About Me

Why I Started Autism Adventures ??
My name is Melissa and I am in my seventh year teaching a third-sixth grade severely handicapped class.  I decided to start this blog to share  all of my ideas and creations I have implemented in my classroom with other teachers.  I believe that teachers need to work together to develop the curriculum to help our student's succeed.  Never in a million years could I have anticipated the amount of friendships I would make through the blog community.  The followers and friends I have gained is astonishing.  I look forward to the emails I get, the feedback I get and the questions I get.  I love communicating with those around me to make our education system a little better each day. Together, WE can make a difference in our student's lives!

I absolutely love my job and my students.  I enjoy seeing my student's progress as they become more and more independent.  I am blessed with the most amazing staff in my classroom as they make work full of laughter and memories.  Together we work to create a loving, nurturing and thriving environment.
Every day is an adventure in Room 83!

My Education Background
I get a lot of questions about my education.  I got my bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach.  I currently have two California teaching credentials: Education Specialist- Moderate/Severe Disabilities and I also have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  Most recently I got my certificate in Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  These two certificates allow me to better teach my students who have speech and language deficits.  With this rich knowledge in communication, I am able to better create materials for those students that need to use another mean for communication.

My Personal Life!
I live happily in Long Beach with my husband.  We have been married for two years!  We spend our time together going to the beach and enjoying the sun!  We also love to travel- some of our favorites have been Hawaii, Tahiti & Moorea and Spain.  We can't wait to plan a trip to Thailand!






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22 comments

  1. Your blog definitely is the cutest bog on the block! I love your blog so much.

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  2. Hi! I am so glad I stumbled across this blog last night. I am a certified ESL and SpEd teacher so I have both students combined in my classroom. As you can imagine, the need for visuals is essential! However, my district does not have board maker :(. I have asked over and over for it and it is a no-go. I am always making things with clip-art and I find that they take me so long and often don't look right to the students! I am really struggling to get resources that my students need and I am glad I found your blog.

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    1. Apparently you can get Boardmaker for a 60 day trial for free. That would allow you to make a ton of stuff, and to download items from Boardmaker share. I would also recommend this website http://www.autismclassroomnews.com/2013/07/matching-tasks-for-basic-skills-and.html#links, because her post yesterday included a lot of links to places where you can access visuals for free. There are so many freebies on teacherspayteachers and teachersnotebook, and on many of these blogs. I have found tons of blogs just by looking at what the owners of these blogs are following. They have been a godsend for me as I try to put together a new autism classroom for the fall. Good luck to you!

      Jannike
      www.anautismconnection.blogspot.com

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  3. HOW do you live without board maker? OMG I would die! It is such a necessity for our population. Let me know if their is anything specific you are looking for!

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  4. Hi! I really like your blog! I also really like hooking up with other sped teachers! I'm your newest follower. :)

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  5. I am also a teacher of students with severe disabilities in a 3-6 grade classroom. I just finished my second year and am currently teaching summer school. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I would be lost if I didn't have help and ideas from teachers who have been there and done things that work. Why re-invent the wheel.

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    1. oh goodness.. we are at the exact same place in our lives... im so glad we got to connect on here :) I hope your next year goes well! Keep in touch!

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  6. Melissa, I love your blog and so appreciate your creativity and commitment to your students. I am the mother of a 9 yr old child with severe disabilities (and so wish he could be in your class:) I am always looking for fun ways to work with my son at home and am inspired by you constantly. I have recently followed you on instagram also and really just wanted to say THANK YOU.
    Jill Hubbs

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  7. Thank you so much! I have been looking for a blog from a teacher in a "severe" special ed classroom you have SO many amazing ideas thank you!!!!!!!!

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  8. Mel,

    Your classroom looks so fabulous! I'm so pleased that they gave you a classroom where you can meet the needs of your students. I'm still working on structuring mine. I am taking a little bit after summer school work day, then about 2-3 hours working on things slowly so that I don't get overwhelmed (I'm autistic btw). I am blessed to be able to work with these special students as well.

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  9. Love your blog! I teach ECSE/Title 1 and love it. Glad to find another SPED teacher. :) Your blog is adorable!
    Preschool Wonders

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  10. I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award! Check it out: http://theuniqueclassroom.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/
    ~Amy Marie

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  11. I am the middle and high school Life Skills teacher in our district. I am really glad to find your blog. I love your classroom and your ideas. I am going to visit your blog often. I have 10 students, 3 full time paras and 1 part time para that is also our Community Based Learning Coach. We are housed on the middle school campus and have wonderful support from other staff and administrators. I struggle with scheduling and keeping students happy and busy, but think I have plans to fix some of that.

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  12. Hi Melissa,
    I have bought tons of your products on TpT and LOVE them for my K-1st life skills classroom. I recently received an iPad for my class and was wondering if you have any good apps or uses in your room?
    Thanks!
    Lhopp

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  13. Hi Melissa, how can i get this book to buy?

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    1. Which book are you looking to buy? The "all about me" book? If so???? here is the link!
      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Me-Interactive-Book-Special-Ed-560089

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  14. Where did you get your AT & AAC Certificates (or is it just one certificate for both)? I finished my MA in December and am looking to see what I should do next : ). I guess teachers are the ultimate "forever students", right? :)

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  15. Hello! I just found your site and you're an inspiration! Do you have any tips on how to convince my administration that my students (grades 4-5 in a 6:1:1) need vocational/life skills? They seem to only want to focus on academics. Thanks, Kris

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