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Importance of Visuals for Nonverbal Students

Importance of Visuals for Nonverbal Students

Why Incorporate Visuals? Visuals are beneficial supports for children with limited verbal communication. Hodgdon (1995) proposed four reasons for using visuals within home, school, and community environments: (a) visuals increase children’s reliability (they are more likely to know what to do and then to do this repeatedly), (b) visuals encourage children to be more independent, …

Articulation Milestones

Articulation Milestones

What are milestones? Milestones are skills and behaviors that children gain as they grow up and continue to develop! Milestones are broken up into “stages” and/or “age ranges” because all children hit milestones at slightly different times. Language milestones include articulation, receptive language, expressive language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and literacy expectations.  It’s important to remember …

Supporting Communication Through Play

Supporting Communication Through Play

Play is an important part of development for all children. It allows them to explore the world around them, communicate with others, share, problem-solve, and develop many other foundational skills. Language is one of the skills children learn during play. There are strategies we can use to support language growth during play and facilitate learning …

Phonological Awareness: A Building Block for Literacy

Phonological Awareness: A Building Block for Literacy

Phonological awareness is a foundational skill that is defined as the ability to manipulate oral language. It involves word structure and includes blending, segmenting, judging, and recombining words. It is a necessary skill because it relates to the individual’s developing literacy skills. Early phonological awareness skills are demonstrated by using rhyming, clapping out syllables, and …

Increasing Social Communication

Increasing Social Communication

Social communication is essential for everyday life to build social relationships and express unmet needs. For youth having difficulties with self-expression, it can be emotionally overwhelming, leading to frustrations, socially inappropriate behavior, and refusing or ignoring requests.   Try Social Stories  In Ghurair and Alnaqi (2020) research, they utilized a technique called Social Stories that uses …

Six Reasons to Teach Special Education

Six Reasons to Teach Special Education

Serve Others As a special education teacher, you will have the opportunity to serve students with disabilities and their families an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience.  Make a Difference One of the biggest rewards of being a teacher is the ability to make a difference every single day. As a special education teacher, you will …