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A highlight of Day #3 at the National Autism Conference was Kathy’s poster on functional communication. “Simple low tech systems for replacing significant and disruptive behaviors with communication” to be exact. And these systems weren’t developed in an ivory tower. Nope, the reason they work is that they were born in a high school out of necessity. Thanks to #NAC17 these methods will now be spreading.

Kathy's poster at NAC on functional communication was a hit. "Simple low tech systems for replacing significant and disruptive behaviors with communication.

Learn how to create a system for organizing your assessments now so you can have data at the start of the year & get at true baseline of skills you'll need to work on! From theautismhelper.com

Assessments in a Special Education Classroom

Behavior Tracker Pro for Autism is an iPhone, iTouch and iPad application that allows BCBAs, behavioral therapists, aides, teachers or parents to track behaviors and automatically graph them. Export the data for offline manipulation in Excel.

Special education often involves teachers, therapists, and parents working together to best serve students who may require an Individualized Educational Program; and the iPad could make it easier than ever.

Exceptional Learning for Exceptional Kids: Work Task Boxes

So while I have been patiently awaiting moving to my own classroom (Dec. I have been working on setting up a work task/ organization.

http://shoeboxtasks.com/ is a great site for resources which develop basic concepts. Good for children with #autism or #specialneeds. Easy to duplicate with real shoe boxes if you can't afford the fancy ones.

Shoebox task boxes 3 boxes): Crosses midline and activates nervous systems, helps manage behavior, allows for cognitive reset time, etc.

iPad and Tablet Apps for Pediatric Occupational Therapists

Promotes visual perception, visual motor and finger isolation. iPad and Tablet Apps for Pediatric Occupational Therapists

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Already Done! Tasks for IEP Work Bins - Parts of the Body (Autism & Sp. Ed.)

Autism Classroom Support- Already Done! Tasks for IEP Work Bins - Parts of the Body (Autism & Sp.

Autism in the School-Aged Child is a practical book of strategies designed for both parents and educators. It brings the established principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to the natural settings of the classroom and the home. In this book you will find specific guidelines for the common struggles that affect high-functioning children with autism.  *Support Small Business* Small Business Saturday is November 26, 2011.

Autism in the School-Aged Child is a practical book of strategies designed for both parents and educators.

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