Archive for the ‘Social Skills’ Category

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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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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