Number Bonds 5-10

A quick FREEBIE for all those struggling with number bonds!

Having started to try and incorporate Eureka Math into my classroom to better follow along the general education curriculum within my school, it became clear I needed to find a way to make the concepts my own in a way that was accessible for the unique needs of my students. The way it was presented caused frustration on both sides of the table and this was not good for our classroom! I quickly decided to look for a solution which led me to create a 175 page file for differentiated number bond task cards! Within the file I created fun roll and fill in number bond cards that are differentiated to allow each student to be successful.

You can download the free file here.

 

This is part of a larger set. If you wish to purchase, you can do so here:

>>>Number Bonds 5-10 Task Cards – Differentiated 3 Levels<<<

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Enjoy your week!

-Mr. OB

Skip Counting!

It’s time to start kicking things off and stop feeling so overwhelmed about making a blog! Hah, I’m hoping to get into the swing of posting new materials as I create them.  I have finally been able to sit down and take the time to compile all the skip counting materials I have created into one complete BUNDLE and I am excited to share it with you!

>>> Skip Counting BUNDLE <<<

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One thing I love doing which consumes way too much of my time is creating interactive materials for my students to engage with that they can relate to. My students LOVE super heroes and star wars – so why not use that to help them practice the important skill of skip counting?

A FREEBIE to get you started are some anchor charts to help your students learn to count by 5s and 10s:

>>> FREEBIE <<<

 

I hope you and your students enjoy!

Check out the other individual files for skip counting through links on the bundle page.

-Mr. OB

 

Current Read – Uniquely Human

This year I made a commitment to myself to try and read one new book on autism every few months to gain new information and perspectives of the field in which I work.

My current read – Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizan, PhD.

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I chose this book as it takes a different perspective towards the condition of Autism which resonates well with me. Whenever I speak to people who ask me about autism and what it is, the main point I try to get across is while it is defined as a disability, I like to view autism as simply a different way of interacting with the world.

History has provided us with societal norms we have created – but who is to say what we view as normal is the correct path? What exactly is normal?  Everyone is different, not only those with disabilities but individual to individual. We all feel out of place when constrained by these norms from time to time, those with autism simply get viewed differently since people see things through the lens of what we know. What is different to one, is normal to the next. By understanding our peers with autism and accepting them for who they are (as we should with anyone), we can better the world we live in together.

While not through this book in it’s entirety yet, it has been a good read thus far and I will update this post as I complete it.

Click the link above to get taken to the book on amazon and enjoy!

-Mr. OB

 

New Content!

Unfortunately, this site has been inactive for some time. Recent changes in professional careers and new experiences have given rise to new and exciting content I can share.

I have recently switched into a role teaching in an autism classroom for grades 3-5 with DC Public Schools and could not be happier (previous 3 years preschool-1st grade special education). I will begin posting happenings from my room as well as educational materials I have made to support the development of my students both socially and academically. I hope everyone will enjoy! I am excited to get this up and running again and share what I love.

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Touch – New FOX TV series

On 1/25/12, FOX premiered their new drama series Touch, a show about a single father trying to raise his 10-year-old autistic, non-verbal son.  I have been excited for this show as it revolves around an autistic child and has Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) himself starring in it!  The premise of the show is that the son, Jake, has a fascination with cell phones and savant like abilities with numbers and the ability to see connections between total strangers.  While these special abilities may be pushing it slightly when it comes to the public’s perception of autism, it does show a few really great issues surrounding raising a child with autism.

One of the opening segments is Martin, the father, getting a phone call at work that his son has climbed up a cell phone tower again, having no fear of dangerous situations.  This is the third time it has happened which results in the needs to have child services get involved.  The social worker comes to their home and explains that they must do a two-week assessment to decide if it is better for Jake to be institutionalized or if Martin can provide a safe living environment for his child.  She explains how the costs of having an autistic child will only increase as he gets older which many parents know all too well, trying to raise a special needs child.

The show, at least from the first episode, also hits home the challenges and hardships of parents raising children with autism who may sometimes feel a lack of emotional connection with their child.  In this case, Jake is non-verbal, but also does not do well with being touched in any way.  It is clear to see that this visibly puts strain on the father and is a point of hardship he must struggle to cope with.

All in all, I find this show to be very promising and I enjoy some of the realistic elements it portrays!  The first episode was previewed on FOX on 1/25/12 and the series begins on 3/19/12.  Mark your calendars!  The first episode can be viewed on the FOX website or it also is on Hulu.  Here is the trailer for the show:

Autism Theatre Initiative: The Lion King

I previously wrote a post about Autism Friendly Theatres and the push towards creating a movie experience that families with autistic individuals could enjoy without it being too overstimulating.  Well, the Theatre Development Fund recently used this same idea in the world of musical theatre on broadway.

The Lion King is a disney story that stretches across time and everyone is able to enjoy.  With the magical production brought to life on broadway, it was yet another enjoyment seemingly out of reach for families with autism as it lends itself to bright lights, loud singing, and lots of people.   By identifying certain factors to tone down, yet still produce the full scale production, the group was able to create a mystical experience for those with autism.  Autism specialists were on site as well handing out relaxation techniques and toys, and there were quiet areas available if breaks were needed.  A social story was also created and downloadable from the website so that the autistic individuals would know what they were going to encounter and what events to be prepared for that would occur such as arriving at the venue, engaging with the ushers, and what would happen during the show.

Here is what the website had to say on the performance initiative-

“On October 2, 2011, Theatre Development Fund( TDF) launched a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families.

The program, which is a part of TDF’s Accessibility Programs (TAP), presented the first autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show at Disney’s landmark musical THE LION KING at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street, NYC) on Sunday, October 2 at 1pm.

The show was performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.  Slight adjustments to the production included reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience.  In the theatre lobby there were staffed quiet areas and an activity area, for those who needed to leave their seats during the performance.”

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MSNBC also wrote a nice article on the production which can be read here, as well as a nice news segment on nightly news:

 

Autism Diagnostic Criteria

The main three issues faced by individuals with an autistic disorder are characterized by social interaction, communication, and repetitive/stereotyped behavrior.  These are the areas that are recognized as difficulties for individuals with autism.

According to the DSM-IV-TR, this is the criteria for diagnosing an Autistic Disorder:

A.  A total of six (or more) items from 1, 2, and 3, with at least two from 1, and one each from 2 and 3.

1.   Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

  • Marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction.
  • Failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level.
  • Lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g., lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest).
  • Lack of social or emotional reciprocity.

2.   Qualitative impairments in communication as manifested by at least one of the following:

  • Delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime).
  • In individuals with adequate speech, marked impairment in the ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others.
  • Stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language.
  • Lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play or social imitative play appropriate to developmental level.

3.   Restricted repetitive and steretyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

  • Encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus.
  • Apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals.
  • Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping, twisting, or complex whole-body movements).
  • Persisten preoccupation with parts of objects.

B.  Delays or abnormal functioning in at least one of the following areas, with onset prior to age 3 years:

  1. Social interaction
  2. Language as used in social communication
  3. Symbolic or imaginative play

C.  The disturbance is not better accounted for by Rett’s disorder or childhood disintegrative disorder

Disclaimer: This is just the diagnostic criteria, to receive an actual diagnosis, a team of trained specialists must be consulted to administer an assortment of tests to come to a final conclusion..  Just because an individual may exhibit some of the above characteristics does not mean that an autism diagnosis is the explanation.