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Data Entry Work Tasks

Oct 20

Data Entry Work Tasks

We live in a technology driven world. To purchase a bus pass – you need to use a touch screen kiosk. To buy groceries – you may use self- check out and need to navigate that computer system. The future jobs and life skills of our students will be based completely around technology. From how they are getting to work to the skills they will need to do in...

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Pumpkin Play Dough

Oct 17

Pumpkin Play Dough

I love fall. Pumpkins, riding boots, crunchy leaves, snuggly blankets, apple cider. Mmmmm. Delicious. There are almost too many fun and adorable fall crafts and activities. I am having a pinterstpolsion. Too many ideas! But when I pinned this little baby – I knew we had to make time for this. This combined so many of my favorite school activities –...

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Pumpkin Waffle Visual Recipe

Oct 16

Pumpkin Waffle Visual Recipe

We are really embracing the fall spirit over in my room! I love fall – mums, apple cider, football, and of course – everything pumpkin! I’ve been eying up those pumpkin scones at starbucks each morning – yum! Last week my awesome speech therapist made pumpkin waffles with my kiddos. We are such foodies aren’t we?! Regular waffles just...

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Halloween Party Planning

Oct 15

Halloween Party Planning

Halloween is right around the corner. Before you know it you will have a class full of sugar high little monsters (not being mean – they might be in costumes…) jumping off the walls of your classroom. While your mind might be on pinterest overload with the amount of undeniable cuteness and creativity – I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring...

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Halloween Hallway Decorations

Oct 14

Halloween Hallway Decorations

I’ve never had one of those classrooms with ever changing seasonal bulletin boards and over the top hallway crafts. Trying to balance 7 different curriculums, manage staff, and dodge a few bites and kicks along the way doesn’t leave much time for pinterest inspired cuteness. However – this year is different. In my endless quest for age-appropriate...

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Halloween Fact vs. Fiction Task Cards {free}

Oct 13

Halloween Fact vs. Fiction Task Cards {free}

Friends – allow me to gush for amount. I am such a proud mama duck with my kiddos lately. We have been hitting some really challenging topics in reading. Check out our reading curriculum map. We have been working on idioms, antonyms, main idea, story details – holy poop! If you would’ve have told me two years ago I would be working on these advanced...

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Wh- Discrimination Adapted Book

Oct 10

Wh- Discrimination Adapted Book

If you’ve been around The Autism Helper block you know I have a slight obsession with discrimination. Nothing learned in isolation is truly mastered. My adapted book - Who, What, Where, and When Mix Up   intermixes who, what, where, and when questions on the same topic. So now you know for sure that your students have that pesky question answering skill...

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Organizing Daily Leveled Work

Oct 09

Organizing Daily Leveled Work

My summer was consumed by my resource making obsession and right now I’m raking in all the benefits. I created several sets of materials that are designed to last the length of the school year; making day to day duties a little bit easier and providing daily individualized tasks that are ready to go. And holy crap is it amazing.  My Daily Leveled Work...

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Seasonal Math Puzzles

Oct 08

Seasonal Math Puzzles

Hands-on math materials having been saving my behind this school year! We have been trying our some new math rotations and math sorts and math puzzles have been perfect for independent work time. I have this set of math puzzles for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. I love these resources they are seasonal, interactive, and easily differentiated for my...

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Setting Up Your Paras for Success

Oct 07

Setting Up Your Paras for Success

As a teacher we wear many hats, we wear the direct service with students hat, the working with parents hat, the collaborating with clinicians hat, the IEP writing hat, and then there is one more hat we often forget about. It’s the training and managing your staff hat. It is part of your job to train and mange your staff. Repeat that with me, “It is part...

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Literacy Curriculum Maps

Oct 06

Literacy Curriculum Maps

Curriculum maps sound like one unnecessary piece of paperwork that does fit our classroom’s “special” needs. It makes sense for a general education classroom. The scope and sequence stays consistent. The kids are mostly at the same level. But our classrooms are complicated. And curriculum maps might seem ridiculous. But let me persuade you...

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Categorizing Task Builds AAC Vocabulary

Oct 02

Categorizing Task Builds AAC Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is essential for our kiddos – especially those with AAC devices. We need to teach our guys to say more than just “I want iPad.” We have been doing some really fun activities to get my students used to using this device and teaching them how to find different items or phrases. We have been doing categorizing activities with...

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October Freebie Resource Links

Oct 01

October Freebie Resource Links

Holy crap – I cannot believe October is already here. September literally flew by. I will be counting to share monthly lesson plans and freebie links! My math and reading instruction is done in leveled groups. I put kids at similar reading level together so I can teach them the same thing at the same time. The size of the group depends on the level of the...

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Adapting Ready-Made Resources

Sep 30

Adapting Ready-Made Resources

If you tell me you don’t love the Lakeshore Learning catalog, then you are simply a liar. Everything is obsecesnely cute (… also obscenely overpriced …) and creative. Embarrasingly, my favorite part of all of these wonderful materials FIT BACK IN THE SAME PACKAGE THEY CAME IN. Okay fine – all caps wasn’t necessary. But seriously, I have...

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Worksheet Resources

Sep 29

Worksheet Resources

Any worksheets I find that I like – I print. Even if they don’t exactly fit the students I have at the moment, my classroom is always changing and you never know what level your new students will be at. I organize all of my worksheets into binders. I generally organize them by concept and level (ie. easy comprehension, hard comprehension, easy matching...

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Independent Work System

Sep 25

Independent Work System

Independent work is a classroom must have, especially in the start of the school year. You need to make sure your whole class is busy and engaged while you work in small groups or one on one with other students, train your staff, or teach students to follow their schedule. You need independent work tasks and you need a lot of them. You need variety so students...

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Vocabulary Unit

Sep 24

Vocabulary Unit

Vocabulary is one of my favorite things to work with my students. It expands their communication skills, writing abilities, and comprehension skills. I love being that efficient in my instruction. My literacy program consists of  Guided Reading, individualized spelling instruction, daily fluency timings, writing centers, and vocabulary. We need a well rounded...

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It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Sep 23

It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better

If you are trying to convince yourself of this – I get it. I have to share this story again with you because I’m dealing with it all over again. The start of the year is jam packed with all kids of testing-the-boundaries type fun and holy crap can it be exhausting. If you are using planned ignoring for attention maintained behaviors, sometimes things are...

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Autism Helper Workshops

Sep 22

Autism Helper Workshops

I spent last Friday morning chatting away about some of my favorite things in the world – adapted books, word sorts, wh- question fluency programs, efficient data sheets, and loads more literacy fun. My literacy presentation is one of my favorites. It spans from foundational level skills all the way towards more advanced readers. There’s a little...

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Setting Up a Token Economy

Sep 19

Setting Up a Token Economy

Last year we had a kick butt token economy that rocks my freaken world. It is amazing the power of some small strips of construction paper once properly conditioned. My kids are literally addicted to them. They are point hungry. They want more and more. It’s insatiable. And I love it. Let’s rewind to last year and let me give you a small glimpse into a...

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