Independent Work Systems for Younger Students

Independent Work Systems for Younger Students

I'm a huge fan of teaching independent work. In fact, I've talked before about how independent work has saved my classroom. Independent work can free your time so you are able to teach, access, and work with small groups while other students are working. It can work...

Making the Case for Consult Services

Making the Case for Consult Services

I recently wrote a blog post about how occupational therapists can support the classroom.  You can take a look at that post here.  One of the ways we can support students and teachers is the consultative model of service.  I personally feel like this is a powerful...

Setting Up a New Classroom – Part 3

Setting Up a New Classroom – Part 3

It's DONE. I feel like I've completed a marathon! This beast of a room is finally finished, and I have to say I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. This summer I've walked you through my thought process and strategy for my classroom as I set up a new space. You can...

Getting Setup with The Autism Helper Curriculum

Getting Setup with The Autism Helper Curriculum

The Leveled Daily Curriculum has been growing over the past few years. There are now 7 subjects: Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Math, Science, Social Studies, Functional Literacy, and Functional Math. Level 0.5 and Level 4 has been added to several subjects.. I...

Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

First Day of School Tips I'm going into my 18th year of teaching, and I still have butterflies in my stomach at the thought of the first day of school. That healthy mix of nerves and excitement has me out of bed and up early that first day, excited to meet my...

OT Tips for Choosing and Using a Backpack

OT Tips for Choosing and Using a Backpack

One of the most exciting parts of going back to school is choosing a new backpack!  Of course, finding the right color or character or theme is essential, but there are other components of a backpack that are important too. A backpack that doesn't fit properly or that...

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