Posts Tagged ‘Special Needs’

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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Is a Lack of Social Skills the Cause of Negative Behaviors?

  It sure CAN be!  Our students on the autism spectrum will have issues with using appropriate social skills.  Sometimes the lack of these skills is the root cause of behaviors.   When you look at the Culture of Autism, the area of social skills is one of the components that make up the culture and it is definitely something you may need to address. Students with ASD have little interest in […]

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How Communication Skills Fit into the Culture of Autism

I’m hoping by now that you’ve heard the term the Culture of Autism.  Whether you’ve just learned it from my video on this topic or you’ve known about this term for years, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you understand the components and how you can use them to figure out how to address behaviors of your students on the spectrum. I’m addressing the first of the five components.  Communication.  It’s […]

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Something Frightening You Should Know about Sexuality and ASD

I’m guessing my title got your attention.  That was by design, because I wanted to share some information, that as educators or parents of young adults on the autism spectrum, you absolutely need to know. Inappropriate sexual images, content, and language are everywhere, yet as educators and parents, it’s a tough topic to navigate. Sometime the way people handle this is to focus on other things.  Avoid, ignore and maybe it […]

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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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Add a Little Magic To Help Kids Do What You Want, LOOK HERE!

Once again, I’ve found a little magic that I just have to share!  A couple of years ago, one of our SLPs had this magic wand that she brought out here and there to get kids to pay attention and work on their articulation,  language or social skills. I’ve wanted one of these ever since.  I told one of my friends that I wanted one and one day, it showed up […]

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Double Dosing for Students Who are Significantly Behind in Reading!

A sense of urgency, time is of the essence, get ‘er done is the theme of today’s video!  We have too many students come in to our schools already at a deficit because they come from an impoverished home environment.  Parents who mainly interact with their children for what is called “command and control” which basically means they don’t do much communicating with their children outside of keeping them in line […]

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Do You Need a Tool to Help Get Your Student to Transition?

You just never know what’s going to work with any given student. For me, sometimes it’s been a bracelet turned into a superpower or a pillbox turned into a reinforcement treasure chest.  I think sometimes if you can have on hand something that surprises a student, something that is interesting or novel that he or she actually momentarily forgets why they were not being compliant in the first place! That brings me […]

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Intensive Reading Interventions for Secondary Students!

I am very aware that once students get into high school, the stakes are high. Traditionally, the focus is on passing classes with graduation as the end goal.  All efforts go into helping students meet course requirements, which includes getting homework done, studying for the tests and quizzes.  Little time if any is left over for any continuation of closing the gap on any lagging reading skills. I have and will forever […]

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Outstanding Tier 3 Interventions to Help Older Students Succeed in Reading!

The mystery of teaching students how read was solved a very long time ago.  We know how to do it.  We know what it takes. YET we still have students who are lagging behind in their skills.  When a child struggles with reading, we must do something different not just more of the same only louder and more of it.  I was attending a conference on reading several years ago […]

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