Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

Make Sure Your Room Structure Works for You, Not Against You!

If you take a look at your classroom or teaching space, what does it communicate?  Does the structure make it clear what is expectedfrom your students?  If not, you might want to rethink how your room is set up.   I can’t tell you how many times I go into a classroom that communicates that students can do things that the teacher really doesn’t want to happen,like students running around, spending […]

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A Wonderful Free App to Help Students Self-Regulate!

Hello!!!  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer, but it’s great to be back working on new material for Behavior Communicates! You can see from the video that I’m off the scooter!  What you can’t see is that I’m still in an air cast, but only for a few more days!  Hurray!  Done and Done! The quick demonstration you are about to see is just a taste of what this app can […]

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Did You Know That an APP Can Help You Find a Bathroom ASAP?

Yes, there is an app for that!  I don’t know why I was surprised when I saw a segment on the news about apps that could help you find a bathroom, but I was.  Since I have been highlighting toileting ideas for this summer, I thought this information would fit right in with helping families get to where they need to go! Take a look! I really liked that both […]

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MORE FUN FIDGETS for Your Students with Special Needs!

I ALWAYS love to see what’s new on the market in the fidget category!  Truth be known, many adults without special needs could benefit from some of the fun fidgets out there to help relieve the everyday stress at work! Take a look at a couple more fun fidgets that I found on Amazon.com! Hope your year is ending with great successes and the feeling of a job well done! […]

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A Must See Fidget called Squigz!

There is only a few weeks left to the school year and trust me, everyone is hanging in there just trying to get to the finish line!!!  This is the perfect time of year to introduce something new into the sensory box in your room. This something is called Squigz.  FUN name and perfect for this set of sensory fun.  Keep in mind that it is also just the coolest item […]

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Are You Looking for a Delightful, Effective and FREE Timer for Young Children?

For some reason it is reallyhelpful for students to see the passage of time, especially when you want them to do something they don’t particularly want to do.  Many of our students with special needs have difficulty understanding the passage of time.  What is actually only 5 or 10 minutes for us can seem like an eternityto these students!!! Using a visual timer is a simple and effective way to […]

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Easy DATA Collection with a TWIST!

Data collection is a pain, let’s just get that out there.  It’s a necessary evil, but sometimes I find that teachers collect data only because they have to in order to be able to report progress every grading period. What if we would collect data and analyze it along the way?  If we take a look at what is working and what isn’t to adjust instruction, PLUS share the data, we […]

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Do You Need a Cooperative Game Rather Than A Competitive One?

How many times have you attempted to play a game with some of your students and it ended up in hurt feelings, or even aggressive behavior? Unfortunately, competitive games are sometimes very hard for students with special needs. Shoot, I even know students who don’t have special needs and they can be sore losers as well. Imagine my delight when I found out that there are games available that require […]

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The Best Resource for Teaching Sexuality and Personal Relationships to Students with Special Needs!

When you work with students who are at the secondary level in school, you can be sure that you will deal with a whole list of things that are related to the fact that they are maturing and struggling with hormones. Sometimes it’s as simple as teaching students the value of good personal hygiene and sometimes it’s dealing with how to handle a multitude of sexuality issues. Where can school […]

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The Top Ten Influence Factors for Student Achievement

When I first heard of these top ten influence factors for student achievement, I was actually surprised at which ones rated the highest and which ones I would have rated higher. I was also surprised at which ones were rated the lowest especially just how low student mobility was rated. I would have thought that our transient students would be at a higher risk for negative influence on student achievement […]

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