Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

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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A Little Strategy to Get Students with Special Needs Working!

I took a course a few years back on how to work with children who had behavior issues and it really stuck with me for several reasons. Basically, I thought the ideas on how to get the attention of some students were brilliant. One of the ideas was that if a student was being the class clown, the teacher’s plan was to temporarily send him/her next door where the students […]

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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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