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Baseline Data

Jun 23

Baseline Data

Once you have target behavior and behavioral definition you need to start taking baseline data. Baseline data has two purposes (1) to show function and (2) to determine if an improvement has been made. Basically baseline data is going to tell you what road to take and it will also make sure you are continuously on the right track. No baseline data = no map. You...

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Utilizing a Behavioral Definition

Jun 19

Utilizing a Behavioral Definition

Behavioral definitions clearly define a behavior in detail. It tells you want you can see or observe. Not what you think or assume is going on. What you can physically see. A behavioral definition gives you examples and non examples. It tells you how to count one instance of the behavior – which is key! I implore you to write out the behavioral definition!...

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Why Behavioral Definitions are Important

Jun 18

Why Behavioral Definitions are Important

Yesterday I shared why behavioral definitions are important. Maybe I sold you. Maybe I didn’t. I need one more chance. Besides that fact that what you think is a horrible behavior on day 3 of school will seem like a cookie dough ice cream sandwich on day 86 of school – the big key is consistency among staff. What you are counting as 6 occurrence of a...

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Write a Behavioral Definition

Jun 17

Write a Behavioral Definition

So you have identified the problem behavior. What’s next? Just because you’ve picked the behavior you are targeting – doesn’t mean you have clearly defined it. Behavior is subjective. What I view as an instance of behavior may not be the same as what you view. You need to create and write out a very specific behavioral definition. You’d be...

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Identifying the Problem Behavior

Jun 16

Identifying the Problem Behavior

Hold on to your beach towels – our Summer Series is officially under way. This summer we will be delving into Reducing Problem Behaviors. This is inarguably, the hands-down most important issue in your classroom. No matter how perfectly organized your classroom is and how many resources you have – when you are getting bit that doesn’t freaking...

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Summer Series: Reducing Problem Behavior

Jun 12

Summer Series: Reducing Problem Behavior

Alright party people – summer has arrived in all it’s margarita and flip flop filled glory. And while I know you are just dying to spend all summer reading my crazy rants I know you have some bbqs to attend and some grilled hot dogs to devour. Okay – I get it. But don’t you worry, the second you get an itching for some autism loving – I...

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Summer Vocabulary Mini Unit {freebie}

Jun 11

Summer Vocabulary Mini Unit {freebie}

Another summer freebie coming at ya! This one is just too cute for words. We had been using our spring vocabulary unit nonstop and were in desperate need of a summer theme revamp. This is perfect to keep us busy until the final minutes of the school year and maintain during summer school as well! This mini unit will give you a great sample of how my vocabulary units...

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Summer Roll & Color {free download}

Jun 10

Summer Roll & Color {free download}

A few quick freebies for you. Warning: this contain quite literally the most adorable clipart ever from Cinnamon Design Studios. Ugh. Those chocolate covered strawberries, the bunting, the lemons. I die. Crazy cute. These are roll and color worksheets which are some of my favs. Roll two dice, count the dots, and color the matching number. Great to work on counting,...

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Summer Literacy Centers

Jun 09

Summer Literacy Centers

Summer time is near! THANK GOD! I am ready for flip flops, ice cream, and bbqs. No end is sight for me as far as school goes. Summer school will take me up until August. But summer school is half days – so no complaints here! I don’t know about you – but as the year winds down, everything we are doing starts to feel… stale. Those same units...

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Summer Craft Ideas :)

Jun 06

Summer Craft Ideas :)

If you are in my boat and planning to weather the long summer months inside of a stuffy classroom – you have come to the right place! I have been in hard core researching mode (ie. pintersting while on my couch!) to get together some fun (and let’s be honest – easy) ideas for summer school. Pinterest is overflowing with adorableness for summer. But...

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Student Photo Work Tasks

Jun 05

Student Photo Work Tasks

I went through a BIG ‘trip to task’ phase a few years ago. I might copyright that ‘trip to task!’ These tasks are engaging, can be used for any skill level, and are pretty easy to make! Basically, you use student photos from a cool activity or fun field trip to create a work task. You better believe that these tasks will be more motivated than...

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Wrapping Up the End of the Year

Jun 04

Wrapping Up the End of the Year

It’s the end of the school year. The sweet taste of sleeping in, lazy mornings, and maybe some late afternoon cocktailing is right around the corners. It’s time to say good bye to hand sanitizer, broken pencils, data sheets, and whiny voices… momentarily at least. So how do you deal with this transition? And most importantly how do you deal with...

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Summer Products

Jun 03

Summer Products

Summer calls for fun. It calls for popsicles for no reason, sand between your toes, and seriously, ridiculously adorable clipart. Like too cute for words clipart. Beach balls, sunglasses, and ice cream cones must literally be plastered over every activity we use during summer school. If not, it would feel just like regular school work. If you aren’t teaching...

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Summer School Lesson Plans & Links

Jun 02

Summer School Lesson Plans & Links

Summer school is just around the corner. Those sweet moments where we can leave a little structure behind, let our hair down and have some fun. I like to view summer school as summer camp with an academic twist. We learn some new games, get active outside, load up on engaging crafts, and try some interactive academic activities. It’s not as structured and rigid...

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Fading Out Token Economies

May 30

Fading Out Token Economies

Token economies are awesome. These system of reinforcement glory enable us to get our little bundles of love to work or maintain behavior for an extended period of without needed get their high powered reinforcer every few minutes. These are essential to a well run classroom and must be individualized for each student. So I have sold you on token economies? Here is...

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Switching Out & Storing Daily Work

May 29

Switching Out & Storing Daily Work

Part of my students’ daily morning journal page is completing an independent sort. I love sorts. Like super love sorts. Let me count the reasons: one – super easy to set up; two – requires no velcro to set up; three – you can store the whole sort in a baggie so is super space efficient; four – it’s a little more hands on than just...

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Keeping Anecdotal Data Objective

May 28

If you are in this field you have likely had to deal with some students aggression (read this post about dealing with aggression). Not only can this be physically painful it tends to really mess with your teacher mojo. Your self confidence is shot. You feel beaten down – mentally and physically. Wine becomes your new best friend. I’ve been there. I in and...

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Depression & Autism

May 27

Depression & Autism

I hope this post heading scared the crap out of you because the combination of these two words is terrifying. This is something I have been dealing with in my class for that past year. It’s unbelievably challenging and have probably been the source of some of my Facebook statuses regarding consuming red wine on a weeknight. I have been stressed. I have cried. I...

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Popsicle File Folder Activities

May 26

Popsicle File Folder Activities

One of my favorite file folders in my file folder family is  Popsicle Themed File Folder Activities! There are 12 different activities included in this set to work on everything from matching to sorting to patterns and alphabet. There is a little bit of something for everyone… and plus it’s ridiculously cute! Now back to the file folders: Cool off this...

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Homework Book Report Form {free download}

May 23

Homework Book Report Form {free download}

Teaching literacy is all about teaching comprehension for children with autism. It is such a struggle and such a challenge. My mantras are practice, repetition, and multiple exemplars. Every word, page, and book that is read in my classroom is in some way use to assess comprehension skills. Quiet reading was a time of my day that often feels like black hole of...

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