Archive for the ‘Structure at School’ Category

Three Cute DIY Materials for Students in the Special Education Classroom!

I am often amazed at how some people can turn what I would call trash, disposable or unwanted materials into cute, clever, useful and fun activities for students. This is what happened when I recently had one of our assistants show me some of the things she had made for students. She showed me activity after activity and one was just as imaginative as the next!!! Today I’m showing you […]

Read more

Have You Seen This FREE Token Board App?

Have you ever needed a star chart, like, NOW? If you have a smart phone or an iPad, you can have a token board to hand out reinforcements in an instant. It’s kind of like a portable/instant visual support that can always be at your fingertips. Take a look! I know you are busy just like I am as we finish the last days of school before winter break. That’s […]

Read more

Have You Seen These Itty Bitty Libraries?

Children’s literature is one of my favorite things. The richness of the words on the page, the creative illustrations, the joy that reading and being read to for a child is priceless. Children who are exposed to books early tend to be much more ready for school than children who grow up in homes without books. As you know! I’ve made home visits to families where there is not a […]

Read more

Learn How to ‘Block and Box’ To Help Students with Executive Function!

Last week you learned about the Wondertime Clock and some fun and useful ways it can help students manage time. This week, I’ve got another treasure from Sarah Ward’s list of tools for help with executive function. If you have a student who just can’t seem to get that homework home or that lunch box in his book bag, you are going to want to see today’s video. Take a […]

Read more

Need a Valuable Resource to Teach Math to Children with Down Syndrome?

I have found after working many years in the field of disabilities that often one disability may have several things in common with another disability. Take Down Syndrome and Autism for example. Students with both disabilities benefit from physical structure in the classroom, visual schedules, and sensory stimulation. In both disabilities, students have difficulty following directions and can have meltdowns due to poor communication skills. You can apply many strategies […]

Read more

Wait till You See the Combo of the Bitsboard App and Snap Words!!!

One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended was for creative problem solving. It was a week long training where I learned things I have used over and over again. Among the strategies I learned that week was one where we were taught to use a matrix. On the Y- axis you list a set of options and on the X- axis you put another list of options. That’s kind […]

Read more

Real Life Alternative Seating in a Kindergarten Classroom!

Don’t you just love it when you take a chance to do something outside your comfort zone and it works! Some of the best things in my life have happened when I was the most frightened at the outcome. Starting my own business and this website was one of those scary “outside the box” experiences that once started I’ve never looked back. The teacher in today’s video has stepped outside […]

Read more

A Resource of Graphic Organizers to Teach Language!

There are so many language concepts that our students with disabilities need to know!!! It’s not always easy finding a resource that helps to actually visually teach those concepts in a way that students can understand. Just when I think that probably everyone knows about a resource, I find out that that’s not true. Several times this year I asked an educator if they had seen/heard of this resource and […]

Read more

An All–In-One Visual Notebook for Children with Special Needs!

Where the heck is that visual when you need it?? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Just when you could use the visual schedule….it’s back in the room or you wish you had a visual 2+2 with you at just the right moment, but you don’t. Well I can tell you that if you can relate to anything I just mentioned, you are in for a treat. One of […]

Read more

How to Instantly Let Your Assistants Know What to Do with Behaviors!

One of the biggest challenges we face every year is getting our instructional assistants( IAs) trained in helping teachers in the classroom. It is not unusual if staff is hired for our special education classrooms who have never worked with students who have special needs. They may have a huge heart for children, but they just don’t have a background in what to do when behaviors occur. Often the classroom […]

Read more
Page 2 of 912345...Last »

Latest Post

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Privacy by SafeUnsubscribe