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,” […]

Potty Training Series — Is my child ready to potty train?

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Here comes the first of several blog posts around the wonderful topic of potty training! Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, have a young child or an older student perhaps with a disability, toilet training can be challenging and daunting! It can be scary as crap! Pun intended.  My own autistic son took years […]

What are some Grooming IEP goals for Adaptive Skills?

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Teaching independence to preschoolers with DROOMING 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 […]

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 […]

Special Education Classrooms in CRISIS

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Public Service Announcement! This post is nothing more than an expression of my frustration on behalf of teachers, especially special education teachers. Something needs to change. I don’t know what or how, but something’s gotta give.  Problem: Teachers are over-worked and under-paid for what they do. They often lack admin support, appropriate training for difficult […]

A Positive Spin on the Good Behavior Game

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What is the Good Behavior Game? Looking for some fresh ideas for behavior management in your classroom or group? The Good Behavior Game (GBG) is a research-based class-wide behavior management strategy to promote prosocial behavior and reduce challenging behavior. It uses a game format with teams and rewards for teams that follow certain rules or […]

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 […]