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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Idea #11: Set up a soothing space

Posted on April 11, 2013 in Autism

The next six ideas come from The Autism Checklist. This book, co-written by my friend, John Shouse, is a collection of tips and strategies appropriate for use at home and in the classroom.

Make a classroom space more soothing to a child with autism and more visually interesting to any student by adding a…

Idea #10: Writing workshop checklist

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Checklists are a helpful tool for teaching new skills to any student, especially those on the spectrum who may feel especially comforted to know exactly what is required of any activity, assignment or task.

A checklist like this one can also help students…

Idea #9: Load up the libraries

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Recommendations for classroom library sizes range from 600 to 1,500 books. I typically error on the side of higher numbers as this allows educators to not only provide a wide range of genres, but a range of levels and formats too. Imagine the differences in opportunities for learners who consistently have a classroom library of 1,000 books versus those who have a library half that size (or smaller)? A larger library may be even more important for learners who have unique learning profiles.

For students who have narrow interests, who struggle to find compelling materials, and for those who may need to review many titles before getting hooked on one, having…

Idea #8: Highlight your text

Posted on April 08, 2013 in Autism, Inclusion

Want to create the world’s quickest adapted text?

Grab a roll of removable highlighter tape and use it to…

Idea #7: Record a book

Posted on April 07, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Recordable books are now available everywhere and on so many topics. These personalized texts are ideal for students with disabilities for many reasons. One of my favorite ways to use recordable books is to motivate learners to engage in repeated readings (so helpful to support students on reading fluency).

They can get the story “just perfect” by reading it a few times over, adding sound effects, and trying out different voices for each character. Recordable books are also ideal for learners who may not be…

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