Posted on April 30, 2013 in Autism
Posted on April 29, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction
In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel.
We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo & Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for…
Posted on April 28, 2013 in Autism
Make your own desktop fidgets for times when students just need to wiggle, squirm, and keep busy. When you make your own, you can not only customize your materials for individual learners, but you can then offer options to all students in the inclusive classroom and not just those with identified needs.
These are made with balloons (the thicker the better) and beans, but you can use sand, flour, or any other material that might feel interesting to your students. Just use a funnel to add materials and knot tightly.
Students in upper grades can participate in…
Posted on April 27, 2013 in Autism
To communicate the idea that all students may need adaptations at some point in the year, consider placing an on-the-spot adaptations kit in every teacher’s classroom.
Your kit might include any number of helpful materials such as sticky notes, highlighter pens and tape, a few desktop fidgets, pencil grips, letter and word stickers, a single-message communicator, a blank first-then board, and a jump drive filled with helpful graphic organizers.
Posted on April 26, 2013 in Autism
So many individuals on the spectrum respond positively to music in the classroom. In fact, many teachers and parents tell me that they regularly sing instead of speak when providing directions.
This connection to music can also be used to teach new content. Try making up songs to teach new concepts. This idea will be appreciated by…