Posts Tagged ‘Special education’

“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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Wanna Help Your Students and Families Get What They Need? There’s an App for That!

On January 6, 2020, our school district started offering our staff and community a way to help our students and families who are struggling!  It’s anonymous, it’s free, and it’s a win/win! How many times do you know about a student who is sleeping on the floor and you wish you could help?  How many times do you know that a student could use a new bookbag, snacks on the […]

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Are You Looking for a Social Skills Book with Tons of Colorful Visuals?

Have you ever said, I wish there was something “out there” that would visually help my child or student understand how to be more socially appropriate with friends and family members?  I know I have! Students on the autism spectrum do much better if they see what it means to be social. They need visual supports to understand how this mystery of personal interactions works.  Once they can visualize the […]

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Are You Using These Assistive Technology Tools to Keep Students from Falling Behind?

Some of us are tech savvy and some of us are not.  I think I’m somewhere in-between but there is one thing that is certain.  If you are not using technology to make sure struggling students are getting curriculum at their instructional level, you need to ask for help. Don’t just ignore what technology can do for those students who are not yet competent readers, yetbright and capable learners. Take […]

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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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Use Picture Notes to Help Struggling Readers with Comprehension!

Here we go for 2020!  I’m excited to start a new year of ideas, strategies and resources for you!!  As you know, I’ve been giving tons of information for the past several months for your struggling readers! I’ve got more reading strategies coming but don’t worry, I plan to continue to include ideas for other areas of concerns for your child/student with special needs!  Reading comprehension is always the goal […]

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Two Visuals for Helping Young Students Write Letters!

If you have watched a student in early elementary formulating his/her letters, it’s painful to see!  In fact, if you watch older students who got caught up in the period of time that handwriting was not a priority, that too is a struggle for me to watch. I’ve got a couple of visuals for you that I’ve learned from two organizations that teach the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to reading! Teach […]

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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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