Fun Ideas to Teach Sight Words to Students With Autism

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 I thought I’d share some fun, creative, and engaging ideas for teaching sight word to students with autism with you! I am a firm believer that all children can learn and want to learn! If our student is having difficulty … Continue reading 

Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: Seizures

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Thanks for joining us at this week’s Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp. I’m so glad you’re here! This is the gathering place for families affected by special needs and/or homeschoolers to share, support, encourage, and even vent with each … Continue reading 

Seizures in Paradise: Seizures Suck


Some of you may already be aware that Bethany began having seizures again a couple of months ago. She’s having simple partial seizure clusters to be exact. Her honeymoon with Onfi has ended. At first they didn’t seem to be … Continue reading 

Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: A Behavior Glitch & Bethany’s New Computer!

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Welcome to this week’s Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp. If you’re a homeschooler or an individual affected in some way by special needs and are looking for a safe place to share,  and find encouragement and support, you’ve come … Continue reading 

Bethany’s Behavior Plan: Another Update

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We haven’t been implementing Bethany’s behavior plan for very long, but already we are encountering problems with its use! Now, don’t get me wrong…I really do believe that the plan is great in theory.  It’s just that it isn’t all … Continue reading 

Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: Behavior Plan Update

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Welcome to this week’s Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp, the gathering place for those affected by special needs and/or homeschoolers to share, support, and encourage one another!

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We had been racking our brains out trying to come up with a reward to use with new Bethany’s behavior plan.

Food is not a reward to her because she has such extreme food binges that she will literally not eat anything but her preferred food of the moment…or should I say of the quarter and she really doesn’t like candy all that much.

And although she loves to go “shopping” and play with all the toys at Walmart, she rarely ever wants to buy any of them to take home!

The other day when Bethany’s service coordinator was here for a meeting I told her about our dilemma and she suggested something awesome to use as a reward!  I actually can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself! This reward won’t make her fat and isn’t expensive either!

Bethany’s rewards will be calling people on the phone!  Talking on the phone is something that she has LOVED doing ever since before she could really even talk! Talking on the phone has stood the test of time as a preferred activity and I believe it will continue to be a life long activity that she will love!

I plan to arrange with friends and family times that are convenient for them to get a phone call from Bethany that also coincide with her reward times!

Perfect solution? Who knows?! But I have high hopes for its success!

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Last Sunday we had a behavior incident with Bethany. She wanted to go to Flash Club at 12:30, but club doesn’t start until 4:00.  She became physically aggressive with me, ripped her behavior plan chart off the wall and threw it behind the couch!

This sparked an argument between my husband and I about how to respond. He hadn’t yet read the behavior plan. Our argument, of course did not help the situation.  Thankfully,  Bethany went into the bedroom while we were squabbling. She calmed herself down and we had no further problems.  Then my husband read the behavior plan so we’d be on the same page.

We were all able to get to Flash Club on time and have a good time!  The kids had a blast spinning on stationery bikes and we set up our obstacle course equipment, which all the participants loved!  I had just gotten some cones and added them to the course for the kids to weave in and out of.

Bethany was not familiar with the cones and thought she was supposed to step on them like she does with the stepping “stones”.  She got mad when we tried to explain the correct way of using them, but rather than have a temper tantrum she calmly sat on a bench and avoided the activity all together.

I hope that she’ll try the obstacle course this week because it really is so much fun.

Maybe if I practice doing it with her at home she’ll feel more confident in trying!

I do not know why all the following videos have the same thumbnail!  They actually are all different videos.  The correct thumbnails show up on You Tube!

This video is “Flash Club and an Origami Lesson”

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I don’t have much news about Jeremiah this week, but I do have another “Jerryism” to share with you all!

The assignment was for him to to add either “one another” or “each other” to the following sentence:

It is sad that Jinni and Shari seem to hate_________.

He changed the sentence to: It is sad that Jinni and Shari seem to hate desperate housewives!

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In case you missed them:

In my post, Autism Thinking Styles and Educational Methods I discuss Temple Grandin’s three thinking types in autism. I also suggest some ways to teach to each style and some career options for each type.

Good Read for Special Needs featuring:

  • The Charlie Foundation: Dedicated to educating people about the Ketogenic diet for epilepsy.
  • Artists with Autism: A website dedicated to promoting and selling the artwork of artists on the autism spectrum.
  • An article discussing the problems associated with the inactivity of people with disabilities.
  • The Traumatic Brain Injury Website

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“More Farting Fun, Cooking, and Shopping.”

Dollar Store Science, an Art Project, and We Contemplate the Meaning Of Life!

Dollar Store Wedding Planning

It Feels Like Spring and Bethany Takes a Nap!

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Now it’s your turn: I hope you all had a wonderful week!

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Good Reads for Special Needs

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “Good Reads for Special Needs”, a collection of news, articles, and resources of particular interest to individuals and families affected by special needs!     Autism Thinking Styles and Educational Methods -This is my own … Continue reading 

Autism Thinking Styles and Educational Methods

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There are many techniques out there for teaching individuals with autism. Many even claim to be the ONLY method that will be effective, but not all people with autism learn or think in the same way. We must take into account autism thinking styles when considering educational methods.

Remember that old saying, “When you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism?”

I believe the same holds true when teaching our kids on the spectrum!

One size does not fit all in the education of people who have autism!

It is Temple Grandin’s belief that there are three thinking types in autism. Individuals on the spectrum are either visual thinkers, music and mathemetical thinkers, or verbal thinkers. Some are also combinations of the three.

  • Your child is probably a visual thinker if he or she learns best when lessons are taught using pictures, diagrams, and hands-on activities.
  • Your child is most likely a music and mathematical thinker if he or she spots patterns everywhere in their environment and enjoys finding relationships between numbers and musical notes.
  • Your child is probably a verbal thinkers if they love words, lists, and memorizing information! (Different Types of Thinking in Autism)

Once you have discovered how your child with autism thinks, you can then have a better idea of how to effectively teach your child whatever it is that you’d like for him or her to learn.

  • Visual thinkers will thrive when you use photographs, realistic pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, and hands-on projects when presenting your lessons. Movies, videos, demonstrations, and field trips are also great tools for visual learners! Visual thinkers might grow up to be graphic designers, artists, architects, or photographers
  • Pattern thinkers might enjoy rhythms and should be encouraged in the maths. Provide them with lots of instruments to experiment with. Music lessons might be appropriate also. Use a multiplication times table to teach multiplication facts. Tap out rhythms while reciting word definitions. Teach your child the formulas for Algebra and Geometry. Art and Chess fit right in there in with pattern thinkers too. Pattern thinkers might like to pursue careers in statistics, engineering, music, or computer programming.
  • Verbal thinkers might appreciate writing their own or reading prepared lists of terms and their definitions relevant to the lesson being taught. The good old fashioned lecture with note taking is also a recommendation. Recorded lectures are a sure hit. Use Mnemonics and acronyms to help your verbal learner remember facts. Some careers to encourage your verbal learner in pursuing might be a public speaking, journalism, record keeping, or or becoming a librarian .

Educating our children in ways that match their learning styles and encouraging them to pursue their own unique interests which could develop into meaningful careers will be our best bet in ensuring that our child will grow up to be  successful, self-sufficient, independent, happy, and fulfilled adults!

Our world needs all types of thinkers!

Our world needs all kinds of minds.

Our world needs our children with autism!

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