If you are concerned that a student does not understand your directions, ask him/her to repeat them back to you or to a peer.

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.

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TASH: Three days of learning in Chicago

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Advocacy, Families, Inclusion

So I just experienced three days of learning about advocacy, inclusion, communication, support, and abilities right here in my backyard of Chicago, IL. The TASH conference took place in our wonderful city for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, visitors were welcomed with freezing temperatures and ice lining the streets!

The conference, however, was fantastic. I attended some dazzling …

Day 12: Your ideas

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

I hope you enjoyed the 12 Days of Inclusion featuring ideas from my new book, From Text Maps to Memory Caps. I would love to hear your feedback on the ideas either in the comments section or via email if you want to let us know how you have used an idea. We would also love reviews of the text on Amazon.com (well, good ones anyway—LOL) if you do have the book and want to post a few comments.

Ok, back to business…..to wrap up this event, I would like to invite you to …

Day 10: Do-it-yourself page turners

Posted on December 10, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

In some instances, differentiation is simply about making simple changes to classroom materials. This is often the case for learners with motor planning problems. These students might require a physical change to the book itself in order to manipulate it and be as independent as possible. This adaptation works well for board books and shorter texts. It can also be used to help students find …

Day 9: Teacher report card

Posted on December 09, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

At its core, differentiation is about knowing your students and what works for each of them. What better way to learn about the needs of your learners than to ask them to rate you and your teaching?

This assessment tool may feel risky to some educators, but it can also be very rewarding. You position yourself to learn about which types of lessons are working well, which assessments students see as useful, and which …

Day 8: Talking frames

Posted on December 08, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

One of the best ways to introduce augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology is to provide opportunities for students with and without disabilities to access it in interesting ways throughout the school day. The talking picture frame is one such tool that all students can access for learning and for a bit of fun.

Typically talking frames are used …

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