Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

Think About Using the 2+2 Strategy with Your Students Who Are Oppositional!

It’s that time of year when you are exhausted and need all of the tools you can find to get you through! If you have a student who is oppositional, you may want to pull out that 2+2 strategy I’ve taught you before! I find that even though I’ve shared strategies with staff, they sometimes forget that they need to run through their tool options when new situations arise with […]

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Three Cute DIY Materials for Students in the Special Education Classroom!

I am often amazed at how some people can turn what I would call trash, disposable or unwanted materials into cute, clever, useful and fun activities for students. This is what happened when I recently had one of our assistants show me some of the things she had made for students. She showed me activity after activity and one was just as imaginative as the next!!! Today I’m showing you […]

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Sensory and Learning Fun With Fake Snowballs!

Children love surprises and novelty. What better way to bring this to your instruction than with something that is seasonal, fun and has multiple applications.   When we recently had a professional development meeting with the district SLPs, one of the agenda items was for every person on the team to bring something to share. One of our SLPs brought this huge plastic container filled with fake snowballs that he uses […]

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Anxiety Reducing App You Can Get for Free!

We often do calming procedures for our students that involve visual supports. If we’re using a 5 point scale with a student, we typically start the visual calming procedure when the student gets to a “3”. When I found this calming app, I started thinking about how this could be used in a calming procedure and tap into the wonderful deep breathing that helps to calm not only students, but […]

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You’ve Got to See What a Buddha Board Can Do for Your Students with Special Needs!

I had never even heard of a Buddha Board until about 2 weeks ago and now I’m obsessed! This thing is so simple, yet so useful for so many reasons. When you are working with students who need some sensory outlet or something that can help give students (or teachers for that matter) a little emotional support, you need to find tools that can help! Look no further. The Buddha […]

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Do You have a Student or Adult Who Can’t Tie Their Shoes?

We all know someone who either can’t quite tie their shoes or who have trouble keeping them tied throughout the day. Once I started getting information about a product that could help keep shoes tied, I had to order some for myself to see. These come in all kinds of colors or just a single color and they are easy to put on your shoes. They stretch, so it’s easy […]

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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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Do You Know About The Science of Making Friends?

Parents need something to DO when it comes to social skills for their kids who have social deficits. They know they need to do something, they just don’t sometimes know exactly how they can help. Often parents become somewhat accepting of the social deficits of their children because it has become the norm of how their child communicates. For this reason it is a good reminder that what is acceptable […]

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Are You Looking for Age Appropriate Chewie Options for Older Students with Special Needs?

We all know that student in middle school or high school that still needs something to meet the need for oral stimulation. Unfortunately, chewing on something is often perceived as an immature behavior if the thing that is being chewed is something that is not socially acceptable, like clothing. I have several parents who go through clothing at a much faster rate than usual because their child stretches, puts holes […]

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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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