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Accommodations vs. Modifications: Your Guide to Inclusive Classrooms (and Why It Matters!)

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between accommodations and modifications in special education? Perhaps you’ve heard the terms thrown around in IEP meetings, or maybe you’re a teacher who needs to support students with diverse learning needs in your classroom. Fear not! Let’s break down these essential concepts, share practical strategies, and even delve […]

Autism Awareness Month 2024: Creating an Inclusive Classroom

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Supporting Autistic Students Beyond April and Autism Awareness Month April is Autism Awareness Month, but true inclusion for autistic students in preschool or elementary classroom means making all our schools welcoming spaces all year round. Understanding autism, recognizing the unique needs of each child, and making thoughtful adjustments can foster a learning environment where everyone […]

How to Teach Class and Categorization for Language Development

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Teaching class and categorizing skills is essential for building a strong foundation for language development. Understanding how things relate to each other through feature, function, and class (FFC) expands vocabulary, improves comprehension, and supports communication. This is especially important for young learners, those with special education needs, and during speech therapy. If you’re looking for […]

Navigating the Holidays in Preschool and Special Education

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The holiday season is a time filled with excitement, new experiences, and festive activities. For preschool and special education teachers, it presents unique opportunities to infuse joy into learning while being mindful of the challenges that some students may face. Navigating the holidays for special education can be fun and games or it can be […]

Essential Cognitive IEP Goals for Preschoolers: Nurturing Early Learning Success

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Why are Cognitive IEP goals important for preschool special education students? Navigating the early years of education for a child with special needs requires a thoughtful approach to their individual learning style. Cognitive IEP goals are a cornerstone of this journey, creating a roadmap for success in preschool and on. Let’s look at the importance […]

Myths and Truths: A Quick Guide to Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis

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What is ABA and what does it do? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a widely-discussed subject, particularly in the field of behavioral healthcare and educational support. While ABA has been notably successful in improving various behaviors, particularly in individuals with autism, it also has its share of critics and misconceptions. Let’s set the record straight […]

Addressing Challenging Behavior — Tips from My Favorite Book!

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Applying ‘Never Split the Difference’ Techniques to Manage Challenging Student Behavior Discover actionable strategies to manage challenging student behavior with insights from the book “Never Split the Difference.” Written by a former FBI negotiator, these proven techniques can transform your classroom management skills and foster a more positive learning environment. Ideal for special education teachers, […]

6 Stages of Student Crisis Management: A Teacher’s Roadmap for Crisis Prevention

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Navigating the complexities of student crisis management can be one of the most challenging aspects of classroom management in teaching. If behavioral issues in students are on your mind as a teacher, here are some actionable insights for you! From identifying early warning signs to crafting effective interventions, we aim to empower teachers to create […]

5 Practical Strategies for Self-Regulation for Preschoolers

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Are you struggling to teach your preschoolers self-regulation skills? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many teachers and parents find it challenging to help little ones navigate their emotions and control impulsive behavior. Whether you’re creating behavior or social emotional IEP goals or just helping littles learn about emotions and social interactions, it can be tricky! […]

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 […]