• picture of student arm pointing at an AAC device that a teacher is holding.

    AAC: What is it? Who Uses it? Why Should I Teach It?

    AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It’s a right for everyone who struggles with speech or communicating their ideas effectively. We must take the initiative in Special Education and get teaching AAC as a priority. October is AAC awareness month so I thought I would have a chat about the what, who and why of AAC. Read on to…

  • 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
    Classroom and Social

    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?…

  • Picture of student walking across a sloped swab holding a tamborine with the picture book Three Billy Goats Gruff. Picture of a rice box with pics from the story and a sequence board and a caption stating Fairy Tales Fun

    Fairy Tales: Fun Lessons That Students Will Love

    Fairy Tales are great to teach a range of goals. Incorporating drama, play, songs, instruments and technology; they can be so much fun. Have you considered this strategy as part of shared reading for teaching comprehension, extending comprehension or assessing? I love to use music, pictures and props to teach retell. Let’s take a look at how it works. Fairy…

  • Literacy

    Teaching Literacy in SpEd- When is it ok to use picture symbols?

    Teaching literacy in Special Education can be such a challenge. Some students have a real struggle with many aspects of reading. It’s hard! They have to learn the alphabet, phonemic awareness, concepts of print; onset and rime; syllables, phonics, sight words, sentence structure, grammar and hardest of all comprehension. Many of our learners also have complex communication needs. In SpEd…

  • Literacy

    Literacy Overview for Very Emergent Learners

    A literacy overview is an important planning step to allow for the best teaching and learning opportunities in a self-contained class. Here is a quick overview of what I plan and a downloadable planner to get you started. Literacy Overview-What to Include Making decisions about what to include can be daunting. Where do we begin to consider what to include…

  • picture of Nursery Rhymes: cow jumping the moon for Hey Diddle Diddle and house, frain pipe and spider for Incy Wincy
    Literacy,  Songs for Teaching

    Incy Wincy Spider and Hey Diddle – BOOM CARDS

    Hey Diddle Diddle and Incy Wincy Spider are two well loved Nursery Rhymes and they can now be enjoyed digitally. This fun product is great for students in Special Education settings or Early years learners either for distance learning or in the classroom. The Boom cards are housed on the wow.boomlearning.com site and available for learning on iPad, desktop or…

  • Classroom and Social

    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…

  • Picture featuring print: Alphabet Match It letter Ee and some cards that feature from the pack. One with an elbow and the letter E, an Eagle with a card that asks to choose from uppercase E and T. A card that shows a picture of an eel and a choice of two from lowercase l and e.

    Boom Cards: Alphabet Match It – Letter Ee

    Boom cards are digital games that are interactive and fun. I have found them to be a valuable teaching tool. What are they? Why do I love them? How do you get them? Read on to find out more and download a FREE Match It Letter Ee while you are here. Boom Cards: What are they? Boom cards are digital…

  • Classroom and Social

    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?…