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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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Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Cooking Show Star Spurs Hope for Children with Special Needs and Their Parents!

Are you looking for a bright spot in your everyday challenges with your child?  What parent isn’t? Sometimes those bright spots are too few and far between! On today’s episode of Behavior Communicates, I have two guests who are helping to pioneer new thoughts, and yes, new hope for what possibilities can be in store for you! Instead of waiting and wondering what will happen to your child when you […]

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Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children? Errorless Learning is it!

Can You Name One Simple, Yet Powerful Teaching Strategy for Special Needs Children?  Errorless Learning is it!

Errorless means you can’t get it wrong! Donating to a worthy cause is kind of an errorless act.  You can’t get it wrong if you participate in an event that can save lives! I just got back from attending Zeta Tau Alpha’s Big Man On Campus (BMOC) fund- raiser for breast cancer awareness!  What did I learn?  The men at Indiana University are talented, funny and caring!  The ladies at […]

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What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

What’s up with children smelling the strange, the weird and gross things in the classroom and at home? Think about it for a minute. Our children usually have multiple issues going on so we shouldn’t be surprised that their sense of smell might be different too. The school year is in full swing for most of us and we’re dealing with sensory issues! One sensory need some of our children […]

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What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

I don’t know about you but school is back in session for me!!!! Our special education cooperative is now on a balanced calendar which means we started back to school at the end of July!!! The promise of a great new school year has begun and with this new beginning, it’s time to get things set up so that your students start off in a positive way! So what evidence-based […]

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A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness!

A Tool You Can’t Ignore for Children with Autism: Peer Awareness! School is starting soon for many and has already started for some!  It’s time to start thinking about those new teachers, that new building and those new friends! You want your child or student with autism to have a great start, so how can you help ensure this happens?   Two words.  Peer Awareness!!! What is Peer Awareness?  It’s […]

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How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

How Does Your Child With Autism Respond To Social Comments?

What is a Quick Social Response? This is what I call the skill that our kids need when someone makes a comment during social interactions. Too often our kids with poor social skills don’t know what to say or don’t know that a response is expected, so they just stare at you or turn away without any kind of response at all. Does your child/student know that if someone says, […]

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