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Have you seen the Here Comes the Bus App?

Man, the kids today have it made!!! That’s what my parents said to me (they had to walk 5 miles in the snow to school) and that’s what I said to my children (I had to ride 5 miles to school J). Now my children can say it to their children (someday) because check this out…. There’s an app out now that actually spares children and families some unpleasant or […]

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Do You Know What A Quick Social Response Is?

You and I have done these a million times in our lifetime but our kids on the autism spectrum often don’t have a clue how to handle this in everyday social situations. Not only have we somehow learned what to say and when to say it, but we often have several different options of a response depending upon the person we’re talking to and the situation. When things don’t come […]

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A Book Called RED and How It’s Perfect for Kids with Special Needs!

Have you ever had that student who didn’t quite fit in, but you wanted so desperately for that to happen? Then, one day, you discover that this very student has some unique or gifted qualities and BOOM! The value to others is realized and this little person gets to experience acceptance, pride, confidence and a place to belong. You’ll find a story like that in this delightful book, Red. Take […]

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There’s an App for That!!! Make Your Own Custom Dice!

  Ever wish you could make your own dice that would have custom vocabulary words, pictures of your students, or simple math concepts or math signs? Well your wish is granted! You CAN customize your own dice and even use up to 5 dice for just about any dice game you want to play with your students. There’s an app called “Make Dice” and take a look at just how […]

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A Simple Fix for An Interesting Writing Problem!

Expect, Expect, Expect! I expect a lot from my students. I expect most of them to have a job someday and if some kind of behavior is annoying, not age appropriate or inappropriate at any age it will be unacceptable to an employer.  It’s almost never too early to stop negative, immature behaviors. Unfortunately we all tend, at times, to give our children with special needs a “pass” for things […]

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Read The Book, The Day The Crayons Quit, To Your Children With Special Needs!

I love children’s literature! The right story and the right illustrator can take you and your children on a journey of knowledge and magical adventures. Children’s literature is full of language concepts, vocabulary, interesting characters, fantasy, factual information and beautiful illustrations. The things all children need to be successful readers and successful in school. Did you know that the rule of thumb for preparing children for school is about 1,000 […]

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How Can Drawing a House Support Writing Instruction?

Our kids need all the help they can get when it comes to learning to write! I’m not talking about writing content, I’m referring to teaching the formation of letters. Sometimes our students have trouble just getting a letter on paper that actually looks like a letter. It’s not easy to know where to put that “tail” for the /g/, /j/, /p/, /q/, and /y/ is it? Likewise trying to […]

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Have You Seen This Visual Strategy To Help Students See Long/Short Vowels?

Creative Visual Supports!!! Where were they when I was in school?! I have thought so many times how much some of these clever visual supports would have made things easier when I was in school!!! Even though I did not struggle in school, I can’t help but wonder what a difference it would have made for me to be able to process things visually instead of verbally. I can only […]

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Do You Know A Strategy That Can Help Children “See” Multiplication?

Albert Einstein once said, “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it”. How true! Think about those of us who “see” a map in our heads with North, South, East and West. If you are directionally challenged, my guess is that you just cannot picture a map in your head. Am I right? The same is true for reading comprehension and math. If you cannot create a movie in […]

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Check Out Full Circle Cartooning for Social Understanding!

I can’t tell you how often I get a request from teachers to help students learn about how their behavior is affecting others and what they can do to change that behavior. There are several really good visual strategies out there to help students with social understanding,   I use what I think will work depending upon the child and the circumstances. One of my favorite tools is doing what I […]

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