I hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful holiday and one great thing is that we still have plenty of winter break left to go. I know that means that for many of you this is the best time to be able to spend some quality time on blogs and Pinterest and catch up on all those “Pin now, read later” pins–or maybe just pin more of them. So, I thought it would be a good time to highlight some Pinterest boards and blogs I’ve found out there that I have found useful with original ideas, expert repiners of great ideas, and great go-to resources for specific resources and ideas. I purposely did not name this a “best of” list because I am not sure if it is the best of. It just is a collection of boards that I have found that I like. I hope that readers will share other ideas in the comments so we can all go looking for new and innovative ideas.
Let me say as well that first, I love Pinterest. I was somewhat slow to adopt it first, but once I started I became addicted (as so many of us are). I know that many people find it makes them feel they have to live up to what they see on others’ boards, I’ve never thought that way. Instead I see it as a giant bulletin board “outside my office” where I can post ideas and get ideas to try. I also think of it as another form of how we use visual cues as typical adults. The picture is so much more powerful than the written word that we can’t help but get pulled in. I will investigate sites that have a powerful image that caught my attention so much more often than if I just had a written description. So, here are some boards I go to for resources and ideas.
First, there are mine. I have a variety of boards on organizing classrooms, behavior, data collection and other topics that are related to autism and special education. These are all my pins and while they include some of my blog posts and products where appropriate, most of the pins are repins I’ve found around the internet that I want to reference or that I feel my followers might benefit from.
Visit Christine Reeve-Autism Classroom News’s profile on Pinterest.
In addition to my boards, I manage 4 collaborative boards that include pinners from all over and I love to check in on them periodically to find new resources that others have pinned. While they do include products from the pinners TPT stores, everyone also has to pin ideas, posts, and freebies related to the topic of the board. I want these to be a resource for everyone for ideas and allow pinners to highlight their own products for you to see as well.
Follow Christine Reeve-Autism Classroom News’s board Awesome Secondary Special Educators’ Ideas on Pinterest. Follow Christine Reeve-Autism Classroom News’s board Autism Ideas for Teaching Secondary on Pinterest.
Follow Christine Reeve-Autism Classroom News’s board Great Ideas for Teaching in Elementary Autism on Pinterest.Follow Christine Reeve-Autism Classroom News’s board Awesome Elementary Special Educators’ Ideas on Pinterest.
Below are some other pinners that are worth following for a variety of resources that may want to check out to enhance your Pinterest feed in the coming year. For many if not all of these boards, I’ve listed the Pinner’s profile page with all his/her boards….you can follow just the ones you are interested in or follow the whole profile. The widget below will post their most recent pins, so if you see pins of knitting and recipes, don’t be discouraged–it’s their vacation. Trust me, there are lots of boards you might be interested in!
For AAC and Assistive Technology as well as iPad/iPod apps and technologic in general, I HIGHLY recommend the following boards:
Visit Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP’s profile on Pinterest. Visit PrAACtical AAC’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Carolann Cormier’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Kate Ahern’s profile on Pinterest.Visit The Appy Ladies’s profile on Pinterest.
For great speech and language resources, including those for social skills, perspective taking, etc. check out these pinners.
Visit Jill Kuzma’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Judy Deepe’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Lisa Varo, SLP’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Peachy Speech’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Jenna Rayburn (SpeechRoomNews)’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Speechie Freebies’s profile on Pinterest.
And finally (as if there is ever a finally with Pinterest!), these are great boards with a variety of information and ideas for teaching special education and sometimes specifically autism. Most of these (and many of those listed in other categories) include a board or more on behavior management and classroom management as well, so if you are looking for those resources, they are all great places to look.
Visit Lynn Hubbell’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Erin Stevenson-Bennett’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Ann Osterling-Dampier’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Make, Take and Teach’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Debbie Clement’s profile on Pinterest.Visit HeidiSongs’s profile on Pinterest.Visit Leann Downs’s profile on Pinterest.Visit The Big A(utism) Word’s profile on Pinterest.
As I said before, I know there are many, many other boards out there with resources that teachers of students with ASD and related disabilities can use. I have not included some of the autism bloggers’ boards in this list that mainly have their blog posts pinned. However, I will include them in my next post, which will focus on useful blogs. Please share your favorite go-to resource Pinterest boards in the comments and happy pinning!