Posts Tagged ‘Para-Professional’

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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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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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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Children’s Literature for Students with Disabilities Who Worry!

As you know, I love children’s literature!  I know we have students who will sometimes connect better through a story than through personal contact with others.  One of my students on the autism spectrum lost his grandmother.  He was very close to her, spent tons of time doing things with her and he knew she understood him.  When she died, he told his parents it was like in the movie, […]

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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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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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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 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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