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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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How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

What is a Quick Social Response? This is what I call the skill that our kids need when someone makes a comment during social interactions. Too often our kids with poor social skills don’t know what to say or don’t know that a response is expected, so they just stare at you or turn away without any kind of response at all. Does your child/student know that if someone says, […]

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5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk!

5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk! Do you find yourself telling your students over and over again to get started on a task, the page numbers of a reading assignment or reminders of what needs to go home in their book bags? Well, here’s a montra you need to memorize,”If you have to say it again and again, go visual!”  It will save you […]

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A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

One of my readers recently asked if I could do a video where I demonstrate several strategies, previously posted, in a real life situation.  So I decided to describe an actual situation that I consulted for at the very end of this school year. This young student was actually one of the most challenging students this school had ever seen, yet she turned out to be one of the easiest […]

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