SPED Support Strategies

Countdown visual for help with homework

This countdown visual is an example of how a visual can show the learner exactly how many items or tasks needs to be completed. Countdown visual supports can be used for any multi-step task. How to use Print in full color on card stock. laminate and use velcro to help the numbers stay down when […]

Self-Management Cards and Autism

Self-management systems are… “behavioral strategies used to assist students with autism spectrum disorder in monitoring their own behaviors and administering their own rewards.” Laura J. Hall This is a personal application of a behavior change tactic that produce a desired change in behaviors. Student with ASD are able to monitor their own progress with acquiring […]

The Incredible 5-point Scale-Teach students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to manage anxiety

YouTube video showing the incredible 5 point scale The incredible 5 point scale for support with ASD and anxiety All people live with some level of stress and anxiety but when anxiety gets in the way of daily functioning in school, it becomes a problem. The incredible 5 point scale is a tool to support […]

What is “masking” and autism?

“Masking” and Autism- Sometimes this is called “camouflaging”  On social media (twitter) I have seen multiple people who experience Autism describe the concept of “masking” and autism. At an autism conference I recently went to, a young man with autism described how he was able to “mask” his Autism and at the age of 22 […]

Dr. Temple Grandin-My biggest takeaways from her keynote speech

I got to meet Temple!!!  Getting the chance to watch Dr. Temple Grandin talk has been a career long dream of mine! When I started working with children with autism back in 1997, her book “Thinking in Pictures” was one of my first introductions to autism.   Dr. Grandin was one of the first individuals […]

What is a “social story” for students with Autism?

Social Stories are another great visual support and intervention for students who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Visual supports are valuable in helping students structure and understand communication and social interactions. Social Stories were developed by Carol Gray in 1995 as a way to teach children with ASD how to read the intricacies of the […]

What is a first/then schedule for children with autism?

Please check out my youtube video where I share a first/then picture schedule. Also, download one here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Then-Schedule-5432156 In a previous post, I shared about picture schedules for children with autism Visual Support : Picture Schedule For Students With Autism. Picture schedules provide supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which are part of the […]

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