Welcome To My Website

Welcome. Are you looking for great printables and ideas for teaching students in Special Education. Do you teach in a Special School, special class, regular school with some students who have special needs? Maybe you teach children at home in the early years of schooling or perhaps have an Autistic child who has an intellectual disability? Then this is the site for you.

Hi I’m Ann

Hello and welcome. I am passionate about educating and supporting teachers, families and therapists.

My specialty is teaching students with Intellectual Disability who are non-speaking and Autistic. I am a believer in literacy for all including teaching AAC.

About me …

I have been a teacher in the special education sector since 2005. I trained in Australia passing my 4 year Bachelor of Education (Special education) degree in 2004. Two years later I completed a Post Graduate Diploma (1 year full time study) in Early Years Learning, focusing on 4-5 year olds.

I moved back to New Zealand (my home country) with my husband Kevin and my son Bronson in 2017. We love being back closer to family and life long friends. I currently enjoy working in a Special School in the North Island.

All of my career has been spent teaching juniors from ages of 3 to 10, in self contained special schools (or units). I love it. They keep me thinking and always learning. I work closely with therapists all day.

My Philosophy

My philosophy is all kids can learn. We need to have high, individualised expectations for our students. Some need more support, adaptations, accomodations and time than others to learn and utilise their skills.

Teaching communication is a priority. My learning assistants and I wear Core Language Boards all day and I utilise a large core board on my wall constantly. I love to use stories, play, song and movement, all throughout the day. Teaching and learning must be fun for all.

On my site …

I will be sharing ideas, some free printables and links to purchase quality products to support your teaching. There will be a focus on Core Communication, literacy, differentiated learning suggestions tips and tricks along with support to teach within a strengths-based neurodiverse-affirming environment.

I have a freebie library for subscribers and a Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can visit my store Aroha Special Ed here. I also have a Pinterest site which you can visit by clicking on any picture on my pages or the ‘p’ symbol at the top or bottom of the page.

I would love for you to join as a subscriber to catch up with all the latest directly into your mailbox. You will never have to miss a freebie again.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy exploring the site. Thanks for visiting.

Aroha, Ann

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