Educational Strategies & Tips




How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

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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 ADHD. Very young children or children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual,Continue Reading

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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As a behavior specialist and school psychologist, I often hear parents of children on the autism spectrum asking what support schools can provide for their child. Children with autism often have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school to enable them to have specific goals, accommodations, and modifications; however, some parents are unsure what should actuallyContinue Reading

How to Motivate Your Students and Get Them to Listen to You (39 Effective Strategies for Classroom Management)

How to Motivate Your Students and Get Them to Listen to You (39 Effective Strategies for Classroom Management)

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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 and expectations. These strategies may not be what you are used to and might require changes on your part. While there isContinue Reading

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

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Set Up Your Rules Having rules/expectations for behavior in the classroom is a great way to encourage positive behavior if used correctly. For rules to be effective: keep them short and to the point, do not have too many rules (3 to 5 is a good rule of thumb), and phrase them in the positiveContinue Reading

Research-Based Program Improves Students’ Ability to Focus, Concentrate, & Learn

Research-Based Program Improves Students’ Ability to Focus, Concentrate, & Learn

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Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based program, created by Pearson Education, to help students improve their ability to focus, concentrate, and learn by improving their working memory. Difficulty focusing, concentrating, completing tasks, or even following instructions may be caused by deficits in working memory. Working memory is defined as the ability to hold information in short-term memoryContinue Reading

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

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Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatmentContinue Reading

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

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  What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels ofContinue Reading

How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

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Research indicates that students who struggle significantly with reading comprehension benefit from learning a strategy called Story Mapping which is explained in detail below. To read more about the research on Story Mapping see The Effects of Training in Story Mapping Procedures on Reading Comprehension and A Story Mapping Intervention to Improve Narrative Comprehension Deficits in AdolescentsContinue Reading

A Highly Effective Strategy to Teach Academic Concepts to Students with Autism

A Highly Effective Strategy to Teach Academic Concepts to Students with Autism

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Working for over 10 years as a school psychologist, I have had a lot of opportunities to observe students with autism in the classroom. One thing that I consistently noticed, particularly for kids who struggled to communicate verbally, was an excellent ability to complete hands-on, interactive tasks with a clear visual ending and a reducedContinue Reading

KazuTime: New Kid-Friendly Timer App Helps Children Understand the Passing of Time with a Puppy Named Kazu

KazuTime: New Kid-Friendly Timer App Helps Children Understand the Passing of Time with a Puppy Named Kazu

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History of KazuTime? KazuTime is a child friendly visual timer app created by Karine Pepin, Speech-Language Pathologist & Owner of Advanced Cognitive Communication Rehab Clinic; and Barbara Wichmann, CEO/CSO of ARTEMIA Communications, Inc. Kazutime is available in itunes or in your Play Store. The founders of KazuTime worked extensively with children and observed first-hand the importance of structure and theContinue Reading