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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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A Must Have for Your Child with Autism! The 5 Point Scale!

  A Must Have for Your Child with Autism! The 5 Point Scale! If you don’t know about Kari Dunn Buron’s Incredible 5 Pt Scale, then you’re missing out!  It’s basically a visual strategy to divide a topic into 5 levels to better explain a range of differences within the concept. Its beauty lies within its simplicity!  The Incredible 5 Pt Scale allows those of us in special education to […]

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Is “Taking Turns” a Problem for Your Child with Special Needs?

Turn Taking is a life skill for children with special needs.  Sometimes we the parents, caretakers and educators find that we need a way to help our child understand how to take turns.  We need to show whose turn it is and when our child’s turn is coming up again. How can we do that?  Simple.  Go Visual with a large “T” for “turn taking” and place either pictures or […]

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How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play? Hey there!  It’s summertime and our kids are out of school!  Now what?  You have more free time with your child and you want to make it count, right? We all want to get down on the floor and play with our kids, but it’s frustrating when they don’t know how!  So here’s my question, does your child prefer to […]

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Two Simple Visual Strategies You’ll Use All The Time!

Two Simple Visual Strategies You’ll Use All The Time!   Too often we forget, forget, forget to cut the verbal and go visual with our children!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a classroom where the staff is telling, telling, telling instead of showing, showing, showing!   Of course some children you can tell them to do something and they’ll do it!  So when do you […]

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“Wait!” Is This a Concept Your Child With Special Needs Understands?

“Wait!” Is This a Concept Your Child With Special Needs Understands? Find Out How You Can Teach This! Knowing how to wait is a social skill that many children with special needs struggle with.  For parents and educators, sometimes it’s a daily challenge to get a child to wait patiently. Did you know that research shows that on average, we spend time “waiting” between 45 and 62 minutes a day!  That’s […]

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The Sandwich Technique

The Sandwich Technique Hey there!  It’s Springtime and my tulips are popping up everywhere yet we just had a huge hail storm!!  What’s up with that?  Mixing a little positive with the negative is part of life.  That’s exactly what I want to communicate to you today. We’ve all had a situation where we’ve not been happy with someone yet we really didn’t want to derail the relationship.  What to […]

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Aspergers: Teaching a Social Skill Strategy for Students with Special Needs

Think it!  Don’t say it!   That’s the message we need to give to our students on the autism spectrum especially our kids with Asperger Syndrome.  We need to teach that just because they’re thinking something, that doesn’t mean they need to say it.  Another expression we often use with our students who have social skill issues is “on the mind, not out the mouth”. One way I like to get […]

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Best Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Best Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Happy New Year!   As you welcome in 2013 I want you to be aware of what the National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders considers their top 24 Evidence Based Practices for students with autism.  They are as follows: Antecedent-Based Intervention (ABI) Computer-Aided Instruction (CAI) Differential Reinforcement Discrete Trial Training (DTT) Extinction Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) Functional Communication Training (FCT) Naturalistic Intervention visa signature card Parent Implemented Intervention […]

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