Posts Tagged ‘Children with Autism’

Think About Using the 2+2 Strategy with Your Students Who Are Oppositional!

It’s that time of year when you are exhausted and need all of the tools you can find to get you through! If you have a student who is oppositional, you may want to pull out that 2+2 strategy I’ve taught you before! I find that even though I’ve shared strategies with staff, they sometimes forget that they need to run through their tool options when new situations arise with […]

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A Social Skills App that Allows Students to Play This Famous Game!

Who doesn’t enjoy playing a game? When you can make learning fun and turn something difficult into something that involves scoring points, you just might get your students’ attention. Our SLPA shared this gem at a recent day of Professional Development for our SLP team. If you like the game of Jeopardy, you will enjoy this app! This app can be another tool in your toolbox for social skills activities! […]

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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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Do You have a Student or Adult Who Can’t Tie Their Shoes?

We all know someone who either can’t quite tie their shoes or who have trouble keeping them tied throughout the day. Once I started getting information about a product that could help keep shoes tied, I had to order some for myself to see. These come in all kinds of colors or just a single color and they are easy to put on your shoes. They stretch, so it’s easy […]

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Have You Seen This FREE Token Board App?

Have you ever needed a star chart, like, NOW? If you have a smart phone or an iPad, you can have a token board to hand out reinforcements in an instant. It’s kind of like a portable/instant visual support that can always be at your fingertips. Take a look! I know you are busy just like I am as we finish the last days of school before winter break. That’s […]

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Consider Putting Idioms in Your Quick Social Responses!

The research on barriers for reading comprehension for students on the autism spectrum indicates that a lack of the ability to understand idioms in context is one key culprit. This actually makes sense to me. When understanding figurative language is a common weakness for these students, why would anyone expect that this wouldn’t interfere with what the student is reading? Books are full of idioms, more than I actually thought. […]

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Do You Know About the 90 Second Pause?

When you are dealing with students who have behavior issues, you need all of the tools in your toolbox that you can get. Sometimes you need to use the 2+2, sometimes you need work systems, sometimes you do a planned ignore. No matter how many times your tried and true strategies work, there is always that one student who empties your toolbox. You find yourself running to the nearest Internet […]

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Have You Seen the APP, “What’s in the Bag?”

I have done activities during speech therapy sessions where I brought a bag with all kinds of things inside. I’d put things in like animals, vehicles, action figures, fake food etc. Then I would describe something in the bag and have the student try to guess. This activity was usually a big hit, lots of fun and I got the students to practice answering wh questions, describe objects and use […]

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Learn How to ‘Block and Box’ To Help Students with Executive Function!

Last week you learned about the Wondertime Clock and some fun and useful ways it can help students manage time. This week, I’ve got another treasure from Sarah Ward’s list of tools for help with executive function. If you have a student who just can’t seem to get that homework home or that lunch box in his book bag, you are going to want to see today’s video. Take a […]

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A Visual Support on a Clock that Works Wonders for Executive Function!

Do you know that there are brilliant adults out in the workforce who actually pay assistants to help with daily activities that involve executive function? These people pay others to help them select what to wear, get them meals, help with personal hygiene, arrange for transportation and get them to work on time. The “employer” in these cases have only one basic job and that is to totally focus on […]

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