Archive for 2013

Looking for a Simple Reading Decoding Strategy That Works?

Looking for a Simple Reading Decoding Strategy That Works?

Have you ever just wanted something that you could use to help make it easier for your students/child to remember how to decode the symbols you just taught them? Check out Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading!!! It’s not a program and it doesn’t teach the rules of decoding like (/i/before /e/ except after /c/) but it makes remembering what sounds go with what symbols easier. The 44 signs are taught […]

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Want a Custom Santa Message for Your Child with Special Needs?

Are you wondering why this is coming to you on a Sunday instead of Tuesday?   It’s because I couldn’t wait until Tuesday to share and I had to give you time to do it! If you have Santa in your holiday plans, you’ve got to see this!    A free customized video from a great looking Santa and the cutest elves ever to your child! Once you see this, you’re gonna […]

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Did You Know That Good Listening Can Prevent Acting Out Behavior?

Did You Know That Good Listening Can Prevent Acting Out Behavior?

Check Out The Six things You Need To Do To Be An Effective Listener!  When was the last time you gave someone your full, and I mean full, attention when they were talking?  When was the last time someone hung onto every word you said?   Chances are….it’s been a long time!  We’re all so busy multi-tasking and trying to make it through the day that we just don’t take […]

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Wanna Know the Secret to Finding Great Apps? Look in These Three Places!

Wanna Know the Secret to Finding Great Apps?  Look in These Three Places!

It’s been a mystery to me where our Assistive Technology Team finds all the great apps that they share with our staff.  How do they have time to go through and find out which ones are good and which ones are not so great? Now I know their secret!  Three places to go are: *  www.Appitic.com *  AppAdvice *  AppoLearning  Appitic is a resource for all teachers, not just special education.  Lots […]

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Homemade Sensory Bottles for students with Special Needs! Cheap-Cheap!

Have you ever said to yourself, “This is so simple I could make it myself!”?  Well here’s some options for you! I’m sharing two options here on the blog and you’ll see three in the video! 1. Swirl It! Take an empty Gatorade or water bottle and put in half water and half shaving cream.  Shake it up for a visual swirl effect! 2.  Wave Machine! Again use an empty […]

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Are You Getting Hurt By An Aggressive Child That You Live Or Work With?

You Don’t Want to Miss This!!! Chances are that if you’ve been hurt by a child you got some kind of injury on your hands or forearms.  I know that’s what has happened to me when I’ve had to help intervene with a child who was out of control! I’ve also been present when other staff members have gotten a bite, been pinched or scratched. It often happens so fast, […]

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How to Prevent Acting Out Behaviors with Two Simple Tools!

It’s that time of year for families here in the U.S. to gather together and celebrate!  Family time also may include family challenges.  Patience and understanding may need to be on the menu along with a couple of tools in your toolbox! Likewise teachers need to be hyper aware that at this crazy time of year we don’t want to be the reason a child loses control. So what tools […]

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5 Secrets Revealed on How to Identify Problems and Solutions for Children with Autism!

5 Secrets Revealed on How to Identify Problems and Solutions for Children with Autism!

Have you ever wished you could pay an expert to come to your school or your home and just tell you what was going on with your child and then provide you with solutions? Well who hasn’t? Some schools and households around the world can count their blessings because they do have that “someone” who has knowledge, experience and an uncanny way of getting to the heart and solution of […]

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Math Help for Your Students with Special Needs: If You Haven’t Heard About Math TV, You’re Missing Out!

How often do you get to choose who teaches you math?  Never…..but wait, you can now!!! A friend of mine passed this information on to me a couple of years ago and I thought it was awesome!  I had several math teachers who somehow missed out on teaching some important math concepts.  I would have LOVED to use this tool when I didn’t understand a concept! Parents….now you have several […]

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How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps? Chaining!

How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps?  Chaining!

It’s November already!  Seriously, didn’t school just start? Now is the time of year that you have a pretty good idea about who your students are and what they need from you if you are a teacher. If you are a parent, the craziness of getting back in school and getting a couple of holidays out of the way is over so maybe you have a moment to regroup. Now […]

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