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Trauma Informed Practices and Strategies for School Staff

On-Demand Webinar with Dr. Tara Kfoury It is essential that educational personnel know the impact of adverse childhood experiences and trauma on school children. And it is urgent that educators are able to properly recognize symptoms and behaviors in school children, identify possible sources of childhood and adolescent trauma, and work with families and support…
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Jun
4

New Trauma Courses

Trauma is the psychological, emotional response to a life event or experience that’s deeply disturbing or distressing to an individual. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are negative life events witnessed or experienced firsthand by children 18 years old or younger. Trauma is a widespread health concern that has become quite costly for schools around the world.…
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Apr
20

A Principal’s Role in Special Education

We all know that children need a safe and consistent environment in which to thrive. For many students, school is the most structured part of their lives – a place where they can get stability and support. While all school staff play a role in creating these surroundings, the principal is uniquely positioned to lead…
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Mar
6

Addressing the Challenges of Dyslexia

At this very moment, your brain is undertaking a challenging and complex feat: making sense out of symbols on a screen. We call this reading. To many, reading seems like a natural act or something we’re hard-wired to do. That’s simply untrue. As expert reading adults, we underestimate and misjudge how difficult it is to…
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Jan
7

Helping Early Childhood Educators Support Students with Disabilities

The earliest years of life are full of rapid changes and transitions. Early childhood teachers are usually the first to notice when young children are not developing and learning as expected. Simple accommodations and modifications can benefit children with disabilities while others may need more specialized support from special education professionals. According to the National Association…
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Dec
9

New Course! Early Childhood: ASD Intervention Practices

Autism is a neurobiological developmental disorder that has undergone several changes in identification and classification in recent years. It’s now characterized by a spectrum of disorders. People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors. However, these challenges and behaviors vary across people. For most children, ASD appears in…
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Oct
18

Understanding ADHD and Helping Students Succeed

October is ADHD Awareness Month and since nearly all school staff members – not just teachers – interact with students with ADHD, it’s a good time to make sure that they have a foundational understanding of ADHD and are familiar with the strategies and interventions that can be used to help these students be more…
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Oct
8

Challenging Behavior: How Positive Behavior Intervention Plans Can Help

Challenging behavior is not just frustrating; it can have serious negative effects for educators, students, and family members. Challenging behavior can be disruptive, interfere with teaching and learning, and lead to punishment and changes in class or school placements. It’s not just a problem for one student. The whole class can feel the effects and…
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Sep
10

New Course! Early Childhood: Partnering with Caregivers and Families

Caregivers and families play an important role in a child’s development and are instrumental to their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Caregivers of children with disabilities or delays may need additional support to understand their child’s special needs. Caregivers might also need help in finding and accessing information and services for their child and…
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13

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12