Academics

Academics

Including Art, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Work Tasks

Verbal Imitation

The skill of imitation is hugely important. Think about how often you imitate others. Not sure what you are supposed to do next during a work out class? Imitation. Not sure where to stand in line to checkout at the post office? Imitation. Not sure if you...

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Put-In Tasks

This month we are talking about foundational skills and this topic would't be complete without talking about Put-In Tasks. A Put-In Task is a work task where (you guessed it!) the student is putting something in. There is no sorting, no matching, no...

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Functional Literacy

There is a misconception that academic and functional mutually exclusive. We for some reason got stuck in this thinking that tells us that instruction and activities are either academic or functional but cannot be both. When our students get older and we begin to...

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Literacy Independent Work Tasks

Incorporating literacy concepts into your independent work tasks is the best way to ensure skill generalization and maintenance. Students will practice literacy skills in different ways and continue practicing previously mastered skills over time. There...

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Adapted Books

Adapted books should be a staple in every autism or special ed classroom. An adapted book is any book that has been modified in some way that makes it more accessible to a student who has difficulty with typical books. That can mean adding braille, making...

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Literacy Blog Series

Two summers ago, we did an entire blog series dedicated to tips and strategies for increasing literacy skills of students with autism. I do a ton of Professional Development on literacy (see here) and always get tons of requests for a webinar version. I...

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Functional Math: Menu Edition

I am all about math tasks that are functional. I am also all about tasks that are engaging and motivating to students. Food and math collide in perfect harmony with these menu math activities. Students love working on these tasks because they get to talk...

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