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Interesting Article: Using Video Games to Train Brains

By Janice Bellinger / October 17, 2015

This is my last month in a classroom full-time (at least for now). Soon, I will be joining our district’s Office of Autism as an autism coach. My responsibilities will be different, more teacher-training focused. I tell you this because it means I won’t be posting activities within the context of big unit plans. I […]

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Crossing the Street: Learning and Practicing through Videos

By Janice Bellinger / September 13, 2015

Party Planning Unit As our last full unit plan, my students and I explored different aspects of planning and preparing for a party. This unit followed our school’s autism pacing calendar, and it wrapped up several themes of the year nicely. (Our school, by the way, has an outstanding team of teachers who create a […]

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Adapted Stories for Students with Autism

By Janice Bellinger / September 4, 2015

Yesterday, Office of Autism director Stephanie McCaskill and I hosted a workshop on ways to integrate technology into middle school/high school Autism classrooms. We focused on using technology to address universal, major skill areas in Autism education (see visual beloTo demonstrate, we discussed and shared sample projects, including digital photograph collections, community skills practice, digital […]

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Workshop Documents: Integrating Technology

By Janice Bellinger / September 4, 2015

There is no real substitute for learning through real-world experience. Ideally, all students — most especially students with autism — should have many, many structured, safe, real-world learning activities. Learning traffic safety is an excellent example of why this is. What possible substitute can there be? Researchers have explored using virtual reality to teach students […]

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Inspiration

By Janice Bellinger / August 20, 2015

I don’t present the text of each book to you here, for brevity’s sake, but for students with autism it is essential to teach the meaning behind social events (Even if it may seem like a superficial topic or a superfluous allotment of time on the subject, it’s not.) Lastly, this was a super fun […]

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How To Turn Your Instructingautism From Blah Into Fantastic

By Janice Bellinger / August 15, 2015

This screen shot above is from the medium-level interactive book. In it, students can look to a picture-cue on each page to help them uncover an answer to the question. On this level, I generally expect (with some exceptions) that the student will type the word or phrase shown, rather than a full, independent sentence. […]

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Do You Make These Simple Mistakes In Instructingautism?

By Janice Bellinger / July 3, 2015

This screen shot above is from the medium-level interactive book. In it, students can look to a picture-cue on each page to help them uncover an answer to the question. On this level, I generally expect (with some exceptions) that the student will type the word or phrase shown, rather than a full, independent sentence. […]

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Lesson Plans

By Janice Bellinger / June 28, 2015

Above is a screen shot from the highest level of activity. In it, students who can read and write are asked to read the question about what to do before a party and answer with a full sentence. he picture-word toolbars help students interact with the text visually by finding the picture that makes the […]

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Top 8 Ways To Buy A Used Instructingautism

By Janice Bellinger / June 19, 2015

All of the activities I created in Classroom Suite. Not that I want to repeatedly promote one piece of software. BUT, if you have limited resources – as we do in schools – AND you want a multi-purpose piece of software that is highly customizable, this is the best software to use (that I know […]

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Kidspiration Activity: Drawing Traffic Safety Signs

By Janice Bellinger / October 28, 2014

I viewed this party planning unit as a great opportunity to enforce reading or listening comprehension, writing response skills, and social understanding. So, I broke the topic down into 5 areas: why we have parties; who we invite to parties; when we have parties; where we have parties; and what we do to prepare for […]

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