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Being a special educator is hard and it’s even harder when you can’t quickly find the resources you need to serve your students.  I’m here to share resources, materials and tips for working with children with autism.

I hope to bring you easy to implement ideas that can transform your classroom and give you tools to help your students reach their potential. Communication deficits and behavior challenges don’t have to derail your teaching and your students’ learning.

Some things about me –

I’m a wife to my best friend. We met in 7th grade, started dating in college and have been living the good life ever since.

I’m a mama to the most incredible 5 year old girl and a sweet 2 year old boy. I love bringing classroom ideas home to test out so you might see pictures of our DIY water table, outdoor painting stand and sensory boxes.  Right now, I’m home with them because I didn’t want to give up my right arm to cover day care costs.  In order to stay connected to “my people” I spend my hours after they go to bed creating tasks!

photo of kids at zoo

I’m a Recreation Therapist. I worked at a private therapeutic school for children with severe autism as the specials teacher.  I was responsible for art, music, physical education, swimming, community trips and all things recreation and leisure. I loved the challenge of a newly referred student. I loved seeing progress every single day. I loved the look on parents’ faces when I say we’re going into the community every single week and will continue to go even though we may see meltdowns, aggression, tantruming, eloping, dropping, hoarding and refusal to transition. Practice makes perfect right!?

I’m an endurance athlete and the ‘endurance’ part is key. I’m not fast but I can go for a long time! I’ve completed marathons and long distance triathlons including an Ironman. I’m almost always at the back of the pack but I like to say I’m getting my money’s worth!

I’m glad you’re here and I hope you find something useful!

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  • February 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm
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    Hi, I noticed your PO Box is Willow Springs. I worked at Willow Springs Elementary from 2000-2006. I loved it there until I began working at CPS. I’m at a school by Midway. I wanted to say hello and thank you for all your had work. You’ve made my first year in a cluster room easy(er). Enjoy being with your kids. Life is short and school will always be there. Your kids will only bee this age once.
    -Ann

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    • February 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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      Hi Ann! Thanks so much for your note – I just sent you an email 🙂

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  • February 14, 2018 at 6:42 am
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    Hi! This is extremely random but I stumbled across your site while completing an assignment for my college course which required me to explore websites designed for special education. I found yours and read your bio that you’re a recreational therapist. I’m a senior special education and art double major and have NEVER heard of this job. As I’m trying to figure out where I fit in the world of special education I am extremely interested in jobs other than a typical classroom teacher. I was just curious how you wound up being a recreational therapist and what being one is like. If you have the time I would love to hear about it and learn more!

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    • February 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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      Hi Caitlin – I just sent you an email! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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