Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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A Unique Perspective on Autism That You Do Not Want to Miss!!

We often see the symbol of a ribbon with multicolored pieces of a puzzle as a representation of autism.  I’ve always felt that it was the perfect way to depict autism because both children and adults on the spectrum are truly a puzzle sometimes. Each person unique yet in many ways, just the same.  There is a book that beautifully captures some ways in which we all might better figure […]

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Two Sensory Tools to Calm Your Dysregulated Students

I don’t know why students with behaviors always seem to take over our classrooms, our caseloads and our focus, but they do.  We are often challenged to find solutions to help our students not only make it through the day, but to help our students learn all they need to be successful. The students struggle and so does the staff.  I wanted to share a couple of ideas today to […]

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How to Get Struggling Readers to “Hear” Short Vowel Sounds!!!

About five years ago I worked with a middle school student with Down Syndrome on reading decoding.  She had the worst time trying to sound out simple CVC words when I realized she just couldn’t hear the word she was decoding. I tried something to get my student to help her figure out what she was sounding out, not knowing that it was already “out there” as a strategy in […]

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EASY, EASY Fluency Strategy for Children Who Struggle!

Just so you know, there are some really good fluency programs/kits out there (Wilson has one!), but if you don’t have the luxury of purchasing one, you have options! I have three fluency strategies that I want to share for some DYI ideas.  I am sharing one of them with you today! Keep in mind that this vital foundation piece for reading must be part of your instruction so that […]

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Word Tiles that Help with Capitalization and More!

You know I love a good visual tool!  I discovered another one this summer that is proving to be both and simple and effective.  It’s a tool for those students that just seem to always forget that sentences need punctuation and capitalization!     It’s also going to help your students with the phonological awareness component of word awareness.  Some students just don’t recognize that sentences are made up of individual words, […]

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The Easiest Way to Teach Students How to Count Syllables!

Sometimes strategies come along and you wonder why you didn’t think of that!  The strategy I’m showing you today is one of those!  Actually this video takes 2 minutes from start to finish, which may be a record for Behavior Communicates! Take a look! I told you it was fast and simple!  If you have a better, quicker way to get the same thing done, please share! Enjoy this one! […]

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An Incredible Self-Regulation Tool for Early Childhood Students!

Once I saw the strategies, the visuals, the stories, and of course the dolls that represent a variety of emotions, I was SOLD!!! You may have heard of Conscious Discipline.  The curriculum that I am highlighting today is part of the same concepts developed and taught by Dr. Becky Bailey.  The kit I show you is a delightful program for our youngest students teaching self-regulation to not only the students […]

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Brain Break: Two Strategies to Give Your Students a Break!

If you enjoyed my video on “Palming” as a stress reliever, then you are going to enjoy two more strategies that you can add to your SEL bag of tricks! Take a look! You can learn more about the information that Dr. Lori Desautels has to offer on her site, revelationsineducation.com You will find a wealth of information and resources.   Dr. Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University and was […]

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