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The Sandwich Technique

The Sandwich Technique Hey there!  It’s Springtime and my tulips are popping up everywhere yet we just had a huge hail storm!!  What’s up with that?  Mixing a little positive with the negative is part of life.  That’s exactly what I want to communicate to you today. We’ve all had a situation where we’ve not been happy with someone yet we really didn’t want to derail the relationship.  What to […]

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Aspergers: Teaching a Social Skill Strategy for Students with Special Needs

Think it!  Don’t say it!   That’s the message we need to give to our students on the autism spectrum especially our kids with Asperger Syndrome.  We need to teach that just because they’re thinking something, that doesn’t mean they need to say it.  Another expression we often use with our students who have social skill issues is “on the mind, not out the mouth”. One way I like to get […]

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Brand Your Classroom!

Brand Your Classroom!   What are you talking about Carla?!!  I’m talking about doing your own Public Relations for your classroom.  I’m talking about creating or enhancing your own style and basically educating the people in your building and school district that it’s a NEW DAY in special education! Has anyone ever asked you the question, “What do you do down there in your room?” or have people said to […]

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The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection

The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection

  The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection   In my experience teachers are either not taking the data they need to take because the task is too overwhelming or they’re taking too much data and aren’t making the most of the information they have.   Here’s the secret and this is what we tell our teachers.  Take data as often as you expect to see progress.  […]

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More Full Circle Cartooning Ideas!

More Full Circle Cartooning Ideas!   One blog post was just not enough examples of how Full Circle Cartooning can be used with students!  I am going to show you two more examples of how I used this tool.  I’m going to assume that you’ve watched the video on full circle Cartooning for Students with Violent Scripts so if you have not done that….. go to the Home page on […]

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Full Circle Cartooning Ideas for Students with Violent Scripts

Many of you have heard of Carol Grey’s Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations.   I have come up with a variation of the Comic Strip Conversation that I call Full Circle Cartooning.  I feel this is a visual opportunity for students to see what they are doing, what others are thinking, what they can do about it, and then positive outcomes because others have changed their perspective. I am a very […]

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EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!

EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!

EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!     If you are an educator working with students with autism and you live in Central Indiana, take a look at this!  Answers for Autism is an organization dedicated to helping people who work with children on the autism spectrum.  They work hard in their fundraising efforts and have offered a simple way to make your needs/wants known to them.  […]

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Structure at School

Structure at School

  Not only does behavior communicate, so does physical structure. I often ask my training participants what they thought was going to happen during my workshop when they first walked into the training room. I wanted to know what they could surmise about the training just by looking at the physical structure of the room. Without saying a single word, the following is what they could assume: 1. A presentation was going to […]

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Communication

Communication

As a speech/language pathologist, I have a strong belief that every student has a basic right to a communication system. I have learned that if a student does not have a constructive way to communicate he/she will still communicate through behavior. I have worked with severe students who were able to develop a communication system with minimal skills in movement and vocalizations. For example, four years ago, I walked into […]

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Structure At Home

Structure At Home

Structure communicates in the home just as it does in the classroom.  What does the physical structure in your home communicate to your child with special needs?  If, for example, it’s wide open, you are communicating to your child that it’s ok to run around, climb and throw things just like you do outside. Is it visually clear what is supposed to happen in various spaces of your rooms?  The […]

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