What Are You Working For?

In a Special Education setting, behaviours must be taught, practiced and reinforced in order to maintain and generalize skills for different environments outside of your classroom. Keep it simple and expand when necessary, starting with these tips. 1. Establish a set of rules. Provide a visual of the rule you want your student to follow. Simple picture communication symbols are […]

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AODA: A Decade in the Making

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was created to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for goods and services across the province. Read more about the ins and outs here, but in short the Act ensures that businesses and public spaces allow appropriate accommodations for people with disabilities to participate fully in society like […]

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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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The Benefit of Sport for ASD Kids

“It was through the world of sports and legendary Lakers announcer Chick Hearn that I was able to find my voice and thus communicate with the world.” Ethan Hanson was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger’s syndrome when he was 4 years old. Asperger’s is an Autism Spectrum Disorder which is characterized through difficulties with social interactions, restricted […]

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A Letter to Kadence

 In honour of Mother’s Day, I am happy to share a post written by my good friend and co-worker Andrea Haefele. Andrea’s daughter Bella is a student of mine and from the outside presents as a non-verbal learner with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. Andrea’s advocacy for her daughter’s exceptional needs knows no bounds, and […]

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