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Preschool Special Education

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Customizing Visual Schedules in the Classroom

Does the thought of visual schedules make your head spin? Are you tired of finding stray PECs scattered about the room? Then Especially Education's Visual Schedule Flip Book and Token Board may be your solution! This post will walk you through the ins and outs of this visual schedule, providing tips and adaptations to meet the needs of every single student in your classroom!

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9 Time-Saving Tips for SPED Prep

Special education prep work is daunting! Time spent laminating, velcroing, and organizing materials takes up way too much personal time for special education teachers, self-contained teachers, speech therapists, homeschool moms, parents, autism parents, preschool teachers. Reclaim your time and energy and alleviate stress with these 9 SPED prep hacks to help you streamline your prep and prioritize your to-do list.

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Using Visuals to Manage Behaviors in the Classroom

As adaptive skills increase, challenging behaviors typically decrease. This blog helps teachers understand the different formats and types of visual supports they can implement in their classroom. Today’s guest blogger, Dana Howell, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who taught regular education, and special education. Dana has also been a paraprofessional and a speech-language pathology …

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Portable Schedules for Special Education

As special educators, it is SO important to set our students up for success throughout the total school environment. In early elementary years, this often includes visual schedules that we post up on the wall and have our students check when it's time to move from teacher time to speech, or any other type of 'switch' of task/environment. However, there is no 'one size fits all' for our students! Some students may require an object schedule, a word schedule, a real picture schedule, etc. What about those students who are in and out of your classroom but also require some type of schedule? They certainly can't be posted on your classroom wall if the student isn't in the classroom to check it! That is where portable schedules come in! Here are some of my favorite ideas from fellow special educators to create a portable schedule that can be used throughout the TOTAL school environment. This one has been used by many teachers over the years, and it is a simple (FREE) way to create a schedule that moves with a student! Head to your local paint store or hardware store and grab a few paint sticks, add some velcro, and voila! The one pictured above is one I used in the home environment with a client since we are not in the classroom setting. I created the icons using the editable template pages inside my Real Pictures Visual Schedule Pack. I love this checklist schedule from Erin at You Aut-a Know! She made them completely editable, and you can easily laminate this, throw it in a binder with a dry erase marker, and the student can check off each activity as they complete them. I also love how you can create a different one for each day of the week since we all know that each day can be different! This is a super appropriate and discrete way to give your students a portable schedule. A great option for older students! Another great option for portable schedules is using supply pouches (that you could also stick inside a binder that goes from class to class!). This idea comes from School Bells N Whistles and is a cheap way to access a visual schedule throughout the day. As they finish something on their schedule, they can remove the card and throw it inside the supply pouch so that the piece doesn't get lost! Jenn from Teach Love Autism created these Editable Visual Flip Schedules that can both be posted on a classroom wall but ALSO can be created to take with the student throughout the school day. I love these because you don't have to worry about losing random schedule pieces! The student just flip the schedule closed after they complete something on their schedule. Such a great way to move around the school environment with a schedule in hand! Hopefully this gave you some new ideas on creating accessible and appropriate schedules for your students that can be used throughout the total school environment! If you use portable schedules a different way, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! Want to save this idea for later? Be sure to pin the image below for the future!

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More Classroom Hacks for Special Education | Special Ed Teacher Hacks

We have a lot to do as teachers and our time is limited. 17 MORE classroom hacks that actually work in a special education classroom. Click to learn more.

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Preschool Scarf Play Using A Plastic Bag

Scarf play is an excellent opportunity for preschool children to learn many developmental skills while swishing, floating, waving and tossing scarves. What looks like just fun and games is actually enhancing your child’s development in multiple areas.

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Task Box Independent Work Station

Looking for a way to organize independent work time for your special education classroom? Students gain more independent and personal responsibility skills with an organized Especially Education Task Box Independent Work Station. Read for ideas to organize task boxes for independent time or for work time. Today’s guest blogger, Rachel Glassman, is a second year …

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How to Quickly Organize Progress Monitoring for Special Education - The Primary Gal

Progress monitoring can seriously be an overwhelming task. Many special education teachers are overwhelmed at even the thought of assessing their students two to three times per nine weeks. I am one of the oddballs. I love to assess my kids on meaningful goals and use that data to make decisions about interventions they receive, student groupings, and next steps. With a little pre-planning, you can make progress monitoring quick and easy! Create Data Tracking Sheets Each nine weeks, I print this page (and many more to accommodate all of my students) with a summary of my students and their…

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Organizing Progress Monitoring

Progress monitoring can seriously be an overwhelming task. Many special education teachers are overwhelmed at even the thought of assessing their students two to three times per nine weeks. I am one of the oddballs. I love to assess my kids on meaningful goals and use that data to make decisions about interventions they receive, student groupings, and next steps. With a little pre-planning, you can make progress monitoring quick and easy! Create Data Tracking Sheets Each nine weeks, I print this page (and many more to accommodate all of my students) with a summary of my students and their…

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