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Idea # 28: Make some no-fuss fidgets

Make your own desktop fidgets for times when students just need to wiggle, squirm, and keep busy. When you make your own, you can not only customize your materials for individual learners, but you can then offer options to all students in the inclusive classroom and not just those with identified needs.

These are made with balloons (the thicker the better) and beans, but you can use sand, flour, or any other material that might feel interesting to your students. Just use a funnel to add materials and knot tightly.

Students in upper grades can participate in...

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Idea #6: Frame a poem

All students need daily opportunities to both read and write. Some students, however, do not have the ability or the experience to compose without some support. Some of these individuals may find success working from frames. Frames can be used to create entire stories, whole paragraphs, and sentences.

Frames can also be used to create first poems. Students can collaborate on these or learners can use the...

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Idea #5: Tape-up text

Today’s idea and the five that follow are inspired by my book on literacy and autism—A Land We Can Share. This project was a collaboration with my colleague, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, and it features dozens if not hundreds of ideas for creating inclusive literacy experiences for learners with autism and Asperger syndrome.

There are so many ways to adapt books to make them more accessible and appealing to students with autism. One of the easiest ways is to...

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Idea #4: Create creative crayons

Many young learners need alternative materials for coloring and writing. You can certainly purchase crayons in other shapes (my very favorite are these irresistible and brightly colored crayon rocks that come in a dandy red velvet bag), but you can also make your very own for home or the classroom.

There are many tutorials on the web to make your own, but the basic...

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