Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Attending an IEP meeting as a parent can be overwhelming and intimidating. At every meeting, parents have a chance to give input. As a teacher, I have seen parents who on the spot, are not able to express their child’s strengths and challenges. The graphic organizer I created helps parents plan ahead of time what […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
*I meant to say “hand washing” not “handwriting” early in the video. 🙂 Task Analysis is one of the most helpful techniques I have used with students who have autism. Task Analysis, also called “chaining,” is part of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). What is Task Analysis?: A task analysis is used to break complex tasks into a sequence of smaller […]