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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.

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Just give him the train, dog, air conditioner, Batman, etc.

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Autism

I thought you would all enjoy this great picture that my friend and colleague, Dr. Jennifer Naddeo, shared with me last Halloween.

One of the teams she supports works with several kids on the spectrum and the staff on this team all dressed up like the fascinations of their students! As Jen put it, “the kids were in awe”!
This makes me want to thank a …

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 …

31 Ways to Enjoy an Inclusive Summer

Posted on August 04, 2014 in Inclusion

Last month, I sent one tweet each day to help families generate ideas for summer activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. July is over, but summer is not, so I am posting the list here for those you not on Twitter and/or still seeking ideas for these last weeks of August.

  1. Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
  2. Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.
  3. Head to a drive-in. No need to use quiet voices & those needing to move around during the film can do so.
  4. Remember headphones during …

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