Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

Can Flexible Seating Really Help Students to Stay on Task?

If you are willing to take a chance, a leap of faith…you might want to try a different approach to keep students on task. Try allowing your students to engage in flexible seating. Is it novelty or is it comfort? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way if it helps your students stay focused, does it really matter? Take a look! If you check out Pinterest you can find […]

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How to Put Structure in the Classroom for ESL Pre-Schoolers

Recently I invited you to ask questions if you would like some help or feedback on a situation involving your students, clients or children. For this week’s video, I decided to respond publicly to Dianne W’s question because I thought perhaps it would resonate with several of you. Although I’ve done videos on the things I talk about, I’ve never suggested these strategies for children who speak English as a […]

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Do You Know the Ten Questions to Ask to Get an ACE Trauma Score?

Since right before Winter Break, my school has been taking a new approach with our students who have behavior issues. One of the things we’ve begun to consider is how trauma is possibly affecting the behaviors we’re seeing. Our behavior specialist has offered us some key insights into the affects of trauma. She introduced our staff to the ACE questionnaire. You will hear all about that in today’s video! Take […]

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Do You Treat Your Child with Special Needs Like a Child First?

Several years ago I was working with a young girl who needed homebound services because she was too medically fragile to attend school. I was both her speech/language therapist and her teacher. It was my job to teach her some communication skills and to stimulate her thinking and to explore what she was able to learn. Nearly everyday that I provided services, this little girl’s grandmother would watch me work. […]

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Expanding Expression Tool to Enhance Writing for ALL Children!

If you have not heard of the Expanding Expression Tool or EET, you are missing out on one of the easiest writing strategies I’ve ever seen! It works it’s magic with visual/tactile prompts to help organize your student’s thoughts! Once you’ve seen the kit that Sara Smith has designed, you are going to want one for yourself, your business, your child, your child’s classroom, or your school!!!! You know that […]

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A Little Strategy to Get Students with Special Needs Working!

I took a course a few years back on how to work with children who had behavior issues and it really stuck with me for several reasons. Basically, I thought the ideas on how to get the attention of some students were brilliant. One of the ideas was that if a student was being the class clown, the teacher’s plan was to temporarily send him/her next door where the students […]

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A Great Solution to Preventing Skin Scratching for Students with Special Needs.

You know and I know every year you will be charged with teaching a student who brings unique challenges well before you can even get to reading, writing and math. Sometimes those challenges are medical issues that you have very little control over and that can be so frustrating!!!! If we can’t change the situation we can at least try to manage it. In today’s video I am sharing a […]

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See How a 3-D Snowman Can Help Develop Language Skills!

Have you ever noticed that when you do most anything in 3-D your kids pay more attention? I’ve brought children’s books alive with objects my students can see, touch, take, give, and manipulate. They pay attention!!! I can hold the attention of pre-school students with special needs for up to 30 minutes if I go 3-D and make whatever I’m doing interactive. Students of all ages are more engaged if […]

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Are Sensory Issues Causing Your Child With Special Needs to Strip Off Clothing?

For whatever reason, every now and then we will get a student who just cannot deal with a sensory issue surrounding clothing. I’ve had a pre-school age student who would not keep a diaper on so the parents would send her to school in a dress with nothing underneath!!! We just can’t do that at school so we worked to desensitize her to wearing diapers. I had another student who […]

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A Visual Reading Decoding Strategy That Helps Children with Special Needs!

This week’s video is the third and final video on decoding. So many of our children are visual learners, so what better way of teaching decoding than to take much of the mystery out of attacking words!!! Once again I am using the resource, Recipe for Reading and sharing the last of the syllable patterns and the final three syllable types. Take a look!!! Keep in mind that if your […]

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