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15 Must Have Board Games for Special Education

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Building social skills is essential in the special education classroom. I know that direct teaching of basic social skills is imperative, but when we get ready for generalization I’m a huge fan of pulling out the board games. Board games are perfect for practicing turn taking, cooperating with peers, and you may even be able to target some academic skills with games.

I have a set of Take Home Games I created and I use for homework and sometimes we even play the games in the classroom, but sometimes there's no substitute for an already made (no prep) game that you can take out of the box and start playing immediately! Here are a list of 15 must have board games for the special education classroom and why I love them:

10 Fine Motor Activities for March


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Fine motor skills have really been my jam this year. It's no secret that our students to develop fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles in their hands if they're ever going to be able to do most things at school. I took on the challenge this year and set up a fine motor center in my classroom. Groups rotate through and work on a variety of fine motor activities. Some students are working primarily on hand strengthening while others are doing some prewriting and even some name writing in the center.


We've been rocking our March activities, so I wanted to be sure I shared these awesome activities with you. These are 10 super simple Fine Motor activities that you can implement in your classroom with little to no prep.

4 Self Care Tips for the BUSY Special Educators


Is it just me or is teaching the special education classroom EXHAUSTING? I spend the day making split second decisions, managing behaviors, oh and teaching when I have a chance! By the end of the day I'm often EXHAUSTED and find myself changing into pajamas and climbing into bed before the sun has even gone down.

Self care is so much more than pampering yourself. It's about reconnecting and finding joy so you can spread that back into your classroom and I'm going to tell you, the more I have reconnected with myself, the happier my classroom has become. Over the past year I have really started to value self care, but I'm not a big yoga-going, guided mediation-participating kind of teacher. I'm still a teacher and I'm BUSY, but I've found that doing small acts of self care for myself have really changed my day to day outlook. I find myself cheerier and more prepared for work than I did before my small acts of self care. So here are 4 tips for Self Care for the BUSY Special Education Teacher.

Transition Items 101


Schedules are super functional for our students. Even though we often start out with a visual schedule in our primary classrooms (I have a whole wall of them!), the goal is to move to something portable and more functional. How many of us carry around a calendar or planner? Who keeps a calendar on their phone? These are schedules for us and we want to move our students to that point as well.

We all know using a visual schedule is an evidence based practice for our students with Autism. It really structures their day and shows them what to expect throughout the day. I usually teach my students to utilize their schedule and check their schedule using a prompting and fading plan from most to least intrusive prompts.

The Hello Game


Social skills and greetings are super important in my Autism classroom. I'm constantly teaching my students how to interact with their peers, staff, and other people around campus. We practice greetings in our classroom from day 1. During our morning meetings, we have a "Good Morning" time where students choose what type of greeting they would like to give their teacher. I quickly build upon that skills so my students are generalizing greetings at school and interacting with more people than just me.

5 Mistakes you are Making in your Independent Work Stations


I'm back to talk more about independent work stations. I don't know if you've realized, but I'm basically obsessed with them. I think I've written about independent work stations at least a half dozen times on this blog if not more! I love them because not only do they provide an opportunity to teach students 1:1 while other students are engaged in meaningful activities, it also promotes independence in students and isn't that really one of the big goals we want to accomplish? I know any growth in independence is HUGE for my students!

If you're starting out a work station, it's easy to make mistakes and I want to help make sure you set up the BEST work station in your classroom that promotes independence for students throughout their school day. So check out these mistakes you may be making with your work stations and I'm going to help you fix them!

Prioritizing your Back To School To Do List


Let's be real. Getting back into your classroom in the fall and getting set up to go can be fun and it can also be OVERWHELMING! Especially if you're moving classrooms or you're starting you first year in the classroom. The long list of to dos can be beyond stressful. I have 4 tips to get you prioritizing your Back to School to do list in a flash.
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