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    Self-Regulation: What’s it all about?

    Self-Regulation is fundamental to supporting Autistic kids. Self-Reg is the work of Dr Stuart Shanker. A guru in decreasing anxiety in populations of students that you and I teach. But what’s it all about? Keep reading for an introduction to Self-Reg and grab yourself some templates to start working with today. Self-Regulation – What is that? Self-Reg is a frame-work…

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    Four of My Fave Teaching Strategies for Autistic Learners

    Sharing four of my fave teaching strategies today that support Autistic learners. I find these strategies to be critical for successful teaching and learning within Special Education. Read on to find out what they are and why I find them essential. My Four Fave Teaching Strategies Four of my fave teaching strategies are: Wait time; Structure and Routines; Using a…

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    IEP Meetings: Tips for Special Education Teachers

    All special educators must either lead or participate in Individual Education Plan meetings. It can be a daunting task but with some preparation it doesn’t have to be. Read on for some tips to support successful IEP meetings. IEP Meetings – Prior to the Day Preparation is key to the overall success of the meeting. So where do we begin?…

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    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?…

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    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…

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    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?…

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    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…