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What’s Bugging You {Prepositions}

Apr 27

What’s Bugging You {Prepositions}

Adapted books are my jam. You can teach so many different skills, it’s structured, it’s visual, and best part? our kids love them. They know what is expected and there is a clear start & end point. Pure perfection. My What’s Bugging You? Book Series is my favorite of the bunch. The predictable structure and visuals paired with words leads to...

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Community Helper Q & A Activity

Apr 23

Community Helper Q & A Activity

If you’ve been around The Autism Helper block you know I have an obsession with wh- questions. I love teaching them, creating innovative methods so my students can learn them, and pretty much can’t stop talking about them. Answering who, what, where, when, and why questions are a critical foundational skill that effect functional independence, the ability...

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Easy Math Sorts

Apr 22

Easy Math Sorts

You know what I get sick of? Velcro. Cutting velcro, sticking velcro, paying for velcro, the backings that always get stuck to your clothes. Sometimes velcro and I need a break. We aren’t breaking up. No crazy thoughts. Velcro will always hold a special place in my heart but sometimes we need space. The perfect solution to this problem are – sorts! Sorts...

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1st, 2nd, 3rd….. {Teaching Sequencing At All Levels}

Apr 21

1st, 2nd, 3rd….. {Teaching Sequencing At All Levels}

I like to target sequencing through fun cooking or craft activities but I can’t do that for every therapy session so I found these great sequencing cards from Lakeshore Learning.  I got the Story Sequencing Cards- Complete Set which includes 3-scene, 4-scene, and 6-scene sequencing cards.  I think these story sequencing cards have clear pictures and more...

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10 Math Centers for Early Childhood or Special Education

Apr 20

10 Math Centers for Early Childhood or Special Education

One my bestsellers and personal favorite resources if my 10 Writing Centers for Early Childhood or Special Education. It’s space-efficient, visual, structured, and focuses on a wide range of skills. I decide to use the same structure and setup that has been so successful for my writing centers in creating a math version! Introducing 10 Math Centers for Early...

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Autism Education & Training Services: Video Review

Apr 17

Autism Education & Training Services: Video Review

As a parent, educator, or clinician, we are often left with finding our own training and supplemental education. Unfortunately, many school districts cannot provide specialized training for the diverse needs of their special education population. The special education degree is wide and may leave a new teacher feeling unprepared for the challenges of an autism...

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Importance of Labeling Your Classroom

Apr 16

Importance of Labeling Your Classroom

Okay. I’ll admit it. My name is Sasha and I am an organization addict. I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with organization. It makes me feel instantly calmer and more in control when everything is organized. When you are organized, you don’t lose anything, you don’t waste time, you are efficient. Now you can’t taken on this...

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Earth Day Must Have: Recycling Unit

Apr 15

Earth Day Must Have: Recycling Unit

Earth Day is around the corner folks! April 22 will be here before you know and I love this resource for some Earth Day fun! Sometimes incorporating these seasonal themes in our multi-level and extremely diverse classrooms can be tricky. For our lower level learners – how can we work on basic skills in an Earth Day theme? My Recycling Unit is perfect to...

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Spring Animal Picture Identification Boards {free download}

Apr 14

Spring Animal Picture Identification Boards {free download}

I like to make identification boards to pair with some of my therapy activities to target receptive language skills and reinforce new vocabulary learned during the lesson. I created this animal identification board to pair with the Bunny, Bunny What Do You See? book and also just to use to work on spring animal vocabulary terms. I included all of the same animals...

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Introducing: The Speech Helper

Apr 13

Introducing: The Speech Helper

There have been some changes floating around The Autism Helper lately and if you are very observant you might have picked up on it already. I am very excited to announce and introduce the newest member of The Autism Helper team – Sarah Gast aka The Speech Helper! Sarah is a Speech Language Pathologist and I could not be more thrilled to add her to our team to...

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Teaching Counting Skills

Apr 09

Teaching Counting Skills

Sometimes counting is like a song. This is often exactly how some students are first introduced to the concept. “1, 2, 3 ,4 ,5 …” The challenge here is that sometimes it’s hard to break that chain with our students when we want them to count out objects or simply identifying a number. Here are two programs that target counting skills, where the challenge of...

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Word Boggle

Apr 08

Word Boggle

I often have these grand ambitions that just seem to crash and burn. I’ll have these stellar ideas of switching out this center every week and updating this work tasks a few times a month. But let’s get real. All of sudden – two months later I look over and my sweet babies are slowly dying of boredom because little ole’ busybutt me completely...

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog!

Apr 07

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog!

I was looking for some new Spring books to read with my students and I found There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog by Lucille Colandro which is perfect for this Season!  This book works great to target Spring vocabulary terms and work on sequencing events in a story.  Print out this free download of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog book pictures,...

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Fine Motor Fluency

Apr 06

Fine Motor Fluency

If you have a student who is currently working on fine motor skills,a fine motor fluency program is a good next step once they are independently reaching, grasping, squeezing, pressing, twisting, pulling, pushing, releasing etc. Bringing a skill to fluency is an integral when considering making that skill functional. If your student can grasp and release in quick...

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April Materials

Apr 03

April Materials

As I wrote the title of this post I did so with genuine and somewhat desperate hope that this next month will bring some dang warmer weather with it. Spring? You there? Puh-lease! I could use a little sunshine therapy and warmer temps so I can finally pack up my boots and puffy coats. April is a time of spring break and some (much-needed) revitalization for both the...

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Autism Awareness Day Reflections

Apr 02

Autism Awareness Day Reflections

I am sitting in my classroom during what will likely be the only quiet minutes I have all day. I love getting to work early and getting the chance to enjoy just a few moments of complete silence. In twenty minutes, my 13 balls of energy will storm through the day. Half of the time I feel like I blink and the day is over. Binders, data sheets, velcro, hand sanitizer,...

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April Freebie Links!

Apr 01

April Freebie Links!

April is here and another round of lesson plans and links! Spring break is usually in April so hopefully everyone has something to look forward to. I am dreaming of netflix binges & waking up later than my husband. The simple joys in life! Earth Day is a fun time to learn about recycling, plants, and taking care of our planet. I love anything nature themed this...

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Bunny, Bunny What Do You See?

Mar 31

Bunny, Bunny What Do You See?

    I created an adapted book and craft activity to do with my students this week for the upcoming Easter holiday.  We read Bunny, Bunny What Do You See? and made Easter Eggs out of glue, shaving cream, and food coloring.  My students had so much fun making their eggs.     The Bunny book targets both number concepts and spring animal...

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Gross Motor Fluency {Video Tutorial}

Mar 30

Gross Motor Fluency {Video Tutorial}

Are you looking for a program that will get your kiddo moving quickly and enjoying the instructional time? Can he/she imitate simple movements modeled by another person, but may take a while to do so? Like sitting down waaay after the whole group does? Or having a hard time keeping up during gym? If so, a gross motor fluency program is a good way to reduce that...

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Teaching Seriation {putting things in order}

Mar 26

Teaching Seriation {putting things in order}

One of the ABLLS tasks looks at the ability to seriate. I had absolutely no idea what that was, so I referenced the good old Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  Seriate (v): to arrange in a series or succession. This can be anything from letters to shading. Several of my clients didn’t have this skill yet, so we created a plan to help develop it. We organized the program...

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