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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Communication opportunities everywhere

Posted on August 30, 2012 in Families, Literacy, News

So, all summer long I kept finding cool ideas for encouraging conversation and expression and I squirreled them all away to share them in one big blog post.


One of my favorites came to me via my wonderful friend…

New laminated pamphlet and giveaway! Literacy Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms

Posted on June 20, 2012 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

Some of you may know that I created a laminated card on the topic of inclusive schooling and autism. The cards are easy to tuck away in lesson plan books or in desk-top drawers, so many teachers told me that they used them as “cheat sheets” for creating adaptations.

Based on feedback from those who liked the size and portability of the card, I decided to create …

Tip 15: Use Literature to Teach Language

Posted on April 16, 2012 in Literacy, News

Trying to teach idioms, homonyms, metaphors, similes, jokes, or sarcasm? Try using picture books and other kiddie lit. There are so many fun titles that can be used with individual students or as part of a whole class lesson.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Some of my favorites are …

Tip 14: Literacy e-Tutors

Posted on April 15, 2012 in Literacy, News

If you have students who need opportunities and motivation to practice writing every day, look for e-mail pen pals who would be willing to send messages daily or weekly.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Students might be especially motivated …

Tip 13: BIG Magnetic Words

Posted on April 13, 2012 in Autism, Literacy, News

Due to motor planning problems, many learners need options for “writing without a pencil”. iPads, keyboards, and even typewriters can work. So can plastic letters, pocket charts, letter tiles, Scrabble pieces, and sentence strips.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Magnetic poetry kits may also work well, but …

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