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If I Were On a Teacher Island…

One of my biggest fears as a teacher? Being unprepared when behaviors start rolling out.  Multiple choice question coming at you.  The scene: busy teacher running from class to class, student forgot his schedule and starts melting down, do you: A. Leave...

How to Use Flow Charts to Implement Behavior Plans

Implementing behavior plans are easier said than done. You can write the most beautiful and perfect and function-based and accurate behavior plan but if you can't get your staff on the same page for implementing it - it's all a waste my friends. This process can be...

Must-Have Behavior Visuals for Back to School

From token economies to I am Working for Boards visuals will help clarify – that yes, I will give you that gummy bear when you finish this pile of work. Our kids need that reassurance and they need the visuals to help illustrate that contingency. Visuals...

Why Knowing the Function Matters

In the world of behavior reduction, we talk a lot about function. And when we say function we mean why is this behavior functioning for this student. Why is it working? And let's be clear - it is working. That aggression, swearing, running, or property...

How to Incorporate AAC in Classroom Activities

I’ve talked about using AAC with adapted books and task cards but cooking, crafts, and games/activities are also great ways to incorporate and use AAC with your students.  Again, these are things you do all the time so we just need to remember to have the...

Tips for Using AAC with Task Cards

This week I want to continue to share about how to incorporate and use AAC systems with activities you are already doing with your students.  I have created lots of different task cards to target different language skills and this is another good time to...

How to Use AAC with Adapted Books

Our student should be using their AAC devices throughout the day.  We don’t need to plan separate activities for the students to do in order to use their devices.  If we incorporate AAC devices into activities we are already doing with our students it will...

Talking to Parents about AAC

Bringing up AAC with parents is not always easy.  Sometimes parents do not always know what types of AAC systems are out there and how using different AAC systems can help increase their child’s communication with others.  There are often a lot of myths...

What is AAC?

Many of our student have used, will use, or are using different AAC systems to help improve their communication with others.  What exactly is AAC?  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication other than oral speech...

The One Book You Need for Teaching Social Skills

As you all know, working on social skills with our students is so important.  Another resource I like to use when creating social skill lessons is the book “Have you Filled a Bucket Today?” A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud.  I often use...

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