Archive for the ‘Structure at School’ Category

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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Have You Seen The Potty Show App?

Sometimes having a break in the usual schedule is a great time to work more intensively on some things like potty training. The app, The Potty Show, allows you to highlight all the parts of this experience. Pair this visual with the book, The Potty Journey by Judith A. Coucouvanis, that I featured several weeks ago and you’ve got some tools to use that are both fun and practical. Take […]

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Take A Look To See If You Qualify As A Packet Princess/Prince!

Have you ever wondered if you are doing too many paper/pencil activities? Take a look at this week’s video and see if you see yourself in the illustration. I am hoping that you do not qualify for this award!!!   If you don’t, my guess is that you might see someone you know….. Take a look at the video!!! If you did see yourself in the video and want to change […]

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Check Out This Simple Tool To Teach Elapsed Time!

  I think you know by now that I’m all about finding and using simple tools to get the job done faster and more efficiently! I’ve got a tool for you to teach elapsed time, one of the useful and necessary life skills for our students with special needs! Take a look at the video to see how simple and easy this is. I’ve also provided one for you!!! Once […]

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How to Get 80 Free Materials In One Day for Your Children With Special Needs!

A teacher without materials is like a carpenter without tools. One of the most frustrating things for me as a classroom coach, is to try and work with a teacher who is new, doesn’t have many of his/her own materials that were accumulated over time and is assigned to a classroom where they are severely limited in things students need to help them learn. Do you have that problem? What […]

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Are You an SLP or a Reading Teacher Looking for an App That Teaches Inferences?

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for materials that deal with inferences. I’m also forever looking for Apps that are appropriate for older students. In today’s video you are going to get both!!! In the book, Drawing a Blank, by Emily Lland, the author is both an educator and a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. She points out that our children on […]

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Where Can You Find Already Made Materials For Math, CBMs, Dolch Words and MORE?

Have you ever wished that you had an assistant? Someone who would make up practice math problems for every lesson you teach plus a teacher master copy to check the answers? Who hasn’t? The ideal assistant would also make up a list of Dolch words, reading passages for students to practice, writing probes, spelling word lists, a list of student rewards, letter name fluency lists and even generate a reading […]

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Already Made Visual Supports For You!!!

It’s easy to tell a teacher or a parent that visual supports are helpful. It’s easy to say use of visual supports is one of the Best Practices for children with autism. What’s hard is finding the time to find them or make them. Score! In today’s video I am showing you not only WHERE you can find visual supports, but you will also see that the visual supports are […]

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