Peer Buddies in the Special Education Classroom

  • Oct 22, 2017

  • Written by: AutismEducators.com Staff

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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

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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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Behavior Reward Systems for Students with Autism

  • Feb 28, 2017

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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. Some worked better than others, but here, I will save the best for last.

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Take That Desk and Clean It! An Organizational Strategy for Students with Autism

  • Jan 28, 2017

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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 thought of a way to help my disorganized young learners.
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