Archive for the ‘Structure at Home’ Category

Do You Know About Paper Fortune Tellers and How They Can Help Your Students?

It’s a bit grey outside from where I sit and it’s this time of year that students can use a boost, something novel to help motivate them to keep going. Quite frankly, I like fun and creative things too!!! If you are looking for a creative idea to practice language concepts, math facts or reading vocabulary, you need to check out this week’s video. See what you think of Mr […]

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Check Out This Visual/Auditory iPad App For School Schedules!

Do you have a student who would rather eat Velcro than use it for a daily schedule? Or perhaps you have students who have physical limitations that make it difficult or even impossible to pull a picture icon off a schedule board? Maybe, on the other hand, you have a student who is enthralled with electronics and will do anything for you that involves an iPad. If you said yes to […]

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Have You Ever Seen A Pop-Up Reinforcer For Children With Special Needs?

Let’s face it! We all need reinforcers from time to time to keep us going, right??? We all like things from a break and a cup of coffee to a vacation in a tropical paradise. Well, we’re adults with life experiences, an education and fully formed brains. If we need a reinforcer, our children with special needs REALLY need them.   Especially if we want them to learn something new and […]

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Have You Seen The Potty Show App?

Sometimes having a break in the usual schedule is a great time to work more intensively on some things like potty training. The app, The Potty Show, allows you to highlight all the parts of this experience. Pair this visual with the book, The Potty Journey by Judith A. Coucouvanis, that I featured several weeks ago and you’ve got some tools to use that are both fun and practical. Take […]

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Find Out How You Can Get More Money For You Child With Special Needs!

Money, Money, Money!!! Everyone needs it and most of us worry about it in some way or another. I’ve always wished that I knew more about the financial world, but just never seem to have enough hours in a day to figure out the complex concept of investments. Guess what??? I’ve found a map, a blueprint for financial success, and a light in the dark confusing world of how to […]

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Check Out This Simple Tool To Teach Elapsed Time!

  I think you know by now that I’m all about finding and using simple tools to get the job done faster and more efficiently! I’ve got a tool for you to teach elapsed time, one of the useful and necessary life skills for our students with special needs! Take a look at the video to see how simple and easy this is. I’ve also provided one for you!!! Once […]

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Do You Have Parents Who Need an App for a Night Time Routine? Check This Out!

There are times when low tech is the best way to go for children with special needs. Then there are those situations where using the technology you have, is the perfect way to go. This is one of those times. I know I have often tried to get families to put together a visual schedule for the family routine, but like many things for parents of a child with a […]

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How Many Two, Three and Four Word Phrases Can You Make With Just 48 Words?

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how many phrases could be made with a core vocabulary board!!! I guess I just never thought about how many combinations you could get! Out on the playground, you can say things like: Push me Go fast Push more I want to stop I want to go And much more! Playing board games, you can say things like: My turn Roll it […]

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Already Made Visual Supports For You!!!

It’s easy to tell a teacher or a parent that visual supports are helpful. It’s easy to say use of visual supports is one of the Best Practices for children with autism. What’s hard is finding the time to find them or make them. Score! In today’s video I am showing you not only WHERE you can find visual supports, but you will also see that the visual supports are […]

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Having Trouble Transitioning Your Child With Special Needs Back From A Favorite Place?

Why are transitions so hard???? Probably because change is hard and transition is about change. One of the best ways to transition a child with special needs from one place to another is to use PART of a favorite object. Check out today’s video to see an example of a simple but effective transition object that I used to get a student from the playground back to class without one […]

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