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What is an IEP and what is its purpose

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What is an IEP and what is its purpose, components of an IEP, when and how an IEP should be created, and progress monitoring. Read on to learn more! What is an IEP? An IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan (or Program), is a document developed by a student’s special education team to ensure that […]

What are Language IEP Goals for Preschool?

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What are some speech and language goals for preschoolers? So here’s the doozy! Speech and language is a huge focus in our young and developing preschoolers. Whether they are just developing correct speech sounds or are learning how to communicate effectively or even if they are learning self-regulation and emotions identification, many goals for speech […]

What are Cognitive IEP Goals for Preschool?

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What are cognitive goals for preschool? While the number one goal for preschool, in my mind, is social skills, self-regulation, self-advocacy, and learning through play, there are some solid IEP cognitive goals that are quite useful and help students prepare for Kindergarten. Many of the goals in the resources may be a little “high” for […]

What are some Behavior Goals for Students with Autism?

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What are behavior goals for students with autism? Writing behavior goals for students with autism or preschoolers can be some of the most challenging because ALL preschoolers have challenges with self-regulation and emotion navigations, ammi right? What I try to do is 1) think of behaviors I want to INCREASE (and not just decrease), 2) think of […]

What are IEP Adaptive Goals for Preschoolers?

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What are adaptive goals for preschool? When I think of adaptive goals, I think of goals that help a student navigate their environment more independently and are not necessarily related to motor skills, cognitive skills, or emotional skills. Adaptive skills are more self-care like dressing, eating, grooming, and toileting, imitation (such an important early childhood […]

Taking Effective Data: Duration and Latency

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Continuing our look at the RBT™ Task List, we are looking at A-02 Continuous Measurement procedures which is probably the most used method in school if you’re taking any direct observation data. These include ABC data collection, frequency or count, rate, latency, and a few more. Let’s look at DURATION and LATENCY recording. What is duration […]

Taking Effective Data: Frequency and Rate

Continuing our look at the RBT™ Task List, we are looking at A-02 Continuous Measurement procedures which is probably the most used method in school if you’re taking any direct observation data. These include ABC data collection, frequency or count, rate, latency, and a few more. Let’s look at FREQUENCY and RATE procedures. WHAT is frequency count […]

Autism and Challenging Behaviors—The Trigger or Antecedent

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I was thinking about autism and challenging behavior today and the behavior management strategies to go with them. Whether it’s related to medication or controlling behavior or it’s a meltdown due to over-stimulation or a need to engage in repetitive behavior, behavior management techniques are really important for everyone’s sanity.  I’ll talk about challenging behavior strategies […]

Preschool Assessment Preparing for the Trip

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Back to school is happening soon! Thinking about your new preschool or pre-K classroom or how to evaluate your preschoolers with what assessment tools? Maybe this is your first year, or maybe you’re looking for some fresh ideas for early childhood assessment or preparing your special education IEP? We all need fresh ideas this year, […]

5 Ways to Prepare for your Special Education Back-to-School Data Collection

Are you preparing for your back-to-school data collection for your special education classroom or students with autism or other disabilities? Are data collection forms and baseline data and assessment and IEPs and behavior plans keeping you up at night yet? If not, it’s coming soon! Here are a few things that I have done to […]