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Idea #22: Create an agenda

Posted on April 22, 2013 in Autism

This last set of ideas was inspired by the content in You’re Welcome, a book on inclusive practices that I wrote with Patrick Schwarz a few years back. This title is actually three mini-books sold as a packet that features content on differentiated instruction, collaboration, and positive behavior supports.

Tools like learning agendas provide great opportunities for differentiation and individual support. During any given unit, teachers can have all learners exploring the same content, but potentially with slightly different goals and targeted outcomes. On this agenda, the personalized instructions include assistive tech supports as well as personal supports to help this child complete assigned work.

Learning agendas like this one are great solutions to meet the individual needs of all students in a differentiated classroom, but they are especially helpful for…

Idea #21: Inclusive community-based instruction

Posted on April 21, 2013 in Autism

If your students really need community-based instruction, they need not miss out on their inclusive education in order to get it.

Look for regular opportunities for all students to…

Idea #20: Be dramatic

Posted on April 20, 2013 in Autism

Drama is a great tool for teaching and practicing social skills. Role play, in general, is a helpful tool but engaging students in drama also connects them to standards-based content and provides opportunities to support and be supported by peers.

Look for…

Idea #19: Coach and collaborate

Posted on April 19, 2013 in Autism

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…

Idea #18: Give guidance through guidebooks

Posted on April 18, 2013 in Autism

Many students on the spectrum benefit from learning specific coping techniques for struggles like perfectionism, anxiety, and anger. Today, there are many books on the market that help students not only learn these specific techniques, but learn them in step-by-step guidebook fashion.

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids)

Did you know that anger is like fire? It starts with a spark, igniting us with energy and purpose. But it can also blaze out of control, causing lots of problems. If you’re a kid whose temper quickly flares, a kid whose anger gets too big, too hot, too fast, this book is for you. What to Do When Your Temper Flares guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger.

I really like Dawn Hubner’s series, including…

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