Data

Teaching Staff to Take Data

Teaching Staff to Take Data

The goal of this month is routines and reinforcement. One of those important routines to teach is the routine of taking data. The teacher isn't the only one who should be taking data in the room - the whole team should be. While your students are still...

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One on One Paraprofessionals

One on One Paraprofessionals

Deciding whether or not your student is a good fit for a dedicated paraprofessional is tricky. There are a lot of a things to consider when deciding if a dedicated paraprofessional is the right decision and then (depending on your district) you may need to go out and...

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Handling Student Aggression

Handling Student Aggression

Aggression is hands down the most critical, important, and time sensitive issue to deal with in your classroom. Because let’s be honest – it doesn’t matter how organized you are, what math curriculum you are using, how you are charting your data – if you are getting...

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Is Your Data Misleading You?

Is Your Data Misleading You?

Often times when we are attempting to gather information about a behavior we take data. One method of data collection, referred to as ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence) data, gives a descriptive account of what is occurring in the environment before and after...

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Sensory Behaviors

Sensory Behaviors

The main way to target sensory behaviors is to see if you can think of an alternative response that is more appropriate. Some type of response that in some way meets those same sensory needs. Once you identify an alternative response, you need to teach and shape that...

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Escape Behaviors

Escape Behaviors

Although I sometimes truly wish my school day could be filled with angry birds and dorito breaks – and that’s sadly what a good percentage of people think my days is filled with (sigh…) – we come to school to work. No fancy way of saying it and no if, ands, or...

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Attention Behaviors

Attention Behaviors

Often attention behaviors occur when the student does not know the correct or appropriate way to ask for attention.  Teach appropriate ways to ask for attention. For nonverbal students, create a visual for attention. Use role playing and written scripts to...

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All About the Replacement Behavior

All About the Replacement Behavior

The absolute, must-not-forget, essential step to eliminating any problem behavior is to teach and reinforce the appropriate way to access the consequence the problem behavior once delivered. And even if you are nodding your head along with mean, thinking “amen honey...

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Behavior Definitions {what, why, & how}

Behavior Definitions {what, why, & how}

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...

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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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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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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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Error Correction Procedures

Error Correction Procedures

If you read my blog regularly you know that I am constantly singing the praise of consistent use of positive reinforcement for all of those correct and appropriate behaviors that we see from our kids. Remember, we want to see more and more of those behaviors so adding...

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Using Time Delay to Fade Prompting

Using Time Delay to Fade Prompting

The problem many of us over eager, venti-coffee amount of enthusiasm teachers have sometimes is we don't know when to just shut the heck up and wait. We are bustling over with to-do lists and schedules and once you are in get-it-done mode there is just no stopping...

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Procedures for Prompt Fading

Procedures for Prompt Fading

Prompts are ways we help our learners demonstrate new skills. We use prompts to get our students to greet a peer, flush the toilet, name the color blue, and clap their hands. Prompts are something we add to the situation because the natural or teaching cue was not...

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Fluency Instruction

Fluency Instruction

Fluency instruction is something I talk A LOT about. I talk about it so much because not only is it a meaningful, functional, and effective way to work on skill development it also isn't all that complicated. It's also the PERFECT paraprofessional run station. It...

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