Motivation

Special Interests

Simple Ways to Turn Passions into Lessons

We all have hobbies or interests and sometimes those hobbies become passions depending on how extreme we take them.  In my job working with students with special needs, I am especially drawn to those...

The Complexity of “How was School Today?”

As kids are getting back into the swing of school, there is always this burning question every parent is dying to ask as soon as their child gets off the bus or into the...
Gain Compliance

5 Strategies to Gain Compliance with Tasks

Spending the past 15 years working with students who have special needs has opened up a vast opportunity for me to gain an abundance of information while also enabling me to help others learn...
goal setting

How to Develop Realistic Goals With Children

All children with Isms are different, so it's important that goals set for them be different as well.  Unfortunately, even the best of schools using the best Individualised Education Plans (IEPs) fall into the...
Inspiration for Kids

Inspire Kids – The Story of a Tiny Frog who Didn’t Listen

Once upon a time, there was an ambitious group of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tree. A huge crowd of frogs...
sensory friendly environment

Dear Teacher: What Families of Kids with Special “Isms” Wish We Could Tell You

I have the utmost respect for anyone who undertakes the noble profession of educating children. Teaching can get infinitely more complicated when your class includes children with Isms, such as attention regulation difficulties, sensory...

Raising the Bar for Kids with Special Needs

I recently heard about an interesting study done on fleas. The fleas were placed in a jar and were allowed to bounce around eventually jumping out of the jar to their freedom. Other fleas...

WANTED: Hope in Action Throughout the Special Needs Community

Parents of a child who has special needs will almost surely hear at one time or another, “Now you know your child will never ”  These gloom and doom forecasts are meant to be...

“Aaron, Where is Silverstone?”: A Look at Special Interests

This title may seem abstract to you, but by this one question my life was changed. School, for me, was tough; even more so as I have Asperger Syndrome, but I wasn’t diagnosed until the...
backward chaining

Last is First in Backward Chaining

Typically when teaching a child a skill we start at the beginning, move through the sequence of steps, and conclude with the final step. This is called forward chaining. The reverse to this is backward...