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A Simple Fix for An Interesting Writing Problem!

Expect, Expect, Expect! I expect a lot from my students. I expect most of them to have a job someday and if some kind of behavior is annoying, not age appropriate or inappropriate at any age it will be unacceptable to an employer.  It’s almost never too early to stop negative, immature behaviors. Unfortunately we all tend, at times, to give our children with special needs a “pass” for things […]

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Have You Seen This Visual Strategy To Help Students See Long/Short Vowels?

Creative Visual Supports!!! Where were they when I was in school?! I have thought so many times how much some of these clever visual supports would have made things easier when I was in school!!! Even though I did not struggle in school, I can’t help but wonder what a difference it would have made for me to be able to process things visually instead of verbally. I can only […]

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Do You Know A Strategy That Can Help Children “See” Multiplication?

Albert Einstein once said, “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it”. How true! Think about those of us who “see” a map in our heads with North, South, East and West. If you are directionally challenged, my guess is that you just cannot picture a map in your head. Am I right? The same is true for reading comprehension and math. If you cannot create a movie in […]

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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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