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Reading Comprehension Tools: 5 Tips for Early Development

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Why we need Reading Comprehension tools! Reading the words is one thing, but teaching students to READ with MEANING is so much more! Whether you’re developing reading comprehension IEP goals and objectives or are just looking for reading comprehension strategies for elementary students, I came up with 5 quick tips for developing reading comprehension tools for the […]

Tantrums to Transformation: Positive Behavioral Support to Address Challenging Behaviors

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We’ve all been there! Throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store or refusing to follow directions in a classroom. These challenging behaviors can be frustrating and overwhelming, but we can turn these moments of chaos into opportunities for growth and transformation. Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach that focuses on understanding […]

English Language Development for Students with Autism

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Supporting English Language Development for Students with Autism As an educator or parent of a child with autism, you may be wondering how to best support their English language development. Communication is a critical skill that opens doors to learning, socializing, and independence. However, kids with autism often struggle with language comprehension, expression, and social […]

5 Tips for Writing End-of-Year Preschool Progress Reports

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As the end of year is approaching, we’re thinking about how to assess our littles or special education students, writing progress reports, and how to report back to parents. They want to know! Here are a few tips as you are starting to wind down your year and provide progress reports to parents (and next year’s teacher!)… 1. Use clear and […]

World Autism Awareness Day 2023

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What’s your autism story? Happy Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day! Here’s our story! He was our first, we were young, early 20s, we didn’t know which way was up! Still in college and barely making ends meet, but we were thrilled! He was a perfect little bundle! Came a month early but healthy and strong.  […]

5 Stages of Social Emotional Learning Skills

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What is Social Emotional Learning? Social Emotional Learning (or SEL) is the process of developing the interpersonal skills we need for school, work, and independent living. With strong social emotional skills, students are better able to engage everyday challenges and become successful at school, at home, and eventually, at work. I was recently interviewed by […]

What are some Adaptive IEP Goals for Small Group Instruction?

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Small group instruction is one of the most common ways of teaching in early childhood education. When you have a classroom of 15-25 students, all with varying skill sets, you kind of need small groups! Small group instruction is when you teach the students in groupings of 2-6 students. As ages go up, small group […]

What are some Adaptive IEP Goals for Classroom Routines?

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Improve Classroom Behavior with Classroom Routines Any seasoned teacher can tell you that establishing clear and consistent classroom routines is the KEY to a class running smoothly! Some of our kids need extra help to master this! These adaptive IEP goals and suggestions may help you create this peaceful, organized, and effective classroom setting for […]

Potty Training Series — Trip Training

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There are many methods for potty training from the 3-day potty training method to toilet training in a day to child-led. If you’re looking for toileting tips, you’ve probably run across many. There really is no one-size-fits-all. You know your child or student best. Do the reading and research, and then follow your gut! And remember, it’s often a […]

Potty Training Series — Troubleshooting

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We’re getting there! Ready to potty train your little or toilet train your child with special needs? Are you a teacher working with students with autism or other disabilities? I’m hoping these potty training tips and tricks will help! Check out the earlier installments for Is my child ready to potty train and Potty Training Tips! And bookmark this […]