Create a classroom blog to give students authentic opportunities to write, learn new tech-related skills, and experiment with a range of genres (e.g., book reviews, critique, debate).

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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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…

Idea #17: Text me!

Posted on April 17, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

The next few suggestions are from the revised edition of “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”. I have selected ideas from several different chapters including those focused on classroom environment, teaching strategies, and communication.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using…

Idea #16: Teach organization daily

Posted on April 16, 2013 in Autism

You might provide all students suggestions for keeping things orderly. For instance, instead of asking all students to clear their desks for a test, ask them to “put notebooks right under the desk”. You might give some ideas on how they might organize desk tops, lockers, cubby holes, or backpacks (e.g., “keep your protractor in your pencil bag”) or simply teach an organization system that everyone in the room follows.

In one classroom I visited, the teacher asked all students to stack their folders in…

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