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I have worked with a variety of children who have severe, moderate, mild, or physical disabilities, as well as the full range of autism. I have worked in many different environments: self- contained, pull-out, push-in, inclusion and now consultative. All of my students, no matter what ability or disability they may have, have benefited from one thing… VISUALS. I am not just talking about words or pictures. I mean anything your eyes can see. What the eye can see, the mind can understand and remember. For most kids, auditory information is fleeting.It is there…..and then it is gone!Visual information stays …

Editors note:Here’s your chance to share your quick tips and tricks – whether they’re high tech, low tech or no tech – that are making a difference. In this issue and the next two issues, Mo Buti, Autism Manager for Chicago Public Schools, will be sharing simple strategies that have worked for her.Your ideas can make a difference too. Submit your contributions to mturek@closingthegap.com or visit www.closingthegap.com/submit_article.lasso to learn more.How many of you teach in a special education classroom that is “housed” at a school other than a child’s home school? Low incidence programs typically consist of children from all …

Editors Note: Here’s your chance to share your quick tips and tricks – whether they’re high tech, low tech or no tech – that are making a difference.In this issue and the next issue, Mo Buti, Autism Manager for Chicago Public Schools, will be sharing simple strategies that have worked for her.Your ideas can make a difference too. Submit your contributions to mturek@closingthegap.com or visit www.closingthegap.com/submit_article.lasso to learn more.How many of you teach in a special education classroom that is “housed” at a school other than a child’s home school? Low incidence programs typically consist of children from all over …

How many of you teach in a special education classroom that is “housed” at a school other than a child’s home school? Low incidence programs typically consist of children from all over the district. Districts will find schools with space and place a program in that school and bus students in. No more feeling of just being “housed”! At times, it is difficult to assure that your students are involved and included in the culture of your school. Being included and belonging to a school is more then academics. I have created fun ways to help children with significant disabilities …

When we hear about interacting socially, many of us think of a party or a family get-together. But how many times a day do we have to talk to someone for even the most basic tasks of everyday living. Going to the grocery store, buying lunch or just catching the right bus can often lead to an exchange with someone else. During these quick, but often consequential, brief encounters, so much is communicated even without words. We often don’t realize just how much is said without much being "said." How we go about these "simple" interchanges has many complex cues …

  Mo Buti, M.Ed., is a Special Education Administrator: Placement, Reintegration and Special Projects for Children with Autism and Low Incidence, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL.. She can be reached at mobuti@hotmail.com Well I did it…I purchased the new IPAD last weekend! I was so excited! But where do I start? There is so much out there and so much the IPAD can do. I decided to call a "life line" to get some help. I called upon one of my favorite colleagues, Dan Herlihy (http://www.connectivetechnologysolutions.com/). Dan provided some great recommendations to get started. First, and most importantly, if I …

Cloud technologies have been a wonderful added option for educating students with autism and other disabilities. Many of us do not have the budgets to buy new resources. What the Cloud has to offer is amazing. There are many free or low cost options in the Cloud! We will explore resources for enhancing core academics, social skills training, communication, organization and more. Additionally, with everyone’s busy schedules, there needs to be an easier or better way to access professional growth opportunities. We will explore multiple resources to improve these opportunities as well. So put your head in the clouds and …

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN, Chicago, Illinois. In field of special education, over 24 years, Ms. Buti has worked with children, and now adults, diagnosed with severe/profound, moderate, mild and autism disabilities. She holds a Director of Special Education degree/certificate from Illinois and type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, Autism consultant and Chicago Public School’s administrator, managing the Autism and Low Incidence Department for many years. Currently, Ms. Buti is a private Autism Educational Specialist and a dynamic international presenter, in addition to the Director of Neumann Family Services. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications to support …

During the school years, we learn that children with autism respond well to visual supports. Visual supports is an evidence-based strategy used to help students with transitions, task completion and also supports instruction, behaviors, social skills, communication and so much more. Yet, when these students leave school and enter into the adult world, these supports tend to disappear. It is important to continue “what works” on into the adult environments. These visuals can be used within the CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement or group home), day program and employment. These visuals promote independence. The need for independence is even more …

During the school years, we learn that children with autism respond well to visual supports. These visuals help students transition, complete tasks and support instruction, behaviors, social skills, communication and so much more. There is so much to create and so little time to produce all the visuals needed. We will review the benefits of visual supports, what versions these supports can come in and many websites that offer pre-made free visual supports. We will also review free or low cost websites to create your own visuals. There will be many different examples of visual supports to use throughout the …