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National Special Education Day/You Don't know What You're Missing

Just like many other professions-there comes a day really to celebrate your job- teaching. While it is really nice, this day is to celebrate those of us that serve students and individuals with disabilities and special needs. However our day is a day of recognition, that actually…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on December 1, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

AFTER THE STORM:Processing Halloween

I am writing this to make sure that everyone has survived the Halloween frenzy. The evening went smoothly for me but as an educator it raised some new and familiar concerns.

School provides the opportunity to explore different things in the world around us. However it may not always coincide with one’s…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on November 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

On the Road Again

Traveling with a child with sensory needs can be challenging to say the least. The normal routine is certainly out the window. However, there are some tips that may help along the way –some that you can prepare for with some advanced planning and some that you may need to either create a grab bag on the spot or…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on July 12, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Transition’s Bag of Tricks

  We all know transitions can be one of the most difficult skills for a child to learn. Sometimes all the tips and strategies can help but still the problem persists. That’s when a bag of tricks can help the parent or the educator. Mind you, this is not a permanent solution and needs to change frequently so the child…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 13, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Taking the Sting out of Summer

Summer can be a wonderful time spent leisurely with the family, but sometimes idle time can be a negative formula for a regression of skills for a child with special needs. It is not only important to keep a regular schedule during the summer (as best you can- a different schedule than the school year but a schedule…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 12, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stubborn, Fearful or Just taking a stand?

Sometimes stubbornness can mask the ability to make decisions or the fear in making one. Ever hear the phrase “digging your heels in”?  Surely we have all had periods of stubbornness-the will not budge syndrome either physically or viewpoint-because we truly felt we were sticking to our belief. But when the…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 11, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Autism Awareness in April and Everyday

I always find it curious to have special months creating awareness. While I think it is a good idea as a reminder to everyone, I think it also promotes the idea that we only need to concentrate on specific topics at a specific time. That is why I wear an autism wristband every day; have an autism puzzle piece on the…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on April 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Look Mom…I’ve been RTI-ed.

I wish I had coined the phrase Response to Intervention at the same moment it was embedding itself into the fabric of the school system. I could have retired early. However, Response to Intervention, or RTI as it is known, is a good thing. First of all from the Parent perspective, we have been doing it from day…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on March 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Test Taking; An Everyday Strategy

As teachers we know that test taking is not something you do only on Test day. It is something you prepare for every day. We work on test taking strategies with every task we attempt to do so that hopefully at test time they are intrinsic to how we approach a test.

With that said, if you have an IEP, the…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Einstein didn’t fit in either

I remember when my five year old son came home devastated with a note from the teacher.  He asked me what “tarded” meant. After reading the note and deciphering his five year old jargon, I realized that another child had called him “retarded.” After regaining my composure I grabbed a book I had on the shelf…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 4, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Reflective Resolutions

So School has started, and it feels almost as crazy as the whirlwind of the Winter Holidays. However, I have made several resolutions that have been said a million times before, but seem to apply to young and old alike. They go like this:

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Determine what is really…

Added by Hannah Ehrli on January 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Pots and Pans and a Wooden Spoon

A parent was complaining that they had spent all this money on the latest toys and their child was having their own jazz festival, sitting on the kitchen floor, banging all the pots and pans with a wooden spoon. Sometimes, simplicity is better. I have picked up a few advertisements for toys, and maybe I am old fashioned, but everything looks like a gimmicky brand, plastic and easily broken. Sometimes you can find a store with a selection of really nice wooden toys. Takes a bit more time, but…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on December 5, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Study Friendly and Doing it your way

I have always encouraged parents to have a “study” area in their house that was free and clear of clutter and had a cart or a box filled with school tools. This is the teacher talking.

Examples of tools would be: pencils, pens, paper, index cards, tape, glue sticks, colored markers and pencils etc.



Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Confidence through Multiple Intelligences

Increasing a child’s self-esteem is a critical component to a child’s development, academically and to encourage life-long learning.  It is important to recognize that there are a reported nine levels of intelligence developed by Howard Gardner (1999) and in order for a child to feel good about themselves one needs…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Too Spooky or Not Too Spooky

There are many recommendations from various expertise sources regarding the whole “Spookiness” of October.

There are excellent recommendations regarding safe trick or treating, tasteful costumes, and candy/food concerns around celebrating Halloween as well, but as an educator this is how I approach the whole…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Whining ,Winning or Just "Oh Well" or "We’ll See? "

I remember the days of my own children whining and I am reliving each moment 10 times over every day with other people’s children that I teach. My own children learned very quickly that it didn’t get them very far. As they grew older they dreaded the phrase” Oh, well” and “We’ll see?” because it usually meant that…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on September 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Helpful Homework Tips

Just say the word "homework," and you'll notice almost everyone cringes. We have all had countless hours, at some point, struggling over getting homework done either for ourselves or our children. Then there are teachers who think they are the only class your child is taking, so they pile it on even…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on September 11, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Feeding Frenzy

 School has started for me and about to start for many. We have had a very successful first week, however there seems to be a continuous theme with each and every child and that is independence. In order to be independent one must do things for themselves.  In my class (ages 3-5) independence comes in the form of

  • feeding,
  • toileting
  • and transition.…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on August 28, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Backpacks Beware

I have a permanent dip above my right shoulder from years of a backpack filled with heavy text books. I do not want to even imagine what it has done to my alignment, but because of it there has been plenty of expensive therapeutic massage and chiropractic interventions to know that the backpack dilemma is a serious issue. In the day of digital technology there really should be no reason for the heavy textbook syndrome-however it is important that, especially for the growing student…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on August 19, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Off to School We Go

Preparing for Kindergarten can be a daunting task in itself, but it's the transition that really lies at the heart of anxiety for children. Preparing for that transition will make the move all the smoother.

There are lots of opinions on the skills that a child needs before reaching kindergarten, but I think kindergarten itself is a time of skill exploration. The most essential skill to have is to approach kindergarten with a calm state of awareness or being, that's optimal for…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on July 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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