Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

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.


WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Clutter Free Classroom

Posted on December 01, 2011 in News

Today’s pick, the blog at Clutter Free Classroom, will be prized by any teacher who wants a peaceful and organized space, but it may be particularly helpful for educators who have students on the spectrum in their classrooms. All learners may appreciate order in the classroom, but many students with autism need …


Posted on November 17, 2011 in News

For at least three great reasons, I am posting the blog for Including Samuel as our featured resource this week:

My inclusion group (Oak Park Inclusion Network) along with a neighborhood inclusion group (Riverside Inclusion Network) are hosting a screening of the film tonight at the …

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Liane’s new blog

Posted on November 10, 2011 in News

Do you love Pretending to be Normal as much as I do? The author, Liane Holliday Willey, has a fairly new blog up at Psychology Today. It has all of the wit and wisdom you find in her books and then some. Bookmark this gem …

Your Chance to See “Wretches and Jabberers”

Posted on May 09, 2011 in Advocacy, Autism, News

After months of waiting for many of us, May 12th, 2011 is our chance to see Wretches and Jabberers. The film’s producer, John Hussman, is sponsoring “100 Cities, One NIght for Autism”, which promises to be special viewing of the movie in 100 select cities across the country (full listing of locations).

A Whale of a Day

Posted on May 06, 2011 in Autism, Literacy, News

It isn’t often I get to spend the day with 500 kids talking about matchbox cars, stuffed animals, trains, and baseball cards. For this reason, this past Tuesday was an exceptionally fun day. Patrick Schwarz (my co-author) and I got to spend an entire day reading Pedro’s Whale and speaking to children about how to tap into their fascinations and gifts as a tool for learning, comfort, inspiration, and social connection.

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