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Have You Seen These Itty Bitty Libraries?

Children’s literature is one of my favorite things. The richness of the words on the page, the creative illustrations, the joy that reading and being read to for a child is priceless. Children who are exposed to books early tend to be much more ready for school than children who grow up in homes without books. As you know! I’ve made home visits to families where there is not a […]

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Learn How to ‘Block and Box’ To Help Students with Executive Function!

Last week you learned about the Wondertime Clock and some fun and useful ways it can help students manage time. This week, I’ve got another treasure from Sarah Ward’s list of tools for help with executive function. If you have a student who just can’t seem to get that homework home or that lunch box in his book bag, you are going to want to see today’s video. Take a […]

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A Visual Support on a Clock that Works Wonders for Executive Function!

Do you know that there are brilliant adults out in the workforce who actually pay assistants to help with daily activities that involve executive function? These people pay others to help them select what to wear, get them meals, help with personal hygiene, arrange for transportation and get them to work on time. The “employer” in these cases have only one basic job and that is to totally focus on […]

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To All SLPs, Do You Have This APP in Your Therapy Bag?

One of my least favorite thing to do when I was working as an SLP was to search for words, phrase, and sentences that contained my students’ target sounds in any and all positions that I needed it. I ended up spending money on little card decks that got boring after awhile and then I’d need another source for ideas to help me with articulation therapy.   Sometimes I would just […]

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Are You Taking this Vital Data for Your Non-Verbal/Low Verbal Students Right Now?

Data, Data, Data I let data do the talking. I like data to be the bad guy if there needs to be a bad guy. I use data to be the good guy too! Let me give you a couple of examples. We had a situation where one student was coming to school and literally sleeping for two hours a day several times a month. We all know that school […]

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Finally an Affordable App that Turns Your iPad into a Voice Output Device!

Before we could use the iPad as a Voice Output Device (VOD), communication devices could cost thousands of dollars. They were big, clunky and sometimes hard to program. The iPad has changed all of that for the better! Likewise the first apps for communication that made use of the Core Vocabulary concept were really quite expensive, but now there are even more affordable options. I’m highlighting that option here. Take […]

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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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