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Creating a Reinforcing Environment

Creating a Reinforcing Environment

One of the main goals of every teacher is that they create a classroom where their students feel safe and loved. That goal is completely non-behavioral. You can’t measure it. But you know it when you see it. There are certain classrooms that you walk into and...

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Creating Balance in the Start of the School Year

Creating Balance in the Start of the School Year

One of the biggest struggles in the start of the school year is creating a healthy work/life balance. This is something I really struggle with and have been actively working on for years. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it will never be perfect. It will...

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Can’t Do or Won’t Do? That is The Question

Can’t Do or Won’t Do? That is The Question

Disruptive behaviors often occur as method to escape tasks. When we throw around the “escape-maintained behavior” term we need to be sure we are clear on why the escape is occurring. Is your students acting out because he can’t do the work or because he...

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Crafty Crayons!!!

Crafty Crayons!!!

I figured I needed a fun craft to go along with my school supply theme.  After reading one of the school supply adapted books that I talked about in some of my previous blogs this month, I had my students make different color crayons out of construction paper.  While...

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Why Independent Work is So Dang Important

Why Independent Work is So Dang Important

Independent work is one of the pillars of a successful classroom. Many of us work in classrooms that are understaffed and overcrowded. Our students are likely doing independent work for more of the day than we’d prefer but we gotta work with what we’ve...

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Visual Monthly Calendars

Visual Monthly Calendars

All summer we have talked about the importance of schedules and visuals and now we’ve been putting into overdrive by saying the whole goal of this month is teach and solidify routines and schedules. So we all get it. Schedules are important. But don’t...

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More School Supply Themed Activities with Free Handout!

More School Supply Themed Activities with Free Handout!

I decided to keep going with my school supply themed activities for my speech therapy groups this week.  For me it’s easier to pick a theme and then create various activities around the theme.  I typically create/use different adapted books, games, crafts, and other...

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Theme of the Month: Routines and Reinforcement

Theme of the Month: Routines and Reinforcement

September rushes in with a breathe of excitement and new beginnings. We buy beautiful new back to school organizers and calendars promising ourselves this will be the year we maintain that high level of organized perfection we always strive for. We buy new bins, color...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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