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.

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Day 5: AAC for all

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

How about giving the gift of communication, access, and adaptation? On Day 5, consider gifting an augmentative and alternative communication [AAC] tool that can be used by all.

A single-message communicator can be used by students needing communication support, but it can also be used by all learners in the context of daily lessons. Use it to add sound effects to your skits, to announce a “fact of the day” or to read a repeating line in a favorite storybook. These practices help students with …

Another Helen fan

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

I got this lovely email from a wonderful mom I got to know recently. It made me smile when I got it and it is still making me smile. If you have ever heard me gush about Helen Keller, you know why!

“I wanted you to know that my daughter is presenting her biography this week on Helen Keller. Thank you for reminding me that she …

Day 4: An inspiring film

Posted on December 04, 2014 in Inclusion, News

Including Samuel, Wretches & Jabberers, Song of Our Children—I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a great inclusion-themed movie! A few years ago, I even made my own film, You’re Going to Love This Kid!, because I feel so strongly in using films to create change. There is just something about the power of pictures, stories, and …

Day 3: Conference registration

Posted on December 03, 2014 in News

So many great conferences, so little money! Are you looking for a great gift to support the inclusion-loving educator or advocate in your life? Consider giving him or her registration to a great inclusion-themed conference. There are many to choose from including the one I help to organize each year—Illinois Includes. We are not accepting registrations yet, but you could create and hand out your own …

Day 2: Sensory seats

Posted on December 02, 2014 in News

I know, I know…..I sound like a broken record when it comes to promoting sensory-safe learning, but every teacher really does need a few seating options (see this post a few weeks ago where I swooned over one teacher’s sensory-fabulous space) in the classroom. Beanbag chairs are great, but some teachers don’t have space for them. Exercise balls are also a nice option, but they can be pricey and are not so portable if the support needs to move with the student.

So, what else can be tried? How about inflatable disc seats? They are …

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