If your students need help demonstrating what they know, visit the Inspiration software website to learn how students can map, draw, or illustrate ideas.

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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Flashback Friday: “A Land We Can Share” discussion questions

Posted on February 07, 2014 in Autism, Literacy

Thank you, Julie Short! Julie is one of those great moms and advocates who comes up with wonderful ideas and actually takes the time to share them with others. Julie contacted me about a year ago to ask if I had any discussion questions for my book on literacy and autism, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism.

We didn’t include any questions in the book and Julie wanted some that families, teachers, and advocates could use for …

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all

Posted on August 02, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher with my colleague, Kelly Chander-Olcott, titled “Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms”. One of the points we make in the article is that students with disabilities often bring assistive technology and augmentative communication into classrooms and, therefore, make them…

A message of inclusion for for young readers

Posted on July 11, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy

This summer I am finally getting around to reading the huge stack of books that has been sitting on my bedside table for the last few months. I finally read The Hunger Games, blew through Close to Shore (an account of the real life shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws), and have started Incendiary by Chris Cleve (author of Little Bee).

I have loved them all so far, but perhaps no summer read has thrilled me more than…

Summer reading ideas for the whole family

Posted on June 05, 2013 in Families, Literacy

A big thank you to the sweet moms who have sent me these snaps of their kiddos enjoying my books!

I loved these great snaps of Cooper reading Pedro’s Whale to his bunny! A great shared reading experience always makes me smile. That is one lucky bunny.

My friend, Miriam, sent me this fantastic photo of…

Idea #17: Text me!

Posted on April 17, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

The next few suggestions are from the revised edition of “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”. I have selected ideas from several different chapters including those focused on classroom environment, teaching strategies, and communication.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using…

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