Monday, June 30, 2014

Community Helpers Sorting Activity

Students sort through the images to find the ones that belong to the correct community helper.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Days of the Week/Calendar Visual Supports

A great visual support for calendar time to help students answer the questions:
  • What day is today?
  • What day was yesterday?
  • What day is tomorrow?
From Building Blox.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Going to the Library Resource Kit

Includes a Social Story, library vocabulary flash cards, and a library visual schedule. Use these resources to prepare for a library visit to check out books or library activities, such as story time.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Addition Board for Manipulatives

Use manipulatives (such as small toys, cubes, etc.) to build addition problems using this addition board from Building Blox.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Six Tips for Preparing Children for Camp

Going to camp can be a great experience for children, but it also can be stressful. Help children have a successful camp experience this summer with this tip sheet from Sandbox Learning:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Make Your Own Comic Strips lets students write and illustrate their own comic strips online and email them to family and friends. Available in seven languages, the tool is easy to use and fun to play with.

Source: Source: NEA Today (30 Free Things for You - And Then Some!) -

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Questions and Prompts to Build Expressive and Receptive Language

This packet contains 180 questions and prompts. This collection includes wh- questions (who, what, where, when, and why), categorization, and labeling. Prompts for function, attributes, categories, rhyming, features, emotions, and more.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fun OT Idea for Hand Strength

Strengthen hands by squeezing a tennis ball with a slit in it... and "feeding" the mouse, or alien, or any creature you'd like to make. I've had several students who had so much fun with this idea, and I didn't even decorate the tennis ball. We just pretended we were feeding a "monster" and I made munching sounds each time they "fed" the ball by putting poker chips into the slit.

Here's a picture of the decorated tennis ball:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Help Children Retain Skills Over the Summer Break" Tip Sheet

Children often have a hard time retaining skills during the summer break. Many parents enroll children in summer school or extended school year, but this often is an abbreviated and less structured version of the school day. Even when children are educated at home, summer often involves routine changes. Since many children rely on consistent instruction, these changes can result in regression. This article includes strategies for preventing regression and teaching new skills.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Leisure Schedule Board

From Autism Classroom News:

This set of leisure mini-schedule visuals is great for students with autism and those with behavioral issues to help keep students engaged in summer months and to structure recess and free time in school. Includes directions for assembling the board and ideas for implementation.

Many students benefit from having the larger activities of their scheduled day (e.g., reading) broken down into smaller components. We use this strategy frequently for students with behavioral issues to help them understand what is expected before they earn reinforcement or a break. For some students mini schedules help ease the anxiety they might feel about what is going to happen next so they can focus on what is happening now. For others, it helps them see the end of tunnel of doing what you want them to do instead of what they want to do. For some it helps them to navigate the larger activity independently. In this post I want to focus on the type of mini-schedule we often use for activities to help students who struggle with challenging behavior to be able to manage in the activity successfully. Mini-schedules also help to keep students engaged in activities, whether they are structured activities or free time activities like recess.

For more information on the use of mini-schedules, see the blog post at Mini-Schedules for Activities-Autism Classroom News.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Color Match Activity

A color match activity that could be put in a folder game. The game can be used to match the colors themselves or match color words to the colors. From Building Blox.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kids Emotion Faces Clip Art

How are you feeling today? Let your students show you with Kids in Action: Faces 2 FREE Clip Art. Help children of all abilities describe how they are feeling with the point of a finger.

Images included in this file include:

  • Embarrassed
  • Excited
  • Frustrated
  • Jealous
  • Pleased
  • Sick
  • Surprised
  • Tired
  • Worried

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Super Hero Word Associations

Every super hero needs a sidekick...and every word has an association. Use this theme to work on vocabulary and expressive language skills.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ABA Data Sheets

From Positively Autism:
  • Duration Recording
  • Event Recording
  • Interval Recording
  • Latency Recording
  • Discrete Trial Data
  • Incidental Teaching
  • Self-Recording
  • ABC Data Sheet (for FBA)
Find all of these data sheets at the bottom of this page:

A helpful guide to naturalistic ABA programs!


Monday, June 2, 2014

"I Love You" Coupons

A fun way to remind your children that you love them just the way they are (and that they should love themselves too!). Based on Todd Parr's children's books.

Some Books by Todd Parr: