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End of the Year Gifts & Parties

End of the Year Gifts & Parties

We love celebrating the end of the year! Everyone is in party mode anyways so may as well take full advantage and have some fun. I am big advocate of spoiling your students. Yes – I all about data and behavior plans but it feels so great to throw that all out... read more
Interventions for Kids that Hate Tests

Interventions for Kids that Hate Tests

One of my students has developed a new fear recently. This isn’t your typical autism fear. He’s not afraid of fire drills or anxious when it thunderstorms. He has a fear that dare I say… I am a little proud of. I really hate to admit it but I would... read more
Visual Act-it-Out Cues {the most HILARIOUS resource}

Visual Act-it-Out Cues {the most HILARIOUS resource}

My students love to do something that you wouldn’t typically guess when it comes to a group of children with autism. My students love to pretend! Love it. Find it hilarious and it always proves for almost unending entertainment. When you think about autism... read more
I Spy Vehicle Identification and Coloring Activity

I Spy Vehicle Identification and Coloring Activity

I decided to do a vehicle theme for this month with many of my preschool and kindergarten groups; as well as, some of my older students with different communication needs.  I created this I Spy Vehicle book with a follow up identification board activity for the first... read more
Getting Ready for Next Year {You’ll Thank Yourself Later}

Getting Ready for Next Year {You’ll Thank Yourself Later}

I get it. It gets rough this time of year. You may be starting to edge towards the side of being mentally checked out and lord knows your kids are already well on their way there. In the theme of it’s-okay-to-love-your-job-but-still-love-summer-break (a la this... read more
Why You Need a Staff White Boards

Why You Need a Staff White Boards

I don’t know about you but I have a LOT of adults in and out of my room. Paraprofessionals, speech therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, psychologist, case manager … It sometimes seems like a revolving door! {Need help managing all of these... read more
Community Trip Visuals: Sandwich Ordering System

Community Trip Visuals: Sandwich Ordering System

You know what my carb loving self just adores – a good sandwich. During my preggo eatingpalooza I would often indulge in two sandwiches in one sitting. Right about now I am significantly regretting that decision but at the time it was pure heaven. The thing... read more
Ready To Go Learning Packs!

Ready To Go Learning Packs!

I know I have shared before how much I like using Lakeshore Learning products with my students but I found another good product.  Recently, I ordered these Ready-To-Go Learning Packs which have been convenient and useful to use in therapy. The set comes with 6... read more
Tips for Surviving a Field Trip

Tips for Surviving a Field Trip

Field trips are simultaneously super fun and horribly stressful. It’s great to get out of the classroom, let loose, have new experience, but if you are anything like me – you probably feel like you are on the verge of a panic attack the whole time. Check... read more
Tips for Making Your Cooking Lessons Run Smoothly

Tips for Making Your Cooking Lessons Run Smoothly

If you living in the special ed world you have probably heard of using cooking lessons in the classroom. This always sounds really weird to people at first. I get confused faces and some weird reactions from those out of the loop. But a lot of time we know how cooking... read more

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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... read more

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

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

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

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