Communication

Including Cooking, Expressive Language and Receptive Language
Structured & Child Led Activities

Structured & Child Led Activities

When you look at your teaching/therapy style how would you describe it to someone else? Do you tend to lean towards a very structured plan and systematic activities, or do you prefer to engage in more child led activities? Maybe a mix of both? I do not think there’s a...

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Sorry, Not Sorry

Sorry, Not Sorry

During a lunch conversation with a friend the other day I was reminded that typical adults and children need to be aware of individuals with autism just as much as kids with autism need to be taught to function in the world around them. It goes both ways. We get...

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Ollie’s Year in Review

Ollie’s Year in Review

I figured it was time for a follow up on The Autism Helper’s star member and favorite doggo, Ollie! For those of you that missed my first blog post, Ollie is my loyal pup who I was lucky enough to get therapy certified. This school year was his first year as a working...

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Teaching at the Farmer’s Market

Teaching at the Farmer’s Market

Spring has sprung which hopefully means somewhere near you is a blossoming Farmer’s Market! I love going to the Farmer’s Market – fresh produce, flowers, local meat, and fresh squeezed lemonade – it’s my favorite place to spend a Saturday morning. But what I love most...

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March Fun!

March Fun!

As a special education teacher working in early childhood (both in the classroom and in homes), some of the most language-promoting activities I have done involved following a visual recipe.  Now of course with COVID-19 and different protocols, this may have thrown a...

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Improving Home-School Connection

Improving Home-School Connection

Let's Connect We often talk about creating relationships with students. Research shows again and again that relationships are the cornerstone of all growth. The same can be said for the relationship between home and school. It's one that needs to be created, nurtured,...

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What’s in the Fridge Activities

What’s in the Fridge Activities

I recently saw a colleague using the functional life skills adapted book series in her classroom with older students and I just fell in love! I knew I had to find functional and engaging ways to use these with my young learners.  Check out how I modified and extended...

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The Undercover Autistic in School

The Undercover Autistic in School

         How do you know if you are average or different? Well most likely someone had told you that the particular actions you do fit under the normal or abnormal category. Or perhaps you made a judgment of your own by examining those around you and making your own...

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Scaffolded Receptive Language Activities

Scaffolded Receptive Language Activities

I love working on receptive language skills…at all ages!  Between birth and about 11 months of age, when we think of receptive language skills, we look for turning of the head when someone is speaking to him/her, turning towards a noise, and briefly stopping an...

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Navigating Child Led Play

Navigating Child Led Play

The whole premise behind the coaching model in the Infants and Toddlers world is to provide services within the child’s natural environment using what the family has within the home.  If I always brought in toys to play with then took them with me after the session,...

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