Realize a student with behavior challenges may be trying his very best. Some problem behaviors are actually manifestations of sensory problems or physical discomfort.

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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Celebrate your success

Posted on October 26, 2015 in News

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 …

It’s back-to-school time

Posted on September 01, 2015 in News

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 …

Artistic living

Posted on April 18, 2015 in Autism, News

“I have a desire to share my autistic world with you. It is a beautiful yet bothersome world. I type these words and paint these paintings for you. To you, I give myself and my world in hopes of creating greater understanding and peace between our worlds. My own belief is that if we understand more about each other’s worlds, peace will follow.” – Roy Bedward

Years ago, I met Roy Bedward and his wonderful family when I was supervising student teachers. Roy was a high school student and he had so many challenges in his life. His communication was limited, he had …

Hop to it!

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Inclusion, News

Have you visited the blog hop over at The Inclusive Class? If not, be sure to check it out in the next few days (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the blog submissions). The “hop” took place last week and featured nearly two dozen posts on inclusive education. This is a great opportunity to learn about new blogs, pick up new strategies and connect with …

Speaker Spotlight: Dan Habib

Posted on April 14, 2015 in Inclusion, News

Have you ever seen the fantastic documentary film, Including Samuel? It is-without question-one of the best films ever made on the topic of inclusive schooling and we are not only showing it at Illinois Includes, but we have the filmmaker coming to talk about his work, the film and all of his other projects too!

Dan Habib is the creator of …

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