Incorporate cool down or relaxation activities into the school day (e.g., yoga, deep breathing).

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Off the Page #9: Create a checklist

Posted on September 25, 2018 in Autism, Inclusion

It’s a new school year and that means new expectations, routines, tasks and challenges. If you know a student needing help navigating all this novelty, take a look at the latest episode of “Off the Page.” In this video, I talk about how checklists can support students in the classroom and beyond. I also discuss questions to consider when …

Artistic living

Posted on April 18, 2015 in Autism, News

“I have a desire to share my autistic world with you. It is a beautiful yet bothersome world. I type these words and paint these paintings for you. To you, I give myself and my world in hopes of creating greater understanding and peace between our worlds. My own belief is that if we understand more about each other’s worlds, peace will follow.” – Roy Bedward

Years ago, I met Roy Bedward and his wonderful family when I was supervising student teachers. Roy was a high school student and he had so many challenges in his life. His communication was limited, he had …

Flashback Friday: Text me!

Posted on November 07, 2014 in Autism, News

This idea is from the revised edition of You’re Going to Love This Kid!.

If you have a reluctant writer on your hands, try using daily text messaging as a tool for practicing spelling and composing sentences. Pick a motivating partner (grandma, older student, principal) and set up a system where the two text a note at roughly the same time each day. The “tutor” can ask the student to …

Just give him the train, dog, air conditioner, Batman, etc.

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Autism

I thought you would all enjoy this great picture that my friend and colleague, Dr. Jennifer Naddeo, shared with me last Halloween.

One of the teams she supports works with several kids on the spectrum and the staff on this team all dressed up like the fascinations of their students! As Jen put it, “the kids were in awe”!
This makes me want to thank a …

Day 30: Your choices

Posted on April 30, 2014 in Autism

I hope you enjoyed my 30-days feature this month and that you found some books for your summer reading lists. I know how much these books had an impact on me, so I hope they will do the same for you or maybe even inspire some of you to write your own stories. We need them!

As promised, I am opening up this last day of the month for you to add any autobiographies/memoirs that I was not able to list in just 29 days. Feel free to add in other titles too if they made a big impact on your understanding of autism or Asperger syndrome—even if they are not memoirs.

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