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Do You Have a Dream that Your Child with Special Needs Can Live Independently? You’ve Got to See This!

I remind our teachers every chance I get to think of their student at age 25. Where will he/she be? At home on their parent’s sofa playing video games or living independently with a desirable paying job? This question helps teachers and other staff to reconsider things like letting undesirable behaviors continue, helping students too much with basic living skills, not pushing hard enough for functional academics, not insisting on […]

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Two Visual Supports for Halloween You’re Gonna Want!

Are you looking for a way to help your non-verbal child participate in trick or treating? Are you also looking for a way to help your child on the autism spectrum understand what is going on when people come dressed up to your house and ask for candy? If you are, you are in for a TREAT!! Check out this week’s video to see two visual supports for Halloween!!! Once […]

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Do You Have a Powerful Tool To Reduce Unexpected Behaviors in Your Child With Autism?

I have a family member on the autism spectrum, so I know what it’s like to be in a social situation where his unexpected behaviors cause awkward moments or even anger toward him at the very least.   I have also feared for my nephew’s safety at the other end of the gamut because his behaviors have been verbally aggressive toward others. I was fortunate to spend some time this summer […]

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How Many Two, Three and Four Word Phrases Can You Make With Just 48 Words?

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how many phrases could be made with a core vocabulary board!!! I guess I just never thought about how many combinations you could get! Out on the playground, you can say things like: Push me Go fast Push more I want to stop I want to go And much more! Playing board games, you can say things like: My turn Roll it […]

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Do You Welcome This Unexpected Guest To Circle Time For Your Children With Special Needs?

Do You Welcome This Unexpected Guest To Circle Time For Your Children With Special Needs?

Have you ever created a personality for your children or your students? I have! When my four children were young, we spent a lot of time in the car. I felt that time was being wasted and was cutting into quality time I could be spending with my kids!! What to do??? So I decided that I would create this character that would pop up from time to time in […]

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Can Your Pet Talk? A Cool Way For Your Child To Interact.

Can Your Pet Talk?  A Cool Way For Your Child To Interact.

You’ve seen the talking apps like Talking Tom Cat, Talking Santa and Talking Billy. I remember when they first came out and I thought they were fun and as cute as could be. I used them to encourage students to make sounds or talk because they were such terrific reinforcers! Now I’ve discovered an app that makes this idea of interacting with animals much more personal.  You can take a […]

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Social Skills Books You’ve Got To See!!!!

Social Skills Books You’ve Got To See!!!!

Do you have students with social skills issues? Chances are, if you live or work with students who have special needs, a lack of social skills if often an issue. I know that I am always looking for options for presenting good material to children and in the books that I present in the video you will find a really nice selection. Take a look at the video! Here is […]

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7 Tips To Help Potty Train Your Child With Special Needs!

7 Tips To Help Potty Train Your Child With Special Needs!

As a parent, successful potty training is kind of like one of the rights of passage. It makes you feel a little arrogant. Right? You know, strutting around pointing to the big girl pants or big boy pants and saying, “Yep, I did that”. When I potty trained my first child, I thought I had accomplished something BIG!!! I did it! I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I […]

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You Need To Know About the 11 Apps That Can Help Children With Memory and Focus Issues!!!

You Need To Know About the 11 Apps That Can Help Children With Memory and Focus Issues!!!

This is the first time that I’ve seen apps that have had research done that indicates they actually support/improve memory and focus with children. How exciting is this???? There are so many things you can do to help students (ADD/ADHD Alternative in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong) with ADD and ADHD and according to some researchers (Bender & Bender, 1996; Ford, Poe, &Cox 1993; Millman, 1984). The computer is effective […]

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Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

Do you ever just get so caught up in everyday challenges that it’s a luxury to step back and take a look at the big picture?  Who does that for you?  Are you sure that you are moving your child/children ahead so that everyday you are working toward that goal of independence? Being that second set of eyes on a problem is one of the things I do for the […]

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