Thoughts on Friendship


I am usually a pretty quiet and reserved person. Although I have have many “friendly acquaintances”, I have a hard time making and keeping friends. In college, I hit the high point of my friend making capabilities. The friends that I made there were not just “friendly” people who I saw occasionally. They were real and genuine. The hundreds (thousands?)

4 Tips for a Productive Summer


A long, long time ago (12 days ago), I began summer break. I started with a rough patch of getting the stomach flu just a few days into my break. And because I like to share (I’m nice like that), I passed the bug onto my kids. Oh, and I hurt my heel so I’ve been limping around for a

Planning makes perfect!

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UPDATE: Planners have been updated for 2015-2016. Check them out here: color, black/white.   What I thought was going to a be a cute little project to help me get organized turned into a massive creation. But I am SUPER excited about it and can’t wait to share! A planner a new type of product for me, but the things

Lordy, Lordy!

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In celebration of this new decade, I am having a contest. There will be at least one winner and possibly more based on how I’m feeling after this milestone! Just to help you get to know me a little better… here is a picture collage about me. Comment below what you think these pictures say about me for one of

How Did an Ivy League Scientist End Up Here?


  A long, long time ago, a teenager with a very impressive resume traveled 3000 miles from home, to go to one of the most competitive universities in the nation. She started the path towards an Aquatic Biology major immediately taking Chemistry, Biology, Calculus. One day after her last final of her freshman year, her father had a massive stroke.

The Sensory Room (How it works!)

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In 2012, our school had an oddly sized, closet-like room become available for use. After speaking with my principal, I wrote a Donor’s Choose to turn this space into a Sensory Room for the in-proportionate number of students with sensory needs. At the beginning of this year, I did another Donor’s Choose to add new equipment to the room. My

Get Back to Green Box (Getting Ready to Learn)

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This year in social skills group, my Special Education teacher and myself have been teaching the Zones of Regulation. As part of this instruction, we wanted the students to have tangible items that help them “get back to green”, or in simpler terms “ready to learn”. We worked for multiple weeks on their Green boxes, for their classroom use. ┬áHere

What’s in Your Cart? Teacher Appreciation Sale!


I know it’s getting close to summer, but there are just so many great ideas out there! These are my recommendations for your cart during the fabulous Teacher Appreciation Sale (5/5-5/6)! Adorable and super practical items in Teaching Talking’s “Apraxia Garden Theme” Unit! You cannot go wrong with Nicole’s “Common Core Summer Packet“! Natalie’s “High Stakes Testing: Vocabulary Builder” is

May Lesson Plans 2015

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May is the last full month of school for me. Hurray! And on the non-rainy days that I sometimes experience, I love spending outside in May! Here’s what I’ll be doing in May. Feel free to download my FREE lesson plans. I have combined paid and free products along with crafts and other ideas. And as a special May freebie

Finding peace (when balance can’t be found)

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Let me start by saying that I have NOT found peace (which was supposed to be my word of the year). I did order some nice looking id labels with the Chinese word for “peace” on them. That’s kind of the same, right? In case you don’t know much about me and my family here is a synopsis. I am

Everyday Speech Social Skills (Review and Giveaway)


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I don’t really do reviews for commercial materials. I like to talk about my life, work, and creations. Not other people’s. But last week I started really struggling with my social skills groups. The materials that I have on hand all seemed either too high, too low,

The Gardener (Speech/Language Book Companion)

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I’ve wanted to create a book companion for this book for years. It’s been one of my favorites to read alone or with my older children and I just know that my students will love it as well. (amazon affiliate link) The Gardener is a Caledcott Honor picture book written all in the form of letters to family members about

Social Story Collages

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I’m sure I didn’t invent these… I more just “came up with” an idea. An idea that I’m now a little obsessed with doing for all of my students: Social Story Collages! What does that mean? It means I take actual photos of students demonstrating expected (or unexpected) behaviors on the iPad and then sit down with them during therapy

April Lesson Plans 2015

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April means rain! And flowers! And other lovely things! Here’s what I’ll be doing in April. Feel free to download my FREE lesson plans. I have combined paid and free products along with crafts and other ideas.   And as a special April freebie for you, I created another cute way to practice verb tenses (click on the picture to