Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

The Reading Intervention that You’re Gonna Want for Students with Dyslexia!

I know you want to do the right thing for your students who struggle with reading.  Whether or not they have dyslexia, the fact is, you’ve got a student who is not being successful.  What to do……..? Several years ago, a brilliant colleague and friend introduced me to Orton-Gillingham strategies.  These strategies work wonders with students who struggle with reading.  The problem is that many educators start to think that […]

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Don’t You Just LOVE Children’s Books Specially Designed for Children on the Autism Spectrum!

So many of our students on the autism spectrum communicate with us through alternative means. They might memorize a favorite line from a movie that communicates they are excited, angry or happy.  They may engage in echolalia to communicate something they want or to communicate that they are anxious. Students can also identify with books and use those stories or information to let us know what they are thinking.  Today, I’m highlighting […]

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Check Out this Comprehension Strategy for Non-Verbal Students!

Right before Spring Break, I posted a video about the app, CALM.  Shortly after that, I found out that if you are an educator, you can get the app for FREE.  The app developer is offering this app to EVERY EDUCATOR IN THE WORLD for FREE. Can you believe that!!! Here is how you can grab your free app! https://www.calm.com/schools IF you are a parent, family member, student or small […]

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How Communication Skills Fit into the Culture of Autism

I’m hoping by now that you’ve heard the term the Culture of Autism.  Whether you’ve just learned it from my video on this topic or you’ve known about this term for years, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you understand the components and how you can use them to figure out how to address behaviors of your students on the spectrum. I’m addressing the first of the five components.  Communication.  It’s […]

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Double Dosing for Students Who are Significantly Behind in Reading!

A sense of urgency, time is of the essence, get ‘er done is the theme of today’s video!  We have too many students come in to our schools already at a deficit because they come from an impoverished home environment.  Parents who mainly interact with their children for what is called “command and control” which basically means they don’t do much communicating with their children outside of keeping them in line […]

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Intensive Reading Interventions for Secondary Students!

I am very aware that once students get into high school, the stakes are high. Traditionally, the focus is on passing classes with graduation as the end goal.  All efforts go into helping students meet course requirements, which includes getting homework done, studying for the tests and quizzes.  Little time if any is left over for any continuation of closing the gap on any lagging reading skills. I have and will forever […]

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Outstanding Tier 3 Interventions to Help Older Students Succeed in Reading!

The mystery of teaching students how read was solved a very long time ago.  We know how to do it.  We know what it takes. YET we still have students who are lagging behind in their skills.  When a child struggles with reading, we must do something different not just more of the same only louder and more of it.  I was attending a conference on reading several years ago […]

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Another Tool for Your Tool Box You Won’t Want to Miss!

I feel that every conference or training that I go to, if I can get just one new idea, strategy, or tool that I can take back to share with others, then I consider it worth my time.  When Sarah Ward came to present, we were all taking part in a fire hydrant turned to WIDE OPEN!!!  It will take me weeks to process all of the information I learned […]

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Does Too Much Screen Time Have an Effect on Language and Social Development?

You bet it does!!!!  In fact, excessive screen time has more ramifications on not only language and social skills, but many more things as well.  Self-regulation, anxiety, memory issues, and challenges with controlling emotions are just a few of the issues that can result from too much time that children spent on technology. One of our SLPs, sent me an article written by another SLP, Angie Neal that was both […]

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The Best Reading Program for Students Who Need a Whole Word Approach!

Finding the right curriculum for a student is one of the most important keys to academic success.  The hard part is finding good options for your students because not all students learn in the same way. I was once told by our district’s reading specialist that no matter what reading curriculum is selected to use for students in the general education classrooms, there will be approximately 20% of those students who will […]

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