Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Classroom movement / breathing breaks.

I find that students often need extra movement breaks throughout the day.  I made this handout for teachers to help get control of a class after recess or when they need some more movement.

Click on the picture for a link to the file.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The "bored" moment.

Because theory of mind is difficult for someone with autism, they do not realize they are being rude when they are stating they are bored.  We all have to deal with being bored at some time.  I have had my share of students yawning in my face, rolling their eyes, or bluntly telling me "this is boring."

Here is a lesson about how to "act" when you are bored.

Click on picture to download teacher guide and student handout.

It's always fun to have students role play expected and unexpected social behaviors so they can observe and practice expected behaviors.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Proactive-Reactive-Inactive

The students I have been working with all year have major issues with being proactive.  I realized that they probably did not even know there is an alternative to being reactive or inactive.  I wanted to empower them and make them realize they can take control of their actions and feelings.

Click on the picture for the lesson plan.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Circle of Concern/Influence

I have been trying to teach my social groups about being proactive.  I am so tired of hearing excuse after excuse.  This lesson seemed to go over really well to help the students realize they do have control over things in their life.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chewing gum lowers stress

I have suggested students chew gum for years.  I love that science is finally catching up to what we as Occupational Therapists have used for years.  

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Email Communication


This was the lesson I did with my social group this week.  We had an incident where some group members had inappropriate email communication with each other.  As I was teaching the lesson, I realized that the parts of an effective email correlate well with the "conversation train" I've used earlier this year.  It seemed to struck a cord with the students.  This is a very important skill for all students to understand.

Click on picture for PDF of the lesson


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Is it behavior or is it sensory?

This is a common question.  I work in the schools, and everyone wants to say that a behavior is sensory based.  Many times this is not true.  Sensory treatment can't solve all issues when there is a true behavior management problem.  Check out this venn diagram to help you determine what is the function of a behavior you are observing.

Click picture for printable file