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Welcome to The Autism Helper Podcast, where we explore different strategies to improve the lives of individuals with autism.
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Token economies are a great way to build positive behaviors and differentiate the skills you are building and the reinforcers. Token economies can be effective and easy to utilize if set up correctly. In this episode, I share the 10 dos and don’ts of token economies. As great as token economies can be, they can also have negative impacts on student relationships and rapport if done incorrectly. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Communication is the cornerstone of literacy, developing friendships, being independent, and so much more. Strive to make your classroom as communication friendly as possible. Work towards giving your students as many opportunities to practice building communication skills as possible.    4 Ways to Create a Communication Friendly Classroom: 1. Give everyone a voice.  2. Embed and support communication opportunities throughout the day.  3. Setup engaging and high interest activities.   4. Make it a team endeavor. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership is open for enrollment from 9/8 - 9/14. Join the community of hundreds of educators, clinician, and parents all dedicated to creating the best learning environment for their students. In this episode, I share some behind the scenes on why I created the membership and how the membership has evolved in the last two years. I also share how current members are utilizing the membership for staff training, collaboration, and more!    Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Independent work is an essential component to any classroom. It teaches students the important life skill of working on their own while allowing maintenance on previously mastered skills. It also allows the teacher to work one on one with other students, train staff, or run small groups. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The start of the year is overwhelming and it may feel tempting to try to create a detailed and thorough data system right away. Instead focus on establishing rapport and relationships with your students. Data will come! In this episode, I share the 4 pillars for setting up your data systems in the start of the year. These are simple decisions and action steps to take that will allow you to focus on the start of the year rapport while getting your data systems pointed in the right direction. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Three members of the Professional Development Membership group share actionable tips and strategies to bring into your classroom. Parent, Vidya Banerjee gives us 3 ways that teachers can support parents and families. Special Education Teacher, Jamie Palmer shares why not to be a yes person and what to do when asked to do all of the things. Finally, Special Education Teacher, Siera Miller discusses 3 ways to embed communication. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
In this episode, I chat with special education teacher, Jacqueline Asbury, a member of The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership. Jacqueline shares some of the silver linings of distance learning and what she will be bringing back to the classroom this school year. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Last school year was extremely tough for educators and student. There have been countless changes to routines and unexpected transitions. Returning to school this fall, it’s important to think about how to make this return as smooth as possible. In this episode, I share my best practices for the back to school season and why these principles are more important now than ever. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Most of my years in teaching embraced the philosophy of - just ask. If you ask nicely and politely, there is no risk. You may get told no, but you may get told yes. This philosophy sent me to great trainings, gave me the chance to set up a life skills room, and helped me spend less of my own money on my classroom. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Working with other adults is sometimes the hardest part of the job. As a teacher you need to collaborate effectively with other clinicians. I have been lucky to be able to work with some amazing clinicians over the years. This made the process of collaboration so much smoother. But I’ve also had some struggles with different clinicians throughout the years as well. In this episode, I dive into the good and difficult experiences of collaborating and talking about my experience collaborating with other clinicians as a BCBA. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Listener request for me to share some of my funniest moments teaching! While sharing some funny stories, I realized that all of these moments are times when my students were uniquely themselves and refreshingly honest. I love all of these little moments when my students’ personalities would really shine through. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The first class party I had was for Halloween on either my first or second year. I ended that day with red jello in my hair crying in my car. The day was a disaster but it taught me a lot about how to create activities that gave my students routine and structure but were also fun and special. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Community based instruction was one of my favorite parts of my job. There are so many learning opportunities and things that I was able to learn about my students - like that one of my students drank coffee at home! In this episode, I share all about my favorite local diner where I took my former students for community based instruction. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
My first day with students with the honeymoon period. Everything was great. There were zero issues. Then came day two. Day two of teaching left me questioning if I was in the right career. Let me tell you all about how that day went and what I learned from it. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Teaching while pregnant is hard! This job can be emotionally and physically draining and that all is increased while pregnant. In this episode, I share some major realizations I had in the moment when handling aggressive behaviors and how having my first child helped me set better boundaries. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Reverse inclusion is when students from general education classrooms are included in special education classrooms. In this episode, I share my experiences doing reverse inclusion. One student ended up developing such a special friendship with one of my students and it was unexpected from the general ed teacher. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
In this episode I talk about two of my former students. Both of these boys had strong personalities which I loved and I was lucky to learn so much from them. But there are some funny and challenging moments along the way. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
In a special education classroom, some of the job responsibilities may include helping with toileting for students. Ensuring you are maintaining privacy and respecting the individual is so important especially with older students. In this episode, I talk about how I handled toileting early in my teaching career and what important considerations shaped the way our team approached this. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Walking into an empty classroom meant making all the work tasks. In this episode, I discuss the process of having to make all of the activities for my students, how I did “extra material” collection, and why coloring file folders may be the best work task hack. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Interviewing for teaching jobs is overwhelming! I discuss looking for my first teaching job. I share what interviews went well and which didn’t and what were my biggest regrets of the whole process. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
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