Posts Tagged ‘Communication’

How Can You Get Hard to Reach Parents to Be Involved?

Don’t you wish all parents were as involved as you are in your child (children’s) education? Of course you do! So do I. Every year we wish the same wish and come up with the same answer. There’s nothing we can do about those parents who are always a “no show” for so many things. OR IS THERE? Yes, there IS SOMETHING you can do! Take a look! How’s that […]

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A Peek Inside Scripting with Idioms: The Perfect Solution for Students with Autism

The one thing I hate about ordering things online is that I don’t get to see exactly what I’m ordering. If I’m in a bookstore, I have the chance to really look inside a book to see if it’s what I’ve been looking for. Amazon books is nice enough to offer you a tiny, tiny peek inside their books, but it’s often basically the table of contents and not much […]

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Do You Have a Plan B for the Challenging Situations with Adults?

Sometimes in special education it’s not the students who challenge us the most. Sometimes it’s the adults we encounter that have a grinding affect and it’s hard to know what to do. I’m guessing you know exactly what I’m talking about. You may have a parent, an instructional assistant, a co-worker, a teacher, an administrator or a therapist that you sometimes find that if you could just get that person […]

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A NEW App that Will Have Your Student’s Talking!

I know you may be using video modeling among your strategies to help shine the light on how you want your students to behave, but what about an app that can use your own pictures of pets or pictures of your own students who communicate in the app? This app will allow your students to see a picture of themselves talking!!!! This is kind of like video modeling for communication! […]

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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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Another /r/ Strategy for the SLP!

There are so many good strategies out there for developing the /r/ that I just had to share one more! Sometimes students need a 3-D model of what is it that you are trying to show them so that is why I wanted to share how you can use Play Dough to get the job done! Take a look! The conference for Dr. Ross Greene was amazing! We had 450 […]

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How to Get Your Student to Produce the Perfect /r/ in 5 Seconds!

If you didn’t already know, I worked for several years as an SLP. During that time, I saw my share of students with articulation errors. I’ve also done my share of strategies to help students correct these errors just like all of my fellow SLPs. Some sounds are an easy fix and others linger in the world of misarticulation for years. One of the biggest pains for all of the […]

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Are You Taking this Vital Data for Your Non-Verbal/Low Verbal Students Right Now?

Data, Data, Data I let data do the talking. I like data to be the bad guy if there needs to be a bad guy. I use data to be the good guy too! Let me give you a couple of examples. We had a situation where one student was coming to school and literally sleeping for two hours a day several times a month. We all know that school […]

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Finally an Affordable App that Turns Your iPad into a Voice Output Device!

Before we could use the iPad as a Voice Output Device (VOD), communication devices could cost thousands of dollars. They were big, clunky and sometimes hard to program. The iPad has changed all of that for the better! Likewise the first apps for communication that made use of the Core Vocabulary concept were really quite expensive, but now there are even more affordable options. I’m highlighting that option here. Take […]

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Are You Having Issues with Your Instructional Assistants?

If you are in a classroom working with students who have special needs, every year you are probably faced with the challenge of one or more new paraprofessional staff members who may or may not have an understanding for things like confidentiality, and the importance of leaving the cell phone off during instruction time. That can be so hard because, let’s face it, you have your hands full with your […]

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