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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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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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Real Life Alternative Seating in a Kindergarten Classroom!

Don’t you just love it when you take a chance to do something outside your comfort zone and it works! Some of the best things in my life have happened when I was the most frightened at the outcome. Starting my own business and this website was one of those scary “outside the box” experiences that once started I’ve never looked back. The teacher in today’s video has stepped outside […]

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An Amazingly Fun Sensory Toy You’re Gonna Want!

I love all of the sensory options out there these days!  I have actually spent time helping our staff make our own homemade sensory toys like sensory bottles made from water bottles with corn syrup and glitter inside.  Every now and then I run across a sensory item that is so cool, that buying it makes sense.  I want to share with you today something that one of my teachers […]

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An Amazing Core Vocabulary Board You Don’t Want to Miss!!!

Sometimes there is an idea that comes along that makes something that is already wonderful even more amazing! A few years ago a group of us visited a classroom in Bloomington, IN where we saw in action the outcome of the collaboration between students from Indiana University and a special education classroom in an elementary school. The goal was to make communication a priority in a life skills classroom. We […]

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A Resource of Graphic Organizers to Teach Language!

There are so many language concepts that our students with disabilities need to know!!! It’s not always easy finding a resource that helps to actually visually teach those concepts in a way that students can understand. Just when I think that probably everyone knows about a resource, I find out that that’s not true. Several times this year I asked an educator if they had seen/heard of this resource and […]

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An All–In-One Visual Notebook for Children with Special Needs!

Where the heck is that visual when you need it?? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Just when you could use the visual schedule….it’s back in the room or you wish you had a visual 2+2 with you at just the right moment, but you don’t. Well I can tell you that if you can relate to anything I just mentioned, you are in for a treat. One of […]

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How to Instantly Let Your Assistants Know What to Do with Behaviors!

One of the biggest challenges we face every year is getting our instructional assistants( IAs) trained in helping teachers in the classroom. It is not unusual if staff is hired for our special education classrooms who have never worked with students who have special needs. They may have a huge heart for children, but they just don’t have a background in what to do when behaviors occur. Often the classroom […]

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How to Get Your Students with Special Needs a Friend in About a Minute!

I love scrolling down my Facebook page, because my friends post some of the most interesting things! Sometimes I laugh out loud, sometimes I smile and sometimes I get emotional at the posts. Recently I saw this one and it struck a note with me…. in a great way. We’ve been focusing on Social/Emotional health in our school district. Do you know the top reason that students are bullied? It’s […]

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