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Basic Sequencing

Jul 07

Basic Sequencing

Level 2: Receptive Language An important concept for our learners to understand is the concept of sequencing. We want our students to understand the words first, next, and last. Think about what we talked about yesterday with multi-step directions? Those sequencing words are extremely important! Think about how often we talk about our schedules and order of...

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Following Multi-Step Directions

Jul 06

Following Multi-Step Directions

Level 2: Receptive Language Let’s face it – we are bossy pants. We are constantly telling our kids want to do. It’s okay. We should own it. But we do need to come to terms with the fact that many of our kiddos have no idea what we are telling them. Many times we are rattling multi-step directions at our students. In one quick breath we asking them...

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4th of July Sale!

Jul 04

The 4th of July is my favorite! It’s all about grilled hot dogs, fireworks, boat trips, and s’mores. Nothing can make this weekend better than a little sale to top it all off! Whether you are making your way through ESY or just want to get a head start on the next school year (it’ll be here before we know it!) – why not snag a few goodies?...

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Vocal Imitation

Jul 03

Vocal Imitation

Level 1: Expressive Language A vocal imitation program is a good way to help train up sound approximations! This is ideal for students with very limited vocal skills, but who can make some sounds and imitate novel on. To start things off, identify one or two approximation your kiddo can sound out successfully, then identify two or three more that you want to train....

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Teaching Greetings for Students Who Are Nonverbal

Jul 02

Teaching Greetings for Students Who Are Nonverbal

Level 1: Expressive Language When we get down to the most basic and foundational social skill that we engage in it comes down to one word – hi. Greeting our peers is the first step towards developing and maintaing a friendship. It’s beyond a critical skill – it’s a must-have. Just because your student is nonverbal doesn’t mean that they...

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How Can I Use AAC in My Classroom?

Jul 01

How Can I Use AAC in My Classroom?

Level 1: Expressive Language Nobody would argue that having a system for our students to communicate is a bad thing. In the start of the school year, we hold that blessed AAC device firmly in two hands and fantasize about all of the amazing ways you will utilize this resource throughout the year. And then life gets in the way. All of sudden it’s January and you...

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What is AAC?

Jun 30

What is AAC?

What is AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication; (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. (ASHA Website – www.asha.org). Many of our students with severe speech or language...

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Expressive Language 101

Jun 29

Expressive Language 101

What is Expressive Language? Expressive language is a term used to describe how a person communicates his/her wants and needs with others. This includes both verbal and nonverbal communication skills and how a person uses language. It is first important to determine how a student communicates and then his/her expressive language skill level. Basic Non-Verbal...

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Simple Turn Taking

Jun 26

Simple Turn Taking

Level 1: Receptive Language Turn taking is a great skill to target with all of your learners but your kids who struggle with receptive language skills will hugely benefit from this activity. Turn-taking is the foundation of a conversation and is the first stepping stone towards effective social skills. Children with autism sometimes struggle to engage with their...

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Teaching Following One Step Instructions

Jun 25

Teaching Following One Step Instructions

Level 1: Receptive Language For students who struggle with receptive language skill, it’s important to start to slowly build concrete basic receptive language skills. A great place to start is following one step instructions. Following directions is a critical functional and academic skill. Think about how many times in one day we tell our student or child to...

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Core and Fringe Vocabulary: What It Is & How to Use It

Jun 24

Core and Fringe Vocabulary: What It Is & How to Use It

Level 1: Receptive Language Fringe words are often easier to teach because you can picture the item in your mind; however, core words are going to be more flexible to use across environments and communication partners. Since we don’t just speak using fringe vocabulary, it is imperative that we focus on teaching the core words even though it can be more...

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Using Visuals Effectively and Purposefully

Jun 23

Using Visuals Effectively and Purposefully

Level 1: Receptive Language Skills When you walk into an autism classroom, the first thing you may notice are visuals. That funky little conehead Boardmaker man is probably the first thing to smack you in the face. If you are new to the autism world you might wonder why someone would spend so many ink cartridges to print all of these graphics. There is a very...

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Summer Series: Cooking Up Communication

Jun 22

Summer Series: Cooking Up Communication

I am bubbling over with excitement! And yes a lot this excitement has to do with the fact that it is finally summer with warmer temperatures and less alarm clock wake ups. But much of this excitement comes from introducing this summer’s Summer Series – Cooking Up Communication. Get ready to learn all about how to increase communication skills in all types...

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Summer Vocabulary Unit {freebie}

Jun 19

Summer Vocabulary Unit {freebie}

Another summer freebie coming at ya! This one is just too cute for words. We had been using our spring vocabulary unit nonstop and were in desperate need of a summer theme revamp. This is perfect to keep us busy until the final minutes of the school year and maintain during summer school as well! This mini unit will give you a great sample of how my vocabulary units...

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Summer Roll & Color {freebie}

Jun 18

Summer Roll & Color {freebie}

Warning: this contain quite literally the most adorable clipart ever that will make you want to scour pinterest for recipes of strawberry lemonade and decadent chocolate coverers strawberries. I mean just stop. Those chocolate covered strawberries, the bunting, the lemons. I die. Crazy cute. These are roll and color worksheets which are some of my favs. Roll two...

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Count, Color, & Name {Summer Edition}

Jun 17

Count, Color, & Name {Summer Edition}

These books are my fav. Structured, visual, and targets those basic, foundational skills that so many of my kiddos need to work on. I love these books so much I made a whole series out of them. My OG book – What? How Many? What Color – was getting a lot of wear and tear in my room. I created a whole series – one for each month of the year! I...

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What’s on the Grill Dad?

Jun 16

What’s on the Grill Dad?

  With Father’s Day and Summer right around the corner I decided to create a book about Grilling and Dads. What’s on the Grill Dad? is a fun adaptive book to work on food vocabulary and number concepts. This book is perfect for ESY, summer school, or some at home fun!     Here is how I set up the book: I placed a strip of clear hard velco...

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Visual Recipes: Summer Treats & Snacks

Jun 15

Visual Recipes: Summer Treats & Snacks

Summer is the perfect time for fun. Let you hair down and loosen those reins. It’s time to let kids be kids. This packet of visual recipes is perfect for some fun and functional summer treats and snacks! These are quick and easy treats that can be used as a classroom special activity, afternoon snack, or group project! This is perfect for summer school, ESY, or...

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Work Box Task Ideas

Jun 11

Work Box Task Ideas

This sentence may make me sound like a complete nut job – but the summer it the perfect time to work on some task boxes. Mix yourself a big pitcher of lemonade (or margaritas? hey it is summer!), throw on the netflix, open the windows and relax with a little work task box making. It is my firm belief you can never have too many work box tasks. And although it...

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Spanish Visuals and Behavior Tools {Visuales en Español}

Jun 10

Spanish Visuals and Behavior Tools {Visuales en Español}

Do you have students who are bilingual or Spanish dominant? If you do, it’s essential to make sure you are using interventions, visuals, and behavior tools that are at their level. And level includes language! The challenges of autism can be considerable but think about combining that with a language barrier. Holy batman have you set you and your student up...

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