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A Day in my AU Classroom: Video Tour of my Workbox System

I’ve had a lot of requests for an explanation of my workbox system, so here you all go! Through this system, there is virtually no daily prep for workboxes! We just routinely change them out every month or so as our students master new skills. I hope you like the video tour! I have plans…

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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel! {FREE visuals, choice boards, etc, YAY!}

Don’t you just LOVE when you come across something that will save you time? Today I found this website, and I screamed I was so happy! FREE boardmaker visuals already pre-made and ready to print! Happy printing, laminating, cutting, and velcro-ing!!!!! 🙂

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Earth Day Activities {Craftivity Foldable, Audio Book, Student Readers, & Take Home Activity}

Earth day is Tuesday, and for ONCE I actually have a product ready! In our classroom, we love to do arts & crafts, but we have to somehow make these projects meaningful to the students and not just “cute.” In my new Earth Day pack, I’ve included an Audio Book PPT (fancy!) and student readers,…

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Data – Discrete Trial vs Fluency {Guest Post from Sasha Hallagan – The Autism Helper}

I’m so excited to share today’s post! I’ve asked the AMAZING Sasha Hallagan from The Autism Helper to help explain how we should be effectively teaching new skills through Discrete Trial Training, as well as how we can make those skills more functional through Fluency Instruction. Enjoy, loves… 🙂 When it comes to academic data,…

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#willworkforcaltrans Spotlight on Special Thinker: Diego

Today we get to meet Diego, son of Dori (autism mom & special education teacher, too!) Check her out on Instagram @DORI510 “You need a sign,” Diego informed me.  He was going to be 5 soon and had just slipped on the wet tile in the kitchen. “Make me one then,” I told him.  Famous last…

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Spotlight on Special Thinker: Joaquin

Today we meet Joaquin, son of “Ausome” Mom from the Ausome Life Blog. You can follow her on IG as well, I do!! (@ausomelife) When Joaquin was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 he was completely non-verbal. Before he could verbally communicate he did attempt to communicate in other ways. His preferred method of communication was…

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Spotlight on Special Thinker: Raiden

Today we meet Raiden, son of Rachel Reynolds (Ms. Rachel’s Rainbow Room blog). My Son Raiden Raiden has taught me so much. He has taught me to enjoy the simple things in life. He has taught me about honesty. He teaches me to celebrate daily, no matter how small. He teaches me to dance. He…

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Spotlight on Special Thinker: Georgie!

Today we get to meet Georgie & celebrate 9 things his momma loves about him for his 9th birthday! Enjoy 🙂 Meet the Light of my Life, Georgie! Georgie’s first walk for Autism Speaks in Chicago (age 3) Georgie was diagnosed with PDD- NOS shortly before his 3rd Birthday. Georgie had no language and had…

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Spotlight on Special Thinker: Mason

Today’s Spotlight is from Jane Gray from the Kepsup by mammajane shop on Etsy. She is a seller on Etsy I had the pleasure of meeting while I was putting together our Autism Awareness Giveaway. I love her son Mason’s story! I am Jane Gray and I have an amazing son Mason, who was diagnosed…

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They Taught Me: How Working With Students With Autism Has Changed My Life

My first true experience with autism was in my master’s year of college. I was in the education program, and in our spring semester right before graduation, we had been allotted an amount of “contract” hours we had to complete.  These hours gave us the opportunity to spend time in another school or another program….

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