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 How to prepare to potty train and […]

Potty Training Series — Potty Training Tips

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Hopefully you’re following along in this potty training mayhem of a journey! Whether you’re wondering what is the normal age for a child to be potty trained or what’s the easiest way to potty train (is there one?), I’m trying to get all my toilet training ideas out in this potty training series! This “episode,” […]

What are some Dressing IEP goals for Adaptive Skills?

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Teaching independence to preschoolers with DRESSING IEP goals Teaching preschoolers to dress themselves is one of the first adaptive IEP goals that you might consider! Dressing is one of the first chance for littles to express their own personality and preferences. Also, if they can dress themselves, it’s less for YOU to do as the […]

A Special Education Classroom Fidelity Checklist

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What do you need in a special education classroom? Preparing and running a special education classroom such as life skills or developmental preschool is a challenge! Everything from the set up to the students to training staff to materials. Ugh. I’m tired just thinking about it.  How do you structure a special education classroom? Setting […]

Recess Rules and Behavior Expectations

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What are some resources for recess rules and behavior for early education and special education? Students of all ages love recess! But I’m telling ya, those littles and those with support needs live for recess! Choosing and teaching recess rules and behavior expectations can be difficult with little kiddos or special education students. Whether you’re […]

What is a Medical versus Educational Diagnosis of Autism

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I get this question a lot, especially from a new family who is perhaps on a waiting list for a medical diagnosis but are starting the process for an educational diagnosis of autism in order to start services at school. It’s not even a question, really; many people (parents and educators, alike) may not even […]

The 4 Functions of Behavior

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What are the functions of behavior? Everything we do has a reason behind it, right? In special education, ABA, and counseling settings, we are often asked to address challenging behavior—behavior that impedes the learning of the student or that of others. Whether you have a reluctant learner, you’re working on an FBA, or simply want […]

How to Write a Functional Behavior Assessment

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What is an FBA? How to write a Functional Behavior Assessment starts with knowing what it is! A Functional Behavior Assessment or FBA is a process that is used by school personnel as part of the IEP process or private clinicians to determine what’s evoking challenging behavior in a student or client. The FBA process […]

IEP Goals Data Collection — Give Me Some Ideas!

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Thinking about IEP goals data collection? Cuz that’s fun! There are many options out there from digital data collection for special education to academic data collection for resource rooms to toileting! And then how to track these IEP goals?  Obviously, I can’t cover all the answers to IEP measuring and reporting progress, but I’ll try […]

Behavior Data Collection Sheets for Special Education Part 1 Continuous Measurement

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How do you collect behavior data in the classroom? Collecting student behavior data in a special education or general education classroom can be especially difficult during the course of a busy day. We all know that collecting data for an IEP, an FBA, or for progress monitoring is vital in making data-based and objective decisions. […]