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Calming Strategies for All Ages

Calming Strategies for All Ages

When your child/student, is feeling emotional or upset, what can we do to help? Be the regulator – the adult stays CALM. Calming voice, soothing, eye contact, be a comfort, relaxed body posture, NO yelling Don’t use too many words. Give the student wait time Model deep breathing (in through the nose, out through the …

Anybody Can Work and We All Should

Anybody Can Work and We All Should

This is true for people with and without disabilities. You need to make money if you want to live an independent life. Money isn’t the only reason people want to work. We like to work to meet new people, stay busy, and feel good about ourselves. Finding a job or picking a career can be …

Positive Time Out

Positive Time Out

Many parents and teachers say, “Go to your room (or to the corner) and think about what you did.” Many parents are used to the approach to addressing behavior because that was the way they were parented. Most adults do not realize that children are constantly making decisions about themselves, about their world, and based …

All About Functional Skills

All About Functional Skills

Functional skills are skills a student needs to live independently. An important goal of special education is for our students to gain as much independence and autonomy as possible, whether their disability is emotional, intellectual, physical, or a combination of two or more (multiple) disabilities. Skills are defined as functional if the outcome supports the student’s …

Intentional Pausing: A Powerful Tool

Intentional Pausing: A Powerful Tool

There are many reasons why pausing during a conversation can be useful. For example: · We pause to highlight grammatical structures such as to mark the end of a sentence or to shift to a new idea. · We pause for social reasons, such as to build anticipation, to clarify that we have expectations, to …

How to Support Storytelling

How to Support Storytelling

Retelling a story is an important skill that supports later reading comprehension. Allowing your child multiple opportunities to be able to retell a familiar story will help to continue to build upon these skills. This can be after they return from school for the day or at bedtime after reading their favorite book. Here is a fun …

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

What is PECS? The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a way for people with limited or no verbal communication skills to communicate using pictures.  The person with limited or no verbal communication skills communicates with another person by giving the person a picture or a desired item in exchange for the desired item. Why use …

Toys Your Child Will Love

Toys Your Child Will Love

When you think of “special needs toys and games,” you may envision expensive gadgets and specially designed equipment. And you can certainly find such high-priced items provided by boutique specialty companies. The reality is that there is absolutely no need for parents of special needs children to purchase products labeled “special needs.” Plain old Walmart, …