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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. 

Substitute Planning

If you are like me, one of the scariest scenarios imaginable is to have a day where I am not on campus. Even scarier, is to have a day where I have an unplanned absence. As a teacher with kiddos of my own at home, this has happened more than I would have liked over the years. While we can’t control the things that happen when we are not present, we can do our best to plan ahead for these days and have things go as smoothly as possible. I recently took three days to go to a training to better support my students and it was really wonderful. I gained skills and my students made it through! It was nerve wracking for me to be out, but it was positive overall. I am so glad that I put in the time it takes to make plans, so that I could attend and further hone my teaching skills.

Sensory Processing: The Auditory System

As we go through each sensory system during this blog series, I like to think about my own preferences in that area as I write about it.  The auditory system is definitely a big one for me.  I don't know about you, but I am someone who always needs to turn down the...

All In – Building A Classroom Team

If your classroom is like mine, it's like a revolving door. Speech, behavioral consultants, administrators, special ed directors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, vision itinerants, orientation and mobility specialists, assistants, nurses, and...

Fall Cooking

I love incorporating cooking activities into my therapy sessions.  I try to do cooking activities once a month with some of my students in my special education classrooms.  Why do I do cooking in speech???  Cooking is a great way to work on following...

Autism Acceptance

I know, it's not Autism Awareness Month- that's in April. However, when you are a Momma of two boys with autism,  or a Special Education Teacher, you share Autism Acceptance ALL YEAR LONG! (If you were standing by me right now, we would totally be high fiving.) One of...

Transition for Newbies

As many of you know, I teach a mostly self-contained class of students on the Autism spectrum with intellectual disabilities in a high school setting. I feel like every day that I have with my students is one day closer to them leaving my setting and...

Halloween Fun in Early Childhood!

Oh, I just LOVE the holidays in an elementary school!  The kids are so excited, and I love being themed and making it special for them.  With that being said, I don’t suddenly go crazy and throw out structure and routine.  I keep our normal routine for the...

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...

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