Autism Corner: Increasing Spontaneous Commenting of Your Students with ASD

[Source:  Autism Classroom Resources]


Sam’s Success Story:   Sam started commenting using sentence strips.  When he got the hang of it, he started more spontaneous commenting.  He started commenting on things / events that no one had taught him with.  He started generating comments beyond ‘I see,” and other cues on sentence strips.  Sam is the poster child for making the leap to spontaneous commenting.

Dante and Bonnie’s Dilemma:  Dante only comments during morning meeting when every day he says something about the weather.  The teacher set it up that way to teach it to him, but he’s having trouble making a leap to spontaneous commenting.

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Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read

[Source: Time Magazine]

Anybody who has watched little boys for even five seconds knows that they are exhausting. At school, they tear around the playground, bolt through corridors and ricochet off classroom walls. According to a new Finnish study, this is all helping them to be better at reading.

The study, released Nov. 30 in the Journal of Medicine and Sport, found that the more time kids in Grade 1 spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years. In first grade, a lot of sedentary time and no running around also had a negative impact on their ability to do math.

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Dyslexia Corner: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Editor’s Note:  This is the fourth installment of a four-part series that NPR recently ran on dyslexia.   Here is a link to all four articles



Part 4 of our series, “Unlocking Dyslexia.”

Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word “dyslexia.”

She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word.

As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools are required to provide special services to help these students — things like reading tutors and books on tape. But those special services can be expensive, and many schools don’t have the resources to provide these accommodations.

That has led some parents and advocates to worry that some schools are making a careful calculation: If they don’t acknowledge the issue — or don’t use the word “dyslexia” — then they are not obligated to provide services.

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5 Ways to Play with Mini Erasers in Therapy

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]


Have you seen all the adorable mini erasers at the Target dollar spot?  They are also frequently at party stores and other dollar stores, too. They are festive, fun and cheap.  Big bonus – they are great for fine motor activities.  Here are 5 ideas to use mini erasers to work on children’s fine motor skills.

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Hanukkah Books for The Therapy Room

[Source:  Pre-K Pages]


Hanukkah is coming! Whether or not your children’s families celebrate Hanukkah, you may want to explore this holiday and celebration. Learning about the celebrations of other cultures is important for preschoolers. These books can help preschoolers learn more about Hanukkah.

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