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.

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A plan for Pedro

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book for children is seeing all of the ways it is used by students, families, and teachers. I got one email from a parent telling me that she used Pedro’s Whale to teach her children about their brother with autism.

At one of my workshops, a principal told me that he used Pedro to teach his staff about…

It’s almost here…

Posted on August 12, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, News

If you liked From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, I have some fun news to share! I-along with my co-author, Sheila Danaher-have collected another 100 ideas for differentiating instruction in K-12 inclusive classrooms and assembled them into a second book.

We certainly didn’t think there would be a follow-up text to Tutor Scripts, but we just kept …

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all

Posted on August 02, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher with my colleague, Kelly Chander-Olcott, titled “Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms”. One of the points we make in the article is that students with disabilities often bring assistive technology and augmentative communication into classrooms and, therefore, make them…

A message of inclusion for for young readers

Posted on July 11, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy

This summer I am finally getting around to reading the huge stack of books that has been sitting on my bedside table for the last few months. I finally read The Hunger Games, blew through Close to Shore (an account of the real life shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws), and have started Incendiary by Chris Cleve (author of Little Bee).

I have loved them all so far, but perhaps no summer read has thrilled me more than…

Summer reading ideas for the whole family

Posted on June 05, 2013 in Families, Literacy

A big thank you to the sweet moms who have sent me these snaps of their kiddos enjoying my books!

I loved these great snaps of Cooper reading Pedro’s Whale to his bunny! A great shared reading experience always makes me smile. That is one lucky bunny.

My friend, Miriam, sent me this fantastic photo of…

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