How to Use a Token System

A token economy system is a systematic method of providing positive reinforcement and can be used by parents, teachers, tutors, supervisors, coaches, and essentially any other adult providing instruction. A “token” is essentially a form of positive reinforcement that is given to alert the learner that he/she has done something well. There are endless possibilities… Continue reading

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The Writing Pyramid

The writing section of an exam can be daunting: an expanse of blank lines, after several hours grappling with dense text, tricky math problems, and linguistic trivia. The emptiness of the writing section, save for a brief prompt, can be terrifying, especially to tired test-takers.   In-class writing assignments, term and research papers can also… Continue reading

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Using the Incredible 5 Point Scale as a Tool for Communication

The Incredible 5 Point Scale, created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, can be used as an effective tool in emotional understanding and communication for those who have communication challenges. It was first designed to be used with children who have autism, but can be used with any student who faces challenges in identifying… Continue reading

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What is Autism?

Fortunately, autism awareness is increasing in today’s society, but there are still many misconceptions about what autism is and is not. This blog post will not be able to explain fully the depth of this statement, but will aim to clarify and elucidate various common characteristics of autism to promote further understanding. Autism is often… Continue reading

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New School Year Tips

The air is getting cooler and we are losing more and more daylight each day.  Apples are becoming more plentiful and doctor’s offices are ready to give everyone the flu shot.  The season that we talking about is autumn.  Even though autumn is a transitional phase physically, it can be an emotional phase for children… Continue reading

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