Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

Have You Seen the FriendMaker app for Teens?

Happy New Year!   It’s great to be back with a whole new series of videos and new products for 2017!!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and restful break. Jerry and I hosted family and friends for the past two weeks and it was both wonderful and inspiring! To start the new year, I thought you might enjoy a video of something that is always on our […]

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Have You Seen This FREE Token Board App?

Have you ever needed a star chart, like, NOW? If you have a smart phone or an iPad, you can have a token board to hand out reinforcements in an instant. It’s kind of like a portable/instant visual support that can always be at your fingertips. Take a look! I know you are busy just like I am as we finish the last days of school before winter break. That’s […]

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A NEW App that Will Have Your Student’s Talking!

I know you may be using video modeling among your strategies to help shine the light on how you want your students to behave, but what about an app that can use your own pictures of pets or pictures of your own students who communicate in the app? This app will allow your students to see a picture of themselves talking!!!! This is kind of like video modeling for communication! […]

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Consider Putting Idioms in Your Quick Social Responses!

The research on barriers for reading comprehension for students on the autism spectrum indicates that a lack of the ability to understand idioms in context is one key culprit. This actually makes sense to me. When understanding figurative language is a common weakness for these students, why would anyone expect that this wouldn’t interfere with what the student is reading? Books are full of idioms, more than I actually thought. […]

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Do You Know About the 90 Second Pause?

When you are dealing with students who have behavior issues, you need all of the tools in your toolbox that you can get. Sometimes you need to use the 2+2, sometimes you need work systems, sometimes you do a planned ignore. No matter how many times your tried and true strategies work, there is always that one student who empties your toolbox. You find yourself running to the nearest Internet […]

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How The Freshman Project Can Help College Bound Students with Special Needs!

We don’t often have the opportunity to hear about or discuss the challenges that face our young adult children with special needs who have been successful in their educational path to college.   You know there is a hidden curriculum when it comes to navigating social situations that include figuring out what is and is not expected and what is and is not acceptable in the classroom/school setting. If this is […]

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A Great Tool For SLPs to Use in Articulation Therapy!

I’ve been looking to find some things specifically for SLPs because I so often share ideas that are often more appropriate for special education teachers. I saw today’s tool in a video done by a fellow SLP who goes by the name Peachie Speechie. It’s not only great for when you want to do some mirror work, but it’s also a great tool for parents and nurses!!! I actually ordered […]

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Have You Seen the APP, “What’s in the Bag?”

I have done activities during speech therapy sessions where I brought a bag with all kinds of things inside. I’d put things in like animals, vehicles, action figures, fake food etc. Then I would describe something in the bag and have the student try to guess. This activity was usually a big hit, lots of fun and I got the students to practice answering wh questions, describe objects and use […]

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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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