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Is it reinforcement or bribery? articles May 25, 2022

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Is it reinforcement or bribery?

As educators and parents, we offer praise when our children cooperate and follow instructions. We might...

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Did you know that parents of autistic children have higher stress levels than other groups of parents articles May 18, 2022

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Did you know that parents of autistic children have higher stress levels than other groups of parents?

Many studies reveal that parents of...

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Teaching communication skills with Ready-Steady-Go games articles May 11, 2022

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Teaching communication skills with Ready-Steady-Go games.

Ready, steady, go games help develop your child's listening and attention...

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Is your child/student using avoidance behaviours to escape a task? articles Apr 20, 2022

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Is your child/student using avoidance behaviours to escape a task?

Some children with additional needs learn behaviours that help them...

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Do parents have unrealistic expectations for their autistic children? articles Apr 07, 2022

 

Do parents have unrealistic expectations for their autistic children?

 

Recently, in conversation with a group of educators, I recommended some resources and videos from well known...

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7 tips to foster a love of books in autistic children (Part 3) articles Mar 30, 2022

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7 tips to foster a love of books in autistic children

As an early intervention specialist and a mum of an autistic boy, books and...

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How do you know if your student is ready to learn reading? (Part 2) articles Mar 16, 2022

How do you know if your student is ready to learn reading?

In my last blog (Teaching Reading To Children With Autism), I discussed some key aspects to consider when teaching reading to autistic...

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Teaching reading to children with autism (Part 1) articles Mar 09, 2022

Teaching Reading To Children With Autism

I have noticed over the years that many children with autism are interested in letters from a young age. Many of my young students enjoy matching letters,...

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Preparing your students for a substitute teacher/classroom assistant articles Jan 11, 2022

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With the kids back in school after the break and covid numbers still high, we have many substitute teachers in schools right now, and...

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Using toys to educate our children about diversity articles Dec 01, 2021

At Christmas time, many children are going to receive lovely presents. Dolls, superheroes, figurines, toy people, family dolls... and they will enjoy endless hours of fun with them. So,...

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How to teach colours to children with developmental delays articles Nov 17, 2021

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Children with developmental delays often need more time and practice to learn new skills. The same might happen when we...

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Restricted Interests In Children With Autism articles Mar 17, 2021

Restricted Interests In Children With Autism.

Having restricted interest is a common characteristic of autism. Children with autism tend to focus in-depth on an issue or activity and have...

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How to organise preschool work for children with autism articles Mar 10, 2021

How to organise preschool work for children with autism.

Children with autism benefit greatly from learning in a structured environment. Order and routine will be your best allies when teaching...

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How We Managed Lockdown With A Child With Autism articles May 21, 2020

How We Managed Lockdown With A Child With Autism.

It’s been ten long weeks since Ireland went into lockdown. Although the situation is far from over, seeing the number of cases of COVID-19...

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Super Simple Playdough Recipe articles May 14, 2020

Super Simple Playdough Recipe.

This week I want to share a quick recipe to make homemade playdough. I use a super simple recipe, so you probably already have all the ingredients you need for it in...

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First And Next Boards articles Mar 12, 2020

First And Next Boards.

First and next boards are very simple schedules that we use to help children with autism. They can also be of benefit to any child or student who finds it...

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Cooking With Your Child articles Mar 05, 2020

Cooking With Your Child.

Have you heard of Temple Grandin? She is an American autistic professor and an advocate for the rights of autistic people. I attended one of her talks in Dublin a few...

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Let's Talk About Love & Relationships articles Feb 14, 2020

Let's Talk About Love & Relationships.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I would like to talk about love and relationships!

There is no question that having children has a big...

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The Myth Of Educational Toys articles Jan 30, 2020

The Myth Of Educational Toys

During the early days of my career as a visiting teacher, I began to build my collection of toys from specialised catalogues. I was sure that I needed lots of these...

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