Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 30: Your Ideas?

Posted on May 01, 2012 in Autism, Inclusion, News

Well, we made it to the end of the month! This was probably my busiest Autism Awareness Month yet. I traveled to Texas, Canada, Wisconsin, Rochester, Maryland, and central Illinois in the last few weeks and met hundreds of people. One of the best parts of travel is coming home to see new visitors to the website and Facebook page. All month long, It has been so much fun to hear from all ‘old’ pals and to see so many new voices here as well.

No matter if you are new to us or if you have been here since the beginning, thank you for sharing what you know and supporting others on this page. I hope you were all able to find a few new ideas to add to your bag of tricks. In case any of you are still searching for the perfect idea, however, I want to dedicate our final day of the month to all of YOU.

Let me know YOUR favorite idea of the month or any of your own tips that you think would help the group. I’ll do one final BONUS drawing on this question. Anyone who posts a response by 10:00 PM (CST) on May 1st will be entered in a drawing for a copy of my laminated reference guide from National Professional Resources. Can’t wait to see some of your ideas!


  1. From Renee on 1 May 2012

    My absolute favorite was the one about creating cozy places to read. That teacher who had the bathtub in her classroom is a genius! I want to have that in my living room! ( is that weird?). Thanks Paula for all of these great ideas!

  2. From Marcy t on 1 May 2012

    I like the idea of letting the students know that there will be a substitute teacher coming in-its even better if there is one that works well with the class so that its not as stressful on the child needing additional supports.

  3. From Julie Vanderwagen on 1 May 2012

    I like the idea of putting a Sharing Area in the staff lounge. I try to share ideas with colleagues but sometimes feel I am giving advice where it hasn’t been solicited. This way people can try and use what works for them.

  4. From Deb Mirabelli on 1 May 2012

    Reading corners are such a great idea! I had a teacher in 5th grade that made the best reading area with 6 pack rings. She was my favorite teacher and that was the year I began developing a huge love of reading. It is so great when great teachers give a little extra spark in a child’s life of learning.

  5. From julie lorenzen on 1 May 2012

    I liked tip #26, the idea of the graphic organizers. I thought the hula, hoop (ven diagram) design was cute. Visual organizers should be used in every classroom and/or for every student who has autism because the visual element is so helpful for children with ASD.

  6. From Carrie Hassall on 1 May 2012

    I love my son’s home/school communication book. It really motivates him. His day is broken down by activity (math, specials, resource etc., all the way through to bus ride and homework). For each activity there is a picture of three faces: smiley, neutral and unhappy. The adult with him circles how he did. We have comment boxes next to each and a place where he writes his favorite part of the day (which is a great way to get him to talk about school and his day). I LOVE the tick boxes with Hello and Goodbye next to each activity too. He wants his ticks and happy faces so he will greet teachers and staff appropriately and with eye contact. And the Special Ed. team has been great about planting other key people like the Asst. Principal to engage him in practicing his greetings and goodbyes. Thank you Paula for all of your wonderful ideas and inspiring work. And a big thanks and happy teacher appreciation week to all of you teachers who work with all types of kids in all types of settings.

  7. From Julie Mecikalski on 2 May 2012

    I am a big fan of graphic organizers.

  8. From Travis Volk on 5 Jun 2012

    Being consistent is at the heart of every decision I make in the classroom. With diverse student populations, in addition to students with special needs, consistency is key. Anxiety is lessened and learning occurs when a child knows what to expect.