Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

A Great Solution to Preventing Skin Scratching for Students with Special Needs.

You know and I know every year you will be charged with teaching a student who brings unique challenges well before you can even get to reading, writing and math. Sometimes those challenges are medical issues that you have very little control over and that can be so frustrating!!!! If we can’t change the situation we can at least try to manage it. In today’s video I am sharing a […]

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A Clever Visual Support That Teaches Social Turn Taking!

Social skills have been well documented as one of the most important things we can give our students if they are to make and keep friendships and if they are to get and maintain a job, yet it remains a huge challenge to our students/children. You probably already have guessed that I’m going to promote going visual to help this process along! Our students, especially those on the autism spectrum, […]

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How You Can Use A Super Hero Prop to Stop Impulsive Grabbing!

Do you have an impulsive grabber in your classroom, among your young clients or in your household? These kiddos are not thinking when they see something or someone they want to touch. They see it, they grab it. The question today is, how can we stop that or at least slow it down? Several years ago I had a middle school student who liked to grab staff in frustration or […]

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Are Sensory Issues Causing Your Child With Special Needs to Strip Off Clothing?

For whatever reason, every now and then we will get a student who just cannot deal with a sensory issue surrounding clothing. I’ve had a pre-school age student who would not keep a diaper on so the parents would send her to school in a dress with nothing underneath!!! We just can’t do that at school so we worked to desensitize her to wearing diapers. I had another student who […]

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The Five Whys Strategy That Gets You to the Root of the Problem!

How many times have you and I asked a question….gotten an answer and then started coming up with strategies to solve the problem that we think we understand??? More than I can count, I am sure.   There’s power in asking questions, but there is more power in asking the right questions!!!  “If you don’t ask the right questions, you don’t get the right answers. A question asked in the right […]

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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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How to Give Control and Keep Control of Choices for Your Students with ODD!

Do you have a student who is so oppositional that he/she won’t accept any choice you suggest? That’s typical of a student with ODD. Control is what this student is after so how do you give a child control over a choice yet maintain some control yourself? It’s called “weighted choices”. Take a look at this week’s video! You can say things like, would you like to take your medicine […]

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Use That Simple Tool You Already Have for a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

I have people ask me on a regular basis what they can do for a child with oppositional defiant disorder. There are many things that you can try, but I wanted to point out today that there is one thing that you are probably already using that just might come in handy for your child with ODD. Take a look! You can have First/Then preprinted or you can quickly write […]

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Do You Know What A Quick Social Response Is?

You and I have done these a million times in our lifetime but our kids on the autism spectrum often don’t have a clue how to handle this in everyday social situations. Not only have we somehow learned what to say and when to say it, but we often have several different options of a response depending upon the person we’re talking to and the situation. When things don’t come […]

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A Simple Fix for An Interesting Writing Problem!

Expect, Expect, Expect! I expect a lot from my students. I expect most of them to have a job someday and if some kind of behavior is annoying, not age appropriate or inappropriate at any age it will be unacceptable to an employer.  It’s almost never too early to stop negative, immature behaviors. Unfortunately we all tend, at times, to give our children with special needs a “pass” for things […]

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