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Children With Special Needs: Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

Children With Special Needs:  Two Mistakes to Avoid when Teaching Sight Word Vocabulary

It’s one of those lovely rainy days today where you just want to cuddle up with a good book! (or your significant other).  Perfect day for writing a blog about how to get kids on the right path for reading!  Sight words are one of the foundation pieces for reading. If a child does not know his/her sight words (Dolch sight word list – for example), they are not going […]

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Children With Special Needs: My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

Children With Special Needs:  My Classroom Is NOT Working for My Kids!

You worked so hard this summer to set up your classroom before the students got there, but now that they’re here, it’s just not working!  Who has time to change, change, change the physical structure of a classroom when you’re well into the school year? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see what your room would look like without having to move anything?  Well you can! Check out this […]

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The Best Three Language Apps Ever for Students with Special Needs!

Is summer really coming to an end? Where did it go??? I’ve been to New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Columbus, plus I planned a wedding shower/luncheon and completed 44 hours of extended school year services for a couple of amazing kids! Whew! Apps can be so cool when it comes to….well many things! One thing I love to do is to find ways to engage students in their learning. […]

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What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

What does a work system look like for students with higher cognitive abilities?

It’s only August and I’m already seeing students improving on their skills of task completion and independence!  Why?  It’s because their teachers are using work systems!  The teachers’ thinking and planning is not only in the teachers head and plan book, but with a work system, it’s visually clear to the student as well. We had one student a couple of years ago who ate his lunch at his desk […]

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What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

What Evidence-Based Practice Will Help Your Child with Special Needs Have a Great School Year?

I don’t know about you but school is back in session for me!!!! Our special education cooperative is now on a balanced calendar which means we started back to school at the end of July!!! The promise of a great new school year has begun and with this new beginning, it’s time to get things set up so that your students start off in a positive way! So what evidence-based […]

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5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk!

5 Tips for Children with Special Needs to Use at Their Desk! Do you find yourself telling your students over and over again to get started on a task, the page numbers of a reading assignment or reminders of what needs to go home in their book bags? Well, here’s a montra you need to memorize,”If you have to say it again and again, go visual!”  It will save you […]

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A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

A 7- Strategy Success Story For A Child With Autism!

One of my readers recently asked if I could do a video where I demonstrate several strategies, previously posted, in a real life situation.  So I decided to describe an actual situation that I consulted for at the very end of this school year. This young student was actually one of the most challenging students this school had ever seen, yet she turned out to be one of the easiest […]

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Is “Taking Turns” a Problem for Your Child with Special Needs?

Turn Taking is a life skill for children with special needs.  Sometimes we the parents, caretakers and educators find that we need a way to help our child understand how to take turns.  We need to show whose turn it is and when our child’s turn is coming up again. How can we do that?  Simple.  Go Visual with a large “T” for “turn taking” and place either pictures or […]

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Easiest iPad Tool Ever!

Easiest iPad Tool Ever!

Easiest iPad Tool Ever! You don’t have to be a techie for this one!!!  Just think how cool it would be to have that paperwork you need at your fingertips!!! Mobile, quick, easy, convenient…who knew?  Take a look at this week’s video on how you can put information like: IEPs Parent contact info Service Provider info Monthly Appointment Calendars Instructions on “How to” projects Blog ideas Craft ideas Reading Lists […]

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Brand Your Classroom!

Brand Your Classroom!   What are you talking about Carla?!!  I’m talking about doing your own Public Relations for your classroom.  I’m talking about creating or enhancing your own style and basically educating the people in your building and school district that it’s a NEW DAY in special education! Has anyone ever asked you the question, “What do you do down there in your room?” or have people said to […]

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