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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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Structure At Home

Structure At Home

Structure communicates in the home just as it does in the classroom.  What does the physical structure in your home communicate to your child with special needs?  If, for example, it’s wide open, you are communicating to your child that it’s ok to run around, climb and throw things just like you do outside. Is it visually clear what is supposed to happen in various spaces of your rooms?  The […]

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