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Is “Taking Turns” a Problem for Your Child with Special Needs?

Turn Taking is a life skill for children with special needs.  Sometimes we the parents, caretakers and educators find that we need a way to help our child understand how to take turns.  We need to show whose turn it is and when our child’s turn is coming up again. How can we do that?  Simple.  Go Visual with a large “T” for “turn taking” and place either pictures or […]

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Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual!

Crazy Summer Schedule??? Go Visual! Do you rely on your visual schedule as much as I do?  I know I want to see what is coming up and what I need to accomplish for the day.  It calms me down for sure! Your child with special needs should also know what is happening for the day.  It will help bring order to his/her world and if you go visual with […]

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How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play? Hey there!  It’s summertime and our kids are out of school!  Now what?  You have more free time with your child and you want to make it count, right? We all want to get down on the floor and play with our kids, but it’s frustrating when they don’t know how!  So here’s my question, does your child prefer to […]

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Two Simple Visual Strategies You’ll Use All The Time!

Two Simple Visual Strategies You’ll Use All The Time!   Too often we forget, forget, forget to cut the verbal and go visual with our children!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a classroom where the staff is telling, telling, telling instead of showing, showing, showing!   Of course some children you can tell them to do something and they’ll do it!  So when do you […]

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“Wait!” Is This a Concept Your Child With Special Needs Understands?

“Wait!” Is This a Concept Your Child With Special Needs Understands? Find Out How You Can Teach This! Knowing how to wait is a social skill that many children with special needs struggle with.  For parents and educators, sometimes it’s a daily challenge to get a child to wait patiently. Did you know that research shows that on average, we spend time “waiting” between 45 and 62 minutes a day!  That’s […]

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Find Out How Talking And Communicating Are Different

Just Because Your Child with Special Needs Can Talk, It Doesn’t’ Mean He or She Can Communicate! You know how to talk, I know how to talk, but have you ever had to explain yourself because you didn’t communicate well? Have you ever had to apologize because something you said didn’t come out the way you intended?  Exactly!  We’ve all experienced that! So the big question here is why do […]

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Wanna Know How a Squishy Baff and a Handful of Orbeez Can Help You With Sensory?

Have I got two cool sensory ideas for you! Orbeez is the first product I recently stumbled upon that is so much fun! This is a great alternative to rice, pasta, and sand for your kiddos who love and need sensory! The box comes with several packages of little seed-like granules that puff up into perfect little orbs. You get purple, red and white packets.  Fun colors!  It’s best to […]

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Core Vocabulary: Communication Systems for Students with Special Needs

Core Vocabulary:  Communication systems for students with special needs What is Core Vocabulary?  It’s a small number of words that make up 70 to 90% of what we say everyday.   Instead of just labeling items that limits vocabulary to nouns, you can give your students a greater ability to communicate using pieces of grammar to actually formulate phrases and sentences. Communication is power and once a student understands how powerful […]

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The Sandwich Technique

The Sandwich Technique Hey there!  It’s Springtime and my tulips are popping up everywhere yet we just had a huge hail storm!!  What’s up with that?  Mixing a little positive with the negative is part of life.  That’s exactly what I want to communicate to you today. We’ve all had a situation where we’ve not been happy with someone yet we really didn’t want to derail the relationship.  What to […]

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Aspergers: Teaching a Social Skill Strategy for Students with Special Needs

Think it!  Don’t say it!   That’s the message we need to give to our students on the autism spectrum especially our kids with Asperger Syndrome.  We need to teach that just because they’re thinking something, that doesn’t mean they need to say it.  Another expression we often use with our students who have social skill issues is “on the mind, not out the mouth”. One way I like to get […]

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