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One More Set of DIY Ideas Before the End of the School Year!

You know I love ideas that make it possible for teachers to have materials even if there is little or no budget for that kind of thing. I snagged three more ideas that you could easily make for your classroom that were once again done by our crafty IA, Sherry. Take a look! I would LOVE to hear about your DIY projects/pictures too! Please send them in and I can […]

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Are You Someone’s Hero?

In my job as an educator I have vowed to never judge the parents of a child with special needs. Why? Because I could never be sure that in each situation they face, that I could do any better than they are doing. It would be easy to judge given my background and experience in special education, yet I do not. Instead I try to understand what they are facing […]

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A Peek Inside Scripting with Idioms: The Perfect Solution for Students with Autism

The one thing I hate about ordering things online is that I don’t get to see exactly what I’m ordering. If I’m in a bookstore, I have the chance to really look inside a book to see if it’s what I’ve been looking for. Amazon books is nice enough to offer you a tiny, tiny peek inside their books, but it’s often basically the table of contents and not much […]

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Think About Using the 2+2 Strategy with Your Students Who Are Oppositional!

It’s that time of year when you are exhausted and need all of the tools you can find to get you through! If you have a student who is oppositional, you may want to pull out that 2+2 strategy I’ve taught you before! I find that even though I’ve shared strategies with staff, they sometimes forget that they need to run through their tool options when new situations arise with […]

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A Social Skills App that Allows Students to Play This Famous Game!

Who doesn’t enjoy playing a game? When you can make learning fun and turn something difficult into something that involves scoring points, you just might get your students’ attention. Our SLPA shared this gem at a recent day of Professional Development for our SLP team. If you like the game of Jeopardy, you will enjoy this app! This app can be another tool in your toolbox for social skills activities! […]

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Sensory and Learning Fun With Fake Snowballs!

Children love surprises and novelty. What better way to bring this to your instruction than with something that is seasonal, fun and has multiple applications.   When we recently had a professional development meeting with the district SLPs, one of the agenda items was for every person on the team to bring something to share. One of our SLPs brought this huge plastic container filled with fake snowballs that he uses […]

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Anxiety Reducing App You Can Get for Free!

We often do calming procedures for our students that involve visual supports. If we’re using a 5 point scale with a student, we typically start the visual calming procedure when the student gets to a “3”. When I found this calming app, I started thinking about how this could be used in a calming procedure and tap into the wonderful deep breathing that helps to calm not only students, but […]

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Expanding Expression Tool! Something Extra In Your Inbox Today!

Hey there! I’ll bet you were not expecting anything from me in your Friday inbox, but I couldn’t wait to tell you the news! I am able to offer you a discount on a very, very effective tool for writing! Take a look! I hope today finds you well and still excited about making a difference in the world! You take care and I’ll see you Tuesday!! Carla

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You’ve Got to See What a Buddha Board Can Do for Your Students with Special Needs!

I had never even heard of a Buddha Board until about 2 weeks ago and now I’m obsessed! This thing is so simple, yet so useful for so many reasons. When you are working with students who need some sensory outlet or something that can help give students (or teachers for that matter) a little emotional support, you need to find tools that can help! Look no further. The Buddha […]

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Do You have a Student or Adult Who Can’t Tie Their Shoes?

We all know someone who either can’t quite tie their shoes or who have trouble keeping them tied throughout the day. Once I started getting information about a product that could help keep shoes tied, I had to order some for myself to see. These come in all kinds of colors or just a single color and they are easy to put on your shoes. They stretch, so it’s easy […]

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