Posts Tagged ‘Children With Special Needs’

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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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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Something Frightening You Should Know about Sexuality and ASD

I’m guessing my title got your attention.  That was by design, because I wanted to share some information, that as educators or parents of young adults on the autism spectrum, you absolutely need to know. Inappropriate sexual images, content, and language are everywhere, yet as educators and parents, it’s a tough topic to navigate. Sometime the way people handle this is to focus on other things.  Avoid, ignore and maybe it […]

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A Strategy to Help Students Say Goodbye to Their Mistakes!

I hate making a mistake.  I don’t like being wrong, but I can tell you that it’s the mistakes we make that help us to do it right the next time, be a better person the next time, figure something out quicker the next time.  So mistakes are GOOD! We all hate getting something wrong, but our students hate it the most I think.  They unfortunately get the message early […]

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Do You Need a Tool to Help Get Your Student to Transition?

You just never know what’s going to work with any given student. For me, sometimes it’s been a bracelet turned into a superpower or a pillbox turned into a reinforcement treasure chest.  I think sometimes if you can have on hand something that surprises a student, something that is interesting or novel that he or she actually momentarily forgets why they were not being compliant in the first place! That brings me […]

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Give Your Students A “Pause Button” That is Always Available!

Did you ever wish you could have a visual for one of your students that he or she could see at all times  instead of needing you there all the time to prompt to not do something?  I’ve had several students who needed this. There was the guy in middle school that would zip up your hoodie, jacket or sweater in a hot minute if it was not zipped all […]

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An Amazing App for Executive Functioning Skills!

Are you the schedule for your students, or your child?  If so, you may be dealing with someone who has some challenges with organization and planning!  Do those same students waste time and then complain about not having enough time to finish their work? Many of our students struggle with executive functioning issues and actually need our help to understand things like making better use of their time by planning ahead! […]

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The Best Reading Program for Students Who Need a Whole Word Approach!

Finding the right curriculum for a student is one of the most important keys to academic success.  The hard part is finding good options for your students because not all students learn in the same way. I was once told by our district’s reading specialist that no matter what reading curriculum is selected to use for students in the general education classrooms, there will be approximately 20% of those students who will […]

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A Wonderful Free App to Help Students Self-Regulate!

Hello!!!  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer, but it’s great to be back working on new material for Behavior Communicates! You can see from the video that I’m off the scooter!  What you can’t see is that I’m still in an air cast, but only for a few more days!  Hurray!  Done and Done! The quick demonstration you are about to see is just a taste of what this app can […]

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