Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rolling the Dice with IssieDice: An Accessible Customizable Dice App

By: Dana Cappel, Occupational Therapist

Do you or someone you know have trouble rolling conventional dice? Lost the dice to your favorite board game? Need a special die for a class activity? Then IssieDice is for you! The Technology Center of Beit Issie Shapiro is

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Third Annual Purim Costume Make-a-Thon

Last week we held the third annual Purim Costume Make-a-Thon at Beit Issie Shapiro, an emotional event full of imagination, creativity and inspiration. This year we had close to 30 children and youth with disabilities who use wheelchairs or walkers,

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Purim Fun!

Dana Cappel, Occupational Therapist

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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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Singing Together: Using AAC in Song

Rachel Blum, SLP

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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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Word Prediction and Dictation: An Assistive Technology Case Study

Orit Grinstein, OT

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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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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

By: Rachel Blum, SLP

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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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Typing – More than Just for Typing Words

By Noa Nitzan, Occupational Therapist

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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Sunday, October 22, 2017

App Review: ‘Fun with Verbs and Sentences’

By: Rotem Barness, SLP

Fun with Verbs and Sentences is an app designed to work on various language skills, including and most importantly the creation and speaking of simple sentences. The user builds a sentence of his choice by choosing each of the parts of

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

iOS 11 has Arrived!

By: Orit Grinshtein, OT, Dana Cappel, OT, and Rachel Blum, SLP

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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Greeting Card for the New Year

By: Chani Shmerling, Special Education Teacher

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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