Posts Tagged ‘Children With Special Needs’

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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Children’s Literature for Students with Disabilities Who Worry!

As you know, I love children’s literature!  I know we have students who will sometimes connect better through a story than through personal contact with others.  One of my students on the autism spectrum lost his grandmother.  He was very close to her, spent tons of time doing things with her and he knew she understood him.  When she died, he told his parents it was like in the movie, […]

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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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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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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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When You Have Behaviors, Take a Look at Sensory Needs!

When you have a student on the autism spectrum who is acting out, one of the things you can look at is sensory needs.  Sometimes our students need, what some call, a sensory diet.  If you haven’t heard that expression before, it’s when you put sensory supports in the student’s or child’s day.   Sometimes students “ask” for sensory.  You can see the student who is asking for sensory because they […]

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