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 […]

Special Education IEP Goals Daily Data Tracking

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How do you track data on an IEP goal? When considering a new year, a new IEP, or progress reporting on an IEP, it’s important to figure out a good system for IEP goals data collection. Consider HOW it will look, WHO will be taking it, WHAT it will include, and HOW OFTEN it will […]

5 Tips for a Meaningful IEP Progress Report

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How do you write a meaningful IEP progress report? Being a special education teacher bring with it many challenges, not the least of which is PAPERWORK! Writing an IEP progress report, which has to be done several times a year, can drive a teacher bonkers. Between data collection, progress reporting, kind words to families, and […]

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. […]

A Schedule for Early Childhood Special Education Circle Time

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Early Childhood Special Education Circle Time Are you teaching early childhood special education or preschool and looking for ideas on how to structure circle time? What does circle time look like in preschool? What’s important (and not!)? Let’s look at some basic questions and answers, first. JUMP DOWN if you want to read a suggest schedule! […]

3 Ways to Manage a Young Child’s Behavior: Baby Behavior Series

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How do you handle a young child’s behavior? Children, for the most part, are born naturally curious and ready to engage socially with other little humans. How do preschoolers deal with behavior? Well, their skills are developing! The adults around them are there to guide them along, living a life of good examples, providing love […]

8 Ways to Engage a Reluctant Learner: Baby Behavior Series

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What is a reluctant learner? Whether you are working with students with autism or otherwise on an IEP or early childhood littles or your typical cray-cray preschooler, you have encountered a “reluctant learner.” Usually when we talk about reluctant learners and when we discuss strategies, we are referring to older students. What I want to […]