Communicate in an age appropriate manner when speaking to students with disabilities. Utilize the same tone, cadence, and language you use with other students of the same age.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.


It’s back-to-school time

Posted on September 01, 2015 in News

Apple Sweaters FI

Today is back-to-school day at my house so that officially signals the end of summer for me. One of my daughters started middle school this year, so it was an especially eventful day. I have so much nervous energy today so I thought I should channel my energy and share a few thoughts, ideas and resources with all of you.

The most exciting news I have is not really news. Well, not yet anyway. In a few weeks, I will have an update on a new co-teaching book I am doing with Dr. Julie Causton. It will be available in late fall, but we are already …

Wordle wisdom

Posted on July 08, 2015 in Inclusion

Wordle FI

Starting to plan for fall? Even though it’s summer, I know many of you are hard at work thinking about September, so I thought I would share a little visual I created. I thought it might be helpful as you put schedules together, consider student needs and work to create the most welcoming school culture possible.

What would you …

Another perfect Pedro plan

Posted on June 29, 2015 in Inclusion

Pedro Venn FI

This post needs to begin with a big “thank you” to Nicolette Brata-Coolen. Nicolette wrote to me and sent some great artifacts from a lesson she created based on Pedro’s Whale and another title, Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success, by Jennifer Veenendall. Because she took the time to send me her lesson, I now get to share it with you.

Nicolette teaches Early Childhood students at Bandung Independent School in Indonesia, and has made teaching about differences and supporting …

31 Ways to Enjoy an Inclusive Summer

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Inclusion

Painting FI

Summer is finally here, and I am looking forward to having time to share content through my site. As an easy way to get started, here is a list I created last summer to help families generate ideas for activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. Feel free to add you own and keep this list growing!!

  1. Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
  2. Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.

Day 30: Don’t just be aware of differences

Posted on April 30, 2015 in Autism

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