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The Best Children’s Books on Behavior and Emotions Ever!

I LOVE children’s books!  So much so that I took a course on children’s literature AFTER college!  Who does that?   I love great content, clever twists, beautiful illustrations and the way good books can inspire and influence children! Speaking of wonderful children’s books, I’ve got a treat for you today.  Check out this wonderful author and one of her most recent books! Take a look! Please stay safe. You take […]

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The VERY BEST WAY EVER to Teach Idioms to Students!

If you have ever tried to teach idioms to students on the autism spectrum by teaching them the definition for what the idiom means, then you know it often fails.  Students need not only explicit instruction when learning something difficult, they also need the opportunity to practice the new skill in context so it makes sense. Just like we don’t just teach reading by only teaching students to decode words, […]

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The Girl Who Thinks in Pictures: Temple Grandin!

If you don’t already know that major companies like Microsoft are actively looking for college graduates on the autism spectrum, you should do a bit of research to see for yourself!  Why?  Because they are looking for bright people who think outside the box.  People who see things from a different perspective.  It’s been a long time in coming, but our students/children with ASD continue to have more examples of […]

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Are You Looking for Social Narratives and Other Resources for Grief and Loss?

  When I worked at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, I remember watching a bus load of students heading home on the last day of school.  They were sitting on the bus crying.  That was such a shock to me because I had often watched buses of hearing students leaving for summer break and their attitude was excitement and joy.  When I asked a colleague why the kids […]

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Make Sure You Teach Your Students the “e” Rule and the “y” Rule!

Don’t think that because this is my 4th spelling rule video that there are only 4 rules.  There are actually SEVERAL more as you will learn in future videos! Just like the three previous rules, knowing this one today would have saved me lots of time with my dictionary! Take a look! We are in the middle of a global pandemic that affects all of us.  We would be naïve […]

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The FLOSS Pattern! Do You Know This Spelling Rule?

You get spelling rule # 4 today, BUT there are so many more!  This one is easy and fun and who doesn’t like a bonus??  Anything that we can repeat, really seems to make things easier, right? Anna Gillingham calls adding a bonus letter to /f/, /l/, /s/ ( and sometimes /z/) the FLOSS Pattern.  That stands for f..l..or s   “floss”. Some people like to come up with their own […]

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Do You Know the Doubling Rule and How to Teach it?

I wish I could have back all the time I’ve spent looking up whether or not I doubled the consonant in a word when I added a suffix!  I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but think about all of the words you’ve spelled in your life and how many times you’ve needed to know this concept.   For some reason I always thought that this was one of those things […]

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Know the Rules so You Can Teach the Rules!

The only phonics rule that I ever remember learning was the one that went like this. When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.  HA!   That rule only applies 15% of the time!  Now what about the spelling rules I learned.  Zero.  UG!!! I want to make sure that you know the rules so you can teach the rules!!!  I’ve learned so many things since I’ve been […]

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The Best Grammar Resource for Teaching Grammar Using a Multisensory Approach!

During the Orton-Gillingham training that I attended during the summer of 2019, I was introduced to some resources that I could tap into to help students learn grammar.  One Fellow-In-Training, an educator working on the last requirements for becoming an official Fellow in the OG approach to reading, joined our cohort for a couple of days.  She drew a simple T chart on the board and said, this is the […]

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The Best Personal Sensory Kits for Resource Students Ever!

What was the saying, “The only guarantee in life is death and taxes.”  In 2020, we can now add “change” to that statement.  Things we took for granted now have to change.  Maybe temporarily or maybe permanently I don’t know, BUT what I do know is that we can count on things changing. One of those things is how we help students with behavior issues to calm.  Gone are the […]

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