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.


Idea #30: Make learning the focus

Posted on April 30, 2013 in Autism

Keep the learning going after today by continuing to visit me here at Paula, checking out my newly updated blog Differentiation Daily, and my Facebook page. I encourage you to…

Idea # 29: Bring a chapter to life

Posted on April 29, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel.

We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo & Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for…

Idea # 28: Make some no-fuss fidgets

Posted on April 28, 2013 in Autism

Make your own desktop fidgets for times when students just need to wiggle, squirm, and keep busy. When you make your own, you can not only customize your materials for individual learners, but you can then offer options to all students in the inclusive classroom and not just those with identified needs.

These are made with balloons (the thicker the better) and beans, but you can use sand, flour, or any other material that might feel interesting to your students. Just use a funnel to add materials and knot tightly.

Students in upper grades can participate in…

Idea #27: Adapt in an emergency

Posted on April 27, 2013 in Autism

To communicate the idea that all students may need adaptations at some point in the year, consider placing an on-the-spot adaptations kit in every teacher’s classroom.

Your kit might include any number of helpful materials such as sticky notes, highlighter pens and tape, a few desktop fidgets, pencil grips, letter and word stickers, a single-message communicator, a blank first-then board, and a jump drive filled with helpful graphic organizers.

Idea #26: Tune in

Posted on April 26, 2013 in Autism

So many individuals on the spectrum respond positively to music in the classroom. In fact, many teachers and parents tell me that they regularly sing instead of speak when providing directions.

This connection to music can also be used to teach new content. Try making up songs to teach new concepts. This idea will be appreciated by…

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