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Template for transition

Successful transition to life after school can often hinge on solid partnerships with community organizations that can offer support, services, or employment. To help you reach out to agencies in your community and get them involved in transition planning for your students, this week’s FREE tool is a letter template you can use to invite community representatives to participate in ...

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Mobility masters

The ability to move around your community without assistance is key to independent living. Catching a bus to work, walking to visit a friend, finding a public restroom, and even knowing how to use an escalator are all important skills that, when mastered, can free individuals to work, socialize, attend school, and run errands on their own. To help you ...

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Who’s responsible for that?

It’s transition time—when high school seniors have flown the coop for bigger things, and teachers begin to turn their sights to the next crop of students preparing for this major life change. To help special education teachers, school counselors, and transition specialists plan for this important journey, this week’s free tool is a chart that articulates the way students’ rights ...

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Summer Cool Down

This week marks the first day of summer! For many of us, temperatures outside are rising, but this time of year can also mean tensions inside are rising as final exams or state testing schedules progress. To help cool things off, this week’s FREE tool is a simple set of breathing exercises for you to do with your students before ...

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Ready, set, publish!

Do you have great ideas about special education that you’re looking to share? Whether you’re a new graduate student, a veteran teacher, or a practicing academic, writing and submitting a research article for publication can feel daunting. This week’s FREE tool is designed to help. It’s a table of questions you should ask yourself before submitting, and corresponding guidelines to ...

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Reap the rewards

Positive feedback and rewards can be powerful ways to reinforce desirable behavior, but coming up with appropriate rewards that feel new and enticing can be a challenge! To help you keep a few surprises up your sleeve, this week’s FREE tool is a table filled with acceptable reinforcers or rewards for students in both elementary and secondary school. With motivators ...

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Science with the family

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s FREE tool puts a science spin on last week’s family theme. We’ve got a take-home science lesson about soil for your students to do with their families. Yes, we want to get everyone out digging in the yard where they can ask questions like, “What is soil made of?” and “What things are ...

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It’s all in the Family

Families are often an overlooked resource for special educators. Families can support the academic progress of their student in multiple ways, from providing a good breakfast to reinforcing school practices at home. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table to get you thinking about the role of families. The table comes from “Charting the Course: Special Education in ...

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Keep it simple

Are you looking for ways to simplify content instruction in your inclusive classroom? If so, this week’s tool is for you. It’s a table with ideas for how you can modify both the level of content difficulty and the means by which instruction is delivered. From pre-teaching vocabulary to incorporating hands-on activities, you’ll find ways to adapt your lessons to ...

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Fun with friendship

To kick off April as Autism Awareness month, this week’s FREE tool is a table full of ideas for teaching friendship skills using Lego® Bricks. From picking flowers together to going down a slide, you can introduce play scenarios that will help students learn to interact with others in ways that will help them express their interests, develop a sense ...

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