Posts Tagged ‘Grandparents of Special Needs Children’

Get Out of the Vocabulary Rut with a Vocabulary Continuum!

The staff in one of our buildings was asked to do a few bus rides with students from some of our poorer neighborhoods in an effort to make some relationship connections.  I decided to participate in this effort.  On my very first ride, I sat with two young students who were in 1st and 2nd grade.  I noticed that they both had on nail polish, so I decided to engage […]

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What ONE WORD Can Your Students Change to Help Them Change Their Behavior?

Why is it that we all tend to grab on to negative things that are said to us or negative things that we say to ourselves?  It’s hard to understand why negative seems to dominate the positive unless specific action takes place.  So frustrating! Perhaps this is why motivational speakers are in such high demand!  If it was easy and natural, we would do it all the time ourselves! Right? […]

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A Medley of Reinforcers You Won’t Want to Miss!

Don’t you just love when someone gives you a whole slew of ideas that are so fun and practical that you can’t decide which one to try first? I thought it was time to combine some of my favorite reinforcers/visual reminders and share them with you all at once! This is just for you! Take a look! For those of you who are my faithful longtime followers, this is just […]

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The Best Little DATA TRACKER You’ll Ever Find!

No matter what changes in the world of special education, there is one thing that never changes….keeping track of data!!! UGH!  It’s such a chore and not fun, so can you imagine that I’ve discovered something that can make it fun? I must send a shout out to Holly Foltz, one of our teachers who works with our students on the autism spectrum!  I stopped by her school to talk […]

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The Best Visual Supports for Comprehension, Writing Assignments and Study Guides Ever!

Happy New Year!  I welcome 2021 with open arms and all kinds of excitement for his new year!  I hope you have weathered this storm and are looking forward to getting the classroom back to normal as soon as possible! I feel that I don’t see visual supports for writing as often as I see other kinds of things.  Do you agree?  When I saw the ideas and strategies provided […]

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The Best Strategy to Teach A Multi-Step Task!

Independence is one of the top goals we have for our students with special needs.  How do you do that when sometimes the task has several steps?  You need to build confidence one step at a time. Here’s the way I can relate to this concept.  I’m OK with technology, but I’m not a tech wiz.  I learn what I need, but I don’t spend hours playing around with technology […]

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The Best Children’s Books on Behavior and Emotions Ever!

I LOVE children’s books!  So much so that I took a course on children’s literature AFTER college!  Who does that?   I love great content, clever twists, beautiful illustrations and the way good books can inspire and influence children! Speaking of wonderful children’s books, I’ve got a treat for you today.  Check out this wonderful author and one of her most recent books! Take a look! Please stay safe. You take […]

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The VERY BEST WAY EVER to Teach Idioms to Students!

If you have ever tried to teach idioms to students on the autism spectrum by teaching them the definition for what the idiom means, then you know it often fails.  Students need not only explicit instruction when learning something difficult, they also need the opportunity to practice the new skill in context so it makes sense. Just like we don’t just teach reading by only teaching students to decode words, […]

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The Girl Who Thinks in Pictures: Temple Grandin!

If you don’t already know that major companies like Microsoft are actively looking for college graduates on the autism spectrum, you should do a bit of research to see for yourself!  Why?  Because they are looking for bright people who think outside the box.  People who see things from a different perspective.  It’s been a long time in coming, but our students/children with ASD continue to have more examples of […]

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Are You Looking for Social Narratives and Other Resources for Grief and Loss?

  When I worked at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, I remember watching a bus load of students heading home on the last day of school.  They were sitting on the bus crying.  That was such a shock to me because I had often watched buses of hearing students leaving for summer break and their attitude was excitement and joy.  When I asked a colleague why the kids […]

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