• Photo of Ann from Aroha Special Ed smiling holding a bag with captions that read 'What's in the Bag? and A great activity for SPED or Early Years

    What’s In The Bag: A Great Activity For Autistic Learners

    ‘What’s in the bag’ is a fun and engaging activity for Autistic students and Early Years learners. It’s great for teaching students to increase attention, for extending language and teaching Augmentative and Alternative Communication (A.A.C.) core words. Read on to find out how I do it and view a video example. ‘What’s In The Bag’. What is it all about?…

  • Songs – Great for Transitions in SpEd Classrooms

    Songs are a great way to transition students in SpEd. They just seem to tune in (oops no pun intended) which is exactly what we are looking for! Grab their attention and get them moving in an orderly and timely fashion. Read on for a couple of ideas I have to share about using songs to transition. Why use Songs?…

  • Preference Assessment in Special Ed – 5 Things To Know

    Preference Assessment (or Reinforcement Inventories) are very important. What are they? Why are they important? Who contributes? When and how do I assess and record? For the answers to these questions and more read on. (1) What is a Preference Assessment? It is an assessment of preferred tasks, games, foods, drinks, songs, toys, sensory objects, You Tube clips, people and…

  • The Great Easter Egg Hunt

    How do we have an Easter Egg hunt in a lockdown? Well it’s tricky but not impossible. It will certainly be a different kind of Easter this year given the COVID-19 lockdown. Questions such as “will the Easter Bunny still be able to come?”, and “can we afford Easter eggs this year?”are surfacing. How are you handling these tricky questions?…

  • Schedules in a Special Education Classroom

    Let’s talk schedules. You have your timetable sorted or on the way to being sorted. Now what? Where do you start? Schedules are a great place to head to next. The types of schedules required in a special education setting are whole class, individual, work and first/then schedules. All are necessary for different purposes. Whole Class Schedules First let me…

  • Back To School in SPED: 10 Essential Items to Prepare

    Prepare for back to school in SPED before the year begins. We all want to start the school year feeling ready to go. Preparation in advance is the key. The following 10 items are critical to have organised before the students arrive. Note this page was written prior to COVID lockdowns. However, much of the prep work is still relevant…

  • Everyone Has Rules

    Rules in the Special Ed classroom are equally as important as in any regular setting. Do you use rules? Perhaps your not sure what to use or how to use them? Would you like to see how I incorporate them? Read on to find out and download a FREEBIE of my poster. I don’t use rules because … Some teachers…

  • Reluctant Eaters? From Yuck to Yum

    Cooking with reluctant eaters can and should be a fun and educational learning experience. Many of my students have very restrictive diets and this can present a challenge. Sound familiar? I have a free resource and ideas that may help. Planning to Support your Reluctant Eaters The first thing I do is consult with parents to get an idea of…

  • Behavior Lanyard

    Behavior Lanyard

    A behavior lanyard could be something you are looking for as you return back to school. Luckily I have another week off yet but some of you may only have had the Easter Break off. Either way we will all need to revisit our class rules and tighten up any behaviors that may have crept in over the break. A…