Teaching Self-Care Skills to Learners with Special Needs

Think about the skills you use every day to cook, clean, run errands, socialize, and having good personal hygiene.  These skills were taught either through direct instruction or by watching your parent/grandparent perform these everyday tasks.  Either way, our learners with special needs also require instruction in these areas so that they can successfully navigate […]

The Importance of Play for our Learner with Special Needs

Having our children engage in creative play is an essential element in their development.  Play teaches them how to socialize, imagine, work out conflict, and cultivate leadership qualities.  That is a lot of growth just in the simple task of playing. So how do we as parents and teachers foster that opportunity.  Here are a […]

Writing Strategies For Learners with Special Needs

The first thing to consider when thinking about writing strategies for our learners with special needs is that it must be meaningful.  When our learners are beginning the process of writing and learning the basic strategies for sentence structure, capitalization, and punctuation, the topic must be interesting to the child. What this means is that the […]

Establishing Routine for your Learner with Special Needs

Whether you are homeschooling this year or choosing to go back in-person, establishing a routine is such an important step when creating healthy expectations for the first few weeks of school. Why is routine so important for our learners with special needs? Routine provides security, giving your child an expectation of what will happen and […]

Sparking a Love for Reading for Learners with Special Needs

The joy of reading does not come natural to all learners. However, all learners have preferences and likes that spark an interest. So, to overcome this potential interference, we as parents and educators must tap into our children’s curiosity. Here are a few examples that we can use to inspire our learners with special needs […]

Live, Virtual Tutoring vs In-person Tutoring for Learners with Special Needs

There are so many reasons that parents choose tutoring, but why would you choose live, virtual tutoring over in-person tutoring for your child with special needs? I’m going to share a few benefits of live, virtual tutoring and allow you to see how awesome technology can be. • Safety and convenience • There is no […]

An Organized Workspace for Learners with Special Needs?

Why is it so important to teach our learners with special needs how to organize their learning space and keep it clean?  Anxiety.  Plain and simple.  When a workspace is disorganized, messy, and unclean, the learner has the potential of becoming anxious, stressed, and could even decide to give up before they begin. So, it is […]

Effective Tutoring for Learner’s with Special Needs

Effective tutoring is a process that enables the learner to build confidence in their ability to learn and develop competent skills both academically and socially.  As a parent, there are a few things to consider when choosing a tutor for your child who may struggle academically. The first thing to look for is an experienced tutor […]

How to Help your Child Stay on Task

Many learners with special needs whether in the classroom or in the homeschool environment struggle with focus and staying on task.  However, there are many ways for the teacher and parent to help learners to stay on task and minimize unnecessary behaviors.  The National Association of Special Education Teachers recommend using a token economy system […]

Assistive Technology

When a learner with special needs has difficulty accessing the world around them, educators can assign specific assistive technology (AT) devices to support the learner.  AT devices are used to participate and accomplish specific tasks that should otherwise be difficult or impossible.  This allows the learner to be successful in school, at home, and in […]

Communication Strategies

An evidence-based practice (EBP) is a specific approach in teaching that is used in a situation or environment that produces an effective outcome (Sam, Kucharczyk, & Waters, 2018).  Educators are encouraged to use EBP’s in the classroom to emphasize good teaching practices and to maximize successful outcomes for learners.  Three evidence-based practices that can be […]

Evidence-Based Strategies for Learners with Special Needs

There are some Evidence-Based strategies that can easily be implemented with minimal support and training to parents and educators.  These include visual supports, reinforcement and prompting.  Visual supports are items that can replace or is paired with a verbal cue.  This can be in the form of a photograph, picture, word, object, script, or even […]

 Why it is important to design and structure successful learning environments?

 Why it is important to design and structure successful learning environments that meet the sensory and learning needs of students with special needs  “Sensory and motor stimulation do not only take place in the classroom, but much of it takes place outside, on the playground, if the environment is favourable” (Nel, Joubert, & Hartell, 2017, […]

Strategies for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cognitive impairments often affect the ability for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder to think literal, understand abstract concepts, use their imagination, and organize information or classwork (Asaro-Saddler, 2016).  The three most common impairments for neurological symptoms are motor impairments, sleep disorders, and epilepsy (Jeste, 2012).  A motor impairment may have various visual indicators displayed differently […]

Social Stories

“Young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate delays in expressive communication, impacting their ability to independently function in typical environments” (Lane, Shepley, & Lieberman-Betz, 2016, p. 3216). It has been reported that up to 25% of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder also demonstrate significant impairment in social communication whether that be expressively […]