Archive for the ‘Social Skills’ Category

More FREE Visuals for Writing Sentences, Yoga, Behavior and MORE!

Last week I showed you some really nice visuals for older students and this week I wanted to show you some awesome visuals for younger students. They are both from the same website and are often updated with NEW FREE visuals! Take a look! This week I was consulting with my daughter, Sarah’s architect and design firm on a sensory room for a Chicago high school. Her company has been […]

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Some FREE Visual Supports for Older Students with Special Needs!

If you are like me, it’s a rare thing to come across materials, apps, visuals for older students. It can be frustrating because then you are forced to come up with your own stuff, modify things you find for general education or resort to using pictures that look babyish….which by the way, I HATE. In the visuals you are about to see, I would even change the personal space pictures […]

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Do You Know the Ten Questions to Ask to Get an ACE Trauma Score?

Since right before Winter Break, my school has been taking a new approach with our students who have behavior issues. One of the things we’ve begun to consider is how trauma is possibly affecting the behaviors we’re seeing. Our behavior specialist has offered us some key insights into the affects of trauma. She introduced our staff to the ACE questionnaire. You will hear all about that in today’s video! Take […]

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A Clever Visual Support That Teaches Social Turn Taking!

Social skills have been well documented as one of the most important things we can give our students if they are to make and keep friendships and if they are to get and maintain a job, yet it remains a huge challenge to our students/children. You probably already have guessed that I’m going to promote going visual to help this process along! Our students, especially those on the autism spectrum, […]

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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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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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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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