Archive for the ‘Down Syndrome’ Category

The Best Little DATA TRACKER You’ll Ever Find!

No matter what changes in the world of special education, there is one thing that never changes….keeping track of data!!! UGH!  It’s such a chore and not fun, so can you imagine that I’ve discovered something that can make it fun? I must send a shout out to Holly Foltz, one of our teachers who works with our students on the autism spectrum!  I stopped by her school to talk […]

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The Best Strategy to Teach A Multi-Step Task!

Independence is one of the top goals we have for our students with special needs.  How do you do that when sometimes the task has several steps?  You need to build confidence one step at a time. Here’s the way I can relate to this concept.  I’m OK with technology, but I’m not a tech wiz.  I learn what I need, but I don’t spend hours playing around with technology […]

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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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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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What to Do About Face Shields!

For the first time in my life, I’m wearing a face shield!  Not all the time, of course, but there are times when I really have no choice.  I do adult professional development as part of my job, so I need to be able to have people understand what I’m saying.  I am also aware that a face shield alone does not adequately protect you from COVID-19.  A face shield, […]

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“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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