If you need a terrific resource for ideas, activities, accommodations and supports for students with complex disabilities and learning needs, then the Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs blog is just what you’ve been looking for! Kate Ahern, an assistive technology specialist and special education teacher hosts this blog with countless resources to use and share.
If you need ideas for use of a single message switch, free online switch games, ideas for AAC, links to free and low cost pictures, iPad and app ideas, transition activities, accommodations for students with Autism or any of the other countless supports focused on students with significant needs, then head over to Kate’s blog today! It will become a constant and valued resource that you will return to again and again!
Picto4Me is an online Google Chrome application that allows you to create communication and picture boards – free! Create boards with various size icons, customize with your own pictures, save to your Google Drive, share with others, download as PDF, add audio, play boards with switches, and more! A great, free online alternative to expensive software. Link to this YouTube Video for some help getting started.
A Social Story is an individualized short story that describes socially relevant cues and behavior in a given situation. It breaks down challenging social situations into understandable steps to help an individual understand appropriate behavior, responses and actions. It includes answers to questions such as who, what, when, where and why through the use of visuals and written text. Social Stories are used to teach particular social skills such as identifying important cues, taking another’s point of view, understanding rules, routines, situations, upcoming events or abstract concepts and exceptions to the norm.
One Place for Special Needs has a page of Social Stories and links.
Video Social Stories can also be found on this YouTube Channel.