Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

Children With Special Needs: My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

Children With Special Needs:  My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

You worked so hard this summer to set up your classroom before the students got there, but now that they’re here, it’s just not working!  Who has time to change, change, change the physical structure of a classroom when you’re well into the school year? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see what your room would look like without having to move anything?  Well you can! Check out this […]

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What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

What’s up with children smelling the strange, the weird and gross things in the classroom and at home? Think about it for a minute. Our children usually have multiple issues going on so we shouldn’t be surprised that their sense of smell might be different too. The school year is in full swing for most of us and we’re dealing with sensory issues! One sensory need some of our children […]

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The Best Three Language Apps Ever for Students with Special Needs!

Is summer really coming to an end? Where did it go??? I’ve been to New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Columbus, plus I planned a wedding shower/luncheon and completed 44 hours of extended school year services for a couple of amazing kids! Whew! Apps can be so cool when it comes to….well many things! One thing I love to do is to find ways to engage students in their learning. […]

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What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

It’s only August and I’m already seeing students improving on their skills of task completion and independence!  Why?  It’s because their teachers are using work systems!  The teachers’ thinking and planning is not only in the teachers head and plan book, but with a work system, it’s visually clear to the student as well. We had one student a couple of years ago who ate his lunch at his desk […]

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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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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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