We Love Special Education Teachers!!! Blog Hop & Giveaway!!



I am super excited about this week!  So much is going on!  First we have this awesome giveaway and tomorrow is a TPT one-day boost sale!!  Whoo hoo!  I am particularly excited about this post because this is a blog hop designed and brought to you exclusively for special education.  So often we have to adapt or choose the things that will work for our classrooms, but not this time.  This time the freebies and the giveaways are JUST FOR Special Educators.  That's not to say that others can't use them-because we special educators know that everything we do can be effective for all students, not just special education.  So, let's show them how it's done!  Check out the awesome giveaways below (I have one in each age group because you know how important I think it is for all ages to have cool learning stuff!  Then check out the freebies at the end of the post and hop over to the next blog for more freebies--rinse and repeat 24 times!

5 Types and Functions of Visual Supports--Antecedent Interventions for Behavioral Support

In continuing the series 5 Steps to Meaningful Behavioral Support, we are on Step 4 of creating the behavior plan and choosing interventions.  Remembering that our interventions must match our hypotheses, one of the first sets of strategies we use are often referred to as antecedent interventions because they address the antecedents to the challenging behavior based on your FBA.  As you will remember (or click here to be reminded), one of the huge advantages of using a function-based approach to behavior support is that you can address behaviors before they happen to avoid them all together through prevention.  So, today I'm going to talk about some of the more common antecedent strategies we might use.

Addressing Setting Events in Meaningful Behavioral Support

Do you remember that I was doing a series on behavioral support?  Yea, well I feel like you must think I forgot about the most important part--INTERVENTION!  What good does it do to complete a killer FBA if we don't have rockin' interventions that actually reduce challenging behavior??  So, no, I have not forgotten...just got a bit distracted.  But now we shall continue.  If you want to catch the rest of the series, you can do that HERE.

August Workbasket Wednesday Linkup

It's hard to believe, but it's that time again.....time for the monthly Workbasket Wednesday Linkup!  That time when I go back into my vault and try to find pictures of workbaskets I've collected over the years to share.  And then I throw it out there for the month for other bloggers (and nonbloggers) to link up with pictures of their newest or favorite classic work baskets.  And then we all get to see them and share ideas--and you know me--I'm all about sharing!  So, here we go--see the link directions at the end of this post.

Schedule Bundles, What's In Your Cart? and a Sale....Oh My!


Wow! I can't believe it's already time for back to school, but next week I will be helping teachers set up their classrooms and be there on the first day of school for one of the districts I work with.  Whether you are back in school, on your way back to school or still enjoying your summer, you know you are thinking about ways to organize your classroom.  To help with that, I've created some new products that might be helpful.  And what's better?  It's all on sale with the big TPT Back to School Sale on August 4 and 5 (Monday and Tuesday).  So I've linked up with Speech Room News for her great What's In Your Cart Linky to share more details about my Chevron Autism Classroom Visual Bundles that you might like and to share what I have in my cart (which usually gives you a sneak peek of what is coming your way in my store).

7 Ways to Facilitate Successful Team Meetings for Writing BSPs (FREEBIE!)

Thanks to MelonhedzLovin' Lit, and
I Teach What's Your Superpower for images
Whew!  What a crazy time of year--gotta love (or not) the beginning of school.  I know for some of you it's still a ways off, but for all my friends in the South it's coming sooner rather than later.  And I'm trying to get some new products up and ready for the new year (and the big TPT sale--more later) and helping my consulting client districts get their classrooms set up.  And, oh yeah, all my graduate students have been very busy over the summer--which keeps me busy. In all of that, I know you probably think I forgot about the behavior series, but I promise I didn't!  So this is the next in the series.  Last time I talked about the reasons why behavior support plans should be created by a team.  Today I want to talk about how to help that team meeting go smoothly and be productive--and not be a giant time suck that we all know meetings can become.  Hey, I sit in meetings for a living (it seems that way sometimes) when I would much rather be in a classroom helping a teacher.  I know how they can meander and not get you where you want to go.  So, here are some tips to prevent that and get to a successful behavior plan.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

For anyone who gets the TPT newsletter and clicks through to the blog post, you may have seen that I met an earning milestone in July!  I want to thank everyone who supported my TPT store over the last year and a half.  It means so much to me that the products I think up and create are useful to teachers and help their students.  

Echolalia: 7 Tips from One Session During the Autism Society Conference

Wow, the Autism Society conference was great!  I always love seeing colleagues that I see once or twice a year, collaborating with our NATTAP group, meeting people during my presentations and getting great information from others' presentations.  I got to hear Temple Grandin again and her talks are always fascinating.  I saw a good friend and colleague, Kathy Gould, get a much deserved award as Professional of the Year for her work in autism in Illinois.  I presented on creating behavior support plans that meet the requirements I talked about in my last post.  And today before I left for the airport I went to a talk on working with echolalia to get to functional language.  When I posted the title slide on Instragram I had several requests for sharing what I had learned.  So, I thought I would do a quick (yeah, I know, my blog posts are never quick!) summary of some of the points we discussed and then tomorrow or Monday I'll get back to talking about behavior support plans (I promise!).

Top 3 Reasons for Creating Behavior Support Plans with a Team: Step 4 of 5 to Meaningful Behavioral Support

Thanks to Lovin' Lit and
Melonheadz for clipart.
To see other posts in this series, click HERE.

One of the characteristics I talked about that were important for a behavior support plan is that it is developed by a team.  There are a number of reasons why the use of a team of people is important to create better, more effective behavior support plans.  And there are a number of things to consider when working with a team.  So before we embark on the different strategies we may put into the plan, let's talk about the way we develop it.

Autism Society Conference and Tips

I am in the midst of about 15 different things, some "real" job related and another large product that I really want to get finished soon before the beginning of school....I'm trying to put together an autism / disability setup kit.  And my grad students really like it when I read their dissertations and class assignments.  :)  So, I am going to blog just a little less until I get some of this stuff out of the way.  However, I will be back this weekend with a new behavior blog post and I had a couple of things I wanted to share in the interim.


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