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Flashback Friday: Text me!

Posted on November 07, 2014 in Autism, News

This idea is from the revised edition of You’re Going to Love This Kid!.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using daily text messaging as a tool for practicing spelling and composing sentences. Pick a motivating partner (grandma, older student, principal) and set up a system where the two text a note at roughly the same time each day. The “tutor” can ask the student to …

Flashback Friday: Take a breath

Posted on October 31, 2014 in News

Whether you support young children or adults, introducing deep breathing exercises to curb stress and deal with struggles like transitions and schedule changes can be a life saver. Begin by teaching the individual the exercises and then follow up by sharing videos or step-by-step checklists to reinforce the new skill.

You can find a social narrative on using …

More joy in the classroom: 3 ideas

Posted on October 27, 2014 in News

Lately, I have been working with many teams and teachers who are interested in cultivating classrooms that are more responsive, active, and joyful. I have had teachers write me looking for new strategies, contacting me to share their ideas, and seeking resources to further their study in this area. I have written an …

Flashback Friday: Coach and collaborate

Posted on October 24, 2014 in News

If you are a paraprofessional or work with a paraprofessional, you know just how challenging this role can be. One of the primary difficulties of the job is getting feedback in a way that is streamlined, efficient, and useful. Paraprofessionals are typically busy in their direct support of students and classrooms; this leaves little room for meetings and collaborative planning. One way to be sure that paraprofessionals get the support they need is to …

Day 16: There’s a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism

Posted on April 16, 2014 in News

Today, Sean Barron is a successful advocate, writer, and journalist, but as a child, he isolated, unhappy, and constantly frustrated. Confused about how to interact with others , he shares that he often felt like an alien—even in his own family.

There’s a Boy in Here-written by Sean and his mother-is such a touching and unique account as we hear family stories from two voices and two perspectives. These dual vantage points helped me a lot in my early days as a teacher, because I had never before considered that the child’s experience could be so different from my own. After reading this book, I would regularly try to …

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