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You Can Help Your Student’s Medical Team Understand More By Doing This!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teacher say…..”I wish I could talk to the doctor” when referring to the doctor of one of his/her students.   I’ve even had teachers and therapists go to the doctor WITH parents just to make sure that everything was properly reported to the doctor. In today’s video, I’ve got a FANTASTIC solution to get this job done without going to the […]

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Have you seen the Here Comes the Bus App?

Man, the kids today have it made!!! That’s what my parents said to me (they had to walk 5 miles in the snow to school) and that’s what I said to my children (I had to ride 5 miles to school J). Now my children can say it to their children (someday) because check this out…. There’s an app out now that actually spares children and families some unpleasant or […]

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There’s an App for That!!! Make Your Own Custom Dice!

  Ever wish you could make your own dice that would have custom vocabulary words, pictures of your students, or simple math concepts or math signs? Well your wish is granted! You CAN customize your own dice and even use up to 5 dice for just about any dice game you want to play with your students. There’s an app called “Make Dice” and take a look at just how […]

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Do You Know A Strategy That Can Help Children “See” Multiplication?

Albert Einstein once said, “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it”. How true! Think about those of us who “see” a map in our heads with North, South, East and West. If you are directionally challenged, my guess is that you just cannot picture a map in your head. Am I right? The same is true for reading comprehension and math. If you cannot create a movie in […]

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Have You Seen This Simple Visual Support To Help Children Tie Their Shoes Quickly?

One of the biggest fine motor hurdles some of our students with special needs face is the ability to tie their shoes!!! Once learned, it’s kind of like a right of passage. Right??? I have often turned to our amazing staff of Occupational Therapists for ideas on all kinds of fine motor issues. Recently I got to be the one who was sharing a great tool!!! 🙂 Today I’ve got […]

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One Sweet Strategy To Solve Getting the Correct Shoe On The Correct Foot!

Do you remember my mantra, “if you have to tell, tell, tell you need to show, show, show”? There are hundreds of ways you can apply this if you just take a moment to think about your daily dilemmas. Here are some examples we use all the time: take a photo of where you want things to go, write out the steps or take pictures of the steps you want […]

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Do You Know What to Do When a Seizure Occurs?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone was having a seizure and you didn’t know what to do? That is the worst feeling ever! If you’ve been working in the field of special education, you might be a pro at handling these situations, but if you’re a newbie working with students who have special needs, you will learn a lot from today’s episode. If you don’t need this […]

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What Motivates Kids? A Mystery Motivator Perhaps!

Have you ever had that student that you just could not figure out? No matter what you tried to motive that child….NOTHING worked! That happens, so you need to have a few ideas to pull out in case of this kind of emergency. Here is a list of things that I keep in my back pocket for these difficult kids: An interest inventory: What does the student like??? Go through […]

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Are You Lifting Children with Special Needs The Right Way?

OK, if you are living with or working with a child who has special needs, chances are you’ve done your share of lifting, pulling, pushing, and moving both a child and/or equipment. Am I right? My question today is…..are you doing it correctly? One of the job hazards of working with children who have special needs is how physical it can be. The level of physical intervention can take its […]

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Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

We’re all busy. We forget things we shouldn’t.   We tell staff to do things and they forget also. Let’s just face it…. it’s hard to remember everything that we’re supposed to do, especially in the heat of the moment. I have found that using mantras helps to bridge that gap between knowing what to do and actually doing what I’m supposed to do. In today’s video, I’m sharing three mantras […]

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