Social Skills

How To Use Structured Play Boxes

How To Use Structured Play Boxes

I enjoy seeing all of the growth in all areas of development for all of our learners. This is because of our structured environment, visual supports, and many other curriculum and strategies that are put in place in our structured classroom. Independent play, play...

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Social Comfort Zones and Play

Social Comfort Zones and Play

In my earlier days of teaching in Early Childhood I often found myself following kiddos around during play.  I would try to approach and interact, and they would either walk away or become upset if I tried to manipulate toys or engage with them.  What was I doing...

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Stereotypic Behaviors and Play Activities

Stereotypic Behaviors and Play Activities

For the next few weeks I plan on highlighting some amazing ideas I have learned from the book: The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk (Fein, Deborah et al. 2016).  While the title focuses on young children, these ideas can be applied to many ages as the...

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How to Take Data on Play Skills

How to Take Data on Play Skills

You read that right. Data and play in the same sentence. Seems kind of ridiculous right?! Why should you be taking data on play? As we have been talking about all month, play and leisure can be used not only to teach but to generalize and maintain so many...

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Best Games for the ABA Classroom

Best Games for the ABA Classroom

Games! I love them. I use them all of the time in my ABA classroom. Last week I was helping two students play a game together. We were working on language, social skills, eye contact, my turn/your turn, staying seated, and all of the wonderful skills games...

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How to Prepare for a Community Trip

How to Prepare for a Community Trip

Woohoo! You are taking a community trip! Awesome. You are going to have so much fun and your student will have a great learning experience. Now before you head out the door there are a few must-dos! Even though this isn't your traditional "field trip" like going to...

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My Game Closet: What’s Inside?

My Game Closet: What’s Inside?

I love a good board game. I loved them as a child, love them as a teacher & clinician, and even love them as an adult at a game night 😉 Today I want to share some of my tried and true favorite games. My caseload has been extremely varied over the years so there...

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