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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...

Free Function Boards!!!

Last week I shared my Feature Boards with you and this week as promised I’m sharing the Function Boards for you to use with your students.  I wanted to keep everything the same format for both board sets so I also created 10 different Function Boards.  The...

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...

Why You Need Read Alouds in Your Classroom

Read Alouds have a valuable place in our reading instruction. If you are thinking it's old-school, too hard for your kids, or unnecessary, let me change your mind. Read Alouds are so imperative in our classrooms because students get the chance to hear the appropriate...

Free Feature Boards!!!!

Recently I created some Feature and Function Level 2 task cards which I have been using with my students.  If you want more information about those task cards you can check out my blog from a few weeks again – Feature and Function Level 2 Task Cards. ...

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...

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...

Receptive Category Cards!

I’m always working on categorization and building up vocabulary skills with my students so I created these Receptive Category Cards.  Previously, I created Category Cards in which the student is given a card with 3 items on it and needs to name the...

April: Autism Acceptance Month

If you are a parent, teacher, or clinician to a child with autism, every single day of your life is autism awareness and acceptance day. However, since April has a more formal recognition as autism acceptance month - I like to use this opportunity work on...

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...

Group Math Work: Discrete Trial Training

This was my go-to format for group math work. In many of our classrooms, students rotate through the room in groups. It can be tricky to go from group to group switching between types of math skills. Your first group is working on single digit subtraction,...

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