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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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Intense Language Intervention for Children with Special Needs!

Are you looking for an intervention for language development that won’t cost you a thing? This is basic, yet brilliant and something that many people don’t even think about doing!!! In today’s video I will share a story with you that involves a language development strategy that I used at work and then tried at home with my infant daughter. If you try this, you may get some odd looks […]

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Do You Know What A Quick Social Response Is?

You and I have done these a million times in our lifetime but our kids on the autism spectrum often don’t have a clue how to handle this in everyday social situations. Not only have we somehow learned what to say and when to say it, but we often have several different options of a response depending upon the person we’re talking to and the situation. When things don’t come […]

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A Simple Fix for An Interesting Writing Problem!

Expect, Expect, Expect! I expect a lot from my students. I expect most of them to have a job someday and if some kind of behavior is annoying, not age appropriate or inappropriate at any age it will be unacceptable to an employer.  It’s almost never too early to stop negative, immature behaviors. Unfortunately we all tend, at times, to give our children with special needs a “pass” for things […]

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Read The Book, The Day The Crayons Quit, To Your Children With Special Needs!

I love children’s literature! The right story and the right illustrator can take you and your children on a journey of knowledge and magical adventures. Children’s literature is full of language concepts, vocabulary, interesting characters, fantasy, factual information and beautiful illustrations. The things all children need to be successful readers and successful in school. Did you know that the rule of thumb for preparing children for school is about 1,000 […]

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