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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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Having Trouble Transitioning Your Child With Special Needs Back From A Favorite Place?

Why are transitions so hard???? Probably because change is hard and transition is about change. One of the best ways to transition a child with special needs from one place to another is to use PART of a favorite object. Check out today’s video to see an example of a simple but effective transition object that I used to get a student from the playground back to class without one […]

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See How An Old Fashioned Slinky Help Your Children With Special Needs Count!!!

Have you ever noticed that some times old things can become new again? Old movies get remade, old songs get recycled and the younger generation thinks some of these old things are actually brand new and totally cool. My daughter’s boyfriend, Nikola, was playing the song, Crystal Blue Persuasion on his cell phone last week and I said, “Oh wow you’re playing Crystal Blue Persuasion!” He said, “How do you […]

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Have You Seen These Free Exercise Videos, Perfect for Children with Special Needs?

I’ve been in special education classrooms long enough to know that when the gym is not available, when the weather is too hot or too cold or when the kids just NEED TO MOVE you need OPTIONS!!! You can get the parachute out, you can get the mini trampoline out, you can start the music and dance or play musical chairs but wouldn’t it be nice to have something that […]

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Are You Using This Incredible Resource During Circle Time?

Are You Using This Incredible Resource During Circle Time?

This week’s video is the second video in my three-part, “I hate circle time” series. I guess you could say I’m on a campaign to make circle time better and what better way to bring quality to this long- standing tradition than to use literature to show you the way. Most of you will say, “Carla reading to children is nothing new during circle time”. True. BUT I can tell […]

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One Little Secret To Change Awful Academic Assignments to Amazing Outcomes!

One Little Secret To Change Awful Academic Assignments to Amazing Outcomes!

Do you remember when you were in college and the professor let you know the class requirements for the semester? You got a syllabus. You found out exactly what was expected and how you were going to be graded, if you were lucky, of course! Then as the assignments loomed, if you were really fortunate, your professor actually gave you an example of an assignment or a project done by […]

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