Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

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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To All SLPs, Do You Have This APP in Your Therapy Bag?

One of my least favorite thing to do when I was working as an SLP was to search for words, phrase, and sentences that contained my students’ target sounds in any and all positions that I needed it. I ended up spending money on little card decks that got boring after awhile and then I’d need another source for ideas to help me with articulation therapy.   Sometimes I would just […]

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Are You Taking this Vital Data for Your Non-Verbal/Low Verbal Students Right Now?

Data, Data, Data I let data do the talking. I like data to be the bad guy if there needs to be a bad guy. I use data to be the good guy too! Let me give you a couple of examples. We had a situation where one student was coming to school and literally sleeping for two hours a day several times a month. We all know that school […]

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Finally an Affordable App that Turns Your iPad into a Voice Output Device!

Before we could use the iPad as a Voice Output Device (VOD), communication devices could cost thousands of dollars. They were big, clunky and sometimes hard to program. The iPad has changed all of that for the better! Likewise the first apps for communication that made use of the Core Vocabulary concept were really quite expensive, but now there are even more affordable options. I’m highlighting that option here. Take […]

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Who Knew Sensory Tubs Could Be Creative and So Inexpensive!!!

Here we are about to start a new school year!!! I love this time of year because it’s full of promise and possibilities!! One idea that can help make the new school year exciting and successful is a fun and inexpensive idea for the sensory room or for the classroom to meet some of those sensory needs! There is always someone out there doing something creative yet simple. So simple […]

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