Archive for January 2014

Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication? Make A Gesture Book!

 Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication?  Make A Gesture Book!

You’ve heard the expression, “Necessity is the mother of Invention”.  That’s exactly what happened here when I needed SOMETHING to help my student who was non-verbal. He used a voice output device, but as much as I love and respect the powerful role these devices play in providing a communication system for children and adults, there are limitations.  They must always be handy and it does take a few moments […]

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Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs!

Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs!

What’s The Point?  Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs! If you live or work with a child who has special needs, there are some “safe zones” where everyone in your world understands. Your zone people “get it” and you work together for the good of your child/student.  You don’t have to explain yourself, there’s sympathy about how hard it is. There […]

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How Do You React When Your Child Has A Meltdown?

Do you get angry?  Do you give in?  Do you just stand there like a deer in headlights?  Did anyone actually teach you what to do when this happens?   Maybe yes, maybe no.  Well if you didn’t learn this in college, during your student teaching experience or during some kind of on-the-job-training, then you need to learn about it now!  Remember, “Behavior Communicates” and this behavior is clearly the only […]

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7 Things You Can Do To Help Students Who Suffer From Selective Mutism!

7 Things You Can Do To Help Students Who Suffer From Selective Mutism!

Do you know a child who can talk but won’t at school or other social situations? If this is not the result of another communication disorder and it’s lasted more than a month, you may have a child who suffers from an anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism. Children with the disorder don’t talk in situations where they perceive it to be stressful. This can be a stressful situation for teachers and […]

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