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Video Modeling in the Classroom

Video Modeling Video Modeling is one of my favorite strategies to use in the classroom. It's evidence-based and has been proven to be a successful strategy for early childhood through high school. I use it not only for my students, I use it for my assistants, too....

Focus on Five: Tips for Teaching Writing

I know this post is suppose to be about writing, but I wanted to say how much I am enjoying The Autism Helper's Behavior Change Master Class! It is only available for a limited time, it's free, and it is jam-packed with information! It's not too late to sign up, so...

Identifying my WHY

As the new year begins and we start setting professional and personal improvement goals, I think it is always helpful to look back at why we do what we do. I sit down and write down the WHY behind all of my effort, all of the long hours, and what helps me stick it out...

All Behavior is Communicating Something

Everything you do, everything I do, and everything your students do happens for a reason. All of our behaviors are communicating something. Some behaviors may be trying to communicate wanting access to something. Access to attention, items, activities, sensory...

Winter Themed Gross Motor Activities

We all know how important it is for our kids to play outside, but unpredictable winter weather can make that a little challenging.  During these long months of indoor recess, it can be hard to think of new gross motor ideas to keep kids engaged and moving. I thought...

Creating Efficient Goal Programs

Creating a Goal Program Let’s be honest here, creating goal programs for a caseload of students can be very daunting and hard to tackle.  The beauty in it though, is that once you have the structure finished, you can easily collect data, update materials and chart...

What Accommodations?

"What Accommodations?" This question drives me absolutely crazy. I've been on a soapbox about accommodations lately. Let me tell you why - EVERY TEACHER who works with your students should know their accommodations. No one should ever have to ask what accommodation...

The Behavior Change Mindset

Before you get started implementing a behavior plan, designing a token economy, or training your staff - there is one important thing you need to work on first. The first step is you. The first step is making sure you have the mindset for success. The first step is...

Focus on Five: My Favorite Resources to Teach Math

Happy New Year! It's the second time in the school year to get a fresh start and look at the resources that you are using in your classroom. A while back, I shared my favorite resources to teach reading (check out My Favorite Resources to Teach Reading), so I figured...

The Importance of Self-Advocacy

Part of being an effective advocate is teaching children the skills they need to speak up for themselves. It’s never to early to foster self-advocacy. It’s a skill that constantly evolves as the child develops, and one that must be cultivated over time, simply by...

ABA at Home: Holiday Edition

I don’t know about y’all, but one of my favorite things about watching Sasha’s stories on Instagram or Facebook is when she talks about ABA in her own life. I love how she is always applying what we know about behavior to everyone around her. It is so funny and...

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