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Jeremy Bohonos, associate professor in the Adult Education department, published the article, Using Artistic Expression as a Teaching Strategy for Social Justice: Examining Music From the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements, in the Advances in Developing Human Resources Journal that highlights how performing arts education and social movement learning (SML) can be incorporated into human resource development (HRD) to enhance social justice education.
The Museum of disAbility and People Inc. presented Lynne Sommerstein with its Director’s Advocacy Award on May 19 at an awards ceremony at the disAbility Museum. Nominees for the awarded were required to be an accomplished individual who is an advocate with people with disabilities, has broken barriers, is a bridge-builder, and is an inclusive thinker. After reading the criteria, Kathy Doody, assistant professor of exceptional education, said she immediately thought of Sommerstein and nominated her.
“Lynne is pretty synonymous with inclusion in Western New York. She advocated fiercely for her daughter, Michelle, to be included more than 25 years ago,” Doody said. “Because of Lynne, my own son with a disability and hundreds of other kids have been able to be educated in an inclusive setting with peers with typical development. Lynne broke down those barriers for all of us.” Read more...
November 2016 - published by University at Buffalo's UBNow
What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as 2 years old? Could it lead to earlier detection and therefore better treatment? A study co-authored by a UB undergraduate and presented at the IEEE Wireless Health conference at the National Institutes of Health last month could provide the answer. It involves the creation of an app for cell phones, tablets or computers that tracks eye movement to determine, in less than a minute, if a child is showing signs of autism spectrum disorder.
“Although it’s never too late to start therapy, research demonstrates the earlier we diagnose, the better our outcomes,” adds co-author Kathy Ralabate Doody, assistant professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at SUNY Buffalo State. “We offer many educational interventions to help children with autism reach the same developmental milestones met by children with typical development.” Read more...
Have you ever noticed that children will invest enormous amounts of time and effort into their freely chosen play activities? While adults tend to define play as fun or recreational, children know that they are playing when they choose the activity and when they are in charge of how the activity proceeds – even if it looks like work to adults.
Before children are old enough to begin reading, they can reenact the stories their parents read to them. As they “pretend read” and act out stories, children are acquiring new vocabulary. And they are learning to use the syntax, or grammar, of written language. These skills are crucial for laying the foundation for success in learning to read. “These skills are crucial for laying the foundation for success in learning to read.”
Likewise, before children develop the fine-motor and visual discrimination skills necessary to print letters, they can scribble and create letter-like forms. If they are allowed and encouraged to “write their own way,” they will also develop an identity as a writer. They will want to write because they have a message to communicate. Learning to write is often the most difficult task children will have to master in school. Writing their own way assists children in developing the stamina necessary to master conventional print skills.
Children who are allowed and encouraged to read and write their own way will find opportunities incorporate literacy into their play activities. Here are some tips from early literacy experts that parents can borrow to create meaningful literacy experiences for their youngsters.
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