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Wanna Know How a Squishy Baff and a Handful of Orbeez Can Help You With Sensory?

Have I got two cool sensory ideas for you! Orbeez is the first product I recently stumbled upon that is so much fun! This is a great alternative to rice, pasta, and sand for your kiddos who love and need sensory! The box comes with several packages of little seed-like granules that puff up into perfect little orbs. You get purple, red and white packets.  Fun colors!  It’s best to […]

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Core Vocabulary: Communication Systems for Students with Special Needs

Core Vocabulary:  Communication systems for students with special needs What is Core Vocabulary?  It’s a small number of words that make up 70 to 90% of what we say everyday.   Instead of just labeling items that limits vocabulary to nouns, you can give your students a greater ability to communicate using pieces of grammar to actually formulate phrases and sentences. Communication is power and once a student understands how powerful […]

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The Sandwich Technique

The Sandwich Technique Hey there!  It’s Springtime and my tulips are popping up everywhere yet we just had a huge hail storm!!  What’s up with that?  Mixing a little positive with the negative is part of life.  That’s exactly what I want to communicate to you today. We’ve all had a situation where we’ve not been happy with someone yet we really didn’t want to derail the relationship.  What to […]

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Aspergers: Teaching a Social Skill Strategy for Students with Special Needs

Think it!  Don’t say it!   That’s the message we need to give to our students on the autism spectrum especially our kids with Asperger Syndrome.  We need to teach that just because they’re thinking something, that doesn’t mean they need to say it.  Another expression we often use with our students who have social skill issues is “on the mind, not out the mouth”. One way I like to get […]

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Brand Your Classroom!

Brand Your Classroom!   What are you talking about Carla?!!  I’m talking about doing your own Public Relations for your classroom.  I’m talking about creating or enhancing your own style and basically educating the people in your building and school district that it’s a NEW DAY in special education! Has anyone ever asked you the question, “What do you do down there in your room?” or have people said to […]

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The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection

The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection

  The Secret to Taking the Pain Out of Data Collection   In my experience teachers are either not taking the data they need to take because the task is too overwhelming or they’re taking too much data and aren’t making the most of the information they have.   Here’s the secret and this is what we tell our teachers.  Take data as often as you expect to see progress.  […]

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More Full Circle Cartooning Ideas!

More Full Circle Cartooning Ideas!   One blog post was just not enough examples of how Full Circle Cartooning can be used with students!  I am going to show you two more examples of how I used this tool.  I’m going to assume that you’ve watched the video on full circle Cartooning for Students with Violent Scripts so if you have not done that….. go to the Home page on […]

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Full Circle Cartooning Ideas for Students with Violent Scripts

Many of you have heard of Carol Grey’s Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations.   I have come up with a variation of the Comic Strip Conversation that I call Full Circle Cartooning.  I feel this is a visual opportunity for students to see what they are doing, what others are thinking, what they can do about it, and then positive outcomes because others have changed their perspective. I am a very […]

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EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!

EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!

EASY, EASY, EASY Grant for Indiana Special Education Teachers!     If you are an educator working with students with autism and you live in Central Indiana, take a look at this!  Answers for Autism is an organization dedicated to helping people who work with children on the autism spectrum.  They work hard in their fundraising efforts and have offered a simple way to make your needs/wants known to them.  […]

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The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Behavior

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Behavior

The top 5 things you need to know about behavior. There is always a function/reason for behavior.  When a student is displaying a behavior, you need to tap into the possible reasons causing the behavior.  Students initiate and continue behaviors because they are getting something out of it.  What they are getting falls into one or more of the categories listed below. Power and Control www.phillystudentsummit.com/listing/ Avoidance or Escape Attention […]

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