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Lámh Sign For HAPPY sign of the week May 18, 2022

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Welcome to the Sign Of The Week

Can you believe there are only six weeks before the school year finishes? Visiting schools, I love feeling the buzz: more outdoor activities, sports days, and school trips—lots of happy fun things.  

So, in this video, I will show you the Lámh sign for HAPPY.

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Lámh Sign For TO MAKE sign of the week May 11, 2022

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Lámh Sign For MAKE.

To sign for MAKE, place both hands in S hand shape, with your palms facing sideways at chest level. Then tap your dominant hand on the other twice.

Watch the video to see the video for the sign TO MAKE and sign along with me.

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Teaching communication skills with Ready-Steady-Go games articles May 11, 2022

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Teaching communication skills with Ready-Steady-Go games.

Ready, steady, go games help develop your child's listening and attention skills and early communication skills.

In today's blog, I outline the benefits of Ready-Steady-Go games for young children with autism, so you can use these activities to help them develop early...

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Lámh Sign For ANIMAL sign of the week May 04, 2022

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As we are approaching the end of the school year, many preschools and schools have organised day trips to Kia Ora farm and other places for the kids. Such great fun in the sunny weather!

To sign for ANIMAL, place both hands ‘a’ handshape, palms facing each other. Circle both hands close...

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Is your child/student using avoidance behaviours to escape a task? articles Apr 20, 2022

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Is your child/student using avoidance behaviours to escape a task?

Some children with additional needs learn behaviours that help them avoid doing activities they don't want to do.

From a young age, they may have learned, for example, that performing "party tricks", shouting, or hiding under the table are useful behaviours...

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Lámh Sign For WHITEBOARD sign of the week Apr 20, 2022

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In this video, you learn a sign very useful in the classroom, the sign for WHITEBOARD.

The sign for WHITEBOARD is a two-part sign. First sign ‘White’, then sign ‘Picture’. Watch the video to see a demonstration of this sign, and sign along with me.

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Do parents have unrealistic expectations for their autistic children? articles Apr 07, 2022

 

Do parents have unrealistic expectations for their autistic children?

 

Recently, in conversation with a group of educators, I recommended some resources and videos from well known autistic self-advocates.

 

One of the teachers shook her head and said, “I have to be careful with that. Parents might look at some autistic self-advocates and think their child will have...

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Lámh Sign For BOTTLE sign of the week Apr 06, 2022

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In this video, I have picked the sign for BOTTLE. It can be used with babies referring to their milk BOTTLE. And it can be used with school kids as well, referring to the water/drinks BOTTLE.

Watch the video to see the demonstration and try signing along with me.

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7 tips to foster a love of books in autistic children (Part 3) articles Mar 30, 2022

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7 tips to foster a love of books in autistic children

As an early intervention specialist and a mum of an autistic boy, books and reading have always been my best allies to help children learn

In their early years, I use books specifically to support language development and teach children about the world around them.

I always...

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Lámh Sign For SHELF sign of the week Mar 30, 2022

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Welcome to the Sign Of The Week

In this video, you will learn a sign that you may not know yet, the sign for SHELF.

You can use this sign in the classroom or at home when you ask your child to tidy up and put the books or toys back on the SHELF or get a book or a toy from the SHELF.

If you use the sign with the verbal instruction,...

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Lámh Sign For PAPER sign of the week Mar 23, 2022

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To sign for PAPER, place your left hand (non-dominant hand) in an L handshape with your palm facing up in front of your chest. Then, place your right hand (dominant hand) in A hand-shape, palm down, and tap it on your left hand twice.  

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How do you know if your student is ready to learn reading? (Part 2) articles Mar 16, 2022

How do you know if your student is ready to learn reading?

In my last blog (Teaching Reading To Children With Autism), I discussed some key aspects to consider when teaching reading to autistic children. Today, I will address the question, “How do I know if my child/student is ready for reading?”. You may be surprised when you hear my answer.

I introduce early literacy skills...

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Lámh Sign For MOTHER (Updated) sign of the week Mar 16, 2022

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One of my favourite days of the year is Mother´s Day. And not so much because I get breakfast in bed and flowers, which I love, but because I love celebrating my children and my own mother.

Kids are super excited about this day, preparing beautiful cards for their mammy or mother figures...

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Teaching reading to children with autism (Part 1) articles Mar 09, 2022

Teaching Reading To Children With Autism

I have noticed over the years that many children with autism are interested in letters from a young age. Many of my young students enjoy matching letters, the alphabet song and looking at printed words.

My son Sebastian was the same. He was fascinated with letters from a young age: some of his first words were letter names!
However, when autistic...

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Lámh Sign For GREEN sign of the week Mar 09, 2022

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St. Patrick´s Day is just around the corner, and this year we will be celebrating like there's no tomorrow :-)  

In this video, I will show you a colour sign you will be using a lot in the classroom over St. Patrick's week: the sign for GREEN.

Green shamrocks, leprechauns and...

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Lámh Sign For IRELAND (Updated) sign of the week Mar 02, 2022

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St. Patrick´s Day is nearly upon us, and this year we will be celebrating big!  

After two years of not being able to celebrate our national day, many of us are excited about the parades returning to the streets.  

Whether you feel comfortable venturing to your local parade...

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Helping Autistic Children Have A Better Sleep interviews Mar 02, 2022

Helping Autistic Children Have A Better Sleep

The one BIG issue we rarely think about...

Families are often at sea as specialised advice is hard to find on this subject.

Did you know that children with autism are more likely to have sleeping problems than their same-age peers?

Did you know that autistic children are more likely to have sleeping issues than their same-age peers?

Children with...

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Lámh Sign For READY sign of the week Feb 23, 2022

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Are you ready to learn the sign for READY?

I often use this sign to practice listening and waiting. For example, I play racing games with children, and I encourage them to wait and listen when I say “ready”, and when they hear “go”, we start to run.

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Teaching Children Their Full Address early intervention Feb 16, 2022

Teaching Children Their Full Address

Does your child or student know the full address of where they live?
If they got lost or anything happened, would they be able to tell where they live?

Knowing the address of where they live is an essential thing for them to be able to say.

For children who can´t communicate with words yet and are a flight risk, you may consider having an ID bracelet...

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Lámh Sign For BALLOON sign of the week Feb 16, 2022

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Welcome to the Sign Of The Week

In this video, I will show you a fun sign, the sign for BALLOON.

To sign for BALLOON, first sign for “ball”, and then gradually move hands apart as you change from ‘bent 5’ to ‘5’ handshape while blowing.

Watch the video of me doing this sign, and sign along with me.

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Lámh Sign For PINK sign of the week Feb 09, 2022

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Is your classroom covered in pink and red hearts yet? Valentine´s day is upon us again and you can feel the love in the air everywhere.

I hope you are having fun making arts and crafts with the kids, so in this video, I will teach you another sign that will come in very handy for when you do this.

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