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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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How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

What is a Quick Social Response? This is what I call the skill that our kids need when someone makes a comment during social interactions. Too often our kids with poor social skills don’t know what to say or don’t know that a response is expected, so they just stare at you or turn away without any kind of response at all. Does your child/student know that if someone says, […]

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5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk!

5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk! Do you find yourself telling your students over and over again to get started on a task, the page numbers of a reading assignment or reminders of what needs to go home in their book bags? Well, here’s a montra you need to memorize,”If you have to say it again and again, go visual!”  It will save you […]

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A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

One of my readers recently asked if I could do a video where I demonstrate several strategies, previously posted, in a real life situation.  So I decided to describe an actual situation that I consulted for at the very end of this school year. This young student was actually one of the most challenging students this school had ever seen, yet she turned out to be one of the easiest […]

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A Must Have for Your Child with Autism! The 5 Point Scale!

  A Must Have for Your Child with Autism! The 5 Point Scale! If you don’t know about Kari Dunn Buron’s Incredible 5 Pt Scale, then you’re missing out!  It’s basically a visual strategy to divide a topic into 5 levels to better explain a range of differences within the concept. Its beauty lies within its simplicity!  The Incredible 5 Pt Scale allows those of us in special education to […]

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Is “Taking Turns” a Problem for Your Child with Special Needs?

Turn Taking is a life skill for children with special needs.  Sometimes we the parents, caretakers and educators find that we need a way to help our child understand how to take turns.  We need to show whose turn it is and when our child’s turn is coming up again. How can we do that?  Simple.  Go Visual with a large “T” for “turn taking” and place either pictures or […]

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Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual!

Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual! Do you rely on your visual schedule as much as I do?  I know I want to see what is coming up and what I need to accomplish for the day.  It calms me down for sure! Your child with special needs should also know what is happening for the day.  It will help bring order to his/her world and if you go visual with […]

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