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Strategies & Ideas to Support Struggling Learners

Does Your Learner Struggle With Math?

If so, that's okay.

There are two concrete things you can do today to start your child on the road to success.

Step 1:  Ensure Math Facts Are Fluent

Getting your child fluent in math facts is the single best thing you can do to help your child with math.

Strong math fact fluency is correlated with success at math in later elementary and high school.

Knowing your math facts frees up precious working memory to deal with new or challenging information. Your child needs that if they struggle with math.

So if your child can’t answer their math facts within 1-2 seconds, you need to make that your first goal.

We have apps that can help.

Our Math Facts Fluency Builders provide:

-- Math facts introduced in learnable groups.

-- Built-in timers to ensure fluency at all levels. Earlier levels allow more time. Final levels require FAST answering!

-- Students progress only when mastery of the current skill is demonstrated.

-- 'At a glance' reporting shows you instantly how your learner is progressing.

-- The fun Reward Center motivates even hesitant learners.

Click here to get both apps in a discounted bundle.

Step 2: Teach How To Do Math Word Problems

Math word problems are the bane of children everywhere. But they don’t need to be.

Teach your child a simple strategy for dealing with math word problems. Help them figure out what they know, what they need to find out, and how to figure that out.

If your child is confident with math word problems, they'll be way ahead of most kids in the class.

We have an app that can help here, too.

Unique on the app store, this app helps kids understand HOW to do math word problems step-by-step.

We start with the absolute basics, and by the end your child will know how to interpret and complete one-step math word problems using addition and subtraction.

Each level in Math Word Problems targets a specific step in working through a math word problem. Once proficient, these skills are combined as your child works through complete problems.

Take these two steps today and with only 10 minutes per day, you'll see a difference in your child.

It's that easy 🙂 So get started!

Does Your Learner Need Help With Social Skills?

Does your ASD learner need help with social skills?

Well, I already know the answer to that. They DO need help. It’s one of the big challenges that ASD kids face.

Here’s a better question: Are YOU ready to do something to help your ASD learner improve their social skills?

If so, read on...

What Should I Do...?

Most of us aren’t trained in helping ASD kids with social skills. Even if you are a busy speech pathologist, you may feel that you don’t have the right resources to really make a difference for your learners.

Here at Happy Frog, we know that having the right resources makes ALL the difference.

We make your life easier by giving you the resources that let you get started today.

A Resource That Works

To make a BIG difference with Social Skills, grab our “How To Talk With Friends” Social Skills guide.

Making friends and maintaining friendships is a struggle for elementary-aged ASD learners.

The How to Talk with Friends curriculum teaches ASD kids the skills they need to talk and engage with their peers.

The guide is completely ‘hands-on.’ Every single resource you need to implement the course is contained in the manual. The lessons are scripted so you know exactly what to say to clearly communicate each lesson.

You can pick it up and start straight away. It’s that organized.

The course is designed as a once-per-week social group, but don’t let that stop you. Get started now for 20 minutes with your ASD learner. It works.

Don’t let the barrier to improving your child’s social skills be YOU. Grab this resource today and just get started.

Available in print, PDF and Kindle.

Got a question about any of our resources?  Just ask!

Can Your Child Retell a Simple Story?

If you read your child a page or two of an age-appropriate story, can he retell it to you?

A successful retell conveys the characters and the main events. It’s okay if details are lost.

Story retelling uses some pretty sophisticated skills. Your child has to understand the story as she hears it, figure out which are the key components and then formulate her thoughts into a summary for you.

These skills are super important for reading comprehension, but also for school success.


How To Help

If your learner struggles with story retelling, then jump on it and help them develop the skill.

The best first step is to work with your learner on identifying the main idea of a text or story.

You can grab some mainstream workbooks, but they won’t help much as they typically just give your learner a ton of examples and expect the student to figure out how to do it.

That doesn’t work for struggling learners.

Here at Happy Frog, our apps and workbooks take a 6-step approach to teaching this difficult skill.

Your learner will start by examining single sentences and figuring out what each sentence is about. They’ll learn that a single sentence can be about several things.

Your learner will then progress to two-sentence texts. Through visual representation, they will learn that the main idea of a text can be determined by seeing what most of the sentences are about.

By the end, your student will be able to identify the main idea of 3-4 sentence texts without any additional support or information. A great achievement!

Our two main idea apps step your learner from 1-sentence texts through to 3-4 sentence paragraphs.

With a fun reward center and immediate feedback, these apps are a great choice if your child prefers to work independently.

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Our workbook contains all six steps of our learning sequence.

We understand struggling learners, so the workbook has low text density, lots of white space and uses large fonts.

An answer key at the back helps the supporting adult.

Remember, the most important thing is to get started. Choose a resource and do 10 minutes with your learner tonight.

How Happy Frog Helps With Social Skills

What to Do About Social Skills?

Your ASD child is in elementary school. He is doing okay, but you know his social skills are weak.

What do you do?

I’ve been in the same boat. That’s why Happy Frog builds social skill resources as well as reading resources.

With ASD kids in elementary school, it comes down to conversation. Your child's peers are talking to each other and your learner needs to be able to join in – appropriately!

We have workbooks, apps and social skills curriculums targeting specific social skills. Let’s see how Happy Frog can help.

Six-Minute Social Skills

Our six-minute social skill series is designed for busy parents and professionals who need a quick way to incrementally build and generalize critical social skills. You can literally pick up the book and teach a skill in any spare ten minutes. 

Planning Ahead

Learners with Autism do well with rehearsing a situation before it occurs. Conversation Planner teaches a multi-step strategy for preparing for a conversation.

The Conversation Planner app teaches your child a step by step method to prepare for any social situation.

Using the Conversation Planner app, students learn to think about who they are talking to, what that person will expect, when to know the person is ready for the conversation, etc.

Students learn each step individually and then combine the steps to rehearse the complete situation. The app includes over 100 typical real-life situations.

Prefer workbooks?  Here you go!


Strengthening the Social 'Filter'

We all know that our wonderful ASD kids need a little help with their social filter. Happy Frog has you covered.

Our “Say It… Or Not?” app teaches children with Autism what to say... and what not to say... in awkward or frustrating social situations.

The Conversation Planner app teaches your child a step by step method to prepare for any social situation.

Your learner will begin by thinking about how people feel if you say something nice versus something rude or awkward.

Next, they’ll evaluate specific examples to decide whether it is okay to say, or not. Finally, given a specific scenario, learners will decide what is a good thing to say in that situation.

Over 100 real-life social situations with more than 400 possible responses provide a wide variety of practice in dealing with challenging situations.

You can also access the "Say It... Or Not?" skills progression using our workbook.

More Social Filtering...

Like the “Say It… Or Not?” app, the “Do It… Or Not?” app teaches children with Autism how to filter their thoughts and actions in awkward or frustrating social situations.

In this app, the focus is on actions rather than words. Learners practice thinking about what to do in challenging situations to avoid inappropriate responses.

With more than 100 completely new situations, your learner will get extensive practice at filtering their actions.

If you prefer workbooks, grab our Do It... or Not? workbook. Available in PDF.

Talking with Friends

Making friends and maintaining friendships is a struggle for children with Autism. The How to Talk with Friends curriculum teaches ASD learners the key skills they need to talk and engage with their peers.

Designed with twelve weekly lessons, this hands-on manual provides everything you need to run a successful social skills group or one-to-one lesson.

If you have at-home sessions, this is a great choice for a really practical, scripted program that any tutor can deliver. If you can get your school on board, even better!

Available in print, PDF or Kindle.

​ASD kids can develop strong social skills. You just need the right tools to help them along.  Happy Frog is proud to join you on your journey!

If you have any questions about any of these resources, we are happy to answer them! Contact us via the green Help button on the lower right.

Does Your Child Need Help With Reading?

Your child seems to read okay, but he doesn't understand what he is reading.

It's a common problem.

Here at Happy Frog Apps we have a range of resources to help. Take a minute to read this post and get to know your options. Then when you are ready to take action on your child's problem, you'll be equipped to make a good decision.

Step 1: Check Fluency

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