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Have You Seen the APP, “What’s in the Bag?”

I have done activities during speech therapy sessions where I brought a bag with all kinds of things inside. I’d put things in like animals, vehicles, action figures, fake food etc. Then I would describe something in the bag and have the student try to guess. This activity was usually a big hit, lots of fun and I got the students to practice answering wh questions, describe objects and use […]

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A Visual Support on a Clock that Works Wonders for Executive Function!

Do you know that there are brilliant adults out in the workforce who actually pay assistants to help with daily activities that involve executive function? These people pay others to help them select what to wear, get them meals, help with personal hygiene, arrange for transportation and get them to work on time. The “employer” in these cases have only one basic job and that is to totally focus on […]

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Are You Taking this Vital Data for Your Non-Verbal/Low Verbal Students Right Now?

Data, Data, Data I let data do the talking. I like data to be the bad guy if there needs to be a bad guy. I use data to be the good guy too! Let me give you a couple of examples. We had a situation where one student was coming to school and literally sleeping for two hours a day several times a month. We all know that school […]

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Finally an Affordable App that Turns Your iPad into a Voice Output Device!

Before we could use the iPad as a Voice Output Device (VOD), communication devices could cost thousands of dollars. They were big, clunky and sometimes hard to program. The iPad has changed all of that for the better! Likewise the first apps for communication that made use of the Core Vocabulary concept were really quite expensive, but now there are even more affordable options. I’m highlighting that option here. Take […]

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Who Knew Sensory Tubs Could Be Creative and So Inexpensive!!!

Here we are about to start a new school year!!! I love this time of year because it’s full of promise and possibilities!! One idea that can help make the new school year exciting and successful is a fun and inexpensive idea for the sensory room or for the classroom to meet some of those sensory needs! There is always someone out there doing something creative yet simple. So simple […]

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Is This the Language You Use for Students with Special Needs?

We’ve come a long way from the days of using language to describe people with special needs that would make all of us cringe.   Today if you or I would hear the following words, we would be appalled: retarded imbecile educable deaf and dumb, cripple deformed epileptic feeble-minded freak gimp hare lip idiot lunatic midget mongoloid moron schizo Although I have not heard people in recent years use these outdated […]

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An Inexpensive Sensory Option Made with Sponges, Scissors and Hair Scrunchies!

Don’t you just LOVE Pinterest? That is where one of our staff members found today’s idea that I really wanted to share with you! Sensory materials do not have to be expensive and out of reach. I love sharing these kinds of ideas because not every business, home or school can afford tons of sensory options to offer students or clients. Students can help make these! Take a look! As […]

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Are You Looking for Age Appropriate Chewie Options for Older Students with Special Needs?

We all know that student in middle school or high school that still needs something to meet the need for oral stimulation. Unfortunately, chewing on something is often perceived as an immature behavior if the thing that is being chewed is something that is not socially acceptable, like clothing. I have several parents who go through clothing at a much faster rate than usual because their child stretches, puts holes […]

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Did You Know that Super Heroes Can Help with Potty Training?

I learned a long time ago that if I used a child’s interests, I just might tap into a magical motivation to get students to learn much faster than they typically would. I’ve used Disney characters to inspire a student to do math, I’ve used Legos to improve behavior, and I’ve used Buzz Light Year to prompt communication exchanges. Recently I’ve involved super heroes in my quest for improved behaviors. […]

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