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ThinkPsych - Resources for Special Education and Autism

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Psychologist that loves making resources for special education teachers. I have been a consultant to dozens of teachers in the past 10 years to help improve their effectiveness in the classroom.

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Psychologist that loves making resources for special education teachers. I have been a consultant to dozens of teachers in the past 10 years to help improve their effectiveness in the classroom.
FREE Preference Assessment Data Sheets (ABA and Special Education)
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FREE Preference Assessment Data Sheets (ABA and Special Education)

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Motivation is often a challenge when instructing students with autism or other special needs. As a result, it is critical that you conduct preference or “motivator” assessments frequently with your students. There are three formal procedures to do this in ABA: single stimulus, paired choice, and multiple stimulus preference assessments. This download will give you data sheets and instructions to use with all three of these assessments. Instructions are included right on the sheet! If you want to learn more about these preference assessment strategies, please see the blog post on my website about them: https://www.thinkpsych.com/blog/how-to-do-a-preference-assessment-aba-autism If you are interested in another FREE data sheet, you may like my 50 First Words Language Tracker: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/free-50-first-words-language-tracker-aba-special-ed-speech-therapy-12277080
150 Common Noun Flash Cards (Great for ABA, Autism)
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150 Common Noun Flash Cards (Great for ABA, Autism)

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Good flash cards help to make ABA and speech therapy so much easier! This collection of 150 high-quality flash cards covers 50 common early words for children with language delays. Each noun has three pictures: two that are illustrated and one live photo on a plain white background. Having three pictures ensures that children learn a variety of examples of each noun. This prevents students from learning too “narrowly”. For example, if you always teach with red apples, the student may not be able to identify a green apple. Here are just some of the skills you can teach using these cards: Receptive Identification (“Touch Apple”) Expressive Identification (“What’s this?”) Feature Function Class Identification (“Touch the one that’s red; Show me the one you eat; Which one is a vehicle?”) Non-identical matching Sorting by category (15 food items, 15 household items, 10 animals, 5 toys, 5 clothing items) They are PERFECT to use in ABA or discrete trial instruction for kids with autism. They are sized to be small enough (2.5" by 2.5") so that you can place as many as 10 or 12 on a desk in front of a student for a big array. I provide the pictures in two formats: 3 printable PDF files with 6 pages each of 2.5" x 2.5" flash cards and individual JPG files. If you prefer, you can also easily make larger flash cards with these pictures. As a BCBA, I selected these words to reflect some of the earliest words that children with autism and other language delays should learn. They are selected based on their functional value so that children can quickly learn to request their desired reinforcers quickly (e.g., chips, cookie, car, blocks.). In sum, there are items included from five categories: animals, clothes, food, household, and toys. I also include a free data sheet to take data on the child’s progress learning these words. List of included words: Animals Bird Cat Chicken Cow Dog Duck Goat Horse Pig Sheep Clothes Hat Pants Shirt Shoes Socks Food Apple Banana Bread Broccoli Cake Carrot Chips Cookie Corn Cupcake French Fries Grapes Orange Pizza Pretzel Household Bed Camera Chair Couch Cup Fork Knife Pencil Phone Plate Scissors Spoon Table Toothbrush TV Toys Ball Bicycle Blocks Car Plane IMPORTANT: This product includes 3 ready-to-print .pdf files and 150 JPG files. They are included together in a .zip file you will need to extract before you can use them.
Stopping iPad or Tablet Social Story Narrative with Visuals (EDITABLE)
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Stopping iPad or Tablet Social Story Narrative with Visuals (EDITABLE)

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**Social Story Narrative - Preschool and Older - Autism/Special Ed ** Young children often have trouble with giving up their favorite toys such as an iPad or tablet. This story was written to help children understand why they need to cooperate with giving up electronics and what they could do instead. This story will be particularly useful for children with autism, ADHD, or other developmental disorders. I use simple visuals to help explain these ideas to children in the form of a story. The last part of the story tells children what they can do when they’re not allowed to use the iPad. This includes taking a deep breath, asking to play later, and doing other fun things. In this download, there are three major components: A 9 page PowerPoint social story that explains why children should not get angry/sad when giving up an iPad and what they could do instead. Each page contains simple images to go along with the story. The great thing about this Powerpoint is that it is FULLY EDITABLE. This means that you can change the text, erase/add images, and make other modifications to suit your individual children. So you can change iPad to Kindle or Tablet, or whatever else the child is using. Please just do not distribute or sell the modified versions. An 9 page PDF file that is READY TO PRINT and use with your students. Each page will be approximately 4" x 6". You can then staple, laminate the pages, or even bind them together to make a Social Story Book. A 1 page DOC file that is fully editable. You can use this file if you prefer a 1 page format to a book. It’s easy to laminate and keep near your student’s desk! Overall, this package has everything you need to teach children what they can do when they need to give up the iPad! I think the simple language is perfect for children as young as preschool age. Other Social Stories: How to Stop Biting How to Stop Dropping and Flopping Why It is Important to Brush Teeth (and How) Social Story If you are interested in my other products, please consider visiting my store: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/thinkpsych I have a lot of products that are great for use in special education.
FREE Task Analysis Data Sheet - Fillable PDF File
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FREE Task Analysis Data Sheet - Fillable PDF File

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Task analysis is a strategy in ABA where a complex skill such as putting on a shirt is broken down into simple component steps (e.g., take shirt out of drawer, hold with both hands, slide over head, put one arm through, etc.). This FREE and user-friendly task analysis data sheet will allow you to take data on at least two trials of a task with 15 steps or fewer. There is also room to mark down the prompt level required. What I love most about this resource is that you can fill out all the steps on the computer in the fillable PDF and then print it out for easy data collection. Create your own task analysis in a breeze! Lastly, we include instructions so that you and classroom staff know exactly how to fill out the sheet! If you want to learn more about how to use this resource, check out my blog post: https://www.thinkpsych.com/blog/task-analysis-free-download
FREE 50 First Words Language Tracker (ABA, Special Ed, Speech Therapy)
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FREE 50 First Words Language Tracker (ABA, Special Ed, Speech Therapy)

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This resource is a language tracker that includes 50 common first nouns to be used for teaching language to children with language delays. The nouns come in five categories: animals, clothes, food, household objects, and toys. There is then a column for each of the five identification skills that children must demonstrate for each object: receptive, expressive, feature, function, and class identification. If you are interested in a set of 150 pictures (3 examples of each noun) that can be used with this set, please see my other listing: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/150-common-noun-flash-cards-great-for-aba-autism-12263226 I also have more instructions on how to use this language tracker at my website: https://www.thinkpsych.com/blog/50-first-words-autism-language-tracker
Social Stories for Behaviors and Life Skills (Bundle for Autism/Special Ed)
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Social Stories for Behaviors and Life Skills (Bundle for Autism/Special Ed)

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Studies have shown that social stories can help teach children with autism and other special needs social-emotional and life skills. This bundle combines several of my social stories into one convenient purchase. Currently included in the bundle are the following social stories: -6 page story on “How to Stop Biting” -9 page story on “How to Stop Dropping/Flopping” -9 page story on “What to Do When iPad is All Done” -11 Page story on “Why and How to Brush Teeth” All of the stories include visuals to help children learn more quickly! Please click on the individual listings for additional information.
How to Stop Biting Social Story Narrative With Visuals
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How to Stop Biting Social Story Narrative With Visuals

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Social Story Narrative- Preschool and Older - Autism/Special Ed Studies have shown that social stories can help teach children social-emotional skills in challenging situations. One common behavioral issue seen in children with special needs such as autism is to bite when feeling angry or frustrated. Children with this behavior often do not understand why it is a problem or what they can do instead of biting. As a result, this story is written to help them identify why they are biting others and why it is a problem. I use simple visuals to help explain these ideas to children in the form of a story. The last part of the story tells children what sort of strategies they can use to calm themselves down instead of biting (e.g., taking deep breaths, using a sensory chew toy, or squeezing their fists). In this download, there are three major components: An 6 page PowerPoint social story that explains why children should not bite others and what they could do instead. Each page contains simple images to go along with the story. The great thing about this Powerpoint is that it is FULLY EDITABLE. This means that you can change the text, erase/add images, and make other modifications to suit your individual children. Please just do not distribute or sell the modified versions. A 6 page PDF file that is READY TO PRINT and use with your students. Each page will be approximately 4" x 6". You can then staple the pages together to form a little Social Story Book. A 1 page DOC file that is fully editable. You can use this file if you prefer a 1 page format to a book. It’s easy to laminate and keep near your student’s desk! Overall, this package has everything you need to teach children why they should not be biting other children! I think the simple language is perfect for children as young as preschool age. If you are interested in my other products, please consider visiting my store: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/thinkpsych I have a lot of products that are great for use in special education.
Social Story Narrative for Brushing Teeth with Visuals and Data Sheet (EDITABLE)
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Social Story Narrative for Brushing Teeth with Visuals and Data Sheet (EDITABLE)

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**Social Story Narrative - Preschool and Older - Autism/Special Ed ** Social stories can help teach children with special needs to brush their teeth! Brushing teeth is often a difficult skill to teach young children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Toothpaste can taste really bad and the toothbrush can make some children gag. In fact, research suggests that over 60% of preschool children with autism resist toothbrushing. This is often due to sensory sensitivity and the discomfort associated with having something in their mouth. Social stories are a well-researched and evidence-based strategy for teaching children a variety of skills. Research has specifically evaluated whether toothbrushing can be taught through social stories and has shown it to be an effective intervention. You can see my blog post about a recent study for more information: Social Stories Improve Toothbrushing Skills. As a result, I designed this social story to use with my students to help them learn this critical life and functional skill. It is enhanced with pictures to help students understand the steps to brush their teeth and the reasons for doing so. In this download, there are three components: An 13 page PowerPoint social story that has 5 pages explaining WHY children should brush their teeth and 8 pages explaining HOW to brush their teeth. Each page contains simple images to explain the concepts discussed. The great thing about this Powerpoint is that it is FULLY EDITABLE. This means that you can change the text, erase/add images, and make other modifications to suit your individual children. Please just do not distribute or sell the modified versions. A 13 page PDF file that is READY TO PRINT and use with your students. Each page will be approximately 4" x 6". You can then staple the pages together to form a little Social Story Book. A task analysis data sheet that can be used to track progress on the skill of brushing teeth. I include a PDF version that is ready to print and an Excel file that you can modify if you desire. Overall, this package has everything you need to teach a child to brush their teeth in your classroom or at home!
How to Stop Dropping and Flopping Social Story Narrative with Visuals (EDITABLE)
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How to Stop Dropping and Flopping Social Story Narrative with Visuals (EDITABLE)

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**Social Story Narrative - Preschool and Older - Autism/Special Ed ** Studies have shown that social stories can help teach children social-emotional skills in challenging situations. One common behavioral issue seen in children with special needs is to drop to the floor when feeling angry, frustrated, or tired. Children with this behavior often do not understand why it is a problem or what they can do instead of dropping to the floor. As a result, this story is written to help them identify why they might be flopping and why it is not an effective behavior. I use simple visuals to help explain these ideas to children in the form of a story. The last part of the story tells children what they can do instead of flopping. These include asking for help, taking a break, or asking to do something else. In this download, there are three components: An 9 page PowerPoint social story that explains why children should not drop to the floor and what they could do instead. Each page contains simple images to go along with the story. The great thing about this Powerpoint is that it is FULLY EDITABLE. This means that you can change the text, erase/add images, and make other modifications to suit your individual children. Please just do not distribute or sell the modified versions. A 9 page PDF file that is READY TO PRINT and use with your students. Each page will be approximately 4" x 6". You can then staple or laminate the pages together to form a little Social Story Book. A 1 page DOC file that is fully editable. You can use this file if you prefer a 1 page format to a book. It’s easy to laminate and keep near your student’s desk! Overall, this package has everything you need to teach children why they should not be flopping to the floor! I think the simple language is perfect for children as young as preschool age. If you are interested in my other products, please consider visiting my store: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/thinkpsych I have a lot of products that are great for use in special education.
Touch the One you Eat - Distance Learning - ABA and Special Education
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Touch the One you Eat - Distance Learning - ABA and Special Education

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It is hard to teach kids with autism and other language delays remotely! That is why I developed this Google Quiz that can be used with either Google Docs or Google Classroom to teach children to identify pictures by their function. This particular resource focuses on teaching children to identify items that you can eat. This type of task is called Listener Responding by Feature Function Class (LRFFC) on the VB-MAPP assessment. This quiz was designed to mimic in-person discrete trial instruction. Because it is so simple and does not require any special software (besides a Google account), it’s perfect to ask parents to do with their children. It can also be done through video using screensharing. The included Google quiz teaches students to identify the following items by their function (eat): Apple Banana Bread Broccoli Cake Carrot Chips Cookie Corn Cupcake French Fries Grapes Orange Pizza Pretzel As a BCBA, I carefully created the trials to mirror what discrete trial instruction should look like. All items are presented in a field of 3 with distractors. Also, all of the questions are presented randomly each time the quiz is taken, and the answers choices are also sorted randomly. This is to avoid any possibility of memorization or biased responding. IMPORTANT: This product requires a Google Account in order to use. You can sign up for a free Google account or integrate this with an existing Google Classroom or Google Docs account. The choice is yours!