Why my iPad lives at REED Academy

By Rick Colosimo / March 13, 2011 / Comments Off on Why my iPad lives at REED Academy

Here’s a great new app, intended for the visually impaired, that recognizes US currency in realtime. Yes, my old iPad doesn’t have a camera, but the accessibility of these tools to my Dylan is just amazing. I’ve started to take nearly every idea for a program and think about how it could be legitimately —…

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Does ABA work on typical kids?

By Rick Colosimo / February 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Does ABA work on typical kids?

I enjoy reading Eric Barker’s blog because he cites to published research on interesting topics. I think his tagline should be: “not what you thought.” This post questions the wisdom of using rewards to encourage desired behavior, namely eating vegetables. It caught my eye for lots of reasons: School’s been expanding my older son’s menu…

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Improve learning and retention of flashcard info

By Rick Colosimo / October 25, 2010 / Comments Off on Improve learning and retention of flashcard info

So many, many flashcards and pictures around our classroom (what the unitiated refer to as our “playroom”) fill bins and bins, sorted into ziplock bags. This Lifehacker article suggests that using a slightly more unusual font, such as Comic Sans MS or Bodoni MT, had 14% greater retention, even at different font sizes. One group…

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What does the NJ insurance bill do?

By Rick Colosimo / August 17, 2009 /

New Jersey Governor Corzine signed A2238, the NJ autism insurance coverage bill, into law on Thursday, providing for minimum of $36,000 annual coverage for behavioral therapy for autism. Some immediate answers about the NJ insurance bill, A2238: 1. What companies are required to comply with the bill? The bill will not affect insurance companies, and…

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