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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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If You Don’t Know about the 2X10 Strategy, Click Open!

How many times have you said, “I wish there was something I could do” about a student who comes from a rough home life? There IS something you can do and that is to become one of the 5 people in a child’s life that it takes to make a real difference between success and failure. If you think back to your own childhood, I’m guessing you could name several […]

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Do You Know About the Free SLP Summit?

As an SLP, there is always the challenge of making sure that you have enough continuing education hours each year just in case your name is pulled for an audit. There is also the challenge of a school district having enough money to pay for continuing education and the struggle of guilt when you have to cancel therapy to be out for a workshop. Not to mention how important it […]

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One Way Parents of Children with Special Needs Can Ease the Financial Struggle

So many parents of children with special needs have financial issues that most of us can’t fathom. I have tried to imagine how I would handle it if I got called away from work as many times as we need to call parents to come to school to pick up a sick child or an out of control child. In addition, what about the child with special needs who needs […]

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A Must See To Help That Picky Eater!

I have worked with so many families who struggle with a child who won’t eat certain foods or who won’t eat almost anything! It’s heart breaking, stressful and a huge detriment to the child’s growth and development. I once had a student who would not eat anything except McDonald’s hot French fries.   This mother was panicked when she found out that McDonalds was not open on Christmas Day!!! She had […]

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Do You Know about the DESSA and How it Can Help with Social Emotional Issues?

If you haven’t been part of the current hot topic in education, you need to know that educators in many districts all over the US are talking about the significant number of students coming to school with social emotional issues. We are finding that even students who come to us from middle class families are scoring way too high on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) checklist. It’s a problem and […]

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A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

Today’s strategies are going to seem very simple to you, but I’m here to say that they work well and they work quickly!   What am I talking about? I’m talking about using visual supports to relieve stress and anxiety for both the students and the teachers when the teachers ask questions and the students need to respond. Take a look! We still have a few weeks of school left, so […]

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Have You Ever Heard of a Fidgee?

Just because a student with special needs gets older and heads to the Intermediate School, Middle School or High School, doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she no longer needs a sensory outlet. The problem is usually that the sensory options often look babyish. This is why when I saw today’s idea being used in one of our special education classrooms, I had to invite the designer of this wonderful idea to […]

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Have You Seen The Wobble Chair That’s Perfect as a Classroom Seating Option?

If you haven’t heard of the alternative seating trend in the classroom, you need to know about this! Instead of traditional seating of desks and chairs all in a row or four desks in a group facing each other, teachers in schools across the US are experimenting with alternative seating as a way to get students to focus, stay on task, and keep the noise level down in the classroom. […]

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One More Set of DIY Ideas Before the End of the School Year!

You know I love ideas that make it possible for teachers to have materials even if there is little or no budget for that kind of thing. I snagged three more ideas that you could easily make for your classroom that were once again done by our crafty IA, Sherry. Take a look! I would LOVE to hear about your DIY projects/pictures too! Please send them in and I can […]

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