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Theme of the Month: Building Social Skills

Theme of the Month: Building Social Skills

I often wish I could clone myself. I also wish I could clone my students. Keep reading before you think I'm completely nuts. Yes we all love our students but the idea of doubling our caseload I'm sure isn't on anyone's wishlist. But my cloning idea is really steaming...

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February Ideas and Activities

February Ideas and Activities

Everything is just so much cuter with a pink heart on it. Check out my favorite Valentine activities and resources. Also be sure to check out last year's February post with links to loads of great...

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Guest Post: 5 Steps for Teaching Self-Advocacy

Guest Post: 5 Steps for Teaching Self-Advocacy

Today we have a guest post from Mallory Griffith and Dr. Rachel Bédard Advocacy – the thing we all want for our students (and ourselves) what an intangible concept to describe in real time! Simply put, advocacy is the ability to identify a need, a solution,...

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Teaching the Skill of Imitation

Teaching the Skill of Imitation

Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well I say imitation is the building block to all learning. It's not as catchy but it's important. Imitation is so important it earned its right to have its own blog post amongst such uber important topics as IEP...

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Why “First, Then” Actually Works

Why “First, Then” Actually Works

If you've been in the sped world for a while, you've definitely uttered the infamous first, then phrase. First wash your hands, then we can eat our snack. Or sometimes it's something ridiculous that you thought you'd never say like first finish your work, then we can...

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Valentine Books with Free Book Pictures and Questions!

Valentine Books with Free Book Pictures and Questions!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! By Lucille Colandro and Valentine Mice! by Bethany Roberts are two Valentine books I like to use with my students.  I created book pictures along with visual and written questions to go with each book.  Click each...

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Writing Good IEP Goals

Writing Good IEP Goals

Let's all zoom back in our time machines to undergrad when we learned the do's and don'ts of IEP writing. It seemed so straightforward that we couldn't ever imagine how someone could write an IEP goal the wrong way. We silently vowed to ourselves that we would ensure...

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Skill Maintenance: Is your teaching long lasting?

Skill Maintenance: Is your teaching long lasting?

Yesterday, we got real in-depth about skill generalization. One important component of skill generalization is that it lasts over time. The concepts we are teaching are only helpful if our students are able to demonstrate mastery of the concept over and over and...

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Generalization: Take it Away From the Table!

Generalization: Take it Away From the Table!

As special education teachers, we are often contriving situations in order to teach our learners new skills. Many skills that other students learn natural or in whole group instruction, our students seem to miss. Our students need specific direct instruction to learn...

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10 Grouchy Groundhogs with Free Resources!

10 Grouchy Groundhogs with Free Resources!

I usually don’t do much for Groundhogs Day but I found this book called “Ten Grouchy Groundhogs” by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook that I thought was super cute.  I created some pictures to pair with the book to use for my therapy sessions.  It was hard...

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