Doodling can be an effective “staying put” strategy. Many learners are better able to concentrate on a lecture or activity when they are given the opportunity to doodle, draw, or sketch.

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.


Celebrate your success

Posted on October 26, 2015 in News

Share Success FI

I love the first few weeks of school. I like all of the getting-to-know-you activities, the fresh new classrooms and the novelty of starting over. I know many teachers share my excitement.

I know others, however, who have more than a little anxiety this time of year. Fall can be a tough time of year in inclusive schools. You may be getting to know students with complex learning needs and working hard to figure out the right combination of supports for them. In some cases, you may also be working through new collaborative relationships with colleagues.

One way to deal with these challenges is to …

Civil rights in the classroom

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Advocacy, Inclusion

Lorraine Motel FI

Now that the back-to-school rush is over, I finally have a minute to assemble my thoughts on my trip to the National Civil Rights Museum this summer. I had long wanted to visit the museum, but had never managed to make my way to Memphis. Well, in July, I finally planned my trip and, as I imagined it would be, it was simply stunning. The most memorable part of the museum for most visitors is surely the site where Dr. King was assassinated. For many, the tour begins with …

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 …

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