Archive for March 2014

Reasons and Solutions for Self -Injurious Behaviors

Reasons and Solutions for Self -Injurious Behaviors

It’s not uncommon for one of our classrooms to have a student who inflicts injury on himself/herself.  The important thing to remember here is that this behavior is no different from any other behavior that a student displays. Behavior Communicates! We know that our children/students are trying to tell us something. We just sometimes have a hard time figuring out exactly what that is. There are reasons that a student […]

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Do You Have An Amazing Informal Reading Assessment To Use?

Do You Have An Amazing Informal Reading Assessment To Use?

Too many times teachers are forced to pull information from here and there.  That takes time and often the information does not have any kind of scope and sequence or it’s just not comprehensive. Just bits and pieces. When you have a new student who’s a mystery as far as reading skills go, you want something at your fingertips to quickly figure out what is going on. Today I’m passing […]

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Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

As I travel around from school to school and speak to teachers and parents, one thing is clear.   They want their children to read.  There is no longer any mystery about what a child needs to learn to read.  The point of this week’s video is to make sure that both parents and teachers understand what five components make up the foundation of reading.  Sometimes figuring out about where the […]

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Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities? Try this!

Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities?  Try this!

Do you have a child who has a cognitive level of 18 months or lower or do you have child who may be higher functioning but you just can’t quite identify what he/she likes?   For students like this, you must be able to identify what is reinforcing to the child before you can begin to build a functional communication system. What is the cornerstone here? A multi-sensory approach!!!!  This approach […]

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Need an APP for Progress Monitoring? Check Out iNtervene To Track Your Students With Special Needs!!!

Need an APP for Progress Monitoring?  Check Out iNtervene To Track Your Students With Special Needs!!!

seamus smith managing Do you have a notebook full of data on each of your students?  It’s kind of like having a data monster in your room.  It’s big, unruly, unpleasant to think about and hard to be around. Be honest….When is the last time you made time to analyze it and then use it to direct your instruction???  Who has time for that? I get it. It’s hard enough […]

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