Autism Educators Blog

Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: September 23, 2017 @ 7:44 pm EDT
In most cases, a student with an IEP in place receives either a daily or weekly Home Note from the Special Education Teacher. A Home Note can range from wordy to wordless. It can contain a checklist of activities completed, notes about daily events, behavior concerns or improvements, talk about academic, social, life skills challenges or accomplishments. No matter what it says, it is almost always completed by the student’s teacher. There may even be input from therapists or inclusion teachers

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: August 7, 2017 @ 11:51 pm EDT
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

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: June 11, 2017 @ 1:34 am EDT
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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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: April 30, 2017 @ 12:02 am EDT
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 a

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: February 28, 2017 @ 11:01 pm EST
Children, just like adults, like to be rewarded. The difference is, the way a child with autism views it can look a whole lot different than the way we see it. Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked with both highly complex learners with great behavior concerns, as well as children who have special learning needs, all with some type of behavior reinforcement needed. Although some can be similar, no two behaviors are exactly the same, which has led me to experiment with a variety of reward systems

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: January 28, 2017 @ 9:21 pm EST
Those tiny spaces called desks, have a big job to do. They have to hold notebooks and binders, pencils, paper, crayons, and glue. And, oh yes, a student, too! I don’t know about your kids, but mine shove everything inside of their desks. What doesn’t go in, piles up on top and eventually forms a “paperfall”, where the mounds of paper cascade down the side of the desk. It’s definitely not as scenic as it sounds, but messy, for sure! After way too many of these incidents, I finally thoug

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: November 1, 2016 @ 12:01 am EDT
Yes, sometimes I get carried away with how I present my lessons. I dance, prance, sing, and use some really exaggerated words and movements. If I’m going to keep eleven sets of eyes focused on me and the lesson I am intent on teaching, then I really have no choice. As I’m sure you can relate to, there’s one kid looking out the window, another playing with something, two more fidgeting, one talking to himself, and well, you get the drift. Over the past several years, I have found that addin

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: October 10, 2016 @ 12:58 am EDT
On November 8, 2016, we will chose a new President of the United States of America. This election year has kept us all entertained and it’s a hot topic of conversation wherever you go. Our kids are also exposed to opinions, facts, and T.V. commercials that can be controversial. There was no time like now to get my kids involved in the 2016 election process! Here’s how you can, too.

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: August 29, 2016 @ 12:05 am EDT
So, I’ve been teaching K-3rd ASD children in a self-contained setting for nearly 20 years. Throughout that time, I’ve heard students saying some unkind things to one another requiring just a tad of adult intervention. But, never in all this time have I heard the “F” word being tossed around so freely as I had this past school year! Yes, I can only imagine what you’re thinking. But think again. The word is “friend”.

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Written By: AutismEducators.com Staff
Posted On: August 4, 2016 @ 10:18 pm EDT
Every summer, no matter how much we want the sun and fun to continue, we inch closer to returning to our classrooms. As Special Education teachers, we could have students for two, maybe three years in a row. But many years, we start anew. This is my year. This is my story.

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