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Do You Have An Amazing Informal Reading Assessment To Use?

Do You Have An Amazing Informal Reading Assessment To Use?

Too many times teachers are forced to pull information from here and there.  That takes time and often the information does not have any kind of scope and sequence or it’s just not comprehensive. Just bits and pieces. When you have a new student who’s a mystery as far as reading skills go, you want something at your fingertips to quickly figure out what is going on. Today I’m passing […]

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Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

As I travel around from school to school and speak to teachers and parents, one thing is clear.   They want their children to read.  There is no longer any mystery about what a child needs to learn to read.  The point of this week’s video is to make sure that both parents and teachers understand what five components make up the foundation of reading.  Sometimes figuring out about where the […]

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Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities? Try this!

Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities?  Try this!

Do you have a child who has a cognitive level of 18 months or lower or do you have child who may be higher functioning but you just can’t quite identify what he/she likes?   For students like this, you must be able to identify what is reinforcing to the child before you can begin to build a functional communication system. What is the cornerstone here? A multi-sensory approach!!!!  This approach […]

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Idioms

Idioms

Idioms are hard for our children on the spectrum and for our students whose native language is not English! I was recently working with a young lady who has autism and has great difficulty with idioms. It was hard for me to use idioms with her because she would just look at me and not know what to say!!! I started teaching her what to say quickly when an idiom […]

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Check Out This Math App For The Reluctant Math Student!!!

Check Out This Math App For The Reluctant Math Student!!!

Are you looking for something that can catch the interest of your child who doesn’t like to do math?  You’ve got to see this app!  Thanks Kristie Lofland! Sometimes apps are like a magical tool that can actually make the difference between success and failure. Check out the video! How about that?  Talk about wanting to do problems longer and more often.  I think this app could do it! Just […]

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Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication? Make A Gesture Book!

 Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication?  Make A Gesture Book!

You’ve heard the expression, “Necessity is the mother of Invention”.  That’s exactly what happened here when I needed SOMETHING to help my student who was non-verbal. He used a voice output device, but as much as I love and respect the powerful role these devices play in providing a communication system for children and adults, there are limitations.  They must always be handy and it does take a few moments […]

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Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs!

Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs!

What’s The Point?  Find Out Who Dared To Ask This Question About Educating A Child With Special Needs! If you live or work with a child who has special needs, there are some “safe zones” where everyone in your world understands. Your zone people “get it” and you work together for the good of your child/student.  You don’t have to explain yourself, there’s sympathy about how hard it is. There […]

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How Do You React When Your Child Has A Meltdown?

Do you get angry?  Do you give in?  Do you just stand there like a deer in headlights?  Did anyone actually teach you what to do when this happens?   Maybe yes, maybe no.  Well if you didn’t learn this in college, during your student teaching experience or during some kind of on-the-job-training, then you need to learn about it now!  Remember, “Behavior Communicates” and this behavior is clearly the only […]

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7 Things You Can Do To Help Students Who Suffer From Selective Mutism!

7 Things You Can Do To Help Students Who Suffer From Selective Mutism!

Do you know a child who can talk but won’t at school or other social situations? If this is not the result of another communication disorder and it’s lasted more than a month, you may have a child who suffers from an anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism. Children with the disorder don’t talk in situations where they perceive it to be stressful. This can be a stressful situation for teachers and […]

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Looking for a Simple Reading Decoding Strategy That Works?

Looking for a Simple Reading Decoding Strategy That Works?

Have you ever just wanted something that you could use to help make it easier for your students/child to remember how to decode the symbols you just taught them? Check out Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading!!! It’s not a program and it doesn’t teach the rules of decoding like (/i/before /e/ except after /c/) but it makes remembering what sounds go with what symbols easier. The 44 signs are taught […]

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