For reluctant writers, introduce novel or unexpected materials and supports. Try old typewriters, novelty or colored pencils, voice-activated software or story starters.

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Idea #1: Make a match

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

The first few ideas of the month are inspired by From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks.

This book features 100 ideas for differentiating instruction using teaching materials. This text specifically highlights how to…

Autism Awareness Month: 30 Ideas in 30 Days

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, News

For the fourth year in a row, I will be sharing 30 ideas in 30 days during April. I will share ideas from six different books and will feature photos, examples, and teacher-tested tips. I hope you will enjoy the ideas and be able to use them to better support your students and your children.

If you do enjoy the ideas, consider “paying it forward” by passing the links on to others. Something you share could make a big (or small but important) difference in the…

DAY 3: Temple Grandin

Posted on December 15, 2012 in Autism, News

This book needs to be on every classroom library shelf in America. Temple’s story has something for everyone. This is a cliché, I know, but it really does. Your budding engineer will love this book. Your kid who just thinks differently will love this book. Your student who loves to cheer for the underdog will love this book. Your learner with autism will love this book. YOU will…

Book cover for Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in…

DAY 2: Autism – Sensory/Movement Differences and Diversity

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Autism, Inclusion, News

For a lot of people, the most anticipated books each year are about vampires or girls with great archery skills, but the release I waited for was this book by friends, Martha Leary and Anne Donnellan. I am not exaggerating when I share that their first book, Movement Differences and Diversity in Autism, completely changed how I thought about disability, behavior, and autism. This new volume did not disappoint, and I am now…

Book cover for The King Who Rained

Autism: Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity

“If we follow the lead offered here we will not only have a model of the discipline we must cultivate, we will also have the support of people with disabilities as full partners in the difficult search for better understanding. Leary and Donnellan carefully note…

Can you help Henry?

Posted on November 13, 2012 in Advocacy, Autism, Families, Inclusion, News

Henry is well over the half way mark in getting 10,000 signatures on his petition but he needs your help. He is in a huge battle with his school district to get into his neighborhood school.

This is an important campaign because…

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