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An Amazing App for Executive Functioning Skills!

Are you the schedule for your students, or your child?  If so, you may be dealing with someone who has some challenges with organization and planning!  Do those same students waste time and then complain about not having enough time to finish their work? Many of our students struggle with executive functioning issues and actually need our help to understand things like making better use of their time by planning ahead! […]

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I Have Found the Perfect Solution for That Light Switch Flicker in Your Classroom!

If you work with pre-school students or older students with special needs, chances are you have had someone along the line drive you crazy with switching your lights on and off! I know I’ve seen this many, many times.  So what is the solution?  I’ve seen stop signs near the switch, I’ve seen furniture pushed in under the switch (at least at the door), I’ve seen teachers put an informal […]

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Executive Functioning Event with SARAH WARD!!!

As a teacher or parent, if you find yourself being the schedule, being the time keeper or worrying more about a student getting assignments doneor to places on time, then you need some expert help!  Executive Functioning guru, Sarah Ward,  MA.  CCC-SLP is coming to Indiana!  Westfield Washington Schools has invited Mrs. Ward to come and share her incredible strategies to help us help students succeed when it comes to […]

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The Wrong Colors and Visual Clutter Can Create Problems You Don’t Need in Your Classroom!

It’s that time of year to really be purposeful when you think about the learning spacefor your students.  Physical structure will work for you or against you. The wrong lighting can set students off as can the wrong colors and visual clutter. Don’t set yourself up for more stress than you need to.  You want to set your students up for success.  Think more about your teaching space than where all […]

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Make Sure Your Room Structure Works for You, Not Against You!

If you take a look at your classroom or teaching space, what does it communicate?  Does the structure make it clear what is expectedfrom your students?  If not, you might want to rethink how your room is set up.   I can’t tell you how many times I go into a classroom that communicates that students can do things that the teacher really doesn’t want to happen,like students running around, spending […]

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A Wonderful Free App to Help Students Self-Regulate!

Hello!!!  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer, but it’s great to be back working on new material for Behavior Communicates! You can see from the video that I’m off the scooter!  What you can’t see is that I’m still in an air cast, but only for a few more days!  Hurray!  Done and Done! The quick demonstration you are about to see is just a taste of what this app can […]

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Scripting With Idioms is for Everyone!

Hello again!  It’s our second throwback Tuesday so we thought we’d bring back highlights from my book, Scripting with Idioms, if you didn’t know about it! We launched a year ago and have had so much wonderful feedback that we thought you might want to grab your copy this summer before the school year starts!  You can find it on Amazon.com in the books section! Take a look! Stay cool!  Take care and […]

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Have You Ever Thought About How Siri or Alexa Could be Helpful with Articulation?

Yes, you read that right. The digital voicethat you use on a regular basis could become your student’s helper at home!  If you have a student who is in need of some carryover workwith articulation skills at the sentence level either with you or in his/her home environment, try introducing some digital help from these two online “ladies” Take a look! As you can see in the video, I still […]

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A Material that Combines Sentence Building with a Sensory Benefit!

I’m the kind of person who loves to multitaskboth at home and at work.  It’s the only way I can get everything done!!!  I’m sure I’m not alone in that so I’m guessing that you’re going to love today’s video. You will see that this material allows students to take advantage of more than one thing at a time. Take a look! We have so many students in our schools […]

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A Strategy that Help Students with Down Syndrome Learn New Content to Mastery!

It’s always important to match proven strategieswith student needs.  Students with cognitive delays need us to scaffold supports so that they can reach their goals and feel that success and confidence. Students with Down Syndrome are particularly in need of taking in information at a slower rate.  If you work with this group, you know that if you are not giving enough support or if you are going too fast […]

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