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

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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Posted on July 08, 2015 in Inclusion

Starting to plan for fall? Even though it’s summer, I know many of you are hard at work thinking about September, so I thought I would share a little visual I created. I thought it might be helpful as you put schedules together, consider student needs and work to create the most welcoming school culture possible.

What would you …

Another perfect Pedro plan

Posted on June 29, 2015 in Inclusion

This post needs to begin with a big “thank you” to Nicolette Brata-Coolen. Nicolette wrote to me and sent some great artifacts from a lesson she created based on Pedro’s Whale and another title, Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success, by Jennifer Veenendall. Because she took the time to send me her lesson, I now get to share it with you.

Nicolette teaches Early Childhood students at Bandung Independent School in Indonesia, and has made teaching about differences and supporting …

31 Ways to Enjoy an Inclusive Summer

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Inclusion

Summer is finally here, and I am looking forward to having time to share content through my site. As an easy way to get started, here is a list I created last summer to help families generate ideas for activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. Feel free to add you own and keep this list growing!!

  1. Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
  2. Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.

Speaker spotlight: Chris Kliewer

Posted on April 20, 2015 in Inclusion

I met Chris Kliewer about 15 years ago at an inclusion conference. I wandered into a workshop he was giving on literacy and Down Syndrome and instantly became a fan. I continue to follow his work closely and I can say with absolutely certainty that Chris has not published a piece I have not read. This is not because he has not written a lot (he is a writing machine); it is because his work is so important that I wouldn’t dare miss a word.

Chris is a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. A former early childhood special education teacher, Chris is arguably the most …

Hop to it!

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Inclusion, News

Have you visited the blog hop over at The Inclusive Class? If not, be sure to check it out in the next few days (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the blog submissions). The “hop” took place last week and featured nearly two dozen posts on inclusive education. This is a great opportunity to learn about new blogs, pick up new strategies and connect with …

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