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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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3 Things You Need To Know To Help Children In Crisis!

3 Things You Need To Know To Help Children In Crisis!

When something crazy happens in your classroom, in your home or at your school, do you have the first clue how to handle it?  You may not know what to do or what to say.  You just might miss a golden opportunity to understand your child and to change the course of his/her path. Watch the video and learn 3 things you can do to find out what really took […]

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4 Things You Don’t Do To A Child Who Is Disfluent!

If you work with young children or you have any children of your own, chances are you’ve noticed that they can be disfluent when they are trying to tell you something.  Young children are just learning language and they can think faster than they can find the words they want to say.  What comes out are easy repetitions of words. Have you ever learned a new language?  You may start […]

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Must Have Playground Ideas for Children with Autism!

Must Have Playground Ideas for Children with Autism!

If you work with children who have autism, you already know that the playground can be a rough time for them. Why? A playground is a wide-open space and the rules for behavior and play are not posted and typically not directly taught.   Some rules are communicated verbally, and some belong to the “hidden curriculum” of playground behavior.  In other words the expectations are just “understood”.  Social rules are typically […]

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Wanna Know a Brilliant Way to Handle Swearing?

Wanna Know a Brilliant Way to Handle Swearing?

  Hot Topic Alert!!!! This is a topic that I’m sure you’ve been involved in at one time or another! Children using swear words….. Children pick up swear words from everywhere and if limits are not placed on them, the words continue to get used and have value for the child.  If there is one thing that a child understands is that swear words come attached with emotions.   How else […]

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Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities? Try this!

Where do you begin to build a communication system for a child who has low cognitive abilities?  Try this!

Do you have a child who has a cognitive level of 18 months or lower or do you have child who may be higher functioning but you just can’t quite identify what he/she likes?   For students like this, you must be able to identify what is reinforcing to the child before you can begin to build a functional communication system. What is the cornerstone here? A multi-sensory approach!!!!  This approach […]

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