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Weekly Words – Quick & Easy Setup

Oct 27

Weekly Words – Quick & Easy Setup

It’s great to have systems that kind of just run themselves. You set it up once and then just do a bit of updating. No need for massive monthly rehabs and system shifts. It just keeps on trucking. Our jobs are so busy and chaotic we need programs and goals that keep up with our busy schedule. With two of my students, we are working in the very early stages of...

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Tape, Stamp, & Reveal {an Easy, Fine Motor Craft}

Oct 24

Tape, Stamp, & Reveal {an Easy, Fine Motor Craft}

  For me to love a craft activity it’s gotta be easy, low setup, fun, and not take 37 seconds to complete. There is nothing worse than thinking your craft will last your whole schedule group time only to be left with 13 minutes of unplanned chaos. Yuck. This activity is fun and can be completed by even lower level learners.   Step 1: Put tape into...

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Age Appropriate Matching File Folder Activities {free}

Oct 23

Age Appropriate Matching File Folder Activities {free}

For students who are working on basic skills such as simple matching, it can be extremely difficult to find matching tasks that do look like you just grabbed it from the preschool classroom. I have walked into one too many a classroom and found a 15 year old matching pastel colored bears. One of my biggest pet peeves in life! I get that it can be difficult to find...

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Quick & Easy Reference Pages

Oct 22

Quick & Easy Reference Pages

Last year I shared my new found love of Anchor Charts. Yes this self-contained autism classroom teacher who can barely handle writing on the dry erase board in a straight line loves anchor charts. This special ed teacher who would much rather take ABC data than grade a spelling test. This behavior analyst who would rather wait out a tantrum than setup a bulletin...

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Schedule Based Token Boards

Oct 21

Schedule Based Token Boards

Token boards are a classroom essential. They provide a means of giving students reinforcement without constantly have cheetah or iPad breaks. Students work for a preferred items and earn stars or tokens along the way. I am really excited to shared these schedule based token boards we made in a colleagues classroom. Each student has their own specific token board that...

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Data Entry Work Tasks

Oct 20

Data Entry Work Tasks

We live in a technology driven world. To purchase a bus pass – you need to use a touch screen kiosk. To buy groceries – you may use self- check out and need to navigate that computer system. The future jobs and life skills of our students will be based completely around technology. From how they are getting to work to the skills they will need to do in...

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Pumpkin Play Dough

Oct 17

Pumpkin Play Dough

I love fall. Pumpkins, riding boots, crunchy leaves, snuggly blankets, apple cider. Mmmmm. Delicious. There are almost too many fun and adorable fall crafts and activities. I am having a pinterstpolsion. Too many ideas! But when I pinned this little baby – I knew we had to make time for this. This combined so many of my favorite school activities –...

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Pumpkin Waffle Visual Recipe

Oct 16

Pumpkin Waffle Visual Recipe

We are really embracing the fall spirit over in my room! I love fall – mums, apple cider, football, and of course – everything pumpkin! I’ve been eying up those pumpkin scones at starbucks each morning – yum! Last week my awesome speech therapist made pumpkin waffles with my kiddos. We are such foodies aren’t we?! Regular waffles just...

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Halloween Party Planning

Oct 15

Halloween Party Planning

Halloween is right around the corner. Before you know it you will have a class full of sugar high little monsters (not being mean – they might be in costumes…) jumping off the walls of your classroom. While your mind might be on pinterest overload with the amount of undeniable cuteness and creativity – I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring...

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Halloween Hallway Decorations

Oct 14

Halloween Hallway Decorations

I’ve never had one of those classrooms with ever changing seasonal bulletin boards and over the top hallway crafts. Trying to balance 7 different curriculums, manage staff, and dodge a few bites and kicks along the way doesn’t leave much time for pinterest inspired cuteness. However – this year is different. In my endless quest for age-appropriate...

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Halloween Fact vs. Fiction Task Cards {free}

Oct 13

Halloween Fact vs. Fiction Task Cards {free}

Friends – allow me to gush for amount. I am such a proud mama duck with my kiddos lately. We have been hitting some really challenging topics in reading. Check out our reading curriculum map. We have been working on idioms, antonyms, main idea, story details – holy poop! If you would’ve have told me two years ago I would be working on these advanced...

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Wh- Discrimination Adapted Book

Oct 10

Wh- Discrimination Adapted Book

If you’ve been around The Autism Helper block you know I have a slight obsession with discrimination. Nothing learned in isolation is truly mastered. My adapted book - Who, What, Where, and When Mix Up   intermixes who, what, where, and when questions on the same topic. So now you know for sure that your students have that pesky question answering skill...

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Organizing Daily Leveled Work

Oct 09

Organizing Daily Leveled Work

My summer was consumed by my resource making obsession and right now I’m raking in all the benefits. I created several sets of materials that are designed to last the length of the school year; making day to day duties a little bit easier and providing daily individualized tasks that are ready to go. And holy crap is it amazing.  My Daily Leveled Work...

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Seasonal Math Puzzles

Oct 08

Seasonal Math Puzzles

Hands-on math materials having been saving my behind this school year! We have been trying our some new math rotations and math sorts and math puzzles have been perfect for independent work time. I have this set of math puzzles for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. I love these resources they are seasonal, interactive, and easily differentiated for my...

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Setting Up Your Paras for Success

Oct 07

Setting Up Your Paras for Success

As a teacher we wear many hats, we wear the direct service with students hat, the working with parents hat, the collaborating with clinicians hat, the IEP writing hat, and then there is one more hat we often forget about. It’s the training and managing your staff hat. It is part of your job to train and mange your staff. Repeat that with me, “It is part...

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Literacy Curriculum Maps

Oct 06

Literacy Curriculum Maps

Curriculum maps sound like one unnecessary piece of paperwork that does fit our classroom’s “special” needs. It makes sense for a general education classroom. The scope and sequence stays consistent. The kids are mostly at the same level. But our classrooms are complicated. And curriculum maps might seem ridiculous. But let me persuade you...

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Categorizing Task Builds AAC Vocabulary

Oct 02

Categorizing Task Builds AAC Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is essential for our kiddos – especially those with AAC devices. We need to teach our guys to say more than just “I want iPad.” We have been doing some really fun activities to get my students used to using this device and teaching them how to find different items or phrases. We have been doing categorizing activities with...

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October Freebie Resource Links

Oct 01

October Freebie Resource Links

Holy crap – I cannot believe October is already here. September literally flew by. I will be counting to share monthly lesson plans and freebie links! My math and reading instruction is done in leveled groups. I put kids at similar reading level together so I can teach them the same thing at the same time. The size of the group depends on the level of the...

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Adapting Ready-Made Resources

Sep 30

Adapting Ready-Made Resources

If you tell me you don’t love the Lakeshore Learning catalog, then you are simply a liar. Everything is obsecesnely cute (… also obscenely overpriced …) and creative. Embarrasingly, my favorite part of all of these wonderful materials FIT BACK IN THE SAME PACKAGE THEY CAME IN. Okay fine – all caps wasn’t necessary. But seriously, I have...

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Worksheet Resources

Sep 29

Worksheet Resources

Any worksheets I find that I like – I print. Even if they don’t exactly fit the students I have at the moment, my classroom is always changing and you never know what level your new students will be at. I organize all of my worksheets into binders. I generally organize them by concept and level (ie. easy comprehension, hard comprehension, easy matching...

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