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Intensive Interaction-An Evidence-Based Approach to Improve Communication for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

By Dr. Ditte Rose Andersen, Intensive Interaction Denmark Intensive Interaction is a research-based approach that helps children and adults with disabilities develop social interaction and communication. In Intensive Interaction this happens through shared, meaningful and ...
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How to Use Natural and Logical Consequences to Improve Children’s Behavior

What are Natural Consequences? Natural consequences are consequences that occur naturally as the result of a behavior. For instance, if you were talking and being loud in the movie theater you might be asked to ...
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An Interactive Social Story to Prepare Kids for the School Day

Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also ...
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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational ...
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Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

I got in trouble in school today. They took away my recess. They said it was because I couldn't sit still, but I was feeling so restless. I couldn't control my body. I wish they'd ...
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Top 10 Discipline Tips for Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Raising a child with oppositional defiant disorder can be extremely frustrating because you feel like everything is a constant battle. You just want your child to do his homework, pick up his toys, get dressed ...
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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kind of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Kids in the group often ...
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How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing proper pencil grip. Holding a pencil with proper grip and strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies ...
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How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report ...
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How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ...
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What is an Intellectual Disability? (With Printable Milestone Checklists)

What is an Intellectual Disability (ID)? Intellectual disability (sometimes called cognitive disability, or previously mental retardation) is a term used to describe individuals with significant limitations in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in ...
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10 Simple Ways to Improve Children’s Behavior (Home and School)

Parents and teachers often wonder how to discipline a child with behavior problems. Although some children truly have challenging behaviors regardless of what strategies we try, many children just need to have the adults in ...
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8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also ...
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17 Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You and Show You Respect

This article gives you tips that teach you how to get your kids to listen to you, show you respect, and connect with you. Working as a residential counselor, school psychologist, assistant teacher, tutor, mobile ...
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10 Fun Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

This article gives you ten fun letter sound activities that you can do with your children at home to help them learn phonics, a critical skill for learning to read. Keep in mind that the ...
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How to Motivate Your Students and Get Them to Listen to You (39 Essential Strategies for Classroom Management)

This article (and video presentation which you will find at the end) gives you 39 effective classroom management strategies to help you get your students motivated to complete their work and follow the classroom rules ...
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How to Use the Visualizing and Verbalizing Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a strategy for parents and educators to utilize with children (or adults) who have trouble with reading comprehension. Visualizing and Verbalizing was created by Nanci Bell, an expert in the ...
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3 Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategies Parents Can Try at Home: Chunking. Monitoring, and Listening

This article discusses how to use chunking, monitoring, and listening strategies to improve reading comprehension. What is Chunking? Chunking means to break up text that may be too long or difficult for a child, into ...
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How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

This article discusses how to use schedules with children to promote positive behaviors. Strategies can also be utilized with adults with special needs. Using visual schedules for individuals who may have trouble with reading or ...
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