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A Simple Tool To Teach “OUCH” To Your Child with Special Needs!

If you ask the parent of a child with significant cognitive delays what the most important things they want for their child, in my experience, the answer has overwhelmingly been two things: Communication and Self-Help Skills  If you think about it, this is not surprising. These two skills lead to a huge jump in quality of life for both the child and the family. In today’s video I wanted to […]

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Two Visual Supports for Halloween You’re Gonna Want!

Are you looking for a way to help your non-verbal child participate in trick or treating? Are you also looking for a way to help your child on the autism spectrum understand what is going on when people come dressed up to your house and ask for candy? If you are, you are in for a TREAT!! Check out this week’s video to see two visual supports for Halloween!!! Once […]

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Do You Know the Three Keys to Keeping Parents Happy?

Are you avoiding a parent or two because they are angry or hard to handle? If so you are just making things harder on yourself! Did you know it’s actually more work and more stress to avoid a parent or to be reactive to a problem with a student than it is to actually take care of it!!! In today’s video, I’ve got three tips for you to stay squarely […]

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Do You Have a Powerful Tool To Reduce Unexpected Behaviors in Your Child With Autism?

I have a family member on the autism spectrum, so I know what it’s like to be in a social situation where his unexpected behaviors cause awkward moments or even anger toward him at the very least.   I have also feared for my nephew’s safety at the other end of the gamut because his behaviors have been verbally aggressive toward others. I was fortunate to spend some time this summer […]

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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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Already Made Visual Supports For You!!!

It’s easy to tell a teacher or a parent that visual supports are helpful. It’s easy to say use of visual supports is one of the Best Practices for children with autism. What’s hard is finding the time to find them or make them. Score! In today’s video I am showing you not only WHERE you can find visual supports, but you will also see that the visual supports are […]

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Having Trouble Transitioning Your Child With Special Needs Back From A Favorite Place?

Why are transitions so hard???? Probably because change is hard and transition is about change. One of the best ways to transition a child with special needs from one place to another is to use PART of a favorite object. Check out today’s video to see an example of a simple but effective transition object that I used to get a student from the playground back to class without one […]

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See How An Old Fashioned Slinky Help Your Children With Special Needs Count!!!

Have you ever noticed that some times old things can become new again? Old movies get remade, old songs get recycled and the younger generation thinks some of these old things are actually brand new and totally cool. My daughter’s boyfriend, Nikola, was playing the song, Crystal Blue Persuasion on his cell phone last week and I said, “Oh wow you’re playing Crystal Blue Persuasion!” He said, “How do you […]

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Have You Seen These Free Exercise Videos, Perfect for Children with Special Needs?

I’ve been in special education classrooms long enough to know that when the gym is not available, when the weather is too hot or too cold or when the kids just NEED TO MOVE you need OPTIONS!!! You can get the parachute out, you can get the mini trampoline out, you can start the music and dance or play musical chairs but wouldn’t it be nice to have something that […]

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