Posts Tagged ‘Special Needs’

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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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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A Tool You May Not Realize Just How Amazing It Is!

I don’t know about you, but I work best if I have all the tools I need for my work close at hand. I hate doing something twice. I hate needing to stop any forward motion toward a goal just to fix something, to look for the right equipment, to gather the right materials….whatever. When I’m in the groove, I just want to keep going. Part of my need for […]

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Creatively Teach Students Exactly How to “Question” During the Reading Process

Years ago, I naively thought that asking students questions about what they read was “working” on comprehension. No…… I was assessing comprehension. It’s a good thing that I did not work as a reading teacher!   What I know now is that teaching reading comprehension has several components: Schema, Inferring, Identifying what is important, questioning, visualizing, and synthesizing. We need to get our students using Metacognition, or thinking about their thinking, […]

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Teaching Inference using Fun, Concrete Examples for Reading Comprehension

Once again, reading comprehension is that part of reading that seems to be the last frontier. We all need to make sure that we are presenting all of the components of reading comprehension if we expect students to fully understand what they are reading. Teaching students how to use their schema plus evidence in a story to form an inference can actually be a lot of fun. Take a look […]

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