Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

Don’t You Wish Your Child With Special Needs Could Tell You What’s Wrong?

It would be interesting to me to see just how many times a child without special needs communicates to a parent or teacher that something hurts, or there was an accident and they got injured, or they feel sick and need to lay down. That answer would give me some insight about just how many times a parent or teacher of a child with special needs cannot communicate this basic, […]

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Have You Seen How Art Embedded in Vocabulary Words Can Make Reading Easier?

When I’m trying to help students read, my goal is to make things as clear as possible. Kids respond to patterns, movement, visuals…basically a multisensory approach to help make things “sticky”. The Orton-Gillingham reading decoding strategy, Tucker Signing Strategies, Visualizing and Verbalizing from Lindamood Bell, SRA reading, Kansas Learning Strategies all help kids to make sense of reading and vocabulary. Great stuff! I’m always looking for more great stuff.   A […]

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Do You Know How To Do a “Plan B” for Solving Behavior Problems?

I couldn’t end my series of highlighting Dr. Ross Greene’s ideas from his book, Lost at School without showing you a quick overview on how to do a Plan B. Take a look!!! We’re seeing students stay in the classroom longer, making choices not to fight for the first place in line, choosing to go to a calm down area rather than becoming aggressive or destructive. Some successes come in […]

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See How a 3-D Snowman Can Help Develop Language Skills!

Have you ever noticed that when you do most anything in 3-D your kids pay more attention? I’ve brought children’s books alive with objects my students can see, touch, take, give, and manipulate. They pay attention!!! I can hold the attention of pre-school students with special needs for up to 30 minutes if I go 3-D and make whatever I’m doing interactive. Students of all ages are more engaged if […]

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A Visual Reading Decoding Strategy That Helps Children with Special Needs!

This week’s video is the third and final video on decoding. So many of our children are visual learners, so what better way of teaching decoding than to take much of the mystery out of attacking words!!! Once again I am using the resource, Recipe for Reading and sharing the last of the syllable patterns and the final three syllable types. Take a look!!! Keep in mind that if your […]

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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 Proven Wh Question Strategy for Students on the Autism Spectrum!

One of the issues students on the Autism Spectrum have is Communication, right? Receptive and Expressive language is HARD for our students. Wh Questions are part of those communication issues. Sometimes by the time a student gets to the end of the question, he/she has forgotten what it was that needed to be answered!!! Figuring out exactly what someone is asking can be problematic for our students and so it’s […]

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You Can Help Your Student’s Medical Team Understand More By Doing This!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teacher say…..”I wish I could talk to the doctor” when referring to the doctor of one of his/her students.   I’ve even had teachers and therapists go to the doctor WITH parents just to make sure that everything was properly reported to the doctor. In today’s video, I’ve got a FANTASTIC solution to get this job done without going to the […]

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Do You Know the Most Important Key to Getting Your Nonverbal Child to Talk?

When I work with children who are nonverbal and on the autism spectrum or who have a moderate or severe cognitive disorder…..Guess what the two main things are that parents want…. They want their child to have self help skills and COMMUNICATION SKILLS. That’s right. If you do nothing else for a child like this, these skills are GOLDEN. In today’s video, I discuss where to start with developing those […]

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The Anatomy of a Conversation for Children with Autism!

One of the first concepts of math involves understanding the number line and how it works. Right? It’s one of the foundation pieces of math that you just should not skip. It helps students visualize math and it helps the manipulation of math become easier to understand…..because there is a reference point. If you ask me, one of the first steps in teaching social skills is teaching a child that […]

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