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Bunny Mix!

Mar 24

Bunny Mix!

Spring is finally here and it’s time to start planning some new activities for the season!  Since Easter is coming soon I decided to kick off the Spring season with Bunny Mix.  This is one of my favorite recipes….Crunchy and Sweet is a great combination!  I do this cooking activity both as a whole class lesson or with small groups.  I created both a...

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Rainy Day Craft: Tie Dye T-Shirts

Mar 23

Rainy Day Craft: Tie Dye T-Shirts

Tie-Dye is always a good time! I remember back to my good ole’ camp counselor days and used to love doing this activity with the campers. This is a really fun activity to work on with your students. You can incorporate color identification, fine motor skills, following directions, sequencing, and more! Here is a free printable for visual directions for making...

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Teaching Personal Information

Mar 18

Teaching Personal Information

When I did the ABLLS last year (can you believe it is 2015?!) I had a student who did not know her personal information i.e., last name, address, phone number, etc. This student was 9 and I really thought this was important stuff! My main priority for her program list was a personal information one. Sure, she needs to know how to answer wh- questions and other...

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Mar 17

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Wow!  This past few weeks has flow by with all these fun St. Patrick’s Day activities.  Holidays help me with lesson planning and making new material.  I like to do different activities in therapy related to the upcoming holiday.  This helps the students learn and use new vocabulary terms and also addresses their communication goals through fun...

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Scrapbook Visual Craftivity

Mar 16

Scrapbook Visual Craftivity

Creating scrapbooks is one of my favorite activities to complete each year.  It is a great ongoing project that is easy for all students to participate in, appropriate for all ages, and completely engaging. Most importantly, the students LOVE it. One of my old students carried around each year’s scrapbook in his backpack at all times. Warms my heart how much...

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Utilizing ABLLS Visual Performance Data

Mar 13

Utilizing ABLLS Visual Performance Data

One great way to utilize our ABLLS visual performance data is to create programs specific to the areas that we see our students can improve in. For one student who has visual impairments, we saw many deficiencies in the puzzle tasks.  Her data showed that she was unable to complete single piece puzzles, puzzles with connecting pieces in an inset, puzzles with a...

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How Your Data is Misleading You

Mar 12

How Your Data is Misleading You

Often times when we are attempting to gather information about a behavior we take data. One method of data collection, referred to as ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence) data, gives a descriptive account of what is occurring in the environment before and after a behavior occurs. This information is extremely helpful to determine what the FUNCTION of the...

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Tracking Non-Reinforcing Objects

Mar 11

Tracking Non-Reinforcing Objects

Running the ABLLS assessment gives us a lot of valuable information about our students.  But, where do we go from there? How can we use this information to further our student’s skills?  It is up to us to utilize this valuable data and create programs tailored to our students’ individual needs. The first section, A, tells us about cooperation and reinforcer...

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover {free resource}

Mar 10

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover {free resource}

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover by Lucille Colandro is perfect to use for St. Patrick’s Day!  I like using There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A…… books for different holidays throughout the year. These books are great to target holiday vocabulary terms and work on sequencing events in a story.  Print out this free handout of There...

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Teaching Yes or No {Video Tutorial}

Mar 09

Teaching Yes or No {Video Tutorial}

  Teaching the ability to answer yes and no is extremely important and functional. We developed a program based on one of our student’s inability to differentiate between answering “yes” or “no”.  The student would answer “no” to questions without the answer properly representing the actual answer to the question.  In order to teach the...

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Implementing a Token Economy in the Classroom

Mar 05

Implementing a Token Economy in the Classroom

First of all, what is a token economy? A token economy is a point system that involves tokens being rewarded for positive, desirable behaviors that can be exchanged for other items (free time, candy, iPad time, gift cards, etc). Check out our Token Economy Setup Kit! A token economy system in the classroom is very easy to implement, and is a great way to reinforce...

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ABLLS are done… Now what?

Mar 04

ABLLS are done… Now what?

When doing the ABLLS, saying you get tunnel-vision is an understatement! You get so focused on organizing materials (need ABLLS resources – check out our ABLLS Resource Kit) and getting everything finished that when it is over you are left wondering (at least I was!) what to do with all these colored-in columns. It’s important to tackle the curricular...

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Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?

Mar 03

Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?

  Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See? I like to do adapted books with my students and pair it with a simple craft or hands on activity related to the book.  The focus for St. Patrick’s Day is often times Rainbows so I created Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See?  I paired the book with a Rainbow Craft for a fun St. Patrick’s day...

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March Freebie Links

Mar 02

March Freebie Links

    Another month – another set of freebie links! All free resources are organized by level of the learner. Get your printers ready! Enjoy       High Group: themes – Dr. Seuss, St. Patricks Day, Spring skills: prepositions, problem solving, story elements, pronouns, poetry, making advanced inferences St. Patrick’s Day...

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File Folder Activities for Non-Identical Sorting

Feb 27

File Folder Activities for Non-Identical Sorting

Work on sorting non-identical items with these 10 file folder activities. Sorting non-identical items is a perfect next step for children who have mastered basic matching and are ready to work on more complex skills! Sorting teaches organization and is an essential foundational skill that improves categorizing and discrimination. Perfect for early childhood or...

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Shamrock Floats, Freezes, and Shakes!!!

Feb 26

Shamrock Floats, Freezes, and Shakes!!!

Happy news: the sale is EXTENDED! One more day of savings. Use promo code: HEROES for 28% savings. Be sure to check out all of our bundles, data sheets, and visuals! I have a great new product that is PERFECT for the season and you can get it an extra discount today only! These Shamrock, Shakes, Freezes, and Floats will make other classroom’s green with envy!...

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Superhero Sale! {today}

Feb 25

Superhero Sale! {today}

Today is the day! Teachers Pay Teachers is celebrating you! Teachers are superheroes. We save kids from learner burnout. We squash recess squabbles. We create a love of reading. We make math understandable. We give the gift of self confidence, friendship, empathy, and independence. Heck yes we deserve a shiny red cape and some stellar knee high boots. Superheroes...

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Teachers are Superheroes Sale

Feb 24

Teachers are Superheroes Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers wants to celebrate the hard work and difference that all of you make with stellar one day sale! On February 25 all Autism Helper Resources are 28% off. {PROMO CODE: HEROES} What a great reason for a sale! I sometimes feel sad at the lack of recognition and appreciation that teachers get. If you aren’t in our profession, it’s hard to...

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St. Patrick’s Day File Folder Activities

Feb 23

St. Patrick’s Day File Folder Activities

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so it’s time to get prepping on these adorable freaking file folder activities. Thematic and seasonal file folder activities make my life so much easier and so much cuter! When your students are working on basic skills it can be hard to incorporate a lot of seasonal fun. We also don’t want to switch things...

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Blog Hop: Free St. Patty Resource

Feb 22

Blog Hop: Free St. Patty Resource

Happy Blog Hop Day! This month the world of special ed bloggers joined forces to bring together loads of goodies and tips for you all! With Valentine’s Day seemingly in the distant past, I am ready to turn to St. Patrick’s Day! Holidays are a great excuse for me to work on social skills in a seasonal and fun way. Our kids are generally pretty excited...

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