Archive for 2015

How You Can Use A Super Hero Prop to Stop Impulsive Grabbing!

Do you have an impulsive grabber in your classroom, among your young clients or in your household? These kiddos are not thinking when they see something or someone they want to touch. They see it, they grab it. The question today is, how can we stop that or at least slow it down? Several years ago I had a middle school student who liked to grab staff in frustration or […]

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See How a 3-D Snowman Can Help Develop Language Skills!

Have you ever noticed that when you do most anything in 3-D your kids pay more attention? I’ve brought children’s books alive with objects my students can see, touch, take, give, and manipulate. They pay attention!!! I can hold the attention of pre-school students with special needs for up to 30 minutes if I go 3-D and make whatever I’m doing interactive. Students of all ages are more engaged if […]

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Are Sensory Issues Causing Your Child With Special Needs to Strip Off Clothing?

For whatever reason, every now and then we will get a student who just cannot deal with a sensory issue surrounding clothing. I’ve had a pre-school age student who would not keep a diaper on so the parents would send her to school in a dress with nothing underneath!!! We just can’t do that at school so we worked to desensitize her to wearing diapers. I had another student who […]

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A Visual Reading Decoding Strategy That Helps Children with Special Needs!

This week’s video is the third and final video on decoding. So many of our children are visual learners, so what better way of teaching decoding than to take much of the mystery out of attacking words!!! Once again I am using the resource, Recipe for Reading and sharing the last of the syllable patterns and the final three syllable types. Take a look!!! Keep in mind that if your […]

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Reading Decoding Strategies You Don’t Want to Miss!!!

This week is the second in a series of three videos I wanted to share with you on reading decoding!!! If your students can quickly and correctly decode multi-syllable words, then you don’t need to watch this week or next… 🙂 However, if your students cannot decode multi-syllable words, you need to watch! Since decoding/phonics/word attack is one of the foundations of reading …teaching our students the rules of phonics […]

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The Secret To Teaching Multi-Syllable Decoding!!!

First semester of this school year is nearly over and I’m guessing that you may have a student or two who could use some multi-syllable decoding strategies right about now….am I right? Well, all I can say is that you need to watch today’s video and the NEXT two weeks of videos if you want to see a simple way to teach multi-syllable decoding!!! This is SO COOL that all […]

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Three Must Have Schedules in the Classroom!

Do you have assistants who sit around doing everything except what you need them to do? Have you ever momentarily “lost” a child because everyone in the room thought someone else was watching him/her? These are just two situations that have happened to staff I’ve worked with, making teachers terribly frustrated with the situation. There are several other pitfalls that can happen in a special education classroom IF the three […]

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The Five Whys Strategy That Gets You to the Root of the Problem!

How many times have you and I asked a question….gotten an answer and then started coming up with strategies to solve the problem that we think we understand??? More than I can count, I am sure.   There’s power in asking questions, but there is more power in asking the right questions!!!  “If you don’t ask the right questions, you don’t get the right answers. A question asked in the right […]

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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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A Proven Wh Question Strategy for Students on the Autism Spectrum!

One of the issues students on the Autism Spectrum have is Communication, right? Receptive and Expressive language is HARD for our students. Wh Questions are part of those communication issues. Sometimes by the time a student gets to the end of the question, he/she has forgotten what it was that needed to be answered!!! Figuring out exactly what someone is asking can be problematic for our students and so it’s […]

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