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Christmas CBI on The Autism Teacher: I love the idea of going through the whole process of making cards and then sending them out through the mail.  I'm filing this idea away to use next year :).

PCI Environmental Print: My First Reactions are Positive

I have not yet had a chance to use these materials with my students but have spent a bit of time in the past week since it was delivered taking a look at it and I'm excited to try it out in our room.  I think it will work great for several of our students and also feel confident that I could use it for the whole class if that is the way I wanted to use it.  Right now I'm looking at using it with 4 students over the next year or so. 

I will know more about it as I start to use it but right now some of the things that I'm really like about it include:
Characters in the stories are teenagers or young adults (in assisted work placements).  Love this as the students I'm using it with are also teenagers or young adults.  It is hard to find print material that is this basic in content that is also age appropriate.
Non-verbal response activities: the curriculum includes a response matt (that would be easy enough to make as it just has "yes", "no"…

Wednesday's Weekly Comments

Anybody else curious? on SMD Teacher blog: I have been looking at this curriculum for a while now and am really hoping that someone who has tried it with our population will respond.

Dish drying... on Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs blog: Always great to see ways that other people are using switches as you can never have too many ideas for switch use :).
One of my first experiences with teaching was when I was a teenager working for the summer as a lifeguard.  I was assigned to teach swim lessons and had to figure out how to teach young children to float.  Floating is an interest "skill" to teach as it is not really a "skill" at all because a child will pretty much naturally float as soon as they become comfortable in the water.  It was the first time I came face to face with the importance of environment and approach when teaching.  I had to set up an environment where the child felt safe and encouraged and then suddenly they were floating!  Fear and negativity had no place in the world of learning to swim. I've carried this lesson with me through my years of teaching and have been amazed over and over again what students can accomplish when you assume competence and ensure feelings of belonging, love and aonfidence.  This week I stumbled upon the website "The Fun Theory" and it remind…


I have been going through a period of struggle/growth recently as it has become evident to me that it is time to make some big changes to how our classroom is run. I have really seen the need to establish more consistency in the programming of the students and therefore have made some big plans to make this happen.

In the past I have rotated our staff through all of the students and have worked myself in to this rotation to ensure that the students are pretty much working 1 to 1 all day long. It has become evident to me that I can no longer work with a student all day and coordinate everyone's program and ensure consistency in staff approach when they are rotating to new students. I have decided to take myself out of the rotation and just do "coordination" types of tasks during the day. I will still work with students as needed. The other thing that I've thought a lot about for next year is to break the students in to two groups and have staff only rotate throug…

Functional Curriculum Resources Review Document

Just wanted to share this document that I stumbled across the other day.  Its a list of a lot of different resources to develop a funcitonal curriculum broken in to the categories general texts, planning, life skills, social skills, personal care, sexuality, transition, and academics (math, science, social studies, language arts, combined academics, general academics).  One of the things that I really like about the document is that it has one section that tells you what population the resources is intended for.  I haven't gone through it in too much detail but have added it to my bookmarks for future reference.
Here is the link if you're interested in checking it out: Functional Curriculum Resources Review

Lunch Program: Ham Fried Rice Recipe

Over the next little bit I'm going to be building a recipe book for the lunch program that I mentioned below.  I thought I would start sharing the recipes that I'm using.  Note that I will print off double of the visuals so that we can use them to do things like make grocery lists and find needed items.  I will velcro a copy of each visual (for items and ingredients needed) on to the visual that is already on the page.  After a put up a few more recipes, I will include some pictures and explanations of how I'm running the program as right now its just a work in progress. Download Ham Fried Rice Recipe Note that recipe itself came from GFCF Recipe Website and the visuals used are either exact pictures of grocery items or Boardmaker symbols.