Adventures in Tutoring

Contact: Erin Jackson 801-376-9765
erinjackson.1234@gmail.com
Located in Spanish Fork, UT

Individual and group tutoring services for students with mild (resource)-severe disabilities.

Speech Therapy for students of all ages.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Articulation Card Games

I have made flash cards for working on articulation. However after running through the same flash cards time and time again the kids are not as engaged. I decided to make a second set of flash cards so that there are 2 of everything. Then we play games like "Go Fish" This helps them engage. Every time they request a card they must pronounce the picture correctly. This is also something they can play with a peer or family members. I now have sets of cards that work on sounds like /k/. In each deck of cards you will find words and pictures that work on beginning, ending, and middle sound of /k/.

Christmas Decorations

This past Thursday my social skills group met and we decorated Christmas Ornaments. The ornaments were white ceramics. I then provided lots of paint for them to paint the different shapes and animals. When we were finished our ornaments did not look like the pictures here but that is the beauty. The ornaments represented the kids that painted them. One kid only wanted to use gold paint. So his ornaments were solid gold, so was the table, his hands, and the chair...

When you are finished painting let the kids mix all the paints together to see what designs they can make and the new colors when mixed all together.

Soft and Comfy

Minky Quilt Pattern ~ Soft and Comfy
This year for Christmas I made my sister a soft and comfy blanket. Squiggy always has a little blanket on her lap to keep her warm. I picked out Minky fabric and Soft and Comfy fabric for the front. Then I cut 5" squares and 2 1/2" squares. The pattern I designed on my computer. The back is a Satin back flannel.

This type of blanket has so many sensory feels from bumpy, to smooth, to fluffy, and silky. These blankets are excellent for kids with sensory needs especially kids with autism.

Tracking Device

This suggestion came from a friend of mine. She has a son with autism he is non-verbal. One of the mom's biggest fears is regarding her son wandering off. After looking into all the many tracking devices out there this mom realized how small a parameter they monitored. The devices were also very expensive. Her solution was to buy and inexpensive Sprint phone with GPS monitoring. She then made a vest that is light weight and comfortable. The vest is zipped up the back so her son cannot take the vest off and the phone is placed in a pocket in the vest. This has helped to put her mind at ease.  

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Inclusion Idea

I know the push for students with disabilities is to get them into the general education classroom. One challenge I have faced is determining how my students are coping in the general classroom. When a paraprofessional or I look in on them I need to be able to decide if help is needed for the student or the teacher. I just saw a wonderful idea when I visited a High School. The students took with them a 3x5 car that was folded in half. One side was green and said, "doing fine" the other side was red and said, "I need help". I could simply walk by the door and see how each student was doing in the classes, without making a big deal, walking in, interrupting. Obviously a little training would have to be done to teach the student when and why to turn the card from green to red.

Alice in Wonderland

We had a fun Halloween party with the kids that I tutor. My family dressed up as the characters from Alice in Wonderland. The costumes were amazing and my friend Janeen made the red and white queen dresses.

Yes I have a dark secret I love to dress my dogs up in costumes. It completely mortifies them and I find great joy in that... he, he, he

Initiating Conversation

You know when you are working with a kid that is so independent they don't have to initiate conversation because they can meet all of their own needs. Well that is when a little sabotage is necessary. For kids that are younger and may not possess the best fine motor skills you can simply place desired items in a clear plastic container that they cannot open independently. This way they will have to ask for help from another individual. If the child is nonverbal then I also attach an image either a photograph or picture representation on the container so that they can bring the picture to someone thereby initiating an interaction. Now when you are working with those more tricky kids that are willing to climb onto of the refrigerator to get their favorite cookies down or can open any container you have tried that is when you have to become more tricky too. One thing that works well are prescription bottles with locking lids. The bottles are slightly see threw and then I color the lid so that is doesn't look as much like a prescription bottle. I then place things like toy cars, Squinkies (which I don't understand the craze for but the kids do love them), treats, and other favorite items in the bottles. Another thing you can try is locking up the cupboard that has the desired items such as favorite treats and toys. Then place pictures of all the items on the door so the child knows what is inside. They can then tell you or bring you the picture of the item wanted thereby initiating conversation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Poem

Either give each student 5 spider rings, or have them color and cut out 5 spiders.

Five little spiders coming in the door,
One stopped to spin a web, and then there were four.
Four little spiders climbing up a tree,
One stayed to play on a leaf, and then there were three.
Three little spiders help to stir the brew,
One fell in then there were two.
Two little spiders playing in the sun,
One went to look for shade, and then there was one.
One little spider is really quite a sight
(cover the spider tissue paper so he looks like a ghost)
dressed in his costume on Halloween night. Boo!

The students have fun saying the poem with you. I like to write the poem on large paper so the kids can follow along.

Spider Web

Have your class sit in a circle and roll a giant ball of yarn back and forth across the circle to create a huge spider web. This will work on turn taking and gross motor skills. Remind the kids that they have to keep their finger on yarn to keep the web in place as they roll the yarn around. After the web is complete I like to throw either small spider rings or spider toys into the web or a stuffed animal spider. Sometimes I will even drop them into their hair or laps... it is always good for a scream.  

Wee Sing for Halloween

I like to bring music into teaching when possible. Students learn through different methods and music is an excellent way to help them learn. I bought the CD called "Wee Sing for Halloween" This cd has some fun songs and chants about Halloween time. My classroom plays this music throughout October and the kids look forward to the new songs.

'Dem Bones

Have your class create Halloween skeletons. This is a great activity because if your students are lower functioning you can focus on the fine motor skills of cutting out the skeleton. If the students are higher functioning you can focus on naming the bones and placing them in the correct sequence. Simply use paper plates. Every student will require 16 paper plates to create the skeleton. I generally trace the pattern for the head, neck, ribs, pelvis, arms/legs (same pattern) then have the kids trace their own hands and feet. After all pieces are cut out we then hole punch the plates so their will connect with either brads or yarn. The kids then assemble their skeleton and draw on a face. Once their buddy is complete we use the skeleton to sing songs like "Dem Bones" "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" and other fun Halloween songs.

Articulation

I'm trying to find other ways to work on speech articulation. I found that creating flash cards and worksheets help the student to generalize these skills beyond speech instruction. I used Boardmaker pictures and an excel spread sheet to create different worksheets like the one pictured. The use of the boxes below each picture is for a small sticker. This way every time the child says the /f/ sound correctly they receive an immediate reward of the sticker and in the end the page is full of fun small stickers. This is also a great activity to have the child take home with them. I generally complete 3/5 of the trials and then the rest are completed at home to help increase the generalization.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lunch Menu

TEACCH - Lunch Menu Words
Trying to get your students to be able to read the lunch menu or snack list. Here is a TEACCH task to help with this skill. All the words are laminated and have magnets on the back so they stick to the cookie sheet. This picture shows a cookie sheet. The students match the corresponding words without pictures to the words with pictures on the cookie sheet. This task could be done with fast food words, or any sight words. The version in the picture was for a student that needed larger pictures and words. When you are working with high functioning students you can make the words and pictures smaller so there are more items to discriminate between.

Sensory TEACCH

TEACCH - Spelling in Play-Doh
Using the TEACCH strategies is important in classrooms where there is a higher ratio of students to teachers because many of the students become prompt dependent. TEACCH is a way for the students to learn to work independently from start to finish with different tasks. Here is an idea that involves fine motor skills along with basic matching and reading. This task includes several cards with words. The task is to stamp out the word in the play-doh. Generally I have the students work on word family words for example if they had the "ug" family they would spell: bug, rug, mug, tug, lug, dug, hug, and pug. The example in the picture that I received from a co-worker has them spell out the word and there is a corresponding cookie cutter for the word. You can find bulk cookie cutters for kids at many craft stores.

1st Graders Swearing

The Chinese Emerson Teacher is currently staying in my home. She came home the other day and told me that she taught her little first graders how to say, "yes" and "no" in Chinese. The word for yes is "shi" the word for no essentially means not yes and is said, "bu shi" pronounced similar to a not so nice a word in English. Just put the 2 words together and see what they sound like... Now picture this cute little class of 6 year olds going around telling their teacher "bu shi" "bu shi"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Logo


I feel all official because I have an actual logo. Soon there will also be a website for the tutoring business, and then apps for the ipad and ipod. Everything is coming together slowly but surely. I didn't know that when the animals were painted on my basement wall that they would eventually become so much a part of my business. 

TEACCH Colors and Motor

TEACCH Task
Here is a simple task that works on basic color matching along with fine motor. Cut squares of colored card stock and laminate. Then purchase colored paper clips from a supply store. The task is for the student to place each paper clip on the correct color of paper. One way to make this task a little more challenging would be to use all white paper with only the color word on each piece of paper. With this format the student would have to read the words. I received this idea from another educator.

TEACCH Assembly Task

Looking for more tasks to have your students work on? Here is one that many of your students will enjoy. Using blocks from larger to smaller based on your student's fine motor skills. Give the students the necessary pieces to build a particular object along with the printed instructions. This helps with patterns, following direction, and simple assembly. Check out the Lego website to see lots of monthly ideas. http://creative.lego.com/en-us/parentscorner/monthlybuilds/

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hide and Strength

I have been working with a few kids that lack fine motor strength. Each week we try different fine motor strengthening exercises. My new favorite that is highly motivating is to hide a desired toy inside theraputty. One child I work with loves cars. I let him watch me wrap his theraputty all around the car. Then he had to work his little fingers to unwrap the car. We started off with the softest theraputty and are gradually working up in strength levels. He found the car and was so excited. To my surprise he folded the putty back over the car and hid it so he could find the car again.

This idea of hiding items in theraputty I have used in the past with my TEACCH tasks. I hid pegs from peg boards. The students task was to find all the pegs and pull them out of the theraputty. I have hid small plastic animals in the theraputty. The task is simply to find and remove all items from the theraputty.

Switches

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to try voice output for a child that is non-verbal/less-verbal, I suggest looking at Learning Resources. They now make a small switch called "Talk Point" These are tiny and only cost around $7.00. I just purchased a set of 7. They are easy to record with 10 seconds of recording time. You could use these switches for so many things. One thing I enjoy is using a switch that goes between home and school where the parents and teachers can record a brief message that the child shares when he/she arrives at school and at home. This is a way to say, "I did ....at school or home" The switches could be mounted on a wall using Velcro or other adhesive. Oh so many uses.

Velcro and the Many uses

My classroom had the carpet on the walls which was wonderful because all my bulletin boards were held up with Velcro. One other use that I have loved for Velcro is to label areas on the carpet. I purchased sewing hook, rough side Velcro (non-sticky back). Then on the side, that does not have Velcro and using a Sharpie you can label your Velcro tags. I placed a strip of Velcro by my 2 classroom doors that said, "Line Up" For my carpet area I had a few kids that could not sit by each other so I placed their names on Velcro and placed them away from each other. With Velcro you can easily pull it off the carpet and move it somewhere else when need be.  

Scooting

How many times have you sat down to work with a student and when you turn your back they have scooted away from you. Then you spend the next few minutes trying to get them back to their desk or table. I found that if you put the sticky-back Velcro hook (rough side) on the bottom of the chair legs the student will not be able to slide away easily. The Velcro will hold to the carpet. This also helps with kids that like to tip their chairs back on 2 legs.This is nice because when you no longer want the Velcro on the chair it comes off with a little sticky remover. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Elephant & Piggy



This is from Today I Will Fly!

My current favorite picture books are the Elephant & Piggy series by Mo Willems. These books are funny. They teach lessons like playing with others, being a good friend, encouragement, and so much more. The drawings are easy for kids to understand the emotions. When they speak each character has a colored bubble above their head. Today I used an elephant puppet and a pig puppet while I read the book with one of my students. The student was the elephant and I was the pig. We read the story using the puppets. This was so much fun and created great interactions. These books are an excellent tool for talking about different facial expressions. You can discuss what the characters are feeling. The books provide problems that the kids can help predict the solutions before they are revealed in the book.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

K12 Money

Looking for another way to reinforce money skills check out the ipod/ipad app called K12 Money. This is a free app. It will allow you to work on counting money, making change, giving money, matching amounts, and showing values of money. Within each type of activity you have the option to choose easy, medium, or hard and also coins or bills and coins. Great versatility with realistic looking money.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group Every Thursday

Several parents requested a longer social skills group. You have the option of 1 hour or 2 hours.

6:00-7:00 $10.00 per child
6:00-8:00 $20.00 per child

·  This week we are working on conversation skills. We will be taking turns talking and maintaining topics.
·  We will play a few games together
·  Each week will be different but all activities will revolve around language, social, and behavioral skills.

Clicker

This is a bit of a random idea however I have seen success with the strategy. Kids with disabilities, specifically autism have great difficulty reading facial expressions and vocal intonations. One of the reasons that these things are so challenging is because every face is different and we all control our facial muscles differently. Even with the same person like the child's mother providing praise or reprimand her face and intonation will change depending on many factors. Imagine for a minute that you have a full nights rest, eaten a great breakfast, and overall are having a good day. Well when you praise your child I bet the energy level and emotion is more energetic. Now let's say that your child kept you up all night, you are exhausted, you haven't had a moment to yourself but your child did something well I bet your praise will be much less energetic. How is a child, that has difficulty determining facial expressions and vocal intonations supposed to understand if what they just did was correct or incorrect? What I am suggesting is to use a sound device such as a "Dog Clicker" Every time the child produces a correct response from things like following a verbal direction, using the bathroom, looking you in the eyes, reading, etc. you provide the verbal praise but in addition to that you also add the click of the "clicker" The reason for this is because over time with paired associations the child will realize that the click that always sounds the same no matter what the circumstance = positive. Then with the help of the click the child will begin to learn that your words and facial expressions also mean positive. When the child does something inappropriate try to keep your voice monotone, lacking facial expressions, and no clicker so this should help them distinguish between a desired response and undesirable. Some nice features with using a clicker over other sound options include portability. You can attach the clicker to your wrist, wear it around your neck, or simply keep it in your pocket.   

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Writer Learning

I absolutely love the "Writer" from Writer Learning. http://www.writerlearning.com/ This is a durable, portable, long battery life keyboard with many enticing features. The Writer has so many features. I use the Writer to work on the basic typing skills using the typing program. The Writer has 16 folders for students and within each folder you can save numerous files. My students type stories, spelling lists, and notes using the Writer. When they are finished with their document the file can be beamed to the computer or printer for further editing or printing. One of my favorite features is called Word Prediction. Kids that have difficulty with motor skills to type out every word are able to use word prediction to help them type faster. Once they begin to type a word the Writers best guesses comes up with options. If the word the child was typing appears they simple press the corresponding number and move onto the next word. There are many more features so check out the website. The Writer is currently $149. The company also produces a device called the "Fusion" this device has voice output (text to speech) so somebody could hear what is being typed.

Lego Game

I have started a social skills group on Thursday evenings. I was out looking for some good social games to play. Many of the kiddos I work with enjoy playing with Legos but this tends to turn into parallel play versus joint interaction. I purchased a game called Lego Creationary. In this game you begin to build an item from a picture and then the rest of the group has to guess what you are building. I love this idea because the kids get to be creative and the ones guessing have to use their discrimination skills and descriptive skills to interpret what is being built. Now the game does not come with any direction for how to put together each object. If you are playing with kids that need directions I found many step by step directions on the following Lego web page. Now these don't go directly along with the game but you can use them instead of the pictures offered in the game. http://creative.lego.com/en-us/Familytime/buildinginstructions/BuildingInstructionsmonthly.aspx?month=August&year=2010 Happy building :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sandpaper

Can you tell I have been spending my time in hardware stores...Well here is one more idea. When a student is writing place the paper on top of sandpaper. This will add an extra sensory experience. Try different types of sandpaper from very fine to coarse and bumpy. When the child colors or writes they will be able to feel each mark more easily. When finished the child can run their fingers over the coloring and feel the tiny bumps. This is a fun way to engage student in more fine motor skills.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sand and Shells

Sensory Bucket ~ Reward
I love the beach. The sand and ocean. Unfortunately living in Utah the opportunity to go to the beach is few and far between. When you need a little taste of this feeling bring the beach to you. I purchased 100 lbs. of play sand that you can find at any hardware store for a few dollars. I then bought a large bucket to put the sand in. If you want to be able to cover the sand make sure you buy a container with a lid. I placed a bag a seashells into the sand. You can find your own shells along a real beach or you can go to Walmart and purchase a bag of shells to put into your sand. This then becomes a wonderful sensory activity. Children can dig in the sand and find shells. I also generally turn this into a language building activity by having the kids describe what they are feeling (ex: I feel something bumpy and round) The nice thing about sand is that you can hide all sorts of treasures in the play sand. If you want to have a fun scavenger hunt. Create a little map that will lead the kids to the bucket of sand and then follow the clues to find the sand and treasure. One final thought, students with many sensory needs generally enjoy digging in the sand. I have worked with many kids that would complete their TEACCH jobs and their reward was playing in the sand.

Hardware Stores

You know, you can find amazing things at hardware stores. The versatility of building products is huge. I have worked with many students with autism. One thing that can be challenging is when the child folds, eats, or lacks the fine motor to pick up the picture icons. I have tried placing the icons on pieces of wood, tile, and other thicker objects. This is my favorite so far. I purchased sticky-back floor linoleum squares. Each square was about $1.00. Then I printed off my pictures, laminated them and stuck them to the floor linoleum. The nice thing about floor linoleum is that you can create any size of picture icon small to huge because the linoleum can be cut easily to size. To cut the linoleum I would recommend using a razor blade because it gives a more precise cut. Scissors sometimes create cracks in the linoleum. The icons are now a little thicker, sturdier, and easier to pick up.

Floor linoleum - Laminated Boardmaker Icons
2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Language Quote

“If all my possessions were taken from me with
one exception I would choose to keep the
Power of Communication
for by it I would soon regain all the rest”

-Daniel Webster

iPad Success

For those of you out there that have worked with or have a child that is nonverbal you understand the frustration of not being able to understand what the individual wants. I have worked with many kids over the years that are nonverbal, including my sister. I am working with a teenager who is using an iPad to communicate using the program Proloquo2go. This is a text/picture menu system with voice output. She has done very well with things like requesting food, yes/no, and a few other reinforcing items. Today while I was working with her, she said, "I want to go to Walmart" I told her we can't today. She said again, "I want to go to Walmart." I told her not today. She then went into an entirely different menu area in the iPad and said "Why not!" I was blown away. I had never gotten such a thought provoking question. I was so impressed. I know these kids that are nonverbal have so much to say but just don't have a way to express themselves. In the end I still couldn't take her to Walmart but I told her that when her mom came to pick her up we would ask if she could go to Walmart with mom.

Count, Read, TEACCH

TEACCH Thanksgiving Task
I made several sets of cards like the ones pictured here. I wanted my students to be exposed to the written word as much as possible. This task was to simply see if the student could count the objects (turkeys) and then write the number in the box with a dry erase marker. Over time I noticed that my students started recognizing the words. These are simple to make. Simply find a graphic that you like it can be seasonal, theme, etc. Mine were seasonal. Such as count the pumpkins, turkeys, Christmas trees, snowflakes, hearts, shamrocks, Easter eggs, and flowers. With each set of cards I changed the word slightly. "How many turkeys do you see?" "I see ___ turkeys" to "I will count the pumpkins you will see" "I see ___ big round pumpkins" The text was always simple with a few changes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Swinging

One of my favorite features in my basement is the swing. While we were finishing the basement we reinforced a beam and put a heavy hook which allows different types of swings to attach to the hook. Swinging is an excellent sensory activity. It can be calming or stimulating. There are so many types of swing out there that you can create a wide variety of experiences. I know that you can't always reinforce a beam to add a swing. There are several places that sell indoor stands. Usually if you search under "Hammock Chair" you will find the various stands.

Color Wheel TEACCH

TEACCH Color Wheel Task
A simple TEACCH task that involves fine motor with clothespins and matching colors. To make, simply create a color wheel out of different strips of paper, or an even simpler way is to make a pie chart on the computer and color each section a different color then print and laminate. I colored my clothespins with permanent markers. Some variations to this task would be to write the color word on the wheel and then match the colored clothespin to the written word (this would make the task a little more challenging). 

New Words

 
I was working on language skills with one of my students. We were using Winnie the Pooh figures and a picture book called "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too" He was doing so great. He was answering all sorts of questions, making comments, and we even created our own little story which he acted out with his figures. As I was taking him home he asked if he could "keep" the figures. I told him he could "borrow" them. He looked at me quizzically. I explained that the word borrow meant he could have them, but he would have to give them back to me the next time I saw him. He repeated the word borrow and said, "I keep now, give back later" When he arrived home he told his mom and dad that he borrowed. I think he used that word probably 25 times by the time I left his house. New words are always fun to learn. I was so excited that I had found something he loved enough he wanted to "Borrow"  

Smelly...

I have been working with several kids that enjoy things like lotions, candles, anything smelly. I found these stuffed animals from a company called Scentsy. The stuffed animal has a zipper in the back and you place a small fragrance pack in the animal. You can choose your own smell from things like pomegranate, lavender, cinnamon, etc. The smell lasts about a year. I like this idea because some children are calmed by certain smells such as lavender. The child can also cuddle up with their favorite stuffed animal and it will smell nice.

TEACCH ABC's

Here is another task I had in my TEACCH work boxes. The alphabet letters are written on library pockets which can be found at school supply stores and also Staples. I laminated the pockets and then using scissors or a knife I sliced open the pocket. I then printed 4 pictures for each letter of the alphabet. The pictures are about the size of a 3x5 card. The ones shown here are graphics from a program called Boardmaker Plus from MayerJohnson. You can find your own graphics from programs like Word or on the Internet. The pictures are also laminated to ensure longer durability. Depending on the level of the student I gave them anywhere from just a few letters at a time to the entire alphabet. This type of task works on letter skills and fine motor skills because the student must hold the library pocket in one hand and the letter card in the other hand and then slide the card into the pocket.  

TEACCH Dominoes

Dominoes - There are many uses for dominoes in a classroom. One you can work on fine motor skills by stacking them in lines. Counting how many you stacked and then knocking them all down, plunk, plunk, plunk. You can play a game of dominoes.

One thing I created was a TEACCH task. I placed the dominoes on my color scanner. I scanned the image of a domino board all displayed. Then the student was given the laminated image of the domino board and the dominoes. Their task was to match the domino in the correct location. This skill is more challenging than a typical matching activity because there is much more detail and you have to find both correct sides of the domino. If number dominoes are too difficult you can use picture dominoes that can be found at stores like Walmart and Target.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Squishy Color

Trying to learn colors? Well here is a great sensory idea. Create a squishy bag. Here's what you will need: cornstarch, sugar, water, freezer Ziploc bags, food coloring, and Duct tape.

In a saucepan pour 1 C. cornstarch, 1/3 C. sugar, & 4 C. water. Cook over med. heat, stirring frequently. Mixture will become lumpy and then thicken into "Vaseline" looking substance. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Divide into 4-6 freezer Ziploc bags. Squirt in couple of drops of food coloring. Press out as much air as possible, seal the bags, cover the seal with a piece of duct tape to help prevent any spills. Kids will squeeze the colors around until it is fully mixed. The bags are a fun squishy feeling, without the mess. 

One other idea would be to teach secondary colors by creating 3 bags, one with red and blue food coloring, one with red and yellow food coloring, and one with blue and yellow. The kids can squish the colors around and see what happens.   

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Colors Everywhere!

"I'm Dirty! This isn't fun"



Saturday we played with the Crayola Color Bubbles. The day started out nice. We were blowing bubbles in the soft wind... Then it became an all out bubble "war". We realized quickly that simply blowing the bubbles was not enough, it worked much better to flick the bubble wand at your opponent. By the end we were covered in colors. The youngest little girl held up her green hand and said "I'm dirty" (in a whiny voice). I said you're right you are dirty isn't it fun. She looked at her hand and said in a flat voice, "No" Well I thought it was fun. The best part was cleaning up. I found little bluish-greenish foot prints on the tile, hand prints on my walls, doors, light switches, mirrors, sinks, tubs, etc. Word to the wise if you use these bubbles just hose down outside and save the house. Luckily the color came off of everything except my white shirt. I wore white so the color would stand out more. It has been washed twice and you can still see different colors. I thought the bubble war was lots of fun.   
"I'm ready for my close up."
Notice on the right I am being painted with a bubble wand.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Super Teacher Worksheets

Looking for worksheets on reading, writing, math, science, history, teacher tools, and more! Check out this website: http://www.superteacherworksheets.com

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dice in a Dice

Want a way to work on math concepts that moves beyond simple paper and pencil tasks? I enjoy using different kinds of dice. One of my favorite dice are called Dice in Dice or Double Dice. Each die holds a smaller die inside. Some ideas for using these include playing board games and dice games like Yahtzee. If you are working on math facts try throwing one die and adding the 2 numbers together. You can also throw 2 dice and then add the 2 numbers from each double die and take the 2 sums and multiply the numbers together. (Example: Die #1: 4 + 6 Die #2: 2 + 3 = 10 x 5 = 50) There are lots of possibilities with this type of dice.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Saturday Social

Adventures in Tutoring
Saturday Social!
Saturday May 14, 2011
10:00 – 12:00 Free for Students
And $5.00 for other children

We will be playing with Crayola Color Bubbles
It “should” wash out of all clothing, but just in case, wear play clothes.

Where:     2023 E. 1760 S.
Spanish Fork UT 84660
For questions contact: Erin Jackson
801-376-9765
·       Come socialize with other students.
·       Guided social, language, & behavioral instruction and supervision from certified special education and general education teachers
·       Come learn more about our tutoring services

Friday, April 29, 2011

Adventures in Tutoring



Adventures in Tutoring

Individual and group tutoring services for students with disabilities
About Me/Qualifications:
·   My sister has severe cerebral palsy and she is deaf
·   I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in special education  from the University of Utah.
·   I taught in a self-contained special education classroom for 8 years.
·   I currently teach part time at the University of Utah
·   I served on the district UAAACT  team (Utah’s Augmentative, Alternative, Assistive Communication Technology team) for 7 years.
·   Extensive experience with students with autism, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, other health impairments, and multiple disabilities
·   Experience with children from ages 3 - 25


Hourly Rates Per Child
Located at Adventures in Tutoring
Group Tutoring 2-6 students at a time: $10.00
Individual Tutoring: $20.00
Individual Tutoring at the child’s home: $25.00



Services Available
Academic Tutoring: Math, Reading, Writing, Science
Social Skills (perfect for group tutoring)
Motor Skills both fine and gross motor
Language Skills
Behavioral Skills (including behavior plans for home/school)
Augmentative Communication (PECS High end technology)
2nd Saturday Socials
·       If you are enrolled in Adventures in Tutoring, this is a Free service; come play, talk, and socialize from 10:00 - 12:00
·       If you would like to bring a friend or sibling simply pay $5.00
·       Come play & see what Adventures in Tutoring is all about for $5.00