Posts Tagged ‘Autism Instructional Strategies’

Three Clever Ideas To Solve Three Challenging Behaviors!

I know you must have tried a variety of things out of necessity or even desperation when you have a student with behaviors you want to go away. Every time I hear about what someone came up with to help make a problem better, I can only imagine that there are hundreds, even thousands of unique, smart, clever ideas that have been used. If only we could all share what […]

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Planning Backwards is the Key to Executive Functioning Success!

I know that this is the third tip from the recent conference on executive functioning I attended, but I can’t help myself!!! So many of our children with disabilities need our help with planning and task completion. I recently listened to an educator give complicated verbal instructions to a group of children and a couple of things happened. First, several of the boys got in trouble because they weren’t listening […]

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A Tip for Teaching Students Time Planning with Executive Functioning Issues

How many of you end up being the teacher who has to remind that one student to “get going” on a task, or “hurry up” because time is almost over for a task to be completed? What about that child at home who just takes his/her time to get ready for school and the bus is about to arrive? If you are the schedule, then the child is not pre-planning […]

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Can You Identify the Time Horizons for Your Students?

I don’t know why I love data but I do! First off, the term Time Horizon was new to me and the information about how this applies to children and adults from ages 2 to 35 was fascinating!!! This is one of the dozens of new terms, ideas and concepts that I learned when I listened to Sarah Ward, an SLP AND expert in the area of executive functioning! If […]

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Try These Two Strategies Together for Students Who are Oppositional!

One of our teachers came up to me this week and shared what happened with a suggestion I made to her. She was so excited that this combo strategy worked! Take a look! I also want to share with you that I have now communicated with everyone who responded to our Scripting with Idioms giveaway! If you were one of the lucky ones who will be getting a book, I […]

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Are You an Anchor for Another Adult Who Works with Children with Disabilities?

I really like the idea of having a team of support around me, but I never really thought of those people as people I needed to be there for me. I guess I just thought that it was nice to have them there. Derek Peterson is the founder of The Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience (ICAR-US). If you haven’t heard of him, you need to know about his incredible […]

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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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