Posts Tagged ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’

A Tool That You Can Use to Calculate the Level of Any Reading Material!

Have you ever assigned some kind of reading material to a student and wondered if it was the correct reading level for that child?  Have you ever wondered why your child or student was struggling to read something that was supposedly at his/her reading level? Now you have a way to Make Sure what your student is reading is at least ”playing fair” because the text is at the correct reading level that […]

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Autism Heroes! There is a Book for That!

We have done many sessions of peer awareness in our schools to help typical peers better understand their classmates with autism. It is sometimes challenging to find good examples of those people throughout our history who not only find the benefits of being on the autism spectrum, but then use that special wiring to achieve amazing things in the world. I’ve discovered a children’s book for the elementary student who would enjoy […]

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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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Repetitive Patterns: Behavior Issues or Career Path for Our Students with ASD?

Today I am concluding my series on the Culture of Autism!  With this 5thand final component of the culture, you will have insight as to what might possibly be causing behaviors in your students on the autism spectrum. Think of the behavior you see as an iceberg.  The visible behavior is the tip of the iceberg, but what is causing that behavior is what is lurking below the waters and […]

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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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Is a Lack of Social Skills the Cause of Negative Behaviors?

  It sure CAN be!  Our students on the autism spectrum will have issues with using appropriate social skills.  Sometimes the lack of these skills is the root cause of behaviors.   When you look at the Culture of Autism, the area of social skills is one of the components that make up the culture and it is definitely something you may need to address. Students with ASD have little interest in […]

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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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