Tag: asd

Why We Need To Keep Cool

This seemed apt to post now as the country simmers slowly beneath the summer sun. This post is based on observations and frequency data over a shorter period of hot weather. Whilst analysing the behavioural incident data records a spike in frequency for a specific group of 9 students was noted (the red box on

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Teaching Alternative Behaviours.

Many young people I have taught have found efficient and effective ways of communicating a need or a want at some point in the past that then becomes their primary way of communicating. Unfortunate as they grow and develop into young adults this communicative behaviour becomes a barrier to so many aspects of life. What

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Guest Blog: Developing a CPD model

I would like to thank Lynn McCann for writing this post about developing an effective CPD model. Lynn runs a consultancy business, she is definitely concerned about the outcomes of her support on the children. She supplies a lot of free resources and great advice via her website and is always on hand to tweet

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Autism: Facial Expressions.

This blog was prompted after I read this research paper. When you are a teacher of children diagnosed with ASD, you have a job to do, you are in a position with responsibility to carry out a task. How often do we question our ability to do this? I don’t mean write a lesson plan.

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Transitions and Barriers: The Environment

Autism can create barriers, we as teachers can also unwittingly create barriers. We must take a moment to consider our actions and decisions in terms of how they may create issues for those we are responsible for educating. The environment is also a source of barriers for some of our students. Audio Narration here: A

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Essentials Skills For Teaching in SEN

At no point in this blog am I suggesting that teaching in special education is harder or more challenging than teaching in general. To one extent or other all teachers are teachers of SEN. However those choosing to teach in a specialist or alternative provision need a certain ‘toolkit’ of skills. So in no particular

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Inclusive Classroom: OZOBOT

Always on the lookout for computing technology that is accessible and engaging to all my students I invested in 1 Ozobot. A small programmable robot. It is, I would say the simplest device I have bought to support our computing curriculum, In less than 5 minutes I had it running around the maze supplied with

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