Posts Tagged ‘Communication’

Don’t You Wish Your Child With Special Needs Could Tell You What’s Wrong?

It would be interesting to me to see just how many times a child without special needs communicates to a parent or teacher that something hurts, or there was an accident and they got injured, or they feel sick and need to lay down. That answer would give me some insight about just how many times a parent or teacher of a child with special needs cannot communicate this basic, […]

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Have You Seen How Art Embedded in Vocabulary Words Can Make Reading Easier?

When I’m trying to help students read, my goal is to make things as clear as possible. Kids respond to patterns, movement, visuals…basically a multisensory approach to help make things “sticky”. The Orton-Gillingham reading decoding strategy, Tucker Signing Strategies, Visualizing and Verbalizing from Lindamood Bell, SRA reading, Kansas Learning Strategies all help kids to make sense of reading and vocabulary. Great stuff! I’m always looking for more great stuff.   A […]

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A Clever Visual Support That Teaches Social Turn Taking!

Social skills have been well documented as one of the most important things we can give our students if they are to make and keep friendships and if they are to get and maintain a job, yet it remains a huge challenge to our students/children. You probably already have guessed that I’m going to promote going visual to help this process along! Our students, especially those on the autism spectrum, […]

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Do You Know the Most Important Key to Getting Your Nonverbal Child to Talk?

When I work with children who are nonverbal and on the autism spectrum or who have a moderate or severe cognitive disorder…..Guess what the two main things are that parents want…. They want their child to have self help skills and COMMUNICATION SKILLS. That’s right. If you do nothing else for a child like this, these skills are GOLDEN. In today’s video, I discuss where to start with developing those […]

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The Anatomy of a Conversation for Children with Autism!

One of the first concepts of math involves understanding the number line and how it works. Right? It’s one of the foundation pieces of math that you just should not skip. It helps students visualize math and it helps the manipulation of math become easier to understand…..because there is a reference point. If you ask me, one of the first steps in teaching social skills is teaching a child that […]

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Use That Simple Tool You Already Have for a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

I have people ask me on a regular basis what they can do for a child with oppositional defiant disorder. There are many things that you can try, but I wanted to point out today that there is one thing that you are probably already using that just might come in handy for your child with ODD. Take a look! You can have First/Then preprinted or you can quickly write […]

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Check Out Full Circle Cartooning for Social Understanding!

I can’t tell you how often I get a request from teachers to help students learn about how their behavior is affecting others and what they can do to change that behavior. There are several really good visual strategies out there to help students with social understanding,   I use what I think will work depending upon the child and the circumstances. One of my favorite tools is doing what I […]

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Do You Know What T.H.I.N.K. Stands For As A Social Media Guide?

You know that some of our children with special needs get on the computer and post things just like their peers. Is anyone guiding those postings? Has anyone pointed out the pit falls, the potential negative consequences of reckless posting of information? These are questions that we, the parents and educators, must address to protect not only our children, but other children from things like bullying. In today’s video, I’m […]

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How To Know When To Push The Panic Button With A Late Talker!

As you may imagine, I get lots of questions via e-mail and on my You Tube channel about all kinds of things. Sometimes the questions are related to my weekly videos and sometimes the questions are simply about how to handle the challenges that parents/grandparents/teachers/other special education staff/administrators/business owners are going through at the moment. I enjoy helping you find solutions to difficult situations. Why? Because that means I helped […]

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An APP That Is So Cool for Teens To Practice Typical Social Conversations!!!

  Do you have a teen who just doesn’t know how to have a conversation with someone? Don’t you wonder how they got this far without SOMEONE teaching them something simple like basic social skills with peers??? I wonder that each and every time I discover a student who is in middle school or high school, but doesn’t have a clue how to have a conversation about something as simple […]

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