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.

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.


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 #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…

DAY 5: Rocket Writes a Story

Posted on December 17, 2012 in Literacy, News

Reading is my favorite leisure activity, but writing may be my second favorite so I was smitten by the new Rocket book by Tad Hills. As a teacher who loves to talk about writing and the teaching of writing, I cannot…

Rocket Writes a Story

This irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is “a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers,” according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t…

“A Land We Can Share” discussion questions and many thanks

Posted on September 20, 2012 in Autism, Literacy

Thank you, Julie Short! Julie is one of those great moms and advocates who comes up with wonderful ideas and actually takes the time to share them with others. Julie contacted me about a year ago to ask if I had any discussion questions for my book on literacy and autism, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism.

We didn’t include any questions in the book and Julie wanted some that families, teachers, and advocates could use for book clubs and literature circles. Encouraged by Julie, I wrote…

« Previous Posts  |  More Posts »