrives, you have probably made countless choices. For example, you chose when to wake up, what to wear to work or school, whether to shower or brush your teeth first, what to have for breakfast, how to get to work or school, whether to pack a lunch, etc. This…

Creating and Using Social Stories

Brief Introduction: Social StoriesTM, created by Carol Gray, are a type of social narrative that provides direct instruction of social situations. Social stories are text or “stories” describing a specific social situation that can be used to sequence, explain and illustrate social rules or concepts as well as give the reader some perspective on the…

Using Visual Supports to Help Your Child Understand and Communicate

Brief Introduction: Difficulties with communication is a common problem for children who have autism and other developmental disabilities. Using visual strategies with these children can be helpful in supporting and increasing both their receptive and expressive communication skills. Visual communication tools such as objects, photographs, picture symbols, daily schedules and choice boards can provide the…

The Alert Program for Self-Regulation

Adapted From: “The Alert Program for Self-Regulation” by Williams & Shellenberger Have you heard children talking about their “engines” going too fast (hyper) or too slow (lethargic) or “just right” (attentive and focused)? If you haven’t yet, you probably will soon. This terminology is adapted from “How Does Your Engine Run? The Alert Program for…

Troubleshooting Homework Problems: Ideas for Parents

Brief Introduction: Homework completion is an ongoing issue for many students and their families. In fact, homework is often identified by parents as the single biggest issue affecting their home life with their child. For children who learn differently, this homework issue can be greatly magnified. In order to get back on track and make…

Catch Them Being Good: Using a Simple Token Reward System at Home

Catch Them Being Good: Using a Simple Token Reward System at Home Brief Introduction: Almost all parents are confronted with difficult behavior from their child every now and then. However, finding a practical solution to the issue is not always as easy as one would expect. Well-meaning professionals may try to advise you to use…

Person-Centered Planning for Parents: MAPS Background and Action Steps

Brief Introduction: Person-centered planning is a strength-based technique that serves as a mechanism for securing the commitment of a collaborative team of individuals in supporting a focus person and his/her family. One example of a person centered planning tool that has emerged as particularly effective is the McGill Action Planning System (MAPS). MAPS is a…

Tips for Developing Helping Your Child Develop Self-Advocacy Skills

Brief Introduction: The term “advocacy” generally refers to the process of trying to persuade others to support your position or point of view. Advocacy can take place in many contexts, both formal (such as in an IEP meeting, in a courtroom, or on Capitol Hill) and informal (such as when a teenager makes a case…

Using Visual Supports to Facilitate Homework Completion

Brief Introduction: Many children (including those with disabilities) have strong visual skills, and these strengths can be capitalized on with visual supports, such as daily schedules, mini-schedules, task checklists and behavior charts. Task checklists or mini-schedules are useful in targeting certain events or tasks in the daily schedule where a child has difficulty. They are…

Dr. Casale-Giannola

NJEA Article written by Rider University Professor and NJCIE Consultant Dr. Casale-Giannola on Inclusion and Behavior, 2016

U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs

DOJ Guidelines on Testing Accommodations for Standardized Exams