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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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5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk!

5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk! Do you find yourself telling your students over and over again to get started on a task, the page numbers of a reading assignment or reminders of what needs to go home in their book bags? Well, here’s a montra you need to memorize,”If you have to say it again and again, go visual!”  It will save you […]

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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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Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual!

Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual! Do you rely on your visual schedule as much as I do?  I know I want to see what is coming up and what I need to accomplish for the day.  It calms me down for sure! Your child with special needs should also know what is happening for the day.  It will help bring order to his/her world and if you go visual with […]

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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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Easiest iPad Tool Ever!

Easiest iPad Tool Ever!

Easiest iPad Tool Ever! You don’t have to be a techie for this one!!!  Just think how cool it would be to have that paperwork you need at your fingertips!!! Mobile, quick, easy, convenient…who knew?  Take a look at this week’s video on how you can put information like: IEPs Parent contact info Service Provider info Monthly Appointment Calendars Instructions on “How to” projects Blog ideas Craft ideas Reading Lists […]

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