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“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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Wanna Help Your Students and Families Get What They Need? There’s an App for That!

On January 6, 2020, our school district started offering our staff and community a way to help our students and families who are struggling!  It’s anonymous, it’s free, and it’s a win/win! How many times do you know about a student who is sleeping on the floor and you wish you could help?  How many times do you know that a student could use a new bookbag, snacks on the […]

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Are You Looking for a Social Skills Book with Tons of Colorful Visuals?

Have you ever said, I wish there was something “out there” that would visually help my child or student understand how to be more socially appropriate with friends and family members?  I know I have! Students on the autism spectrum do much better if they see what it means to be social. They need visual supports to understand how this mystery of personal interactions works.  Once they can visualize the […]

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Are You Using These Assistive Technology Tools to Keep Students from Falling Behind?

Some of us are tech savvy and some of us are not.  I think I’m somewhere in-between but there is one thing that is certain.  If you are not using technology to make sure struggling students are getting curriculum at their instructional level, you need to ask for help. Don’t just ignore what technology can do for those students who are not yet competent readers, yetbright and capable learners. Take […]

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A Unique Perspective on Autism That You Do Not Want to Miss!!

We often see the symbol of a ribbon with multicolored pieces of a puzzle as a representation of autism.  I’ve always felt that it was the perfect way to depict autism because both children and adults on the spectrum are truly a puzzle sometimes. Each person unique yet in many ways, just the same.  There is a book that beautifully captures some ways in which we all might better figure […]

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Two Sensory Tools to Calm Your Dysregulated Students

I don’t know why students with behaviors always seem to take over our classrooms, our caseloads and our focus, but they do.  We are often challenged to find solutions to help our students not only make it through the day, but to help our students learn all they need to be successful. The students struggle and so does the staff.  I wanted to share a couple of ideas today to […]

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How to Get Struggling Readers to “Hear” Short Vowel Sounds!!!

About five years ago I worked with a middle school student with Down Syndrome on reading decoding.  She had the worst time trying to sound out simple CVC words when I realized she just couldn’t hear the word she was decoding. I tried something to get my student to help her figure out what she was sounding out, not knowing that it was already “out there” as a strategy in […]

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Use Picture Notes to Help Struggling Readers with Comprehension!

Here we go for 2020!  I’m excited to start a new year of ideas, strategies and resources for you!!  As you know, I’ve been giving tons of information for the past several months for your struggling readers! I’ve got more reading strategies coming but don’t worry, I plan to continue to include ideas for other areas of concerns for your child/student with special needs!  Reading comprehension is always the goal […]

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Do You Know How To Do a Word Chain for Fluency?

Helping students to become more fluent in their reading probably isn’t the most fun to work on but it is essential to building good reading skills!  For me, if a strategy is effective, I love using it. I am tutoring a first grade student this year and I’ve tried word chains with him. It’s such a joy for me when he says things like, ” I can do this!” or […]

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