For Teachers

Classrooms should be places that provide a safe environment for all types of learners, but that isn’t always easy to accomplish. In reality, our classrooms are full of neuro-diversity, and often include children with many diagnoses, such as:
ADD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, OCD, PDD, ODD, LD, etc. Joanie’s workshops include both songs and discussions about successful strategies to help us as teachers see beyond challenging behaviors to reach and engage the child inside

Teacher Workshops
But First Do No Harm
Building Inclusive Communities

But First Do No Harm: Identifying and Aiding Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

One in six children in the USA is currently experiencing some kind of sensory disorder, and one in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism. General Education teachers are struggling to accommodate such disparate needs. Joanie teaches techniques for observation, strategies for success, and shares her perspective as a mother and a teacher.

Every Child In Their Own Way: How to Teach a Lesson that Reaches All Learners
Do you find it challenging to accommodate the full range of learning styles in your classes? Joanie will share tools and approaches for presenting classroom information in a way that all students can access.

We Can Learn While We Move: Curriculum Through Songs and Movement
As classroom teachers have an ever-growing list of curriculum requirements, time for recess and exercise often gets lost. Joanie shares songs, stories, books and movement games that can be used to seamlessly integrate music and movement into academic subjects.

Making Assessment Fun
Joanie shares songs, games and stories to help preschool teachers reinforce and assess children’s readiness for kindergarten.

We Need to Move: Adding Movement, Focus and Fun Throughout the Day of Learning
Joanie’s collection of games and songs can be used as movement breaks throughout the day to help children energize and focus.

frameJoanie Calem is a parent, teacher, songwriter and disability awareness advocate. Joanie leads teacher workshops on Autism awareness and Sensory Processing Disorder, how they impact children in school classrooms and other public places, and practical tools that busy teachers can use to help these children and the rest of their classrooms run a little smoother. Joanie also leads workshops on how to use music in multiple ways: to help alleviate classroom overload, to supplement academic subjects, to offer classroom breaks and to create inclusive classroom communities.

For more information, Joanie can be contacted at, or by phone at 614-208-6731.

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What People Are Saying!

"I learned so much in the teacher’s workshop that Ms. Joanie conducted. She let us into her life with her child and explained just how difficult it can be working with children that have and have not been diagnosed with a disability. We need more workshops like hers."
- Ms. Stephanie, Headstart teacher, Columbus, OH

"Educators attend plenty of in-services that try to tackle how to make the classroom inclusive, but many times these in-services lack practical solutions. Joanie’s campfire like atmosphere provides a warm and supportive environment to explore real-life stressors with empathy and community. I was blown away by Joanie’s “concert-conversation!” A wonderful way to spend a few hours."
- Becky F, Elementary School Aide, New Albany, OH.

"Joanie's presentation perfectly blends a Mother's heartfelt experience with the challenges Teachers face in the classroom, providing practical strategies to build understanding and compassion."
- Mary S. Director of Discovery School, San Antonio TX