Posts Tagged ‘Carla Butorac’

The Reading Intervention that You’re Gonna Want for Students with Dyslexia!

I know you want to do the right thing for your students who struggle with reading.  Whether or not they have dyslexia, the fact is, you’ve got a student who is not being successful.  What to do……..? Several years ago, a brilliant colleague and friend introduced me to Orton-Gillingham strategies.  These strategies work wonders with students who struggle with reading.  The problem is that many educators start to think that […]

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Don’t You Just LOVE Children’s Books Specially Designed for Children on the Autism Spectrum!

So many of our students on the autism spectrum communicate with us through alternative means. They might memorize a favorite line from a movie that communicates they are excited, angry or happy.  They may engage in echolalia to communicate something they want or to communicate that they are anxious. Students can also identify with books and use those stories or information to let us know what they are thinking.  Today, I’m highlighting […]

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Chewelry Options for Our Student Who Have Oral Sensory Needs!

When you have a student who ruins a t-shirt a week or someone who can’t leave your classroom pencils and marker caps alone, you need options! Options that are discreet and as “chew proof” as possible is what you need.  I’ve found some really fun choices to show you!  Take a look! Even if these options help redirect students to meet their oral sensory needs in a more socially acceptable way, at least […]

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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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Two Materials to Promote Mindfulness with Young Children!

I love the fact that many people here in the states and in other countries are talking about mental heath. The stigma surrounding mental health is starting to diminish thanks to the efforts of people in the public eye talking about their own struggles with things like depression and anxiety. Consider this quote from the Dalai Lama: “If every 8 year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world […]

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Check Out this Comprehension Strategy for Non-Verbal Students!

Right before Spring Break, I posted a video about the app, CALM.  Shortly after that, I found out that if you are an educator, you can get the app for FREE.  The app developer is offering this app to EVERY EDUCATOR IN THE WORLD for FREE. Can you believe that!!! Here is how you can grab your free app! https://www.calm.com/schools IF you are a parent, family member, student or small […]

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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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