Posts Tagged ‘Special Needs Child’

Give Your Students A “Pause Button” That is Always Available!

Did you ever wish you could have a visual for one of your students that he or she could see at all times  instead of needing you there all the time to prompt to not do something?  I’ve had several students who needed this. There was the guy in middle school that would zip up your hoodie, jacket or sweater in a hot minute if it was not zipped all […]

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Are You Looking for a Delightful, Effective and FREE Timer for Young Children?

For some reason it is reallyhelpful for students to see the passage of time, especially when you want them to do something they don’t particularly want to do.  Many of our students with special needs have difficulty understanding the passage of time.  What is actually only 5 or 10 minutes for us can seem like an eternityto these students!!! Using a visual timer is a simple and effective way to […]

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Did you know there is an optimal time to teach social/language skills to children with ASD?

As promised here are our top 12 winners for the Scripting with Idioms give a way! From the States: Judith L-Texas Francine P.- NY Tacora T, CA Judy T- NC Katie H- Washington DC Barbara M-TN From around the world: Amanda S- Canada Kylie B- Australia Maria B- Philippines Disha S- India Katleen R- Belgium Hetty K- Germany Congratulations to all of our winners! Be watching for your copy of […]

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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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Have You Seen How Art Embedded in Vocabulary Words Can Make Reading Easier?

When I’m trying to help students read, my goal is to make things as clear as possible. Kids respond to patterns, movement, visuals…basically a multisensory approach to help make things “sticky”. The Orton-Gillingham reading decoding strategy, Tucker Signing Strategies, Visualizing and Verbalizing from Lindamood Bell, SRA reading, Kansas Learning Strategies all help kids to make sense of reading and vocabulary. Great stuff! I’m always looking for more great stuff.   A […]

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You Need to Know about Lagging Skills and How They Affect Student Behavior!

Have you ever read that one book or gone to that one conference that changed your whole thinking about something? It’s an educational epic moment when you sit and listen to someone speak and you feel as though they are hitting every belief you’ve had on a topic, yet somehow that person brings clarity to the subject to an extent that you wonder why you didn’t see it from the […]

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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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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 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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