Posts Tagged ‘Special Education Teacher’

A Program for Early Childhood Students: ABA in a Box!

I’ve been talking a lot about that window of opportunity for language development that the literature tells us happens for students on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3 and 5. I’ve also share with you a tool for assessing where students are with their social skills (The Denver Early Start Curriculum Checklist) so today I want to share a resource that can be used with our young students […]

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Check Out this ReMARKable Way to Put a White Board on Any Flat Surface!

Isn’t it amazing how every time you turn around, there is something new and exciting that is being developed, designed, invented. I spent a lot of time in the office this summer and one day the principal in my building asked me if I saw the new Professional Learning Community room. He took me to this former PTO space and showed me this great area for collaborating, planning and learning […]

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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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How To Get Continuing Education Hours for FREE!

Now that teachers are allowed to renew their teaching licenses using continuing education hours, it’s nice when we find a free option. Sometimes it can be challenging to get 90 hours of continuing education hours in 5 years, depending upon how much your school corporation allows you to get released from the classroom. Likewise, if you are a parent or small business owner or even a student looking for more […]

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Need a Valuable Resource to Teach Math to Children with Down Syndrome?

I have found after working many years in the field of disabilities that often one disability may have several things in common with another disability. Take Down Syndrome and Autism for example. Students with both disabilities benefit from physical structure in the classroom, visual schedules, and sensory stimulation. In both disabilities, students have difficulty following directions and can have meltdowns due to poor communication skills. You can apply many strategies […]

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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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Reading Decoding Strategies You Don’t Want to Miss!!!

This week is the second in a series of three videos I wanted to share with you on reading decoding!!! If your students can quickly and correctly decode multi-syllable words, then you don’t need to watch this week or next… 🙂 However, if your students cannot decode multi-syllable words, you need to watch! Since decoding/phonics/word attack is one of the foundations of reading …teaching our students the rules of phonics […]

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Three Must Have Schedules in the Classroom!

Do you have assistants who sit around doing everything except what you need them to do? Have you ever momentarily “lost” a child because everyone in the room thought someone else was watching him/her? These are just two situations that have happened to staff I’ve worked with, making teachers terribly frustrated with the situation. There are several other pitfalls that can happen in a special education classroom IF the three […]

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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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A Proven Wh Question Strategy for Students on the Autism Spectrum!

One of the issues students on the Autism Spectrum have is Communication, right? Receptive and Expressive language is HARD for our students. Wh Questions are part of those communication issues. Sometimes by the time a student gets to the end of the question, he/she has forgotten what it was that needed to be answered!!! Figuring out exactly what someone is asking can be problematic for our students and so it’s […]

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