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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 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 […]

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 Grooming IEP goals for Adaptive Skills?

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Teaching independence to preschoolers with GROOMING IEP goals Teaching young student proper grooming and hygiene skills does more than keep your classroom or home smelling clean! It helps develop independence, a sense of self, and motor skills. If you’re looking for ideas for helping your little with their grooming skills or for life skills grooming […]

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 […]