Posts Tagged ‘Autism Instructional Strategies’

Sensory and Learning Fun With Fake Snowballs!

Children love surprises and novelty. What better way to bring this to your instruction than with something that is seasonal, fun and has multiple applications.   When we recently had a professional development meeting with the district SLPs, one of the agenda items was for every person on the team to bring something to share. One of our SLPs brought this huge plastic container filled with fake snowballs that he uses […]

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Anxiety Reducing App You Can Get for Free!

We often do calming procedures for our students that involve visual supports. If we’re using a 5 point scale with a student, we typically start the visual calming procedure when the student gets to a “3”. When I found this calming app, I started thinking about how this could be used in a calming procedure and tap into the wonderful deep breathing that helps to calm not only students, but […]

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Did You Know that Super Heroes Can Help with Potty Training?

I learned a long time ago that if I used a child’s interests, I just might tap into a magical motivation to get students to learn much faster than they typically would. I’ve used Disney characters to inspire a student to do math, I’ve used Legos to improve behavior, and I’ve used Buzz Light Year to prompt communication exchanges. Recently I’ve involved super heroes in my quest for improved behaviors. […]

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An Amazingly Fun Sensory Toy You’re Gonna Want!

I love all of the sensory options out there these days!  I have actually spent time helping our staff make our own homemade sensory toys like sensory bottles made from water bottles with corn syrup and glitter inside.  Every now and then I run across a sensory item that is so cool, that buying it makes sense.  I want to share with you today something that one of my teachers […]

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A Resource of Graphic Organizers to Teach Language!

There are so many language concepts that our students with disabilities need to know!!! It’s not always easy finding a resource that helps to actually visually teach those concepts in a way that students can understand. Just when I think that probably everyone knows about a resource, I find out that that’s not true. Several times this year I asked an educator if they had seen/heard of this resource and […]

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Some FREE Visual Supports for Older Students with Special Needs!

If you are like me, it’s a rare thing to come across materials, apps, visuals for older students. It can be frustrating because then you are forced to come up with your own stuff, modify things you find for general education or resort to using pictures that look babyish….which by the way, I HATE. In the visuals you are about to see, I would even change the personal space pictures […]

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Which is More Important, Lagging Skills or Behaviors?

Now that you’ve been introduced to Dr. Ross Greene and one of his tools, the ALSUP, it would be important for you to learn how to use it! Remember, it’s not the behaviors we want to focus on, it’s the lagging skills that the child has not yet developed. The key to figuring out when the lagging skills occur is to discover the situations during your child’s day that the […]

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Can Flexible Seating Really Help Students to Stay on Task?

If you are willing to take a chance, a leap of faith…you might want to try a different approach to keep students on task. Try allowing your students to engage in flexible seating. Is it novelty or is it comfort? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way if it helps your students stay focused, does it really matter? Take a look! If you check out Pinterest you can find […]

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How to Put Structure in the Classroom for ESL Pre-Schoolers

Recently I invited you to ask questions if you would like some help or feedback on a situation involving your students, clients or children. For this week’s video, I decided to respond publicly to Dianne W’s question because I thought perhaps it would resonate with several of you. Although I’ve done videos on the things I talk about, I’ve never suggested these strategies for children who speak English as a […]

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Do You Know the Ten Questions to Ask to Get an ACE Trauma Score?

Since right before Winter Break, my school has been taking a new approach with our students who have behavior issues. One of the things we’ve begun to consider is how trauma is possibly affecting the behaviors we’re seeing. Our behavior specialist has offered us some key insights into the affects of trauma. She introduced our staff to the ACE questionnaire. You will hear all about that in today’s video! Take […]

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