Posts Tagged ‘Special Needs’

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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Dyslexia: Are You Aware of These Outstanding Programs!

I am on fire with all of the knowledge and product information I have been learning this summer as it relates to struggling readers, especially those who have Dyslexia.   I can confidently say that I not only know how to teach reading, I also know what products or strategies to use for those students who struggle with conventional reading instruction. I am so excited, that I just needed to share it […]

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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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Use Tapping to Help Make Decoding Words “Sticky”

We know that when teaching reading, a multi-sensory approach is the best way to help students to get information and make it stick especially for students with a specific learning disability.   One of those multi-sensory strategies is tapping. What is tapping?  It’s a strategy using your fingers to make sure students understand the 1:1 correspondence of the number of phonemes in a word or syllable. Take a look! Stay tuned […]

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A Tool That You Can Use to Calculate the Level of Any Reading Material!

Have you ever assigned some kind of reading material to a student and wondered if it was the correct reading level for that child?  Have you ever wondered why your child or student was struggling to read something that was supposedly at his/her reading level? Now you have a way to Make Sure what your student is reading is at least ”playing fair” because the text is at the correct reading level that […]

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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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“I Hate To Write!” Say the Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Solution!

I know that you know just how hard it is to get a student with ASD to write!  Meltdowns or refusals are quite common. Anyway that we can make things easier for our kids to navigate this torture chamber activity is a GOOD thing! For one, I’d love to see homework go by the wayside.  If you read the body of research done by Hattie, you already know that he found homework […]

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The Reading Intervention that You’re Gonna Want for Students with Dyslexia!

I know you want to do the right thing for your students who struggle with reading.  Whether or not they have dyslexia, the fact is, you’ve got a student who is not being successful.  What to do……..? Several years ago, a brilliant colleague and friend introduced me to Orton-Gillingham strategies.  These strategies work wonders with students who struggle with reading.  The problem is that many educators start to think that […]

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Don’t You Just LOVE Children’s Books Specially Designed for Children on the Autism Spectrum!

So many of our students on the autism spectrum communicate with us through alternative means. They might memorize a favorite line from a movie that communicates they are excited, angry or happy.  They may engage in echolalia to communicate something they want or to communicate that they are anxious. Students can also identify with books and use those stories or information to let us know what they are thinking.  Today, I’m highlighting […]

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Chewelry Options for Our Student Who Have Oral Sensory Needs!

When you have a student who ruins a t-shirt a week or someone who can’t leave your classroom pencils and marker caps alone, you need options! Options that are discreet and as “chew proof” as possible is what you need.  I’ve found some really fun choices to show you!  Take a look! Even if these options help redirect students to meet their oral sensory needs in a more socially acceptable way, at least […]

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