June 16, 2020

If you've been following me a while, you know I think it's important to teach science to students with autism. With all of the other skills our students are working on, science is easy to overlook. It might not seem as important as communication or social skills, but i...

June 12, 2020

My family really enjoys the game "Codenames." In this game, you give single word clues to try to help your teammates guess which words match the clue.

One of my students is working on identifying the "main idea" of paragraphs, and I really like this game for helping de...

May 12, 2020

A few years ago, I received a review copy of the book, "Autism Breakthrough" by Raun Kaufman, which provides an overview of the Son-Rise program for children with autism.  You can scroll to the end of this post to skip right to my review of the Son-Rise online training...

April 18, 2020

I'm trying to work on more crafting and 3D artwork projects with one of my students who enjoys art, and we had fun with this activity. We tried out different ways to "sculpt" with paper (pictured are cut, crumple, bend, twist, twirl, rip, and fold). We then chose one t...

April 15, 2020

Art activities can be a fun way to practice various skills, particularly if you're making a project about something a child is interested in, such as trains. In this activity, students can work on:

  • Fine motor skills,

  • Identifying colors (choosing the colors to...

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....

March 20, 2020

This is a really cute little story and I made a bunch of learning activities for one of my students to go with it. We did all of these activities over three days and it was really fun.

The first thing I did was teach my student the vocabulary words “wide” and “narrow....

March 1, 2020

One of the teaching approaches that I use the most is what I call “Play to Learn.” Whenever I can, I try to use fun activities or subjects that a child loves in order to teach language and academics. You can find lots of ways I do this on my blog.

A more “formal” term...

January 19, 2020

If you're not familiar with the term "manding," I'll start with a brief overview of what it is, then share some ideas for how you can use this concept to help your child or student practice language and communication skills.

Autism Speaks (n.d.) offers a great descripti...

January 14, 2020

A quick post today. For a fun activity with some of my students, I bought these Star Wars Mad Libs. To help provide a visual support for nouns and verbs, I printed a sheet for nouns and for verbs, along with pictures that represented each. The student could think of th...

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