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CF-WHY, Hallows Eve Style

Another week closer to my CCC's! Learning SO much every millisecond it seems! Keep an eye out for today's instagram (@practicallyspeeching) #instacfy picture - it'll be a great blog post next week!

The week started out with a good ole social story about safety on the stairs. I try as hard as I can to be visible, and ask teachers what is going on with my students. I heard about the stair issue for one kiddo and got to work! I think social stories are not only great for our ASD students, but for our little ones too. Sometimes they don't understand why we should be safe on the stairs. I made this story using photos I found on google, but another great way to make a social story is to use the app "StoryKit"on the ipad. You can take photos of the actual object/student you're talking about and then make a story around it. Depending on your district/school rules you can even print these stories and send them home!

I had some behavior management kinks to work out this week as well. As Halloween is getting closer, my kids are getting more and more...excited? Energetic? However you'd like to say it! LOL I wasn't going to introduce Larry and his whole body listening shtick until after Halloween, but our Whole Body Listening rocket came out sooner. It rocked - pun intended. The kids loved putting the rocket together to get into listening mode, and they all kept each other in line to keep the rocket together. If the rocket was intact by the end of the session, they got an m&m....nothing like the power of m&ms to keep you focused! You can find more on this activity here in the blog post I wrote a few months back.

If you caught my post yesterday, you saw how I was using my visual speech schedule in session. It has been a speech miracle for my little kiddo! He loves the structure, loves checking off the items, and loves that it's "his" --- don't tell him I'm reusing it if need be! LOL You can download this freebie HERE from google drive.

Oh and finally, in a non-speechy move, we took engagement photos! They were old hollywood themed! So fun! We are using Gina Esposito Photography - she is amazinggggg and SO nice. Here is our "before" photo - can't wait to post the photos we get from Gina!

Have a wonderful Thursday, and check back for Friday's Freebie!

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