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Change Your Ways!

April 1, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

For most of us, the drive to change our own behavior emerges on or around on January 1st with the dawn of a new year and new possibilities for self improvement. Loose a little weight, stop smoking, exercise more, and eat leafy greens seem to be among the favorites. Most of us are pretty conservative and only select 1 (maybe 2) goals to tackle each year. After all, we are only human and it takes a lot of thinking to change a pattern or ingrained routine. If you’re diligent and work hard, you might see a change but for most of us….it’s an exercise in futility somewhere around March 1st. Why does that happen? How do we lose our “oomph” and why do we slip back into our old, familiar ways. Why can’t we learn to change our ways? These are all questions that we ought to be asking, but rarely do. Instead, we wait until the following year and begin the process all over again. Why? Because changing a behavior is REALLY hard, even when highly motivated to do so.  Read the rest of this entry →

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The Social Thinking – Social Communication Profile

February 10, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

My wife, Dennise, and I have become huge fans of the work that is taking place at Social Thinking.  Our first introduction to their work was last year when Dennise saw Pamela Crooke speak at a conference.  She came home excited about what she had heard and right away wanted to learn more.  About a month after that conference we attended my son’s annual IEP and the first thing we talked about coincidently was Social Thinking’s, “You are a Social Detective”.  So when I had a chance to see the creator of Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winner, speak last weekend at an Autism Conference I jumped at the chance.    

If you ever have the opportunity to see Michelle speak I highly recommend it.  Her speaking technique is very engaging:  I’d call it a mix of knowledge, experience, humor, storytelling and most of all frank and honest statements. Read the rest of this entry →

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Thoughtful Inclusion

December 18, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I was recently asked to write about the social skills kids need to have acquired to benefit more fully from an integrated setting. While this is a huge question I will write some basic thoughts on this concept.

Many of you who are familiar with my work know that I talk about the social complexities of the classroom learning environment. While we often only teach social skills for the context of playing or conversing the reality is that students use social thinking and related social skills every moment they are around people including more structured environments like classrooms. While I know our political education plan is quick to advocate the inclusion of all kids into “integrated” settings as much as possible, I encourage “thoughtful inclusion” rather than making blanket statements that “all kids should be included”. Read the rest of this entry →

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Teaching Children with Special Needs How to Become a Social Detective

December 14, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

When I was at my son’s IEP last week, his Recreational Therapist brought in a book that she uses to help with his socialization skills in school.  It’s called “You are a Social Detective” Explaining Social Skills to Kids.  The authors of the book are Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke.  They are specialists for people who have Social Learning Challenges as well as Speech and Language Pathologists; we recently posted an article written by them called Social Thinking and Applied Behavior AnalysisRead the rest of this entry →

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