The Integrative Approach

When the school year ends, I like to reflect on the journey from September to June from the lens of the staff and the student. When I think of success in teaching, I think, what was the most rewarding part of my year? It may not have been goals met or marks achieved, but rather, a day […]

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Picture Books for Teaching About ASD

With Social Skills and Inclusion at the forefront of my teaching practice, I am always looking for new ways to introduce ASD concepts to the neurotypical peers of my students. In my experience, young children are the best receivers of this sensitive information, and I usually begin sharing knowledge with students in Kindergarten. These learners typically take […]

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#MakeSchoolDifferent

The #makeschooldifferent challenge calls upon educators to look critically at our current education system and how it affects our students. As I read some great posts by other educators, I find that some of the issues that arise around public education and ‘mainstream’ teaching produce commonalities that are also found in Special Education. I hope […]

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Early Math for Autism

  When choosing Mathematics goals for my students, I try to envision where I see them twenty years from now. Will they be able to use money to do their own shopping? Will they need to tell time to self-regulate their own schedule to avoid anxiety? Will they be able to hold a job where they […]

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TEACCHing Fine Motor

Students with ASD benefit from exposure to activities that support the development of fine motor skills in the hands and fingers. Developing motor strength and dexterity can lead to the improvement of other cognitive, communication and life skills necessary to achieve independence in their daily lives. I incorporate Fine Motor skills into my TEACCH Independent Activity Schedules on […]

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Physical Education: DisABLE the LABEL!

  This year for the first time, I am responsible for teaching Physical Education to my ASD class and it has quickly become a meaningful integration/inclusion opportunity for my students. My colleague ad P.E. guru @andreahaefele and I observed a gap in the knowledge and education of Phys.Ed teachers required to properly teach special needs students. To […]

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My Turn! Social Skills in the ASD Class

  Students with Autism can lack the Social Skills necessary to function successfully in environments with their peers, often resulting in exclusion from groups. Social and play skills must be directly taught, meaning, most students will not simply pick up these skills on the playground like their peers. They need to be taught like any other skill […]

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