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Activities for Communication

Activities for Communication

There are so many different activities you can include in your classroom to target communication.  I could talk about this topic forever but I’ll try to give you a few suggestions/ideas you might want to incorporate into your schedule as you think about your classroom...

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What about AAC?

What about AAC?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication; (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write....

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Make Communication Happen!

Make Communication Happen!

As you begin to set up your classrooms think about how to plan areas in your classroom which target various language skills on level with your students’ communication abilities.  If you can include different language opportunities into your daily routine it makes the...

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Why Assess Communication Now?

Why Assess Communication Now?

Identifying your students’ receptive and expressive language levels will help you know how best to meet the needs of your students and create meaningful/functional lessons for your classroom.  Take some time at the beginning of the school year to assess your student’s...

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Start Thinking of Communication Now?

Start Thinking of Communication Now?

Another area to think about for your classroom is Communication.  The next few posts will focus on set up considerations, receptive/expressive levels, how to embed communication opportunities during the school day, different communications systems, and communication...

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Assessments in a Special Education Classroom

Assessments in a Special Education Classroom

Assessments are essential to incorporate into your classroom setup because you want to get some data in the start of the year. Doing assessments early in the year is great because you get to see all of that amazing growth. You will get a true baseline because you have...

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Lesson Planning and Curriculum Maps

Lesson Planning and Curriculum Maps

Special Education may pretty much be synonymous with paperwork. Oh the paperwork. That godawful paperwork. Not only do we get the special privilege of doing IEPs, transition plans, progress reports, reevaluations, behavior plans, transition plans, extended school year...

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IEP Goal Materials

IEP Goal Materials

Time to reference that beautiful list of IEP goals you made earlier. You will likely need a decent amount of materials to target these goals. This could be a pretty hefty task right now but once you make materials for these goals you will have these resources forever....

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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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