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Using Structured Teaching to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Students with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, think, learn, and process information differently from most of their peers. Beyond the facts and figures of subjects like math and language arts, there’s an enormous amount of data that students must pay attention to, interpret, organize, and act upon. Students with ASD also need to observe…
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Apr
9

Supporting Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Your School

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month In 1987 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” Much progress has been made since that time toward the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, including education, employment, and community living. However, there is still work to be done. For example, bullying…
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Mar
7

New Structured Teaching Courses for Educators

3 New Courses Added to Our Autism Spectrum Course Category We are excited to release this new 3-part online professional development course series, created in partnership with expert-author Catherine Faherty. These courses will help teachers and paraeducators working with students with autism spectrum disorder better understand and implement  structured teaching best practices! Watch this short overview…
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Mar
4

The Basics of Behavior Management for Paraeducators

In the course of a single school day, paraeducators might find themselves working with students in multiple classrooms and in other settings like the cafeteria, playgrounds, buses, or vocational settings. At some point during the day, they will probably be expected to support a student who needs more than academic help. Regardless of their specific…
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Feb
13

Restraint and Seclusion – Understanding the Basics

In November, lawmakers introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which would protect students from the dangers of seclusion and restraint. If enacted, the law would establish strong federal standards to prohibit the use of seclusion and to limit restraint in federally funded schools, improve the safety of students and school staff, and ensure parents…
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Jan
8

Dec
13

Webinar Recap: 21 Best Practices for Effective IEP Meetings

We recently had the honor of hosting a webinar with Nicholas Martin, founder and director of The Center for Accord, Inc., on the 21 Best Practices for Effective IEP Meetings. The best prevention of conflict in special education is a well-run meeting. The overarching purpose of every IEP meeting is to achieve the goals of…
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Dec
11

New Partnership with Kelly Education Practice

Educational Staffing Company Enhances Special Education Services with Exceptional Child Online Courses This article was originally published in District Administration.  Kelly Services, a global provider of workforce solutions, today announced a new partnership between the Kelly Education Practice, the nation’s largest provider of educational staffing, and Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support…
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Dec
6

Supporting Principals in Effectively Managing Special Education

As the leader of the school, the principal is ultimately responsible for the education of each child, and both teachers and parents rely on them to ensure quality special education in their school. The principal knows the students, knows the parents, and knows the teachers. And it is the principal’s responsibility to create a school…
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Nov
13

Library of Essentials Courses for Paraeducators Continues to Grow

Recognizing that schools and districts have limited time and resources for professional development for paraeducators and other support staff, we continue to expand our library of Essentials Courses to help meet this critical need.   Essentials Courses are abbreviated versions of our full-length courses. These 15-20 minute courses help provide paraeducators and other support staff,…
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Oct
15