Posts Tagged ‘instructional assistant’

Keep CALM and Carry On with This APP to Help You Face the Stress of Caring!

Have you eve heard of bedtime stories for adults? Neither had I until I saw an ad on TV for an app to help people de-stress.  Bedtime stories for adults….  Intriguing! I’m thinking, is this something like adult coloring books that are designed to help you relax?  Right after I saw the ad on TV, one of the counselors in our district sent out an email recommending this app to help […]

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An APP to Track Developmental Milestones for Parents and It’s FREE!

Just imagine how much more impact we could have if all of our children or students were identified earlier with developmental delays and interventions started as early as possible!    First time parents of a child with some developmental issues often do not have any typically developing child to compare with their own child’s development.   Parents may not know what to look for or take a ”wait and see” approach before they […]

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If You Haven’t Seen a Sensory Pea Pod, You’re Missing Out!

Do you have a student in your home or your classroom who needs a fair amount of sensory input just to calm down?  Guess what, you are going to be amazed at that this simple tool can do for your child or students. I know many teachers who work with young children use cube chairs or Rifton chairs to give a child more physical support during things like circle time to help […]

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Have You Ever Asked Your Students with Disabilities about Their Gifts?

In social settings, one of the best ways to get people talking is to ask them about themselves!  I’ve found that if I take interest in the work they do, their children, their life story, their vacations or their hobbies, I get all kinds of information. Those things are important to most people and they typically have much to say.  When they are talking, I also hear the enthusiasm in their […]

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Repetitive Patterns: Behavior Issues or Career Path for Our Students with ASD?

Today I am concluding my series on the Culture of Autism!  With this 5thand final component of the culture, you will have insight as to what might possibly be causing behaviors in your students on the autism spectrum. Think of the behavior you see as an iceberg.  The visible behavior is the tip of the iceberg, but what is causing that behavior is what is lurking below the waters and […]

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Cognitive Differences in Your Student with ASD Can Spark Behaviors!

We are all very aware that our students with ASD are wired differently than their neuro-typical peers.  This is one of the reasons we need to pay attention to that fact when we are dealing with behaviors.  Understanding just exactly what is meant by “cognitive differences” and what we can do about it could be a key to solving some behavior issues! Take a look! Last week I featured Sensory […]

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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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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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A “Keep the Kids in Line” Strategy You Don’t Want to Miss!

Welcome Back!!! It feels great to be back posting ideas and strategies for you!  Jerry and I had a wonderful time with all 4 kids and all 4 significant others in sunny Oviedo, Fl!!!  We got to engage in some friendly competition doing Whirly Ball, had gingerbread house competition and just enjoyed being together!  I hope you got to do the same with your family and friends. Now back to business!  […]

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A Great Book to Help with the Challenges of Leading Assistants in Your Room!

All instructional assistants are not made equal.  We have so many that are outstanding.  Some are even certified teachers or students who are working their way through college.  We have some assistants who have a family member with special needs so they bring a valuable perspective to our classrooms. And then there are the assistants who have never worked with children with special needs or the assistants who just took the job […]

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