Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

How to Teach Children to Use Their Schema for Reading Comprehension!

You know how much I LOVE visuals! I especially love it when I can use concrete items to teach a concept. When you have a strong visual like this, you’ve got a winner! I found today’s 3D example in a book by Tanny McGreager called Comprehension Connections. This is just one more great example from her book that I’m excited to share. She uses several very creative, concrete examples and […]

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Three Clever Ideas To Solve Three Challenging Behaviors!

I know you must have tried a variety of things out of necessity or even desperation when you have a student with behaviors you want to go away. Every time I hear about what someone came up with to help make a problem better, I can only imagine that there are hundreds, even thousands of unique, smart, clever ideas that have been used. If only we could all share what […]

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Teaching Students Synthesis in Reading Using A Surprising Tool!

How can we make reading comprehension more understandable? One way is to start with something concrete and move to the abstract! I learned so many ideas from Tanny McGregor’s book, Comprehension Connections! Her ideas are outstanding for our students who need to see, touch, and hear information before they understand. As you watch today’s video, think about that student with autism, SLD, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD or that slow learner […]

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Planning Backwards is the Key to Executive Functioning Success!

I know that this is the third tip from the recent conference on executive functioning I attended, but I can’t help myself!!! So many of our children with disabilities need our help with planning and task completion. I recently listened to an educator give complicated verbal instructions to a group of children and a couple of things happened. First, several of the boys got in trouble because they weren’t listening […]

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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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