Do you have students in your classroom who can follow routines and manage their behavior while they regulate their thinking and emotions? And, other students who cannot seem to control their behavior or stick to classroom routines? They may fidget and have difficulty ignoring things that are irrelevant. The contrasts in these students illustrate differences… [Read more…] Thinking About Executive Function—Why is it Important?
Semantic gradients is a group of related words placed on a continuum that allows students to make connections between known words and new vocabulary. Reading Rockets has fun and engaging activities that help students deepen their understanding of related words. Research states that vocabulary instruction is an essential skill that students need to improve reading… [Read more…] Effective Vocabulary Instruction that Increases Reading Comprehension
While Asperger’s Syndrome will no longer have a separate diagnostic category, educators are well aware that the essential features include severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and the development of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities (American Psychiatric Association [DSM-IV-TR], 2000). Research In the most recent revision of the Diagnostic Manual,… [Read more…] Strategies To Support Students With Aspergers Syndrome
Teaching children skills, such as how to play with other children, recognize and express feelings, be friendly and talk to peers, exercise self-control, and negotiate conflict situations, may result in fewer aggressive responses, more positive friendships, and increased likelihood of success in school. Teachers take numerous steps to prevent challenging behavior. These preventative measures… [Read more…] TACtics for your Toolkit: Making Feelings Fun in Preschool
Teaching behavioral expectations and contextually relevant social skills is an effective approach to addressing behaviors throughout the three-tiered prevention continuum of positive behavior support. Teaching expectations, rules, and routines, providing opportunities for practice, and acknowledging students for demonstrating these skills provides educators a way to engage with students… Teaching behavioral expectations and contextually relevant… [Read more…] Nonlinguistic Representation: Tools for Teaching Behavioral Expectations, Rules, and Routines