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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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Are You Someone’s Hero?

In my job as an educator I have vowed to never judge the parents of a child with special needs. Why? Because I could never be sure that in each situation they face, that I could do any better than they are doing. It would be easy to judge given my background and experience in special education, yet I do not. Instead I try to understand what they are facing […]

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A Peek Inside Scripting with Idioms: The Perfect Solution for Students with Autism

The one thing I hate about ordering things online is that I don’t get to see exactly what I’m ordering. If I’m in a bookstore, I have the chance to really look inside a book to see if it’s what I’ve been looking for. Amazon books is nice enough to offer you a tiny, tiny peek inside their books, but it’s often basically the table of contents and not much […]

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Think About Using the 2+2 Strategy with Your Students Who Are Oppositional!

It’s that time of year when you are exhausted and need all of the tools you can find to get you through! If you have a student who is oppositional, you may want to pull out that 2+2 strategy I’ve taught you before! I find that even though I’ve shared strategies with staff, they sometimes forget that they need to run through their tool options when new situations arise with […]

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A Social Skills App that Allows Students to Play This Famous Game!

Who doesn’t enjoy playing a game? When you can make learning fun and turn something difficult into something that involves scoring points, you just might get your students’ attention. Our SLPA shared this gem at a recent day of Professional Development for our SLP team. If you like the game of Jeopardy, you will enjoy this app! This app can be another tool in your toolbox for social skills activities! […]

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Three Cute DIY Materials for Students in the Special Education Classroom!

I am often amazed at how some people can turn what I would call trash, disposable or unwanted materials into cute, clever, useful and fun activities for students. This is what happened when I recently had one of our assistants show me some of the things she had made for students. She showed me activity after activity and one was just as imaginative as the next!!! Today I’m showing you […]

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Sensory and Learning Fun With Fake Snowballs!

Children love surprises and novelty. What better way to bring this to your instruction than with something that is seasonal, fun and has multiple applications.   When we recently had a professional development meeting with the district SLPs, one of the agenda items was for every person on the team to bring something to share. One of our SLPs brought this huge plastic container filled with fake snowballs that he uses […]

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