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Let the Fun Begin!



Everyone enjoy the break!

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This week leading up to Spring Break has been filled with field trips (for students) and meetings (for me) but we have managed to get some therapy, coaching, and fun squeezed in.

We love The Zones of Regulation and we love visuals.  I found this great social story created by Lynn Hubbell, that I bound into a book for us.  It is a great supplement to our Zones curriculum. It is great when the students think if it is written down, it is LAW!


Thanks, Mary Keiger for the free Superflex Easter Egg game.  Our 2nd grade group had a great session yesterday because we used your creation.  We sorta made our own rules but all went well.  For those of you who use the SuperFlex Curriculum from this game is a great way to check for generalization.

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Speech Buddies



The administration and PTA at my school are so generous and supportive of my program. In the 13 years that I have worked at my school, I don’t ever remember being told “NO” when I have asked for materials, supplies, technology support, or anything that would support students (even expensive stuff). I have been reading about Speech Buddies (the science and peer reviews) for a while but hesitated to purchase because they were expensive.  I even entered to win a set on two blogs that I follow but… no luck.  When I approached our principal with the research and asked for a set, he said “OK” right away.  A week later, I have my very own set of Speech Buddies.

Speech Buddies are handheld “helpers” that provide tactile feedback within the mouth for correct tongue placement to produce the difficult speech sounds /s/, /sh/, /l/, /r/, and /ch/.


This visual shows how each tool works.   I tried the R Speech Buddy the first day that I got the set.  It was an interesting session.  I was glad to read in the manual under Practice Tips, that it may take several attempts, but keep practicing!


One of my speech students using the SH Speech Buddy.

I am going to need lots of practice with this new thing!

Anyone interested in reading more about this new technology go to:






What a nice surprise! An end of March snow day is a sweet gift.

Here is a short video to view on this Snow Day.  Michelle Garcia Winner speaks about parent modeling

Enjoy the day!


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Social Thinking vs Social Skills

I wanted to share this informative video with all of you out there. It is IEP review time so to all the parents who follow this blog, I wanted you to have an idea of what I am talking about when I refer to “social thinking”.  Michelle Garcia Winner, who coined the phrase “social thinking” defines it as “what we do when we interact with people:  we think about them.  And how we think about them affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which affects our own emotions”.

There are four social thinking videos available on YouTube.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


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Sustained Attention



Sustained attention is the capacity to attend to a situation or task in spite of distractability, fatigue or boredom.  Check out Executive Functions 101: Sustained Attention at  click on their blog and read the posts for more information.

I am feeling human again so should be back on track to post our lunch buddies activities.




More about Executive Function





Executive Functions are cognitive processes that allow people to plan, organize, make decisions, pay attention, and regulate behavior.  Many students who experience social-emotional learning difficulties also experience problems with Executive Functioning.

How can you tell if a child has an Executive Function problem?  Go to  for more information.

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Executive Functioning Development-Impulse Control Practice

Adorable 3 year old boy covered in bright paint.

While I am trying to get well I will refer you to other blogs with great information.

Here is a link to a great blog post on Executive Functioning Development and impulse control.  I know many parents who read my blog will be interested in this.



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The next super power to explore is Respect.   I found this video, done by Counselor Rob, that simply and visually explains what respect looks like.  The lunch buddies like his style!



One of the Super Heroes in Super Social Skills activities created by available at http://www.teacherspayteachers has the super power of respect.  She knows that respect will help her to fly high.  A super hero treats others the way she wants to be treated.  One lunch buddie said “that’s the Golden Rule”.


This is what our fun looked like.

Everyone left with their power card to remind them of how to use the super power of respect.

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Respectfully yours,


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Using video to teach social skills


Using video modeling to teach children with ASD taps into their strongest processing modality.  “Many people  with autism are visual thinkers.  I think in pictures.  I do not think in language.  All my thoughts are like videotapes running in my imagination.  Pictures are my first language, and words are my second language.”  Teaching Tips for children and Adults with Autism, Temple Grandin, PhD.

Most children are highly interested, motivated and attentive to videos.  Video modeling gives them the opportunity to observe, imitate and learn the skills and behaviors of their typically developing peers.  We like to use video so that our students can view, learn and practice skills needed to participate in the community in a safe environment before trying them out in the real world.  Students can view socal behaviors expected in specific settings to prepare them for that setting.

We focused on showing interest last week and I found a great short video clip to illustrate what it is like to try to talk to someone who does not show interest in someone else (AKA Unwonderer).

I subscribed to xtranormal and hope to make some videos of my own.

Check out YouTube Video Links for Social Skills at and YouTube Links for Social Skills at

I found a great short, simple video to help us when we explore that super power of respect.  I will share that one when we get there!

The sun is shining and I want to get out in the yard and make it purty!  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


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