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How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps? Chaining!

How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps?  Chaining!

It’s November already!  Seriously, didn’t school just start? Now is the time of year that you have a pretty good idea about who your students are and what they need from you if you are a teacher. If you are a parent, the craziness of getting back in school and getting a couple of holidays out of the way is over so maybe you have a moment to regroup. Now […]

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Three Apps That Make Beginning Academics Easy for Children with Special Needs.

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of long lists of apps to look at for various categories.  It all takes so much time to look through and see what an app actually does! I want someone to screen them for me and show me only the good ones!!! Forget the lists! Just Show Me the app already!!! That’s exactly what I’m going to for you today.  I […]

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Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Are you looking for a bright spot in your everyday challenges with your child?  What parent isn’t? Sometimes those bright spots are too few and far between! On today’s episode of Behavior Communicates, I have two guests who are helping to pioneer new thoughts, and yes, new hope for what possibilities can be in store for you! Instead of waiting and wondering what will happen to your child when you […]

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Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children? Errorless Learning is it!

Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children?  Errorless Learning is it!

Errorless means you can’t get it wrong! Donating to a worthy cause is kind of an errorless act.  You can’t get it wrong if you participate in an event that can save lives! I just got back from attending Zeta Tau Alpha’s Big Man On Campus (BMOC) fund- raiser for breast cancer awareness!  What did I learn?  The men at Indiana University are talented, funny and caring!  The ladies at […]

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Where can you find ONE RESOURCE that has LISTS of nearly anything a teacher can imagine???

Where can you find ONE RESOURCE that has LISTS of nearly anything a teacher can imagine???

Today’s episode highlights The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists.  A list of what to bring to a rainy college football game is not included in this book of lists, but just about everything else is! I just got back from tailgating with my family in Bloomington and got to see the Indiana Hoosiers win their game!!  What is better than being at Nick’s cheering Hoo, Hoo, Hoo, Hoosiers as we […]

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Children With Special Needs: Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

Children With Special Needs:  Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

It’s one of those lovely rainy days today where you just want to cuddle up with a good book! (or your significant other).  Perfect day for writing a blog about how to get kids on the right path for reading!  Sight words are one of the foundation pieces for reading. If a child does not know his/her sight words (Dolch sight word list – for example), they are not going […]

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Special Needs: How to Knock Out Amazing Communication Goals and What to Avoid!

Special Needs:  How to Knock Out Amazing Communication Goals and What to Avoid!

Answer this question for yourself.  Are any of the following situations true for you? As an SLP, you feel like you keep writing the same goals over and over again because your student never achieves your goals. rivemar.com/_vti_etc/ As a parent, you feel like you see the same goals over and over again, year after year, and wonder if your child is actually making progress. As an SLP, you receive […]

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Children With Special Needs: My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

Children With Special Needs:  My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

You worked so hard this summer to set up your classroom before the students got there, but now that they’re here, it’s just not working!  Who has time to change, change, change the physical structure of a classroom when you’re well into the school year? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see what your room would look like without having to move anything?  Well you can! Check out this […]

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What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

What’s up with children smelling the strange, the weird and gross things in the classroom and at home? Think about it for a minute. Our children usually have multiple issues going on so we shouldn’t be surprised that their sense of smell might be different too. The school year is in full swing for most of us and we’re dealing with sensory issues! One sensory need some of our children […]

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The Best Three Language Apps Ever for Students with Special Needs!

Is summer really coming to an end? Where did it go??? I’ve been to New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Columbus, plus I planned a wedding shower/luncheon and completed 44 hours of extended school year services for a couple of amazing kids! Whew! Apps can be so cool when it comes to….well many things! One thing I love to do is to find ways to engage students in their learning. […]

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