Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

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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“Teachers Pay Teachers” Meets “Target Dollar Bins” for Lesson Ideas!

Don’t you just LOVE the dollar bins at Target? They’re perfect for those secret Santa or secret Shamrock activities at school. They are also perfect for that prize box for your classroom economy or that activity that just requires a little something to make it fun. Now I’ve discovered that there are teachers, SLPs, and crafty moms on Teachers Pay Teachers site who have not only taken advantage of the […]

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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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The Best Resource for Teaching Sexuality and Personal Relationships to Students with Special Needs!

When you work with students who are at the secondary level in school, you can be sure that you will deal with a whole list of things that are related to the fact that they are maturing and struggling with hormones. Sometimes it’s as simple as teaching students the value of good personal hygiene and sometimes it’s dealing with how to handle a multitude of sexuality issues. Where can school […]

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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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The Best Resource Room Ever UPDATED!

About 4 years ago I asked one of the teachers I work with if she would share with our viewers how she organized her room with structure and visual supports for her students with resource services. That video to date has had over 56,000 views! Now, Chloe Diedam has a new and much larger classroom space that she has organized like a pro! She has created a peaceful, functional, and […]

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A Set of FUN, FUN, FUN Tools to Get Your Child to be a Better EATER!

How often do you see something that you say, I wish I had that when I was a kid, or I wish I had that when my kids were little! I’ve discovered something that apparently has been around for several years, but I’m just now finding out about it! I plan to keep these packed away until I have grandchildren of my own. Creating Memories has always been a “thing” […]

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Help Students Learn to “Decide What’s Important” for Reading Comprehension!

It’s a new year and I’m ready with new and exciting ideas! I’ve been targeting Reading Comprehension because it seems to be that piece that causes issues with students once they master decoding. You’ll see two concrete ideas on how to introduce the concept of deciding what’s important while reading. Students need to understand that everything in a story is not important so filtering out the fluff is a must […]

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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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