Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

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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How Can Drawing a House Support Writing Instruction?

Our kids need all the help they can get when it comes to learning to write! I’m not talking about writing content, I’m referring to teaching the formation of letters. Sometimes our students have trouble just getting a letter on paper that actually looks like a letter. It’s not easy to know where to put that “tail” for the /g/, /j/, /p/, /q/, and /y/ is it? Likewise trying to […]

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Have You Seen This Visual Strategy To Help Students See Long/Short Vowels?

Creative Visual Supports!!! Where were they when I was in school?! I have thought so many times how much some of these clever visual supports would have made things easier when I was in school!!! Even though I did not struggle in school, I can’t help but wonder what a difference it would have made for me to be able to process things visually instead of verbally. I can only […]

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Check Out Full Circle Cartooning for Social Understanding!

I can’t tell you how often I get a request from teachers to help students learn about how their behavior is affecting others and what they can do to change that behavior. There are several really good visual strategies out there to help students with social understanding,   I use what I think will work depending upon the child and the circumstances. One of my favorite tools is doing what I […]

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Check Out This Simple APP for the Next Dollar Up Strategy!

Simple, Simple, Simple and effective are the four things that I like most about the App I’m highlighting this week. The next dollar up strategy has been around for years and years, but the thought of having a fun, visually delightful, easy app to reinforce this strategy is just too wonderful not to share. I have to say that many of you must have the same criteria as I do […]

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A Practical “Visual–Mental Math” strategy for your Child with Special Needs!

I think you know by now that I like strategies that work and if they are simple….all the better!  I know from experience, if something is too complicated, staff is so busy and stressed out these days that to try and learn one more thing or to try and incorporate one more strategy sometimes is simply just too much to ask!!! Am I right??? With that said, when I saw […]

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Do You Know the Secret To Effectively Train Your Classroom Assistants?

Wouldn’t it be nice if every child in a special education classroom could get direct instruction from the classroom teacher all day long? Yes, it would be amazing! Not because we don’t value our classroom assistants, but because the classroom teacher has gone through college level instruction, student teaching under the guidance of a certified teacher, in addition to teaching experiences and continuing professional development opportunities. Teachers in special education […]

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How To Know When To Push The Panic Button With A Late Talker!

As you may imagine, I get lots of questions via e-mail and on my You Tube channel about all kinds of things. Sometimes the questions are related to my weekly videos and sometimes the questions are simply about how to handle the challenges that parents/grandparents/teachers/other special education staff/administrators/business owners are going through at the moment. I enjoy helping you find solutions to difficult situations. Why? Because that means I helped […]

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