Posts Tagged ‘Children With Special Needs’

The BEST POTTY TRAINING Book for Children with Special Needs!

When you work in special education, you know that it’s important to be prepared for almost anything when it comes to finding different strategies to teach our students. We know we need to learn how to break down the concepts and teach them in unique ways.  Potty training is no exception! You may remember a video I did last year where I showed everyone how pictures of the superheroes, Batman […]

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Easy DATA Collection with a TWIST!

Data collection is a pain, let’s just get that out there.  It’s a necessary evil, but sometimes I find that teachers collect data only because they have to in order to be able to report progress every grading period. What if we would collect data and analyze it along the way?  If we take a look at what is working and what isn’t to adjust instruction, PLUS share the data, we […]

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Do You Need a Cooperative Game Rather Than A Competitive One?

How many times have you attempted to play a game with some of your students and it ended up in hurt feelings, or even aggressive behavior? Unfortunately, competitive games are sometimes very hard for students with special needs. Shoot, I even know students who don’t have special needs and they can be sore losers as well. Imagine my delight when I found out that there are games available that require […]

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Busy Books Are the Perfect Combo of Stories, Manipulatives and Imagination!

When I was working as an SLP doing group language activities for early childhood students with a developmental delay, the only way I could get them to sit still and pay attention for 20-30 minutes was to engage them in a multi-sensory experience. Some of my favorite activities involved actual books or stories I invented. One activity I base on the book, The Napping House, by Audrey Wood. I brought […]

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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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A Simple Strategy for Students Who Have Challenges with Executive Functioning!

I’ve been telling you for several weeks that Sarah Ward was coming to Indiana and I’m here to tell you she is an amazing presenter and her ideas and strategies are outstanding!!! There are a couple of strategies that I’d like to highlight that have changed my thinking on work systems and some of the visuals I use with students! Today, I’m sharing with you a simple strategy that you […]

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If You Don’t Know about the 2X10 Strategy, Click Open!

How many times have you said, “I wish there was something I could do” about a student who comes from a rough home life? There IS something you can do and that is to become one of the 5 people in a child’s life that it takes to make a real difference between success and failure. If you think back to your own childhood, I’m guessing you could name several […]

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Do You Know about the DESSA and How it Can Help with Social Emotional Issues?

If you haven’t been part of the current hot topic in education, you need to know that educators in many districts all over the US are talking about the significant number of students coming to school with social emotional issues. We are finding that even students who come to us from middle class families are scoring way too high on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) checklist. It’s a problem and […]

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