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The Power of Wordlessness (Part 2 of 2)

The Power of Wordlessness (Part 2 of 2) by Jules Csillag   Last week, you read about the reasons to use wordless texts. Today, learn about how to use these texts, and review a few examples.   How? There are… Continue Reading →

The Power of Wordlessness (Part 1 of 2)

The Power of Wordlessness (Part 1 of 2) by Jules Csillag   This is the first part of a two-part series on silent books and movies, and pictures. Today, we will look at why to use wordless activities, and next… Continue Reading →

Talk Less, Draw More

Talk Less, Draw More By Brandy Stanfill   The mainstream classroom is full of language processing demands that can be challenging for a wide array of students.  Strategies to support comprehension while reducing language processing can benefit English language learners,… Continue Reading →

Lessons About Inclusion from Nest (Part 2)

Lessons About Inclusion from Nest (Part 2) by Lauren Hough Williams   In Part 1 of this series, you learned that: Inclusion works. The classroom is the therapeutic environment. School. is. school. To read about each of these in depth,… Continue Reading →

Lessons About Inclusion From Nest (Part 1)

Lessons About Inclusion From Nest (Part 1) by Lauren Hough Williams   The ASD Nest Support Project and its Nest Model have developed over the past 15 years after a “lightening strikes” realization on a Colorado road at the foot… Continue Reading →

Preserve Student Dignity: Give ‘em an out

Preserve Student Dignity: Give ‘em an out Aaron Lanou   How often has it happened that you called on a student and she didn’t know the answer? There’s that awkward few seconds when you and all the other students are… Continue Reading →

How to Do the Do Now

How to Do the Do Now by Aaron Lanou   In middle and high school classrooms, the “Do Now” is ubiquitous. It is a necessary element of the lesson, with a dual purpose: 1) it gives students something to do… Continue Reading →

Using Roles and Building Self-Awareness

School is social and for autistic kids, this can be tricky to navigate. Social situations– essentially any situations where space is shared with others– can be difficult because the expectations are not consistently explicit and clear. Throughout the day, students… Continue Reading →

Fostering Independence in the Classroom

by Lauren Hough-Williams Fall is an exciting time for students and teachers alike: Sharpened pencils, pristine classrooms; new books and opportunities for a new year. There is a mix of nervous anticipation and the excitement of potential in the air…. Continue Reading →

Big Thinking Requires [Consistent] Visuals

by Aaron Lanou   BIG THINKING Teachers regularly ask students to do big thinking: infer what this character is thinking; synthesize what you’ve learned from these various sources; provide relevant evidence for your claim. We may take for granted that… Continue Reading →

Together in Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity

by Allison Graham Brown   “It seems that for success in science or art a dash of autism is essential.” -Dr. Hans Aspergers   Neurodiversity is a buzz word right now, but what does it really mean?   Well, neurodiversity,… Continue Reading →

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