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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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ABLLS: Sections U-Z

Feb 21

ABLLS: Sections U-Z

ABLLS sections U-Z are sections that can be completed very easily through observations and/or asking caretakers. These sections are focused on life skills and are essentially important to focus on. These are areas that some of your students may really struggle with and need to some extra instruction or focus on. I have included some tips that we used below! U:...

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ABLLS: Sections K-P

Feb 20

ABLLS: Sections K-P

ABLLS Sections K-P encompass play and leisure, social interaction, group instruction, classroom routines, generalized responding. These sections do not require a lot of testing. Unless you’re completely unsure, or have never interacted with the kiddo, you can fill most of this in by observing or interviewing parents/teachers. An example of this is K1: Explores toys...

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ABLLS: Sections E-I

Feb 19

ABLLS: Sections E-I

The Vocal Imitation section (E) involves testing a student’s ability to imitate a vocal model.  For this section, no materials are needed, which helps to get through this section quickly and efficiently!  For Section F, Requests, we found that observing the student in the classroom was the best way to gather the information we needed.  Another good way to gather...

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ABLLS: Sections C & D

Feb 18

ABLLS: Sections C & D

As we made our way through sections C & D, we continued to use our handy dandy laundry basket, as well as post-it labels that made finding the tools we needed for each task much easier. In addition, we also found ourselves utilizing some additional neat tricks that helped us get through the sections quickly, without disrupting each kiddos daily routine … too...

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ABLLS: Sections A and B

Feb 17

ABLLS: Sections A and B

The first two sections of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills focus on cooperation and visual performance. This sections needed a good amount of materials, which means a lot of organization! While we’re still getting the organization system down, we have found something that works pretty efficiently. Everything is put into our ABLLS container...

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ABLLS: What Is It & Why Do I Need It

Feb 16

ABLLS: What Is It & Why Do I Need It

ABLLS stands for the assessment of basic language and learning skills. It’s an assessment, curriculum guide, and tracking program for children with language delays. It’s used very commonly with children with autism and cognitive disabilities. If you have been in the field for a while or hung around The Autism Helper block you have heard my reference this...

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Strawberry Milkshake {free recipe & worksheets}

Feb 12

Strawberry Milkshake {free recipe & worksheets}

Normally when my kids do cooking activities I am a little… less than appetized… to put it nicely. There is usually sneezing going on far too near to the cooking bowl. Sometimes there is a little unintentional (or intentional) double dipping. But these pink milkshakes, they looked dang good. If I wasn’t on a strict ‘get fit for your beach...

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Free Winter Clothes Receptive Language Activity

Feb 11

Free Winter Clothes Receptive Language Activity

My speech pathologist and I love working on receptive language skills through these coloring worksheets. We do these with my students with emerging language skills and it has been so effective! This is such an easy and effective way to target receptive language, following multiple step directions, vocabulary, and colors. These can be hard skill to target for some of...

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Free Valentine Following Directions Activity

Feb 10

Free Valentine Following Directions Activity

I love me some Valentine’s day and I am raring to go on some crazy, cutesy Valentine activities. My students really need to work on following directions. This builds receptive language, reading comprehension, and focused attention. I like using following direction worksheets to target these skills. These types of worksheets your kids can’t fly through....

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Valentine’s Party Plans & Ideas

Feb 09

Valentine’s Party Plans & Ideas

Time for some party planning fun! I’m a sap. I love the hearts and pink and chocolate. Mostly the chocolate. I’ll also jump at any excuse for a party. Check out this post to check how I run my parties. If you are naively thinking you can throw some cookies on the table and grab a few games – you are sadly mistaken my friend. You are cruising for...

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No Teacher Desk? No Problem! Video Tutorial

Feb 05

No Teacher Desk? No Problem! Video Tutorial

I wasn’t quite sure how to title this video tutorial. I thought about naming it video tutorial of the super all in one area – but that seemed odd. Naming it the video tutorial of the direct instruction, morning meeting, math groups, and teacher desk area seemed too wordy. This station is really the main hub of my classroom. If my classroom where the white...

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Academic Fluency Instruction

Feb 04

Academic Fluency Instruction

I have shared my video tutorial of Running Fluency Programs. Yes, I’m hear to talk about fluency again. I love it. There are so many ways to use fluency instruction – it is literally crazy. Yes, crazy. I have been really upping the game for some of my higher functioning students’ fluency instruction. We have added in parts of speech fluency,...

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February Resources & Plans

Feb 03

February Resources & Plans

  February is a month of love, chocolate, wintery snow, and chocolate. Did I say chocolate? It’s fun for me to plan a month full of girlie, pink, glitter, frilly fun. I have two girls in my class and the poor things are constantly overwhelmed with ninjas, trains, family guy, farting burping… you get it. Finally it’s their moment in the sun for...

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February Links & Ideas

Feb 02

February Links & Ideas

Arctic Animals, Valentine’s, Snowmen, and Winter Theme come together for a jam packed February. In my high level reading group, we will be continuing to work on character traits, context clues, and narrative fact & opinion writing. In my mid group, we will be working on noun/verb identification, compare/contrast, and story elements. Busy freaken bees in...

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Age Appropriate Chew Fidgets

Jan 30

Age Appropriate Chew Fidgets

You want to know what absolutely makes my skin crawl? Teens and adults with completely babyish materials. When I walk into a high school classroom and see wooden puzzles and hard cardboard picture books I want to pull out my hair and scream. Don’t worry- I behave much more appropriately than that. I understand how hard it can be to maintain an age appropriate...

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Vocal Imitation

Jan 29

Vocal Imitation

A vocal imitation program is a good way to help train up sound approximations! This is ideal for students with very limited vocal skills, but who can make some sounds and imitate novel on. To start things off, identify one or two approximation your kiddo can sound out successfully, then identify two or three more that you want to train. These can be approximations to...

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Structured Student Work Area: Video Tutorial

Jan 28

Structured Student Work Area: Video Tutorial

Sometimes we need to go to great lengths to ensure that the classroom environment works for our students. Instead of trying to adapt all areas of your room, it might be more beneficial for some students to have their own work area. Structuring a work area can be a highly effective antecedent intervention that can prevent problem behaviors before they occur. I caught...

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Flow Chart Cheat Sheet – Make a Behavior Plan Easy to Follow

Jan 27

Flow Chart Cheat Sheet – Make a Behavior Plan Easy to Follow

Hectic classrooms can make following a behavior plan pretty challenging. Remembering what to do whenever the kiddo does “X” or “Y” or “Z” … not to mention “G!”, can be difficult when running a large classroom through a series of class activities. So when I created a behavior plan for a typically developing kiddo in a kindergarten classroom, I took...

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