Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut

15, April 2018

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, is just a couple of days away. Here are a few of the games and activities we have created to enjoy with your kids, while celebrating the holiday. Israeli Innovations (English) School children learn about

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iOS 11 has Arrived!

22, March 2018

A new dock and control center, screen recording, a new files app… these are just a few of the new features introduced in iOS 11. Before we outline some of the new features, it is important to note that, as

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Purim Fun!

20, February 2018

Very soon, we will be celebrating Purim, a favorite holiday for children and adults alike. At Beit Issie Shapiro we are already busy getting into the holiday spirit planning costumes and incorporating holiday words and concepts into our daily activities.

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Singing Together: Using AAC in Song

11, February 2018

As in every kindergarten, our teachers use hand and body movements while singing children’s songs in circle time. However, in our school, most of the gestures we use in songs are actual signs taken from Israeli Sign Language. Choosing actual

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Word Prediction and Dictation: An Assistive Technology Case Study

3, January 2018

In this post I’d like to share an experience I had working with A., a university student, who is currently in the first year of an undergraduate degree. A. has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair. He has impaired

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Don’t Forget to Back Up!! How to Back Up Apps and Files (and a Little about a Flash Drive for iPad)

5, December 2017

Many people have come to us with questions following accidental erasure of communication boards from their iPad and we felt that it was important to write a post explaining how to back up iPad content. This information is relevant and

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Typing – More than Just for Typing Words

8, November 2017

In the last few years I have spent a lot of time thinking about and working on typing with children and adults, specifically with those that have difficulty with writing, and that typing has become their main writing outlet. There

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A Greeting Card for the New Year

17, September 2017

This year, one of the things we did in class to prepare for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, was to create greeting cards for the students’ families. The activity was very successful, but before I tell you about it,

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Welcome Back to School

10, September 2017

As school begins, emotions are at a high (the butterflies in our stomachs are opening their wings), and teachers have been very busy getting ready – organizing, decorating, and planning the year ahead; planning for a year full of learning,

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Toy Workshop: Making simple battery operated toys switch accessible – anyone can!

9, August 2017

This week, at Beit Issie Shapiro, a small group of occupational therapists and speech therapists from the day programs gathered in the library to “play” in a workshop led by Frank Marciano, engineer, maker, father to a child with disabilities,

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