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Are You Having Issues with Your Instructional Assistants?

If you are in a classroom working with students who have special needs, every year you are probably faced with the challenge of one or more new paraprofessional staff members who may or may not have an understanding for things like confidentiality, and the importance of leaving the cell phone off during instruction time. That can be so hard because, let’s face it, you have your hands full with your […]

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Who Knew Sensory Tubs Could Be Creative and So Inexpensive!!!

Here we are about to start a new school year!!! I love this time of year because it’s full of promise and possibilities!! One idea that can help make the new school year exciting and successful is a fun and inexpensive idea for the sensory room or for the classroom to meet some of those sensory needs! There is always someone out there doing something creative yet simple. So simple […]

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Is This the Language You Use for Students with Special Needs?

We’ve come a long way from the days of using language to describe people with special needs that would make all of us cringe.   Today if you or I would hear the following words, we would be appalled: retarded imbecile educable deaf and dumb, cripple deformed epileptic feeble-minded freak gimp hare lip idiot lunatic midget mongoloid moron schizo Although I have not heard people in recent years use these outdated […]

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Do You Know About The Science of Making Friends?

Parents need something to DO when it comes to social skills for their kids who have social deficits. They know they need to do something, they just don’t sometimes know exactly how they can help. Often parents become somewhat accepting of the social deficits of their children because it has become the norm of how their child communicates. For this reason it is a good reminder that what is acceptable […]

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An Inexpensive Sensory Option Made with Sponges, Scissors and Hair Scrunchies!

Don’t you just LOVE Pinterest? That is where one of our staff members found today’s idea that I really wanted to share with you! Sensory materials do not have to be expensive and out of reach. I love sharing these kinds of ideas because not every business, home or school can afford tons of sensory options to offer students or clients. Students can help make these! Take a look! As […]

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Are You Looking for Age Appropriate Chewie Options for Older Students with Special Needs?

We all know that student in middle school or high school that still needs something to meet the need for oral stimulation. Unfortunately, chewing on something is often perceived as an immature behavior if the thing that is being chewed is something that is not socially acceptable, like clothing. I have several parents who go through clothing at a much faster rate than usual because their child stretches, puts holes […]

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Did You Know that Super Heroes Can Help with Potty Training?

I learned a long time ago that if I used a child’s interests, I just might tap into a magical motivation to get students to learn much faster than they typically would. I’ve used Disney characters to inspire a student to do math, I’ve used Legos to improve behavior, and I’ve used Buzz Light Year to prompt communication exchanges. Recently I’ve involved super heroes in my quest for improved behaviors. […]

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Need a Valuable Resource to Teach Math to Children with Down Syndrome?

I have found after working many years in the field of disabilities that often one disability may have several things in common with another disability. Take Down Syndrome and Autism for example. Students with both disabilities benefit from physical structure in the classroom, visual schedules, and sensory stimulation. In both disabilities, students have difficulty following directions and can have meltdowns due to poor communication skills. You can apply many strategies […]

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Wait till You See the Combo of the Bitsboard App and Snap Words!!!

One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended was for creative problem solving. It was a week long training where I learned things I have used over and over again. Among the strategies I learned that week was one where we were taught to use a matrix. On the Y- axis you list a set of options and on the X- axis you put another list of options. That’s kind […]

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Finally A Social Skills Curriculum for Teens!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I have been on the hunt for social skills materials that would be appropriate for students at the secondary level for years. I was not able to find this rare bird, which is exactly why I put together a social skills product called Say What? I’m hoping to have this material to offer in the near future, but until then I wanted you to […]

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