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It’s Almost Thanksgiving: How Taking Up Gratitude Practices Can Create Positive Ripples in Our Classrooms

It’s Almost Thanksgiving: How Taking Up Gratitude Practices Can Create Positive Ripples in Our Classrooms

Much research has highlighted the potential of gratitude to enhance well-being, improve relationships, and increase our ability to deal with adversity. Broadly speaking, we take gratitude to mean an act of giving back out of acknowledgement for what we have received. This need not involve direct reciprocity, though for many cultures it cannot be separated …

Understanding Social Stories

Understanding Social Stories

What is a social story? A social story is an individualized short story that is utilized to assist individuals to interpret and understand social situations that they may find challenging or confusing. Social stories can include the norms for behavior in a certain context, the perspectives of others, and specific steps for applying social skills …

What is Special Education Transition?

What is Special Education Transition?

The goal of special education transition is to maximize a student’s opportunity for independence.  High-quality transition programs (for young adults ages 18-22) are designed for students who have completed their high school requirements and wish to further develop skills in academics, on-the- job training, independent living, and life skills while obtaining therapeutic services such as …

The Great Sensory Processing Checklist

The Great Sensory Processing Checklist

Did you know that up to 95% of children with autism have sensory differences? Making accommodations for sensory input is so important in helping children with autism reach their goals. Examples of accommodations for hypersensitivity (increased sensitivity): Use light covers, sunglasses, or a hat under fluorescent lights Wear ear plugs or headphones in noisy environments …

The Importance of Schedules and Routines

The Importance of Schedules and Routines

Both adults and children thrive when they feel safe, comfortable, and in control, and we can provide that for our students! Even in infancy and toddlerhood, children can recognize familiar activities. They also develop relationships with who they interact with during these activities and gain a sense of confidence and belonging. What is the difference …

Let’s Talk About Emotional Regulation

Let’s Talk About Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is the process of controlling your emotions and how you respond to them.  Students should:  Take a break  Express anger constructively   Focus on finding a solution   Emotional regulation exercises:  BUBBLE BREATH WITH FORCED EXHALATION  This is a good strategy when students are feeling emotionally dysregulated because it delivers oxygen to the brain, which …

In the United States, More Than 36 Million Adults Cannot Read or Write Above a 3rd-Grade Level.

In the United States, More Than 36 Million Adults Cannot Read or Write Above a 3rd-Grade Level.

This lack of literacy skills affects unemployment numbers, family literacy, poverty, and incarceration rates. Literacy skills affect each one of the following areas: Unemployment Not only do adults without a high school diploma or equivalent have the highest unemployment rates, but they also have the lowest median weekly earnings. Family Literacy Parents’ and caregivers’ literacy …

What Does it Mean When Someone Says Neurodiverse?

What Does it Mean When Someone Says Neurodiverse?

Neurodivergence is the term for when someone’s brain processes, learns, and/or behaves differently from what is considered “typical.” It is not a disability but a difference in how the brain works. With this shift, practitioners are no longer treating neurodivergence as an illness. Instead, we view neurodiversity through a lens of an individual needing different methods of …