Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

Here’s the Perfect Strategy for The Child Who Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

Don’t you just love it when you find a strategy that works Almost every time you use it? I have found that to be true with many of the evidence based practices like when I use a work system or when I use the token board or the First/Then strategy. It dawned on me this week that I’ve been using a GREAT strategy for those students with ODD that I […]

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Are You Looking for A Social Skills App for Older Students With Special Needs?

Do you get as frustrated as I do at times when you are looking for an app for older students and can’t find much? I love the variety of apps I can get for our younger students. There must me hundreds of apps for learning the ABCs, counting, matching, stories for young children etc, etc, etc, but when I’m looking for something for our older students it’s been difficult to […]

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Body Sock + Me = Sensory Fun!

I’ve been helping teachers find a variety of sensory solutions for their students on the autism spectrum for years. I’ve recommended things like jars with interesting smells, play tables with sand, water and pasta, weighted vests and trampolines. All of these things and more, yet until just recently I had never actually seen one sensory item that has tons of sensory benefits….the body sock. I had never actually seen one […]

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Do You Know About Paper Fortune Tellers and How They Can Help Your Students?

It’s a bit grey outside from where I sit and it’s this time of year that students can use a boost, something novel to help motivate them to keep going. Quite frankly, I like fun and creative things too!!! If you are looking for a creative idea to practice language concepts, math facts or reading vocabulary, you need to check out this week’s video. See what you think of Mr […]

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Check Out This Visual/Auditory iPad App For School Schedules!

Do you have a student who would rather eat Velcro than use it for a daily schedule? Or perhaps you have students who have physical limitations that make it difficult or even impossible to pull a picture icon off a schedule board? Maybe, on the other hand, you have a student who is enthralled with electronics and will do anything for you that involves an iPad. If you said yes to […]

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Have You Ever Seen A Pop-Up Reinforcer For Children With Special Needs?

Let’s face it! We all need reinforcers from time to time to keep us going, right??? We all like things from a break and a cup of coffee to a vacation in a tropical paradise. Well, we’re adults with life experiences, an education and fully formed brains. If we need a reinforcer, our children with special needs REALLY need them.   Especially if we want them to learn something new and […]

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Have You Seen The Potty Show App?

Sometimes having a break in the usual schedule is a great time to work more intensively on some things like potty training. The app, The Potty Show, allows you to highlight all the parts of this experience. Pair this visual with the book, The Potty Journey by Judith A. Coucouvanis, that I featured several weeks ago and you’ve got some tools to use that are both fun and practical. Take […]

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Do You Have a Dream that Your Child with Special Needs Can Live Independently? You’ve Got to See This!

I remind our teachers every chance I get to think of their student at age 25. Where will he/she be? At home on their parent’s sofa playing video games or living independently with a desirable paying job? This question helps teachers and other staff to reconsider things like letting undesirable behaviors continue, helping students too much with basic living skills, not pushing hard enough for functional academics, not insisting on […]

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Do You Have Parents Who Need an App for a Night Time Routine? Check This Out!

There are times when low tech is the best way to go for children with special needs. Then there are those situations where using the technology you have, is the perfect way to go. This is one of those times. I know I have often tried to get families to put together a visual schedule for the family routine, but like many things for parents of a child with a […]

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Do You Know the Three Keys to Keeping Parents Happy?

Are you avoiding a parent or two because they are angry or hard to handle? If so you are just making things harder on yourself! Did you know it’s actually more work and more stress to avoid a parent or to be reactive to a problem with a student than it is to actually take care of it!!! In today’s video, I’ve got three tips for you to stay squarely […]

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