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Back to School Sale!

Back to School Sale!

Back to school season is here! I’m having some mixed emotions. I love my job and miss my big ole’ babies but the joys of summer are pretty dang hard to say goodbye to. Better put on my big girl pants and get rolling. Tpt is throwing their annual Back to... read more
Back to School Sale: Check out our NEW Resources!

Back to School Sale: Check out our NEW Resources!

The annual TpT Back to School is August 3 and 4th. Use coupon code BTS15 to save 28%. Now is the perfect time to stock up for the school year with some great goodies! Let me share what’s new to The Autism Helper!    Language Arts Leveled Daily Curriculum I... read more
Grammar and Communication

Grammar and Communication

Level 3: Expressive Language A proficient communicator and a basic communicator may be differentiated by some small but important attributes. One of those important attributes is using correct grammar. Incorrect use of past tense or faulty noun verb agreement is a red... read more
Answering Why & How Questions

Answering Why & How Questions

Level 3: Expressive Language Our students in this level have likely mastered answering basic wh- questions. They’ve got the who, what, where, and when questions mastered. So before you put up your feet and pour yourself a cocktail, hang in there a bit longer.... read more
Social Thinking

Social Thinking

Level 3:  Expressive Language I love teaching and working on pragmatic language skills with my higher level students.  Being a good conversationalist is very difficult for our students with social language challenges.  For these students those social language deficits... read more
Teaching Conversation Skills

Teaching Conversation Skills

Level 3: Expressive Language Conversation skills are something we take for granted. We engage in conversations seamlessly and without second thought. We don’t need to remind ourselves to comment when someone is telling us a story or what appropriate body... read more
Advanced Sequencing

Advanced Sequencing

Level 3: Receptive Language With our lovely level 2 learners, we talk all about those initial steps for teaching sequencing using visuals and starting at basic foundational levels. But now it’s time to up the ante and make it trickier. We want to work on... read more
Making Inferences

Making Inferences

Level 2: Receptive Language If you have been around the Autism Helper block you have probably heard me talk a lot about inferences. It is one of the trickiest yet most important skills to teach so it cannot be overlooked. It’s a tricky skill to teach because... read more
Word Knowledge and Use

Word Knowledge and Use

Level 3: Receptive Language Working on Vocabulary Skills is another important area to target with our verbal and higher functioning students.  Teaching synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and homophones are critical language concepts for our students to learn and... read more
Comprehending Complex Language

Comprehending Complex Language

Level 3: Receptive Language With our verbal and higher functioning students our job of teaching communication skills is not over. You don’t get out that easy, friends. Do not misinterpret a high level of verbal skills as component and functional communication... read more

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Setting Up a an Easy-to-Use Program Binder

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

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

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

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

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