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Life Skills Room

Life Skills Room

Let’s throw back Thursday with it today and check out one of my favorite endeavors I took on as a teacher – The Life Skills Room! What is it? The Life Skills Room is a small supplementary classroom that another teacher and I use to work on life skills... read more
Fire Drill Social Story {and more}

Fire Drill Social Story {and more}

Have you ever had one of those moments when your student does something that is inappropriate but is so dead on for his age? You have to be ‘angry’ and correct him but deep down inside you are like OMG, that is freaken great. Like when your students lie or... read more
Category Cards

Category Cards

Need to work on some categorization skills?  Check out these Category Cards.  The set contains 72 Name that Category cards and 72 What Doesn’t Belong cards.  I tried to include all the of the common categories and then made some a little more challenging. Name... read more
One Week Data Sheet

One Week Data Sheet

I’m always trying to make my data systems better and more efficient. I know. Overachiever. But why be happy with the status quo when you can amp it up and leave that crusty ole status quo out in the dumpster? The problem was my amazing and glorious one on one... read more
Community Helper File Folder Activities

Community Helper File Folder Activities

We love working on categorizing and associations in my class. It’s a great way to take students beyond just basic matching tasks and it’s essential to get more complicated concepts mastered. These are some of my favorite file folder activities because they... read more
Who Activity

Who Activity

Another Speech-Language pathologist I work with found this great “Who Am I” puzzle and turned it into a really fun activity to work on answering “who” questions with students.  I used this activity in so many therapy groups recently to work on... read more
iPad Rules: Why You Need Them & What They Should Look Like

iPad Rules: Why You Need Them & What They Should Look Like

I’m going to be real honest with you. One of my most favorite days of teaching was the day my cart of iPads got delivered. You would have thought that cart contained blocks of pure gold and an endless supply of Starbucks based on my excitement. iPads are a... read more
It Ain’t Always Pretty and That’s Okay!

It Ain’t Always Pretty and That’s Okay!

When I first started writing this blog, I was very self-conscious that my thoughts and ideas were out there in the internet world for anyone to read and judge. Many years later I honestly sometimes forget that my usually a little bit too long ramblings are put out to... read more
Parent Autism Resources {printable handouts}

Parent Autism Resources {printable handouts}

In a perfect world, we would have seamless on going communication with parents and be able to have plenty of time to get into in-depth discussions about autism, behaviors, expressive/receptive language difficulties, and adapting academics. But in the real world a... read more

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Setting Up a an Easy-to-Use Program Binder

A program binder will guide your instruction and help you keep track of both academic and behavioral data. However, there is a lot that needs to go into one binder and the organization can be challenging. If you have a high-needs student, you cannot waste time trying... read more

Classroom Schedules

You need loads of schedules for your class. I have schedules coming out of my ears. You need a student detailed schedule, an adult detailed schedule, and schedules for your students. You should have a schedule for each child in your classroom. Just do it. Don’t... read more

Ultimate Guided Reading Resource for Special Education

I made this massive resource a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to post about it yet! I absolutely love teaching reading. I think literacy for children with autism is an extremely under-researched area with very limited supports, curriculum, and resources.... read more

FAQ: Dealing with Aggression

Welcome to a week long (or more!) set of posts dedicated to your frequently asked questions. I pulled these reoccurring themes from emails, comments, and facebook. If a bunch of people have the same concern – there are probably more of you too! Figured I’d... read more

Life Skills Room

The Life Skills Room is one of those things that has been looming near the bottom of my to do list for weeks now. We had partially set it up – enough for some of our kids to use on a daily basis – but it wasn’t set up to my OCD like standards. We... read more