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Have You Seen This Simple Visual Support To Help Children Tie Their Shoes Quickly?

One of the biggest fine motor hurdles some of our students with special needs face is the ability to tie their shoes!!! Once learned, it’s kind of like a right of passage. Right??? I have often turned to our amazing staff of Occupational Therapists for ideas on all kinds of fine motor issues. Recently I got to be the one who was sharing a great tool!!! 🙂 Today I’ve got […]

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Do You Know What to Do When a Seizure Occurs?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone was having a seizure and you didn’t know what to do? That is the worst feeling ever! If you’ve been working in the field of special education, you might be a pro at handling these situations, but if you’re a newbie working with students who have special needs, you will learn a lot from today’s episode. If you don’t need this […]

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What Motivates Kids? A Mystery Motivator Perhaps!

Have you ever had that student that you just could not figure out? No matter what you tried to motive that child….NOTHING worked! That happens, so you need to have a few ideas to pull out in case of this kind of emergency. Here is a list of things that I keep in my back pocket for these difficult kids: An interest inventory: What does the student like??? Go through […]

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Do You Know the Secret To Effectively Train Your Classroom Assistants?

Wouldn’t it be nice if every child in a special education classroom could get direct instruction from the classroom teacher all day long? Yes, it would be amazing! Not because we don’t value our classroom assistants, but because the classroom teacher has gone through college level instruction, student teaching under the guidance of a certified teacher, in addition to teaching experiences and continuing professional development opportunities. Teachers in special education […]

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Are You Lifting Children with Special Needs The Right Way?

OK, if you are living with or working with a child who has special needs, chances are you’ve done your share of lifting, pulling, pushing, and moving both a child and/or equipment. Am I right? My question today is…..are you doing it correctly? One of the job hazards of working with children who have special needs is how physical it can be. The level of physical intervention can take its […]

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Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

We’re all busy. We forget things we shouldn’t.   We tell staff to do things and they forget also. Let’s just face it…. it’s hard to remember everything that we’re supposed to do, especially in the heat of the moment. I have found that using mantras helps to bridge that gap between knowing what to do and actually doing what I’m supposed to do. In today’s video, I’m sharing three mantras […]

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Here’s the Perfect Strategy for The Child Who Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

Don’t you just love it when you find a strategy that works Almost every time you use it? I have found that to be true with many of the evidence based practices like when I use a work system or when I use the token board or the First/Then strategy. It dawned on me this week that I’ve been using a GREAT strategy for those students with ODD that I […]

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How To Make Your Own Kinetic Sand for Pennies On The Dollar!!!

I recently went to a wonderful presentation sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center For Autism (IRCA) on sensory ideas that was presented by two multi-talented Occupational Therapists, Kristi Jordan and Cheryl Boucher. Among many other things presented, one BIG IDEA I got from their presentation is that sensory seeking children need THREE BIG MEALS of sensory a day and several “snacks” of sensory throughout the day. I never thought of […]

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The Best Structured Resource Room Ever!

Do you have a small room where you bring a few students at a time for some kind of instruction or therapy? Let me just say that structure is your friend, my friend. When you have students coming and going, there is an art to making that happen smoothly. I’ve asked one of my teachers to share with you how she took some time to make her already structured resource […]

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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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