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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.


Tip 1: Cozy Seating

Posted on April 02, 2012 in Literacy, News

Teachers are always asking me for cheap and effective classroom seating supports, so I am kicking the month off with one of my favorites- laundry baskets for the little ones.

These are great for little kids (preschool-Kindergarten) for reading at home or for enjoying books at school. All learners may like the feeling of being contained, …

Creating a Writing Space

Posted on May 26, 2011 in Literacy

After getting such a great response to the blog post about bolstering your in-home library, I decided to keep the theme going this week by writing about in-home writing centers.

My oldest daughter had the idea to create a writing center after seeing the one her first grade teacher created in the classroom. Here is our designated area “before”. This was a drawer in a table in our play area used to store workbooks, coloring books and pencils—not very functional or inspiring.

Bolster Your Home Library

Posted on May 19, 2011 in Literacy

If you have paged though A Land We Can Share, you know that one of the recommendations we have for teachers is to work with families to learn how students interact with literacy materials at home. So often, parents of children with disabilities hold the knowledge teachers need to successfully teach reading and writing. In fact, in a study I did with Kelly Chandler-Olcott, we found that the mothers of students with autism often were successful at teaching their children with significant disabilities to read when teachers could not.

A Whale of a Day

Posted on May 06, 2011 in Autism, Literacy, News

It isn’t often I get to spend the day with 500 kids talking about matchbox cars, stuffed animals, trains, and baseball cards. For this reason, this past Tuesday was an exceptionally fun day. Patrick Schwarz (my co-author) and I got to spend an entire day reading Pedro’s Whale and speaking to children about how to tap into their fascinations and gifts as a tool for learning, comfort, inspiration, and social connection.

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