Visual Organization Planning – Autism
Academics / Behavior / Social Thinking

Visual Organization Planning – Autism

           Kids with Autism often struggle in the area of Executive Functioning or “Organized Thinking.”   Our kids can be very “smart” and have a cognitive black hole with regards to intuitively learning organized thinking and related skills spontaneously.               Organized Thinking for our kids is about … Continue reading

Sensory Processing Disorder
Behavior / Sensory

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don’t get organized into appropriate responses.  Pioneering occupational therapist, educational psychologist, and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly.  A … Continue reading

Special Education Behavior & Classroom Management
Behavior / Classroom / Sensory / Social Thinking

Special Education Behavior & Classroom Management

In developing a positive learning environment, a teacher needs to base their classroom management foundation off of the following two concepts: individualized behavior management and whole classroom management. Together these two concepts create an effective discipline in the classroom. In special education classrooms, students display many different types of behaviors such as ADHD, Autism/Cognitively Impaired, … Continue reading

Executive Functioning
Behavior

Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning consists of the essential self-regulation skills needed to successfully participate and function in a classroom setting – and in life! Poor executive functioning shows up as an inability to prioritize tasks, maintain focus and cooperate with others. Problems with executive skills often go hand-in-hand with learning disabilities and attention problems, which are both … Continue reading

Overview of Individualized Behavior Management
Behavior / Classroom / Sensory

Overview of Individualized Behavior Management

In developing a positive learning environment, a teacher needs to base their classroom management foundation off of the following two concepts: individualized behavior management and whole classroom management. Together these two concepts create an effective discipline in the classroom. 1) Individualized Behavior Management In special education classrooms, students display many different types of behaviors such … Continue reading