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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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What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

It’s only August and I’m already seeing students improving on their skills of task completion and independence!  Why?  It’s because their teachers are using work systems!  The teachers’ thinking and planning is not only in the teachers head and plan book, but with a work system, it’s visually clear to the student as well. We had one student a couple of years ago who ate his lunch at his desk […]

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What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

I don’t know about you but school is back in session for me!!!! Our special education cooperative is now on a balanced calendar which means we started back to school at the end of July!!! The promise of a great new school year has begun and with this new beginning, it’s time to get things set up so that your students start off in a positive way! So what evidence-based […]

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A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness! School is starting soon for many and has already started for some!  It’s time to start thinking about those new teachers, that new building and those new friends! You want your child or student with autism to have a great start, so how can you help ensure this happens?   Two words.  Peer Awareness!!! What is Peer Awareness?  It’s […]

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Four Free Must Have iPad apps for Students with Severe Disabilities

Four Free Must Have iPad apps for Students with Severe Disabilities

What is the one thing that our children with severe disabilities lose early on that we need to help them get back? Cause and Effect! I’m not talking about cause and effect that a child can get if they scream and then get what they want. I’m talking about the kind of cause and effect that we can shape into communication. Parents and educators have to help these children with […]

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Wanna Know How You Can Have A Conversation With Your Non-Verbal Child With Special Needs?

Wanna Know How You Can Have A Conversation With Your Non-Verbal Child With Special Needs?

Do you ever wish you could just ask your child something simple about what happened at school, or wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a better way to include your non-verbal student in classroom discussions and activities? One simple voice output device can do these things!  It’s called the Step by Step.  It’s a device that allows you to program a series of messages that can be easily […]

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