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A Tip for Teaching Students Time Planning with Executive Functioning Issues

How many of you end up being the teacher who has to remind that one student to “get going” on a task, or “hurry up” because time is almost over for a task to be completed? What about that child at home who just takes his/her time to get ready for school and the bus is about to arrive? If you are the schedule, then the child is not pre-planning […]

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Can You Identify the Time Horizons for Your Students?

I don’t know why I love data but I do! First off, the term Time Horizon was new to me and the information about how this applies to children and adults from ages 2 to 35 was fascinating!!! This is one of the dozens of new terms, ideas and concepts that I learned when I listened to Sarah Ward, an SLP AND expert in the area of executive functioning! If […]

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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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Try These Two Strategies Together for Students Who are Oppositional!

One of our teachers came up to me this week and shared what happened with a suggestion I made to her. She was so excited that this combo strategy worked! Take a look! I also want to share with you that I have now communicated with everyone who responded to our Scripting with Idioms giveaway! If you were one of the lucky ones who will be getting a book, I […]

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A Program for Early Childhood Students: ABA in a Box!

I’ve been talking a lot about that window of opportunity for language development that the literature tells us happens for students on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3 and 5. I’ve also share with you a tool for assessing where students are with their social skills (The Denver Early Start Curriculum Checklist) so today I want to share a resource that can be used with our young students […]

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Did you know there is an optimal time to teach social/language skills to children with ASD?

As promised here are our top 12 winners for the Scripting with Idioms give a way! From the States: Judith L-Texas Francine P.- NY Tacora T, CA Judy T- NC Katie H- Washington DC Barbara M-TN From around the world: Amanda S- Canada Kylie B- Australia Maria B- Philippines Disha S- India Katleen R- Belgium Hetty K- Germany Congratulations to all of our winners! Be watching for your copy of […]

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Are You an Anchor for Another Adult Who Works with Children with Disabilities?

I really like the idea of having a team of support around me, but I never really thought of those people as people I needed to be there for me. I guess I just thought that it was nice to have them there. Derek Peterson is the founder of The Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience (ICAR-US). If you haven’t heard of him, you need to know about his incredible […]

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The Power of 5! How You Can Literally Change Children’s Lives

You and I know what it takes to help children be successful in life. It’s the typical things that most of us take for granted. It’s the things Jerry and I gave our children like a safe home, healthy food, a good education, medical care, spiritual influences, love, kindness, moral guidance, attention, etc, etc, etc. Believe it or not, research has backed up what we’ve known all along. If you […]

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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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