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Focus on Five: Communication Station Remix

I wrote about my "Communication Station" over a year ago and decided to incorporate it in my classroom this year with a different structure. Communication Station is a time in the students' schedule where they are specifically practicing communication skills. I...

Surviving Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher ConferencesAnyone else out there groan when they hear these words? I found myself dreading parent teacher conferences a few years back and started working on ways to make them a better experience for everyone involved. Now rather than...

Sensory Processing: The Visual System

We’ve taken a little break from the sensory processing series, and now it's time to get back into it.  So far in this series, we've explored the proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile and oral sensory systems. Today, let’s explore the visual system. I will...

Student Involvement in the IEP Meeting

After reading last week's awesome post by Chrissy on Maximizing Parent Involvement in the IEP Meeting, I wanted to highlight another vital part of the IEP team: the student themselves.  Over the years, my career has had a number of twists and turns and one...

Having Fun with Synonyms and Antonyms

Building up vocabulary skills with our students is so important.  It’s always more fun when we can play a game while working on these skills.  I created 2 different “I have…Who has? Synonyms” games and 2 different “I have… Who has? Antonyms” games.  Each...

Visual Timers You Can Use in Your Classroom

Timers are a must have in any classroom. They are great for fluency timing, teaching waiting, showing when transitions will come, and tracking behaviors. Visual timers have the added bonus of illustrating the passage of time. Many children may not yet...

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite ThingsFall is FINALLY here (if only the weather would follow! It's still HOT in the Midwest!) Each school year gives us an opportunity to branch out and try new things. I'm always hesitant to move too far from routine those first few...

Maximizing Parent Involvement in the IEP Meeting

Parent collaboration in the Special Education process is vital. No one has a better understanding of a student’s history, abilities, development and any factors that can affect them at school. Parents are, by law, equal partners on their child’s IEP team. As a parent...

Building a Bond with your Students

When trying to decide what to blog about each month, I try to alternate between very practical, immediately applicable activities and a more touchy-feely type of topic. I try to incorporate both because I have come to think that teaching is equal parts...

See, Touch, Learn: App Tutorial {guest post}

Today, special education teacher Sara-Kate Cruz will be sharing a step by step tutorial on how to utilize the app See, Touch, Learn! Sara-Kate uses this app with her class for Receptive Identification Programs (i.e. Ids Colors, Ids Objects by Function, IDs...

Focus on Five: Writing IEP Goals Using the ABLLS-R

It’s week three of school and I already have two IEP meetings next week! If you are in the same boat as me, keep reading (if your students’ IEPs are not until later, please enjoy IEP Goals Can Wait).  When I was shown how easy it was to create goals using the ABLLS-R,...

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