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Sunday, 25 October 2015

SPED Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!

Blogging has taken a backseat in my life over the last couple of weeks as I have been crazy busy with school and volunteer work.  But, the election is now over and I am hoping that I will have some more time to dedicate to my blog!  Today I am participating in the SPED Tricks and Treats Blog Hop with my favourite SPED teachers!  There's plenty of tricks (SPED teacher hacks) and treats to be had, so make sure you hop to every blog!

One of my favourite tricks to use in my classroom is how to store all of those little pieces for file folder games.  I love using file folder games with my students for independent work tasks, but keeping track of the pieces that go with them drives me crazy!  We used baggies for years, but they don't tend to hold up for long term use.  So, last year we switched to using these DVD envelopes.  They are easy to open for the students, but most importantly, they are durable!  And we have hardly lost any pieces since we starting using them!  Bonus!  We ordered ours through amazon.

There are several ways to use velcro in the SPED classroom.  We use it on file folder games, matching tasks, spelling tasks, to hang visual supports on the walls and chalkboards, etc.  Basically we use velcro like tape in my room!  We've also used it to dampen the sound of a slamming door when trying to decrease this behaviour with one student.  But, my favourite use of velcro in my room is to use it on bathroom stall doors when toilet training a student.  Before teaching a student to lock the stall door, we use velcro to keep it shut, but not locked.  That way we are teaching the importance of privacy, but can still get into the stall to help out if needed, or prevent a student from stuffing a roll of toilet paper in the toilet!

And now for a treat!  Halloween wouldn't the complete without a little treat!  My students love completing bingo dauber worksheets!  They are simple enough for them to complete independently and are perfect for students with poor motor skills or non-writers.  My Halloween Bingo Dauber Worksheets focus on basic math and literacy skills and are perfect for young students with Autism and other special needs.  You can grab them here.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!  And be sure to hop over to All Things Special Ed for some more SPED tricks and treats!

Until next time,


  1. I love the idea for using Velcro in bathroom stalls. Storing that one mentally for the future!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. :)

  2. Great ideas! Love the DVD idea for holding little pieces and the Velcro idea!!!

  3. I love these your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    You AUT-a Know

  4. Thanks so much for the freebie! My kids will love it!

  5. Freebie is great, thanks for sharing your ideas! The DVD holders look interesting to try!

  6. I love the idea of using Velcro on the bathroom door. We use a ton of it in my classroom too.

    A Special Kind of Class

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