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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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Keep CALM and Carry On with This APP to Help You Face the Stress of Caring!

Have you eve heard of bedtime stories for adults? Neither had I until I saw an ad on TV for an app to help people de-stress.  Bedtime stories for adults….  Intriguing! I’m thinking, is this something like adult coloring books that are designed to help you relax?  Right after I saw the ad on TV, one of the counselors in our district sent out an email recommending this app to help […]

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An APP to Track Developmental Milestones for Parents and It’s FREE!

Just imagine how much more impact we could have if all of our children or students were identified earlier with developmental delays and interventions started as early as possible!    First time parents of a child with some developmental issues often do not have any typically developing child to compare with their own child’s development.   Parents may not know what to look for or take a ”wait and see” approach before they […]

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If You Haven’t Seen a Sensory Pea Pod, You’re Missing Out!

Do you have a student in your home or your classroom who needs a fair amount of sensory input just to calm down?  Guess what, you are going to be amazed at that this simple tool can do for your child or students. I know many teachers who work with young children use cube chairs or Rifton chairs to give a child more physical support during things like circle time to help […]

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Have You Ever Asked Your Students with Disabilities about Their Gifts?

In social settings, one of the best ways to get people talking is to ask them about themselves!  I’ve found that if I take interest in the work they do, their children, their life story, their vacations or their hobbies, I get all kinds of information. Those things are important to most people and they typically have much to say.  When they are talking, I also hear the enthusiasm in their […]

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Cognitive Differences in Your Student with ASD Can Spark Behaviors!

We are all very aware that our students with ASD are wired differently than their neuro-typical peers.  This is one of the reasons we need to pay attention to that fact when we are dealing with behaviors.  Understanding just exactly what is meant by “cognitive differences” and what we can do about it could be a key to solving some behavior issues! Take a look! Last week I featured Sensory […]

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When You Have Behaviors, Take a Look at Sensory Needs!

When you have a student on the autism spectrum who is acting out, one of the things you can look at is sensory needs.  Sometimes our students need, what some call, a sensory diet.  If you haven’t heard that expression before, it’s when you put sensory supports in the student’s or child’s day.   Sometimes students “ask” for sensory.  You can see the student who is asking for sensory because they […]

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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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Something Frightening You Should Know about Sexuality and ASD

I’m guessing my title got your attention.  That was by design, because I wanted to share some information, that as educators or parents of young adults on the autism spectrum, you absolutely need to know. Inappropriate sexual images, content, and language are everywhere, yet as educators and parents, it’s a tough topic to navigate. Sometime the way people handle this is to focus on other things.  Avoid, ignore and maybe it […]

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A Strategy to Help Students Say Goodbye to Their Mistakes!

I hate making a mistake.  I don’t like being wrong, but I can tell you that it’s the mistakes we make that help us to do it right the next time, be a better person the next time, figure something out quicker the next time.  So mistakes are GOOD! We all hate getting something wrong, but our students hate it the most I think.  They unfortunately get the message early […]

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