Once families have a functional routine set up, you can start to encourage “homework” exploring sensory strategies as a family. Everyone has sensory needs, but those of us with typically developing neural networks pay less attention to our sensory profiles than our children’s or students’. Being home provides an opportunity for families to deepen their relationships and develop an awareness of sensory strategies that effectively help regulate emotions and behavior, and those that do not. I like to think of these times as a period where families are having fun at home together. I know that is idealistic, but with so many stressors of the “before-times” removed, we all have an opportunity to reexamine our priorities and recommit to our family and school-family relationships.  So, I came up with this idea for sensory homework – a weekly challenge families can explore together, practice, and really articulate what sensory strategies work for specific individuals and why. Think of it a...
It is so hard trying to provide distance learning for our students that have extra sensory needs! Because the classroom environment and staff behaviors are a critical piece of student success, it can be hard to transition that success to the home environment.  Explaining our classroom process can be a bit like trying to orally explain how to ride a bike – impossible !  Mix into that parents who may have no respite care OR educational training, and distance learning could be a set up for frustration! Luckily, parents are a crucial part of student learning teams. Because of the need for consistent practices across environments and constant home-school communication, most special educators are well-positioned to help parents make home-based learning a success. The secret to this success will lie in organization (let’s not overwhelm everyone, Okay?) and maintaining YOUR composure.  Quarantine restrictions have everyone stressed, and we miss our students! Take a deep breath and be th...
You may have seen or heard about this thing called Boom Cards but what are they exactly and how do they work? What are Boom Cards? Boom Cards are an interactive, self-checking learning tool. A deck is made up of several cards that have a question or problem to solve. The student will solve the problem and then they are given instant feedback if they were correct or not. What is a deck and what is a card? Just like in regular playing cards; a deck is the whole stack and a card is the individual playing card. You can purchase or create a deck of Boom Cards and then assign it for your students to work through. Do I need an account? Yes, you (the teacher) will need an account but they have a free option! The free option allows you to have up to 5 students, create 5 decks, and have unlimited Fast Play (see question below for what Fast Play is). The next plan allows you to have 50 students, create 5 decks, and unlimited Fast Play for only $15 a year. They have two more plans that ...