Posts Tagged ‘Down Syndrome’

Three Must Have Schedules in the Classroom!

Do you have assistants who sit around doing everything except what you need them to do? Have you ever momentarily “lost” a child because everyone in the room thought someone else was watching him/her? These are just two situations that have happened to staff I’ve worked with, making teachers terribly frustrated with the situation. There are several other pitfalls that can happen in a special education classroom IF the three […]

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The Five Whys Strategy That Gets You to the Root of the Problem!

How many times have you and I asked a question….gotten an answer and then started coming up with strategies to solve the problem that we think we understand??? More than I can count, I am sure.   There’s power in asking questions, but there is more power in asking the right questions!!!  “If you don’t ask the right questions, you don’t get the right answers. A question asked in the right […]

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A Strategy To Keep In Mind With Students Who Have Down Syndrome!

Are you working with a student who has Down Syndrome and you find that he/she has behaviors like refusing to do the work presented or becoming verbally or physically aggressive? I know I have!!! Stubborn is a word that comes to mind. Right? Consider this….sometimes that “stubborn” attitude just might be the result of your student being overwhelmed with the task you are presenting. I’ve had students simply put their […]

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A Proven Wh Question Strategy for Students on the Autism Spectrum!

One of the issues students on the Autism Spectrum have is Communication, right? Receptive and Expressive language is HARD for our students. Wh Questions are part of those communication issues. Sometimes by the time a student gets to the end of the question, he/she has forgotten what it was that needed to be answered!!! Figuring out exactly what someone is asking can be problematic for our students and so it’s […]

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You Can Help Your Student’s Medical Team Understand More By Doing This!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teacher say…..”I wish I could talk to the doctor” when referring to the doctor of one of his/her students.   I’ve even had teachers and therapists go to the doctor WITH parents just to make sure that everything was properly reported to the doctor. In today’s video, I’ve got a FANTASTIC solution to get this job done without going to the […]

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Do You Have This Great School Job For Your Students with Special Needs?

Finding or creating school jobs is an awesome way to help students get some vocational training before they actually go out on a job site. Many teachers have come up with some very creative ways to get this vocational experience to their students. Sometimes the jobs just get old or are boring or you just need a change. Today I’m sharing one fun school job that could be appropriate for […]

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Are You Collecting Data in the Right Way for Your Students with Special Needs?

Data, Data, Data!!! That’s what everyone wants. We test students so much these days that there’s hardly time to TEACH!!! In special education we collect so much data…..who has time to analyze it! If we don’t document, we don’t know where to go next….We need to monitor growth. If we do not document…the courts say it didn’t happen. We need to document to be accountable to the IEP…as we should! […]

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Are You Looking for An Awesome Informal Reading Assessment?

What do you do when you have a child who shows up in your classroom right after the school’s formal reading assessment or progress monitoring is completed? Well it wouldn’t be best practice to guess where a student is in his/her reading skills with no information what so ever. Right??? Take a look at today’s video and see a great tool you may want to have in your classroom! I’ve […]

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Do You Know the Difference Between a Program Assessment and Progress Monitoring?

Over the years I have learned the difference between these two things because I’ve had great people around me who are bright and knowledgeable in this area and willing to share!!!! Every now and then I discover that a staff member confuses the two and needs an explanation.   I thought that if this confusion is here in my area, others might want some clarification too! So here goes! In the […]

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How to Give Control and Keep Control of Choices for Your Students with ODD!

Do you have a student who is so oppositional that he/she won’t accept any choice you suggest? That’s typical of a student with ODD. Control is what this student is after so how do you give a child control over a choice yet maintain some control yourself? It’s called “weighted choices”. Take a look at this week’s video! You can say things like, would you like to take your medicine […]

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