Posts Tagged ‘Work Systems’

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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Here’s the Perfect Strategy for The Child Who Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

Don’t you just love it when you find a strategy that works Almost every time you use it? I have found that to be true with many of the evidence based practices like when I use a work system or when I use the token board or the First/Then strategy. It dawned on me this week that I’ve been using a GREAT strategy for those students with ODD that I […]

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The Best Structured Resource Room Ever!

Do you have a small room where you bring a few students at a time for some kind of instruction or therapy? Let me just say that structure is your friend, my friend. When you have students coming and going, there is an art to making that happen smoothly. I’ve asked one of my teachers to share with you how she took some time to make her already structured resource […]

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How Many Two, Three and Four Word Phrases Can You Make With Just 48 Words?

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how many phrases could be made with a core vocabulary board!!! I guess I just never thought about how many combinations you could get! Out on the playground, you can say things like: Push me Go fast Push more I want to stop I want to go And much more! Playing board games, you can say things like: My turn Roll it […]

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Where Can You Find Already Made Materials For Math, CBMs, Dolch Words and MORE?

Have you ever wished that you had an assistant? Someone who would make up practice math problems for every lesson you teach plus a teacher master copy to check the answers? Who hasn’t? The ideal assistant would also make up a list of Dolch words, reading passages for students to practice, writing probes, spelling word lists, a list of student rewards, letter name fluency lists and even generate a reading […]

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Check Out 4 Ideas to Use To Stop Vocal Abuse!

Check Out 4 Ideas to Use To Stop Vocal Abuse!

The natural thing for kids to do is to let it all out vocally. Right?!!! They love to yell, scream, laugh, and make all kinds of wild and crazy noises. Let’s face it, kids’ vocal cords can take a lot of abuse. Otherwise we’d see children of all ages walking around with raspy voices or even voices that would cut in and out like someone with laryngitis. For those children […]

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Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

Do you ever just get so caught up in everyday challenges that it’s a luxury to step back and take a look at the big picture?  Who does that for you?  Are you sure that you are moving your child/children ahead so that everyday you are working toward that goal of independence? Being that second set of eyes on a problem is one of the things I do for the […]

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3 Things You Need To Know To Help Children In Crisis!

3 Things You Need To Know To Help Children In Crisis!

When something crazy happens in your classroom, in your home or at your school, do you have the first clue how to handle it?  You may not know what to do or what to say.  You just might miss a golden opportunity to understand your child and to change the course of his/her path. Watch the video and learn 3 things you can do to find out what really took […]

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4 Things You Don’t Do To A Child Who Is Disfluent!

If you work with young children or you have any children of your own, chances are you’ve noticed that they can be disfluent when they are trying to tell you something.  Young children are just learning language and they can think faster than they can find the words they want to say.  What comes out are easy repetitions of words. Have you ever learned a new language?  You may start […]

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Must Have Playground Ideas for Children with Autism!

Must Have Playground Ideas for Children with Autism!

If you work with children who have autism, you already know that the playground can be a rough time for them. Why? A playground is a wide-open space and the rules for behavior and play are not posted and typically not directly taught.   Some rules are communicated verbally, and some belong to the “hidden curriculum” of playground behavior.  In other words the expectations are just “understood”.  Social rules are typically […]

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