April 1, 2020

Picture schedules are a great way to help students with autism know what to expect in a class, during the school day, on a shopping trip, or other events.

One way to help your child or students learn to use a picture schedule is to start with a "first-then" board (also...

March 23, 2020

Hi everyone!

I've been using the teaching strategy of video modeling for years and it's a great, evidence-based practice for students with autism. I also did my dissertation for my PhD about video modeling, so it's a strategy that I was forced to know a lot about, LOL....

February 5, 2020

I recently read an interesting research article that discussed coping strategies used by adults with “high-functioning” autism. What I appreciated about this article was that they interviewed adults with autism directly. While we know that self-reported data is not alw...

October 19, 2019

I teach a college course for special education teachers that primarily focuses on classroom and behavior management. One of the topics we discuss in the course is student motivation. During this discussion, I like to bring up the impact of giving students choices on th...

August 21, 2019

Since most of my students on the spectrum are stronger visual learners (rather than auditory learners), I've been starting to give more written instructions rather than verbal instructions. It seems like a simple idea, but I believe it is a very effective strategy.


January 19, 2019

Priming is a strategy that we can use to help a student with autism prepare for upcoming activities. With priming, you're essentially "previewing" activities or information with a student before he or she participates in that activity. This helps make the activity more...

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