Teaching children with special needs can be overwhelming; nobody doubts that.  If you are stressed and need a few minutes to breathe, let your assistants know.  It’s better to take a break before you reach your boiling point.  Everyone will benefit from your renewed energy. ...

You are doing the best job that you possibly can.  Take a step back today and give yourself permission to breathe, read a magazine, or dance in your living room.  Every now and then it is important to give yourself a break.  You are human...

As soon as your students come into class in the morning, give them something structured to do.  Morning times tend to be the most productive times for many children.  Place an activity on every child’s desk, or place students into groups and have a structured...

It is raining and you can’t go outside for recess. Use the word “SURPRISE” to explain a change in routine. Let’s face it, things happen.  Most students love going on the playground during recess, but occasional bad weather is inevitable. For most children with autism, missing...

By Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed. Don’t give instructions in the form of questions. This can be a hard habit to break. Now that it has come to your attention, you may notice how often you do this. You will find yourself asking, “Can you sit down and...