Day 1 of ASD De-escaltion Tips: The Urgency Factor


The way in which to properly intervene when an individual with a disability starts to escalate has been the subject of controversy over the past few years and for good reason.  The misuse of physical interventions (restraints and holds) and time out rooms has caught the attention of the public … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: It All Starts, Goes, and Ends with Love!

“The secret to life is finding out what you love and then finding a way to get paid for it.”  This small bit of wisdom was passed my way years ago by a former supervisor, and it’s wisdom I carry close because it echoes in our work every day.  In education, we … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Playing Frogger

For classrooms where whole group instruction is the prefered mode of teaching, please mind the gap.  The gap, the open space between the instructor and the learner is absolutely sacred.  It is on this two way highway that information, ideas, and concepts are shared.  Information is presented, questions are asked, … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Making Routines Routine

If you are getting stuck on which points of the day to really focus on first with independence, look for the common routines.  Look for events that take place everyday, at the same time, and have a very similar order to them.  This can be a morning entry, getting lunch, math warm-ups, … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: The 3 Point Prompt

For young learners who frequently struggle with noncompliance the road to independence can be a long one.  But every journey begins with a first step.  Every journey begins with a plan.  The 3 point prompt is not going to be appropriate for every early learner, but for many it can provide … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: The Prompt Hierarchy


This is the prompt hierarchy, an essential component to promoting independence for learners.  It provides a continuum of intrusiveness that should be at the forefront of our minds when working with those who are susceptible of becoming dependent on our help.   As students navigate their day and are … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Picture This!

Despite giving adequate processing time when expressing behavioral expectations or schedule changes, students may continue to struggle with going from hearing to doing.  While the learner may hear the words you are saying they may not be visualizing them accurately and hence … Continue reading

Promoting Independence: Less Talk, More Time

Are you tired of having to repeat directions over and over?  Your students may be too.  When expressing simple expectations such as “sit down” or “raise your hand”, we may not immediately get what we are looking for.  While it seems like they are just being non-compliant, they may not be … Continue reading