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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Day 9: Inclusion Bling

Posted on December 09, 2011 in News

Wear your beliefs on your lapel with items from The Parent Side online store. Get one for every one on your list!

DAY 8: Label Maker

Posted on December 08, 2011 in News

Let me count the ways I love giving a label maker as a gift to a teacher. It not only helps educators keep a neat and organized classroom (so helpful for students with autism and learning disabilities), but it can serve as a support for emerging writers.

DAY 7: Character in a Jar

Posted on December 07, 2011 in News

If you are seeking new ways to build community in the classroom, you may want to check out this series of prompt jars, like Character in a Jar, from Free Spirit Publishing. They have attitude, problem solving, and choice-making jars. I chose to feature this character jar, however, as it is based on one of my favorite books for teachers—What Do You Stand For? by Barbara Lewis.

DAY 6: Institute on Disability Calendar

Posted on December 06, 2011 in News

The Institute of Disability (IOD) puts out a great inclusion-themed calendar each year. It is only $10 so it is a perfect price for everyone on your list.

The pages feature inspiring quotes about community, diversity, and inclusive education and the illustrations come from talented artists who are connected to the mission …

DAY 5: Balance Cushions

Posted on December 06, 2011 in News

Not only do these seating supports look fun, they are fun to use too. Balance cushions like this are commonly called “wiggle seats” as they are a useful support for those learners who need a bit of movement during whole-class instruction and seat-work.

Balance cushions are a great gift for individual …

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