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Teaching Students Synthesis in Reading Using A Surprising Tool!

How can we make reading comprehension more understandable? One way is to start with something concrete and move to the abstract! I learned so many ideas from Tanny McGregor’s book, Comprehension Connections! Her ideas are outstanding for our students who need to see, touch, and hear information before they understand. As you watch today’s video, think about that student with autism, SLD, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD or that slow learner […]

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How To Teach Joint Attention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders!

We all know that the lack of joint attention is a huge issue for children on the autism spectrum. If we can’t get a child’s attention, they don’t engage with us. If we can’t get a child’s attention, we can’t show them what we want them to learn. If we can’t get a child’s attention, they will miss out on social interactions, language development, and many other skill developments that […]

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A Simple Strategy for Students Who Have Challenges with Executive Functioning!

I’ve been telling you for several weeks that Sarah Ward was coming to Indiana and I’m here to tell you she is an amazing presenter and her ideas and strategies are outstanding!!! There are a couple of strategies that I’d like to highlight that have changed my thinking on work systems and some of the visuals I use with students! Today, I’m sharing with you a simple strategy that you […]

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Articulation Theatre for Your Speech Therapy Groups!

When I was working as an SLP, it always seemed to me that if I finally got my schedule right, I still ended up with students who had different articulation goals who were all grouped together. UGH! I always wondered why I couldn’t just once get a group who all need just the /r/ sound!! A therapist’s dream. Today’s video was inspired by my past frustrations with this grouping problem. […]

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If You Don’t Know about the 2X10 Strategy, Click Open!

How many times have you said, “I wish there was something I could do” about a student who comes from a rough home life? There IS something you can do and that is to become one of the 5 people in a child’s life that it takes to make a real difference between success and failure. If you think back to your own childhood, I’m guessing you could name several […]

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Have You Seen The Rocketbook Wave Notebook?

So a friend of mine said that she had a “new toy” that she just got and thought I should do a video on it. This friend is kind of techie and her description of this new toy peaked my curiosity. After a quick look on Amazon, I decided that I had to have one! Before my order arrived, I shared the info with another friend who immediately bought one […]

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Amazing Communication Growth in Just Nine Months For Students with Moderate Cognitive Delays!

Our team started this unique approach to a communication model for elementary age students with moderate cognitive delays approximately a year and a half ago. We placed an SLP exclusively with our three life skills classrooms for a full day each week in each classroom. We wanted to develop a program where communication was a cornerstone where students would be given the opportunity to learn and use their communication skills […]

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A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

Today’s strategies are going to seem very simple to you, but I’m here to say that they work well and they work quickly!   What am I talking about? I’m talking about using visual supports to relieve stress and anxiety for both the students and the teachers when the teachers ask questions and the students need to respond. Take a look! We still have a few weeks of school left, so […]

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How Can You Get Hard to Reach Parents to Be Involved?

Don’t you wish all parents were as involved as you are in your child (children’s) education? Of course you do! So do I. Every year we wish the same wish and come up with the same answer. There’s nothing we can do about those parents who are always a “no show” for so many things. OR IS THERE? Yes, there IS SOMETHING you can do! Take a look! How’s that […]

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Are You Someone’s Hero?

In my job as an educator I have vowed to never judge the parents of a child with special needs. Why? Because I could never be sure that in each situation they face, that I could do any better than they are doing. It would be easy to judge given my background and experience in special education, yet I do not. Instead I try to understand what they are facing […]

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