Archive for the ‘Social Skills’ Category

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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Have You Ever Seen A Bike Without Pedals for Children With Special Needs?

A colleague of mine recently won a grant for a Strider Bike. I had never heard of a bike that had no gears or movable pedals. In fact, quite frankly I was wondering why anyone would want one. In my mind, I was thinking ….what’s the point? I not only got see the bike, but my friend has allowed me to do a video on it so I could share […]

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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 Book Called RED and How It’s Perfect for Kids with Special Needs!

Have you ever had that student who didn’t quite fit in, but you wanted so desperately for that to happen? Then, one day, you discover that this very student has some unique or gifted qualities and BOOM! The value to others is realized and this little person gets to experience acceptance, pride, confidence and a place to belong. You’ll find a story like that in this delightful book, Red. Take […]

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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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Have You Heard About the Concept of a Hidden Curriculum?

First of all do you know what a “hidden curriculum” is? I was introduced to this concept several years ago and I find myself telling staff about it on a regular basis. So I thought I’d share this with you….just in case you didn’t know! 🙂 I’ve got a couple of things to share with you today: An explanation and examples of what a hidden curriculum is A couple of […]

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Do You Know What T.H.I.N.K. Stands For As A Social Media Guide?

You know that some of our children with special needs get on the computer and post things just like their peers. Is anyone guiding those postings? Has anyone pointed out the pit falls, the potential negative consequences of reckless posting of information? These are questions that we, the parents and educators, must address to protect not only our children, but other children from things like bullying. In today’s video, I’m […]

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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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An APP That Is So Cool for Teens To Practice Typical Social Conversations!!!

  Do you have a teen who just doesn’t know how to have a conversation with someone? Don’t you wonder how they got this far without SOMEONE teaching them something simple like basic social skills with peers??? I wonder that each and every time I discover a student who is in middle school or high school, but doesn’t have a clue how to have a conversation about something as simple […]

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Are You Looking for A Social Skills App for Older Students With Special Needs?

Do you get as frustrated as I do at times when you are looking for an app for older students and can’t find much? I love the variety of apps I can get for our younger students. There must me hundreds of apps for learning the ABCs, counting, matching, stories for young children etc, etc, etc, but when I’m looking for something for our older students it’s been difficult to […]

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