Archive for the ‘Structure at Home’ Category

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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A Solution for Students Who Have Anxiety About Using the Bathroom!

Many of our students have anxietyabout things in their environment.  That anxiety can come from many different things. Sometimes the list of possibilities seems endless but here are a few that seem to pop up on a regular basis:  Social Situations Lack of success with an academic subject A routine that has changed A need for sensory input A need to reduce sensory input The understanding of communication from others […]

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A Set of FUN, FUN, FUN Tools to Get Your Child to be a Better EATER!

How often do you see something that you say, I wish I had that when I was a kid, or I wish I had that when my kids were little! I’ve discovered something that apparently has been around for several years, but I’m just now finding out about it! I plan to keep these packed away until I have grandchildren of my own. Creating Memories has always been a “thing” […]

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One Way Parents of Children with Special Needs Can Ease the Financial Struggle

So many parents of children with special needs have financial issues that most of us can’t fathom. I have tried to imagine how I would handle it if I got called away from work as many times as we need to call parents to come to school to pick up a sick child or an out of control child. In addition, what about the child with special needs who needs […]

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Have You Seen the Math App That Does Problems for You???

What do you do about that student who doesn’t have any homework support at home? Maybe there are family members who can’t or won’t help with homework especially math. Ether way, our students can struggle and we often feel helpless. Maybe all your student needs is just to see how a problem is solved. There are several situations that this next app can solve so you won’t want to miss […]

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Have You Seen These Itty Bitty Libraries?

Children’s literature is one of my favorite things. The richness of the words on the page, the creative illustrations, the joy that reading and being read to for a child is priceless. Children who are exposed to books early tend to be much more ready for school than children who grow up in homes without books. As you know! I’ve made home visits to families where there is not a […]

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Learn How to ‘Block and Box’ To Help Students with Executive Function!

Last week you learned about the Wondertime Clock and some fun and useful ways it can help students manage time. This week, I’ve got another treasure from Sarah Ward’s list of tools for help with executive function. If you have a student who just can’t seem to get that homework home or that lunch box in his book bag, you are going to want to see today’s video. Take a […]

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Are You Having Issues with Your Instructional Assistants?

If you are in a classroom working with students who have special needs, every year you are probably faced with the challenge of one or more new paraprofessional staff members who may or may not have an understanding for things like confidentiality, and the importance of leaving the cell phone off during instruction time. That can be so hard because, let’s face it, you have your hands full with your […]

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Which is More Important, Lagging Skills or Behaviors?

Now that you’ve been introduced to Dr. Ross Greene and one of his tools, the ALSUP, it would be important for you to learn how to use it! Remember, it’s not the behaviors we want to focus on, it’s the lagging skills that the child has not yet developed. The key to figuring out when the lagging skills occur is to discover the situations during your child’s day that the […]

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Do You Treat Your Child with Special Needs Like a Child First?

Several years ago I was working with a young girl who needed homebound services because she was too medically fragile to attend school. I was both her speech/language therapist and her teacher. It was my job to teach her some communication skills and to stimulate her thinking and to explore what she was able to learn. Nearly everyday that I provided services, this little girl’s grandmother would watch me work. […]

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