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More FREE Visuals for Writing Sentences, Yoga, Behavior and MORE!

Last week I showed you some really nice visuals for older students and this week I wanted to show you some awesome visuals for younger students. They are both from the same website and are often updated with NEW FREE visuals! Take a look! This week I was consulting with my daughter, Sarah’s architect and design firm on a sensory room for a Chicago high school. Her company has been […]

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Some FREE Visual Supports for Older Students with Special Needs!

If you are like me, it’s a rare thing to come across materials, apps, visuals for older students. It can be frustrating because then you are forced to come up with your own stuff, modify things you find for general education or resort to using pictures that look babyish….which by the way, I HATE. In the visuals you are about to see, I would even change the personal space pictures […]

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Don’t You Wish Your Child With Special Needs Could Tell You What’s Wrong?

It would be interesting to me to see just how many times a child without special needs communicates to a parent or teacher that something hurts, or there was an accident and they got injured, or they feel sick and need to lay down. That answer would give me some insight about just how many times a parent or teacher of a child with special needs cannot communicate this basic, […]

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Have You Seen How Art Embedded in Vocabulary Words Can Make Reading Easier?

When I’m trying to help students read, my goal is to make things as clear as possible. Kids respond to patterns, movement, visuals…basically a multisensory approach to help make things “sticky”. The Orton-Gillingham reading decoding strategy, Tucker Signing Strategies, Visualizing and Verbalizing from Lindamood Bell, SRA reading, Kansas Learning Strategies all help kids to make sense of reading and vocabulary. Great stuff! I’m always looking for more great stuff.   A […]

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Do You Know How To Do a “Plan B” for Solving Behavior Problems?

I couldn’t end my series of highlighting Dr. Ross Greene’s ideas from his book, Lost at School without showing you a quick overview on how to do a Plan B. Take a look!!! We’re seeing students stay in the classroom longer, making choices not to fight for the first place in line, choosing to go to a calm down area rather than becoming aggressive or destructive. Some successes come in […]

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Which is More Important, Lagging Skills or Behaviors?

Now that you’ve been introduced to Dr. Ross Greene and one of his tools, the ALSUP, it would be important for you to learn how to use it! Remember, it’s not the behaviors we want to focus on, it’s the lagging skills that the child has not yet developed. The key to figuring out when the lagging skills occur is to discover the situations during your child’s day that the […]

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You Need to Know about Lagging Skills and How They Affect Student Behavior!

Have you ever read that one book or gone to that one conference that changed your whole thinking about something? It’s an educational epic moment when you sit and listen to someone speak and you feel as though they are hitting every belief you’ve had on a topic, yet somehow that person brings clarity to the subject to an extent that you wonder why you didn’t see it from the […]

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Can Flexible Seating Really Help Students to Stay on Task?

If you are willing to take a chance, a leap of faith…you might want to try a different approach to keep students on task. Try allowing your students to engage in flexible seating. Is it novelty or is it comfort? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way if it helps your students stay focused, does it really matter? Take a look! If you check out Pinterest you can find […]

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Do You Know the Ten Questions to Ask to Get an ACE Trauma Score?

Since right before Winter Break, my school has been taking a new approach with our students who have behavior issues. One of the things we’ve begun to consider is how trauma is possibly affecting the behaviors we’re seeing. Our behavior specialist has offered us some key insights into the affects of trauma. She introduced our staff to the ACE questionnaire. You will hear all about that in today’s video! Take […]

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Do You Treat Your Child with Special Needs Like a Child First?

Several years ago I was working with a young girl who needed homebound services because she was too medically fragile to attend school. I was both her speech/language therapist and her teacher. It was my job to teach her some communication skills and to stimulate her thinking and to explore what she was able to learn. Nearly everyday that I provided services, this little girl’s grandmother would watch me work. […]

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