Archive for 2014

Do You Have This Simple Tool To Use When You Communicate With Parents?

  Have you ever had a bad day with a parent because you didn’t communicate something that happened at school? It happens! Probably more than it should because, let’s face it, communication TAKES TIME! Time is one of the things teachers could use more of. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a classroom at the end of the day and just when a teacher is sitting […]

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Have You Seen The Potty Show App?

Sometimes having a break in the usual schedule is a great time to work more intensively on some things like potty training. The app, The Potty Show, allows you to highlight all the parts of this experience. Pair this visual with the book, The Potty Journey by Judith A. Coucouvanis, that I featured several weeks ago and you’ve got some tools to use that are both fun and practical. Take […]

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Find Out How You Can Get More Money For You Child With Special Needs!

Money, Money, Money!!! Everyone needs it and most of us worry about it in some way or another. I’ve always wished that I knew more about the financial world, but just never seem to have enough hours in a day to figure out the complex concept of investments. Guess what??? I’ve found a map, a blueprint for financial success, and a light in the dark confusing world of how to […]

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Take A Look To See If You Qualify As A Packet Princess/Prince!

Have you ever wondered if you are doing too many paper/pencil activities? Take a look at this week’s video and see if you see yourself in the illustration. I am hoping that you do not qualify for this award!!!   If you don’t, my guess is that you might see someone you know….. Take a look at the video!!! If you did see yourself in the video and want to change […]

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Check Out This Simple Tool To Teach Elapsed Time!

  I think you know by now that I’m all about finding and using simple tools to get the job done faster and more efficiently! I’ve got a tool for you to teach elapsed time, one of the useful and necessary life skills for our students with special needs! Take a look at the video to see how simple and easy this is. I’ve also provided one for you!!! Once […]

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How to Get 80 Free Materials In One Day for Your Children With Special Needs!

A teacher without materials is like a carpenter without tools. One of the most frustrating things for me as a classroom coach, is to try and work with a teacher who is new, doesn’t have many of his/her own materials that were accumulated over time and is assigned to a classroom where they are severely limited in things students need to help them learn. Do you have that problem? What […]

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Are You an SLP or a Reading Teacher Looking for an App That Teaches Inferences?

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for materials that deal with inferences. I’m also forever looking for Apps that are appropriate for older students. In today’s video you are going to get both!!! In the book, Drawing a Blank, by Emily Lland, the author is both an educator and a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. She points out that our children on […]

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Do You Have a Dream that Your Child with Special Needs Can Live Independently? You’ve Got to See This!

I remind our teachers every chance I get to think of their student at age 25. Where will he/she be? At home on their parent’s sofa playing video games or living independently with a desirable paying job? This question helps teachers and other staff to reconsider things like letting undesirable behaviors continue, helping students too much with basic living skills, not pushing hard enough for functional academics, not insisting on […]

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Do You Have Parents Who Need an App for a Night Time Routine? Check This Out!

There are times when low tech is the best way to go for children with special needs. Then there are those situations where using the technology you have, is the perfect way to go. This is one of those times. I know I have often tried to get families to put together a visual schedule for the family routine, but like many things for parents of a child with a […]

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A Simple Tool To Teach “OUCH” To Your Child with Special Needs!

If you ask the parent of a child with significant cognitive delays what the most important things they want for their child, in my experience, the answer has overwhelmingly been two things: Communication and Self-Help Skills  If you think about it, this is not surprising. These two skills lead to a huge jump in quality of life for both the child and the family. In today’s video I wanted to […]

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