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FREE Task Box Activities for Autism

  • Nov 18, 2018

  • Written by: AutismEducators.com Staff

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It’s time to go shoe shopping!

No, of course I’m just kidding, but you must admit it’s a great excuse to stock up on shoeboxes. Just when you’re in need of an extra center item or two, using homemade shoebox tasks can do the trick! You can change the tasks frequently, and have it align with a child’s IEP goals, target skill, or even as support for a lesson you are teaching. I wanted to share some that I have made, and I will be adding additional shoebox learning task templates as they are completed.

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Let's Write IEP Goals!

  • Nov 10, 2018

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At least once a year, the team, which may consist of of family members, therapists, advocates, teachers, and the ESE specialist, gather in a formal setting to discuss the progress a student has or has not made during a specified time period. Before this meeting occurs, you, as the child’s teacher, will need to write an IEP (Individualized Education Plan).

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Peer Buddies in the Special Education Classroom

  • Oct 22, 2017

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In years past, we would have a General Education teacher and his/her students, usually one grade level up, join us for reading time, or a fun activity. Sometimes it went well, and other times not so much. The intentions were good, but while some of my kids really bought into it, others didn’t, or really just couldn’t. So I thought, how can I have my students benefit from this experience? Then, it hit me....
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PARAPROFESSIONAL: Bestie or Beastie? FREE RESOURCES, TOO!

  • Aug 07, 2017

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With a new school year about to begin for most Special Education teachers, you already have an idea of who your paraprofessional (classroom assistant) will be. Some of us are lucky beyond words to have more than one para. It’s not unusual to have the same para for multiple years. In many instances, this can be a wonderful thing. After all, you know almost everything there is to know about this person, right? You’ve worked side-by-side for years and can anticipate each other's next move. You work together like a well-oiled machine. OR, YOU DON’T.
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Extended School Year (ESY): Pros and Cons For Students and Teachers

  • Jun 11, 2017

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As we pack up our classrooms and that last school bell rings, we all breathe a great big sigh of relief. Whether it was a year filled with challenges or overwhelming joy, we all feel like we have accomplished something and in some way, have helped our students inch closer towards their potential. We can all have our “feel good” moments, but now it is summer! Are you working at an ESY program? Have you recommended any of your students to attend ESY? Let’s talk about this for a bit.
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Structured Recess and Games for Children with Autism

  • Apr 30, 2017

  • Written by: AutismEducators.com Staff

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I’m really not sure whatever happened to just having fun, running and playing with our friends. Think about your childhood and how much fun it was to be able to “let loose” and play. This was one of the only times when kids could be kids. Now, as school districts provide the guidelines and rules for this activity, “recess” has turned into a more formal “structured recess”. Even though there seem to be more cons than pros against this type of play, for our students with autism, it actually provides an opportunity for to increase social skills and participate with their classmates.
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