4 Simple Strategies for Supporting Students Who Struggle with Getting Started

Do you work with students or have a child who just can’t seem to get started on an assigned activity, task, or chore? Some students can become overwhelmed if a learning activity is something unfamiliar or seems too complicated. These students often lack the ability to cope, including an inability to start and to stay …

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5 Tips for Effective Note Taking

Whether listening to a classroom lecture by the teacher, a video or slide presentation, or processing information from a textbook, being able to take notes on the content is an important student skill.  Because note taking is a complex task that requires students to focus and listen, determine which information is important, hold those thoughts …

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Co-Teaching:  A Great Opportunity to Maximize Students’ Executive Function Skills

Co-teaching is a powerful way to ensure that all students have access to standards-based curriculum in the least restrictive environment as well as the specialized instruction they may need to succeed.  Marilyn Friend has defined 6 co-teaching approaches where, within collaborative structures, general education and special education teachers work together to maximize student learning.  In …

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The Power Card Strategy: Motivating a Student to Use Appropriate Behavioral Skills

Paleontology, video games, snakes, U.S. Presidents, natural disasters, game shows, license plates, calendars, movie action characters, sports teams, washers and dryers, and vacuum cleaners all have something in common – they are among the list of strong special interests, or intense preoccupations with a topic, common to students with autism spectrum disorder.  If you are …

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