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Math Help for Your Students with Special Needs: If You Haven’t Heard About Math TV, You’re Missing Out!

How often do you get to choose who teaches you math?  Never…..but wait, you can now!!! A friend of mine passed this information on to me a couple of years ago and I thought it was awesome!  I had several math teachers who somehow missed out on teaching some important math concepts.  I would have LOVED to use this tool when I didn’t understand a concept! Parents….now you have several […]

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How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps? Chaining!

How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps?  Chaining!

It’s November already!  Seriously, didn’t school just start? Now is the time of year that you have a pretty good idea about who your students are and what they need from you if you are a teacher. If you are a parent, the craziness of getting back in school and getting a couple of holidays out of the way is over so maybe you have a moment to regroup. Now […]

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Three Apps That Make Beginning Academics Easy for Children with Special Needs.

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of long lists of apps to look at for various categories.  It all takes so much time to look through and see what an app actually does! I want someone to screen them for me and show me only the good ones!!! Forget the lists! Just Show Me the app already!!! That’s exactly what I’m going to for you today.  I […]

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Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Are you looking for a bright spot in your everyday challenges with your child?  What parent isn’t? Sometimes those bright spots are too few and far between! On today’s episode of Behavior Communicates, I have two guests who are helping to pioneer new thoughts, and yes, new hope for what possibilities can be in store for you! Instead of waiting and wondering what will happen to your child when you […]

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Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children? Errorless Learning is it!

Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children?  Errorless Learning is it!

Errorless means you can’t get it wrong! Donating to a worthy cause is kind of an errorless act.  You can’t get it wrong if you participate in an event that can save lives! I just got back from attending Zeta Tau Alpha’s Big Man On Campus (BMOC) fund- raiser for breast cancer awareness!  What did I learn?  The men at Indiana University are talented, funny and caring!  The ladies at […]

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Special Needs: How to Knock Out Amazing Communication Goals and What to Avoid!

Special Needs:  How to Knock Out Amazing Communication Goals and What to Avoid!

Answer this question for yourself.  Are any of the following situations true for you? As an SLP, you feel like you keep writing the same goals over and over again because your student never achieves your goals. rivemar.com/_vti_etc/ As a parent, you feel like you see the same goals over and over again, year after year, and wonder if your child is actually making progress. As an SLP, you receive […]

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The Best Three Language Apps Ever for Students with Special Needs!

Is summer really coming to an end? Where did it go??? I’ve been to New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Columbus, plus I planned a wedding shower/luncheon and completed 44 hours of extended school year services for a couple of amazing kids! Whew! Apps can be so cool when it comes to….well many things! One thing I love to do is to find ways to engage students in their learning. […]

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What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

I don’t know about you but school is back in session for me!!!! Our special education cooperative is now on a balanced calendar which means we started back to school at the end of July!!! The promise of a great new school year has begun and with this new beginning, it’s time to get things set up so that your students start off in a positive way! So what evidence-based […]

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A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness! School is starting soon for many and has already started for some!  It’s time to start thinking about those new teachers, that new building and those new friends! You want your child or student with autism to have a great start, so how can you help ensure this happens?   Two words.  Peer Awareness!!! What is Peer Awareness?  It’s […]

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Four Free Must Have iPad apps for Students with Severe Disabilities

Four Free Must Have iPad apps for Students with Severe Disabilities

What is the one thing that our children with severe disabilities lose early on that we need to help them get back? Cause and Effect! I’m not talking about cause and effect that a child can get if they scream and then get what they want. I’m talking about the kind of cause and effect that we can shape into communication. Parents and educators have to help these children with […]

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