Visuals

Stereotypic Behaviors and Play Activities

Stereotypic Behaviors and Play Activities

For the next few weeks I plan on highlighting some amazing ideas I have learned from the book: The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk (Fein, Deborah et al. 2016).  While the title focuses on young children, these ideas can be applied to many ages as the...

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Increasing the Use of Visuals at Home!

Increasing the Use of Visuals at Home!

 We have to remember that in young children, receptive language is not yet fully developed.  One of the “wants and needs” I hear often from families is that their child does not follow the directions they are given.  Or that the usual, every day routines take so much support, and it becomes frustrating for both parent and child.  The addition of visuals within the home has been the most successful change I have implemented. 

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Time Management and Waiting Visuals

Time Management and Waiting Visuals

Let me share a little secret - I stink at waiting. I get anxious. I get bored. I fidget. Waiting is hard for me. It's hard for many of our students. Waiting is a skill that needs to be taught. But we want to ensure that we are teaching waiting and time...

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If I Were On a Teacher Island…

If I Were On a Teacher Island…

One of my biggest fears as a teacher? Being unprepared when behaviors start rolling out.  Multiple choice question coming at you.  The scene: busy teacher running from class to class, student forgot his schedule and starts melting down, do you: A. Leave...

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Christmas Party Planning Setup Kit

Christmas Party Planning Setup Kit

While the holidays do bring loads of fun things like social appropriateness to eating cookies and candy before 9am and an excuse to make online shopping your second job it also can bring a lot of challenges for our classrooms. Holidays equal schedule...

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Behavior Plan Flow Charts

Behavior Plan Flow Charts

Writing a behavior plan is all about individualization. There is no one-size-fits-all formula that will work for every student. This process can be daunting and overwhelming. I get it. I've been there. Sitting in front of that document wondering where the heck you...

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Schedule Based Token Boards

Schedule Based Token Boards

Token boards are a classroom essential. They provide a means of giving students reinforcement without constantly have cheetos or iPad breaks. Students work for a preferred item and earn stars or tokens along the way. I am really excited to shared these schedule based...

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Community Trip Visuals

Community Trip Visuals

It's important to remember that community based instruction is still instruction. There is teaching going on. We can't disregard all of the valuable tools & strategies we use to teach our students on a daily basis. We need those tools more than ever when going out...

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Behavior Visuals for Specials Classes

Behavior Visuals for Specials Classes

We talked about this earlier this month - how problems behaviors don't only occur within the four walls of our little classroom homes. Behaviors will occur throughout environment and are sometimes more likely in unfamiliar settings. Gym class, music class, and art...

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