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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,...

How Independent Work Saved My Classroom

In our classrooms, the first few weeks can be rough.New schedules, new routines, new lunches, new everything. It's not something that comes easy for kids who thrive on routine. Those first few weeks can be rough, especially for kiddos transitioning into...

New Year, New Kids, New Setup!

Something I love most about being in the education field is the feeling of a fresh start each year. Even if you have looping students in the same room, you can always strengthen an area such as the writing center, independent work, or the overall flow of a...

Functional Fridays

For years now I have looked forward to Fridays with my students because of what we have planned each week. We have taken Friday as our Functional Friday, which has more aptly been called Fun Friday by many students (and teachers/paraprofessionals). While...

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...

Using SeeSaw in the Autism Classroom

Parent Communication Parent communication can be a stressful part of our job. If you haven't yet, go back and read Gina's post and Chrissy's post on it. They both have some amazing tips that are worth reading. A few years ago I had a parent in an IEP...

5 Steps to Creating a Great Schedule

Schedules: love them or hate them, they are the backbone of a special education classroom, especially one that serves students on the autism spectrum. My husband claims that I have become more rigid over time as my love for schedules has grown. On...

Communicating with Parents

Those of us who are part of the autism community are familiar with the phrase, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” The autism spectrum is not linear. These humans have different traits and abilities and strengths, without a...

Reading Comprehension Curriculum

When working on reading skills with learners on the spectrum, one area of struggle that I see pretty consistently is a major challenge with reading comprehension. I have met many students who can read far more fluently than their reading comprehension...

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