My name is Lauren Lashmet. I am a special education teacher living in Northern California. I came up with the idea of Diverse Learning Hub during my experience teaching in a cluster program in while serving as a Teach For America corps member in Chicago. During my time as a TFA corps member, I had thirteen 6-8 grade students with autism, two teacher aides, and almost no materials.
I quickly turned to Teachers-Pay-Teachers to find materials online to support my students. I found incredible print-outs and worksheets, but very little online materials. My students were all fascinated with iPads and computers, but I couldn’t find a website or interactive online materials built specifically for children with autism and moderate learning disabilities. In that classroom, room 214, the idea for Diverse Learning Hub was born.
I wanted to build something that supported my students, not only academically, but in real life situations as well. Diverse Learning Hub integrates mathematics with functional skills such as cooking and grocery shopping. Our goal is for students to use this site as a tool to learn social behaviors, life skills, and functional skills to help students thrive in the real world!
We’ve tested materials and are always working to improve based on feedback. Check out our freebie social stories, “Frustration” and “Walking in the Hallway” to get a sense of our site. Let us know your thoughts. Can’t wait to support your children and students through their academic and life journeys!