Posts Tagged ‘Special education’

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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You Can Help Your Student’s Medical Team Understand More By Doing This!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teacher say…..”I wish I could talk to the doctor” when referring to the doctor of one of his/her students.   I’ve even had teachers and therapists go to the doctor WITH parents just to make sure that everything was properly reported to the doctor. In today’s video, I’ve got a FANTASTIC solution to get this job done without going to the […]

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Do You Have This Great School Job For Your Students with Special Needs?

Finding or creating school jobs is an awesome way to help students get some vocational training before they actually go out on a job site. Many teachers have come up with some very creative ways to get this vocational experience to their students. Sometimes the jobs just get old or are boring or you just need a change. Today I’m sharing one fun school job that could be appropriate for […]

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Are You Collecting Data in the Right Way for Your Students with Special Needs?

Data, Data, Data!!! That’s what everyone wants. We test students so much these days that there’s hardly time to TEACH!!! In special education we collect so much data…..who has time to analyze it! If we don’t document, we don’t know where to go next….We need to monitor growth. If we do not document…the courts say it didn’t happen. We need to document to be accountable to the IEP…as we should! […]

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Are You Looking for An Awesome Informal Reading Assessment?

What do you do when you have a child who shows up in your classroom right after the school’s formal reading assessment or progress monitoring is completed? Well it wouldn’t be best practice to guess where a student is in his/her reading skills with no information what so ever. Right??? Take a look at today’s video and see a great tool you may want to have in your classroom! I’ve […]

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Do You Know the Difference Between a Program Assessment and Progress Monitoring?

Over the years I have learned the difference between these two things because I’ve had great people around me who are bright and knowledgeable in this area and willing to share!!!! Every now and then I discover that a staff member confuses the two and needs an explanation.   I thought that if this confusion is here in my area, others might want some clarification too! So here goes! In the […]

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How to Give Control and Keep Control of Choices for Your Students with ODD!

Do you have a student who is so oppositional that he/she won’t accept any choice you suggest? That’s typical of a student with ODD. Control is what this student is after so how do you give a child control over a choice yet maintain some control yourself? It’s called “weighted choices”. Take a look at this week’s video! You can say things like, would you like to take your medicine […]

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Do You Know the Most Important Key to Getting Your Nonverbal Child to Talk?

When I work with children who are nonverbal and on the autism spectrum or who have a moderate or severe cognitive disorder…..Guess what the two main things are that parents want…. They want their child to have self help skills and COMMUNICATION SKILLS. That’s right. If you do nothing else for a child like this, these skills are GOLDEN. In today’s video, I discuss where to start with developing those […]

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The Anatomy of a Conversation for Children with Autism!

One of the first concepts of math involves understanding the number line and how it works. Right? It’s one of the foundation pieces of math that you just should not skip. It helps students visualize math and it helps the manipulation of math become easier to understand…..because there is a reference point. If you ask me, one of the first steps in teaching social skills is teaching a child that […]

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Have You Ever Seen A Bike Without Pedals for Children With Special Needs?

A colleague of mine recently won a grant for a Strider Bike. I had never heard of a bike that had no gears or movable pedals. In fact, quite frankly I was wondering why anyone would want one. In my mind, I was thinking ….what’s the point? I not only got see the bike, but my friend has allowed me to do a video on it so I could share […]

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