8 common challenging behaviors in Autism  a nd some suggested solutions!  One of the most concerning and stressful features of Autism are the many challenging behaviors that come with the territory and whether you are the teacher or a parent, figuring out how to get rid of them can be a struggle. Some of these behaviors can even be harmful to them self or others.  It is extremely important to recognize that these behaviors are communication.  These kids are not being "naughty"  they are just trying to communicate what they feel, want or need. I will go through 8 common behaviors that can be challenging within the classroom or home and some suggested solutions. 1. Echolalia : this is the most difficult behavior for me to extinguish or replace because the very nature of them scripting is immediately rewarding and therefore reinforcing.  We practice whisper talking and read social stories about it.  I have had students who script all day long, repeating th...
Adapted Books Why should I use them?   Adapted books have really changed how I deliver instruction for some of my groups.  Adapted books can be totally time consuming to prep, but the benefits FAR outweigh the cons and they last a really long time.   I have been using them a lot in my classroom this year.  I have made some guided reading adapted book units and some specific content area adapted books that my kiddos have fallen in LOVE with! I have used some from other teacher authors as well and they are just so easy and fun to use.   Adapted books promote independence, vocabulary development, pre-reading skills, and sight word recognition! My Adapted Books are only 1/2 page to save on paper and ink  Most students on the Autism spectrum do not hear verbal directions and have a hard time following along to stories being read to them or even when they read text themselves.  Providing them with interactive pieces allows the students to attend to the story ...
Literally, HP's insta ink saved my life.  As a special education teacher, all I was ever doing every day is printing visuals, printing task cards, printing adapted books, printing schedule, printing PECS symbols  . ....  PRINTING .... PRINTING.... and MORE PRINTING!!!   Working in a low economic school district colored ink was hard to come by and I found myself spending over $400 a year on colored ink out of my own pocket, especially in the beginning of the school year.  I cant even tell you how many times I would run out of ink and would put off going to the store for WEEKS with the stupid cartridges to make sure I got the right one and the right size.   UGHHH  what a pain in the butt.   So one day while I was at the TEACCH conference in North Carolina, I was with a group of teachers that were talking about how great Insta-ink was and I decided to do some research.     Ok, so what is HP Insta-Ink ?   Insta-ink is a subscription based program for ink replacement cartridg...