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Use That Simple Tool You Already Have for a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

I have people ask me on a regular basis what they can do for a child with oppositional defiant disorder. There are many things that you can try, but I wanted to point out today that there is one thing that you are probably already using that just might come in handy for your child with ODD. Take a look! You can have First/Then preprinted or you can quickly write […]

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Have you seen the Here Comes the Bus App?

Man, the kids today have it made!!! That’s what my parents said to me (they had to walk 5 miles in the snow to school) and that’s what I said to my children (I had to ride 5 miles to school J). Now my children can say it to their children (someday) because check this out…. There’s an app out now that actually spares children and families some unpleasant or […]

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There’s an App for That!!! Make Your Own Custom Dice!

  Ever wish you could make your own dice that would have custom vocabulary words, pictures of your students, or simple math concepts or math signs? Well your wish is granted! You CAN customize your own dice and even use up to 5 dice for just about any dice game you want to play with your students. There’s an app called “Make Dice” and take a look at just how […]

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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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