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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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Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

Do You Know the Five Foundation Pieces A Child Needs To Read?

As I travel around from school to school and speak to teachers and parents, one thing is clear.   They want their children to read.  There is no longer any mystery about what a child needs to learn to read.  The point of this week’s video is to make sure that both parents and teachers understand what five components make up the foundation of reading.  Sometimes figuring out about where the […]

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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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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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Math Help for Your Students with Special Needs: If You Haven’t Heard About Math TV, You’re Missing Out!

How often do you get to choose who teaches you math?  Never…..but wait, you can now!!! A friend of mine passed this information on to me a couple of years ago and I thought it was awesome!  I had several math teachers who somehow missed out on teaching some important math concepts.  I would have LOVED to use this tool when I didn’t understand a concept! Parents….now you have several […]

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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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Where can you find ONE RESOURCE that has LISTS of nearly anything a teacher can imagine???

Where can you find ONE RESOURCE that has LISTS of nearly anything a teacher can imagine???

Today’s episode highlights The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists.  A list of what to bring to a rainy college football game is not included in this book of lists, but just about everything else is! I just got back from tailgating with my family in Bloomington and got to see the Indiana Hoosiers win their game!!  What is better than being at Nick’s cheering Hoo, Hoo, Hoo, Hoosiers as we […]

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Children With Special Needs: Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

Children With Special Needs:  Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

It’s one of those lovely rainy days today where you just want to cuddle up with a good book! (or your significant other).  Perfect day for writing a blog about how to get kids on the right path for reading!  Sight words are one of the foundation pieces for reading. If a child does not know his/her sight words (Dolch sight word list – for example), they are not going […]

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The Best Three Language Apps Ever for Students with Special Needs!

Is summer really coming to an end? Where did it go??? I’ve been to New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Columbus, plus I planned a wedding shower/luncheon and completed 44 hours of extended school year services for a couple of amazing kids! Whew! Apps can be so cool when it comes to….well many things! One thing I love to do is to find ways to engage students in their learning. […]

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What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

It’s only August and I’m already seeing students improving on their skills of task completion and independence!  Why?  It’s because their teachers are using work systems!  The teachers’ thinking and planning is not only in the teachers head and plan book, but with a work system, it’s visually clear to the student as well. We had one student a couple of years ago who ate his lunch at his desk […]

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