“Learning to Take Those First Steps: To Push or Not to Push?”

Baby Learning to Walk

“Learning to Take Those First Steps: To Push or Not to Push?” This is a story about when you are teaching a little one to walk, and you’re wondering “Do I push? Do I not push? How hard is too hard?” It’s a situation I find myself in often as a Special Instructor in Early […]

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What Is Special Instruction Anyway?

What Is Special Instruction?

What is Special Instruction in Early Intervention? This is a four part series on the components of Special Instruction according to this Position Statement from Division of Early Childhood. Special Instruction is an early intervention services that focuses on promoting caregiver child interactions and supporting caregivers in learning new strategies they can use to enhance the […]

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Where Does Special Instruction Take Place?

natural environment

Natural Environment: Where Does Special Instruction Take Place? Where do you work? Where do you do your Special Instruction? I get asked that quite often. We know the law says that the natural environment is where services are required to take place. But what is natural environment? Federal Regulations of IDEA say: “Early intervention services […]

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How to increase compliance with the “Food Stays at the Table” rule

compliance with food at the table

Food stays at the Table: how to increase compliance with that rule. I feel like a broken record. “Food stays at the table.” All day long. I finally found a solution that made us all happy. Sort of. Our Little Nugget had a hard time keeping her food at the table. She really liked watching […]

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Teaching Toddlers to Communicate Using Pictures

Milk label and Juice label taped to the outside of the fridge so that the child can point to what they are requesting.

  MILK OR JUICE? Teach your toddler to communicate using pictures   Working with 2 year olds that aren’t talking is the most common thing that I do in early intervention. It takes some experimenting to find a strategy that works to teach communication. One strategy that I try early on is using a picture, […]

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