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Sneak Preview

It certainly has been a busy summer.  After several family members visiting here  and my trip to the Midwest, I am finally back with  time to work on the blog. I almost have the transformation of the Blog completed.  When the final touches are made I will have people directed to the new site rather …

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That’s a Wrap.

Summer is here.  I don’t usually post  much about personal happenings, but they do have an effect on  my postings.  There has been  lot happening behind the scenes.   The month of June  came in with a flurry of events.  Some were good like the college graduation of my youngest  daughter.  Family members  flew in …

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In Search of the Best AAC System: Is it ChatAble ?

            I have always had an interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication  (AAC).  Since I  have served many students with severe communication disabilities,  I have experienced using a lot of different systems over my career.  At the risk of dating myself, I worked with some of the beginning voice output …

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Sometimes the Best Things are Free

We are counting down with 4 1/2 weeks of school left.  We even saw some sunny days which made people think that summer will make it yet.  We get a lot of rain this time of year so sun is appreciated. It is hard to keep students interested when they would  rather be outside.  I …

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Irregular Past Tense Verb Task Cards

We are coming to the end of the year and it is time to see how much progress my students have made.  I have been working on new irregular past tense verb cards. My commercial cards have pictures that don’t reflect the past event and also have the printed word below.   I end up …

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April Showers Bulletin Board

April is here and time to switch out the bulletin board again.  We seem to be getting our fair share of rain and the fruit trees are in full  bloom.  I know  some places are still getting snow so I don’t really have a right to complain about the rain.   When looking for this month’s …

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The Never Ever Dinner Plate for the Development of Negation

You may remember in the original posts of this blog,  I wrote about using a push-in model of therapy with Kindergarten students using table games to teach concepts that were measured on the The Boehm Test of Basic Concepts.   For those of you who are unfamiliar with this test, The Boehm Test of Basic Concepts is a norm-referenced, …

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Shamrock Bulletin Board

March is here again and it is time to find a new project for the bulletin board.  I looked into the supply closet and found coffee filters left from someone elses project.  This looked like a possibility for inexpensive fun.  I started looking for a shamrock pattern.  I was disappointed to find the die cut …

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Social Skills and The Size of the Problem

The need for social skills groups continues to grow at the elementary school where I teach.   We had enough students to form two groups this school year.  One group is made primarily of second graders and the other fourth and fifth graders. The counselor and I teach these classes together. We have used  Leah …

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