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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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Idioms

Idioms

Idioms are hard for our children on the spectrum and for our students whose native language is not English! I was recently working with a young lady who has autism and has great difficulty with idioms. It was hard for me to use idioms with her because she would just look at me and not know what to say!!! I started teaching her what to say quickly when an idiom […]

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How Can We Make Transitions Back to School Easier for Children With Special Needs?

How Can We Make Transitions Back to School Easier for Children With Special Needs?

There are so many transitions that our children have to do and it’s hard!!! Transition back to school: from dad’s house from mom’s house after a week-end at home after a one or two week holiday break after a snow day after a whole summer off We all know what kind of day we may have when these events occur!!!  Either you are at home trying to get your child […]

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Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication? Make A Gesture Book!

 Need a Low Tech Way to Teach Simple Communication?  Make A Gesture Book!

You’ve heard the expression, “Necessity is the mother of Invention”.  That’s exactly what happened here when I needed SOMETHING to help my student who was non-verbal. He used a voice output device, but as much as I love and respect the powerful role these devices play in providing a communication system for children and adults, there are limitations.  They must always be handy and it does take a few moments […]

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Wanna Know the Secret to Finding Great Apps? Look in These Three Places!

Wanna Know the Secret to Finding Great Apps?  Look in These Three Places!

It’s been a mystery to me where our Assistive Technology Team finds all the great apps that they share with our staff.  How do they have time to go through and find out which ones are good and which ones are not so great? Now I know their secret!  Three places to go are: *  www.Appitic.com *  AppAdvice *  AppoLearning  Appitic is a resource for all teachers, not just special education.  Lots […]

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How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps? Chaining!

How do you teach a child with special needs to learn a task that requires a sequence of steps?  Chaining!

It’s November already!  Seriously, didn’t school just start? Now is the time of year that you have a pretty good idea about who your students are and what they need from you if you are a teacher. If you are a parent, the craziness of getting back in school and getting a couple of holidays out of the way is over so maybe you have a moment to regroup. Now […]

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