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Assessment Tracking Sheet

Aug 29

Assessment Tracking Sheet

A few days ago I shared some tips for staying organized in the start of the year. Guess what? We need to stay organized about our assessments as well. I know. Organization creeps in everywhere. Ridiculous. That sneaky little snake. But staying organized about your assessments, will make your life easier in the long run. I know I sound like a broken record....

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September Freebie Link List

Aug 28

September Freebie Link List

I am not quite up to speed with my September lesson plans yet, but I do have some freebie links for ya! I have to give my classroom staff something to photocopy and laminate, right? If you are new to the Autism Helper block – I post my monthly lesson plans along with loads of links for differently leveled freebies. Level 1 Learners are nonverbal, lower verbal,...

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Start of the Year Assessments

Aug 27

Start of the Year Assessments

What assessments are critical for the start of the year? The start of the year is crazy enough that the thought of cramming in some all important year-defining assessment seems as inviting as attending a professional development session on a Sunday. But some assessments are worth the hassle. Some assessments are actually useful. That’s the key – you want...

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How to Stay Organized

Aug 26

How to Stay Organized

If you a regular reader you know I’m an organization junkie. It’s all in the name of making my life easier. Not in a “I’m lazy teacher” kinda way, I just don’t want to do any extra work that I don’t have to. I’m freaken busy. Our jobs are hard. We don’t have time to waste searching for important papers, recreating...

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First Day Pep Talk :)

Aug 25

First Day Pep Talk :)

The first day with students may already be here for some of you. And for others it is just around the corner. The first week of school is scary. There is a lot of pressure to set expectations and start the year off on the right foot. And the first week of school is dang tiring. Everyone is still exhausted from classroom setup and raiding the target dollar spot and...

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Start of the Year: Expectations & Tips

Aug 22

Start of the Year: Expectations & Tips

The start of the year is intimidating. Whether you are a first year teacher or a tenth year teacher, there is a lot of pressure on those first few weeks of the school year. You want to clarify your expectations. You want to be firm but fun. You want to outline your rules but not be boring. This is tricky in any classroom but in a room full of students who have a wide...

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Online Consultation {Back to School Special}

Aug 21

Online Consultation {Back to School Special}

Back to school season is overwhelming. Between creating student and staff schedules, curricular planning, setting up data systems, and training staff there is never a shortage of things to do. Online consultation is perfect for this time of year. I can help you get your school year pointed in the right direction. We can work together to create a doable and easy to...

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SALE Day! {Back to School Boost}

Aug 20

SALE Day! {Back to School Boost}

  Surprise sale day! Today ONLY everything Autism Helper will be 28% off with promo code BOOST. Get shopping and make sure you have absolutely everything and anything you need to make the 2014-2015 School Year AMAZING! Stock up on units, visuals, homework packets, data sheets, daily work, and more! When those kiddos bound through that door – they’ll...

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Back to School BOOST SALE!

Aug 19

Back to School BOOST SALE!

Super amazing surprise to share with you all – there will be a Back to School Boost Sale tomorrow only! Whether you missed the last sale, still have a few items on your wish list, or just started school and realized you need to majorly up the ante – this sale is perfect timing! August 20 use promo code – BOOST and you will get 28% off all Autism...

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Freebie Blog Hop

Aug 19

Freebie Blog Hop

  Excited to share a special Giveaway opportunity with you all! :)  24 Special Educators have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! Shift your way through these fabulous blogs and snag a bunch of great freebies. Then enter to win the giveaway which has some amazing classroom essentials! These 24 special educators:   We have...

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Surviving & Thriving in the First Week of School

Aug 18

Surviving & Thriving in the First Week of School

I have gotten a ton of emails lately about the first week of school. I can almost hear the nervousness through carefully worded questions. Let’s just admit it – it’s scary. Actually – it’s super freaken scary. Vaguely terrifying actually. First year teacher or not – those start of the year jitters never really go away. So...

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BTSE: Visual Calendars

Aug 15

BTSE: Visual Calendars

How often do you use your calendar on your phone? I don’t know about you but mine is always one of the last opened apps. I am constantly checking to see when things are scheduled (or countdown the days to the weekend…). Calendars are JUST as important to our students. But our job is to make sure that we are providing them with a calendar that they...

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BTSE: Leveled Homework

Aug 14

BTSE: Leveled Homework

Do you want to know what is this biggest pain in my side the whole school year long? Homework. It sneaks up on me each day. I’m never prepared for it and I’m literally always forgetting. It’s hard enough to keep up with the multitude of different curriculums that I need to prepare for during the school day but now I need a bunch of different levels...

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BTSE: Classroom Setup Checklist

Aug 13

BTSE: Classroom Setup Checklist

Setting up a classroom is an overwhelming task whether you have been one year or eleven years. The dust, the furniture moving, the target dollar spot, the organization and reorganization, the to-do lists, the target dollar spot again… It’s never ending. And there are a million things to do. It’s easy forget important details and stay on track. If...

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BTSE: Paraprofessional Training Manual

Aug 12

BTSE: Paraprofessional Training Manual

Training classroom staff can be an overwhelming and challenging job. Have this manual guide the way! This Paraprofessional Training Manual contains a complete training package for both new and veteran classroom paraprofessional within the special education setting. The manual outlines various topics from the diagnostic criteria of autism to assisting in...

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BTSE: Must-Have Forms & Templates

Aug 11

BTSE: Must-Have Forms & Templates

In special ed, we freaken love a crazy acronym. Our land of alphabet soup is filled with IEPs, the LRE, ADHD, LD, CCSS. I mean, seriously people. It’s excessive, but I am gonna jump in on the fun and give this week’s posts another acronym. This week, we are all about BTSE - Back to School Essentials.  Whether you have one day or two weeks until those...

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Executive Functioning Quick Tips

Aug 09

Today there is a guest post about the Glenholme School in Connecticut. They share some helpful information regarding Executive Functioning and tips that parent can follow to help with these challenges. “Stay Focused!” “Get Organized!”   As a parent, you probably have made these statements to your child and yet, he still has difficulty. The culprit, in many...

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Training Staff {Watch & Provide Feedback}

Aug 08

Training Staff {Watch & Provide Feedback}

We are still in the ever important staff training phase! You’ve shared the information and had the staff members observe you implementing the intervention. Now it’s showtime, ladies & gents. It’s time for your staff members to get down and dirty into the intervention. Roll up your sleeves and let them in on the action. This can be hard for some...

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Training Staff {Model}

Aug 07

Training Staff {Model}

Yesterday I climbed high up on my soapbox and gave you the “you must and can make time for staff training” speech. Maybe I sold you. Maybe I didn’t. You still might have that nagging voice in the back of your head, “but it’s impossible to find time to train staff.” Hopefully, we will be able to get rid of that. After you share...

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Training Staff {Sharing Information}

Aug 06

Training Staff {Sharing Information}

Sometimes some of our methods, interventions, and strategies seem just down right wacky and weird. We surely can’t blame others from not understanding the method to our madness if we don’t freaken share the methods with them. I know we are often stuck in situations with very limited opportunities and time to train our staff but we just simply need to make...

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