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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...

Who Needs a Picture Schedule?

Who Needs a Picture Schedule?

The question in the title of this post is kind of a trick question. You can use pictures schedules anywhere and everywhere! Depending on the needs of your learners as individuals, they can be all around the classroom. Implementing picture schedules should not be a one...

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...

Empowering Parents and Autism

Empowering Parents and Autism

Many parents are overwhelmed with the vast amount of information and advice given to them about Autism. It’s all so confusing, often overwhelming and sometimes even conflicting. Make sure they look you in the eyes. Eye contact is a social skill and it will help them...

Moving Beyond Requesting (Part 5): Describing

Moving Beyond Requesting (Part 5): Describing

Welcome back to the fifth part in this series called Moving Beyond Requesting. If you haven't checked out parts 1-4, they would be helpful, especially Part 1. In this series, I have talked about how to teach concepts that lead to an increase in spontaneous commenting...

How To Include Functional Gross Motor and Recess Activities

How To Include Functional Gross Motor and Recess Activities

In all of my years of teaching, recess has never been my all time favorite time of the day. I love the time for our learners to get outside, enjoy nature, let out energy, play with peers, and have fun, however, I have experienced a lot of frustrations and tears due to...

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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