Sunday, January 11, 2015

Evaluation Checklist

I created this checklist to make sure I cover everything when interviewing parents.  I've included all the information needed to fill out a PEDI for functional skills.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

I end up making a lot of referrals to vision therapy, so I correlated some information and made a handout for my students.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Social Smarts

This is a worksheet meant for younger students.  Using ideas from Michelle Garcia Winner, it explains what "social smarts" are and when we use them.

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Whole Body Listening

I am going to start teaching a Kindergartner some social thinking vocabulary.  She is a very visual learner.  I adapted some of Michelle Garcia Winner's information and picture to make up the following lesson to this student understand how she can listen with her whole body.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Conversation Train

We have been working hard on conversation skills.  This is another lesson to practice conversation skills.  We discussed and brainstormed WHY conversation skills are important.  Some ideas the students came up with include:
- Making friends
- Getting ahead in a job
- Getting along with others

I'm really proud of the students for being able to generalize this information and put it into practice.  I made up a worksheet for them to practice this new knowledge.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The magic of UNO cards

I've been having a hard time lately with some of the older kids I see.  They don't see the point or the importance of what we are working on.  I have been very frustrated, and our sessions have been less than productive.  In desperation, I turned to Pinterest, and came across some UNO activities.

I figured - what could it hurt?  We aren't getting anything done anyway!  Well, it was no less than MAGICAL!!!

My most difficult student didn't want to come see me, but I asked him to give me just 10 min.  We played the game, and he was happy about it.  I started to pick up the cards, and he grabbed the UNO cards and starting dealing out the cards.  We ended working for 30 minutes with smiles all around.

Below is the activity I did today.

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After the session, my mind was buzzing.  Although the student did well, and shared, he didn't really listen to my comments.  So I came up with this idea.  This student needs to work on writing, so I made a handout so that he has to write down the other participant's comments.  

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I also performed the activity below with one of the students I see with Autism.  He has a really hard time with conversational back and forth.  The structure of this activity helped him listen and respond.

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Thank you Pinterest for such great ideas and breaking my therapy block with my older students.  I look forward to coming up with some more ideas.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Learning Differences

This was an idea from Michelle Garcia Winner.

Students may not realize that everyone - other students, teachers, other adults - are always learning and trying to improve on something.  This lesson is to try to get the students to realize they are naturally good at some tasks, but need help in others.

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