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Paraeducators: Behavior Management Basics

At some point paraeducators find themselves supporting students who need more than academic help. Paraeducators play an important role in supporting the development of well-adjusted and well-educated students who grow up to be productive, fulfilled adults. While we often associate “school” with academic subjects like reading and math, it’s also a place where students learn…
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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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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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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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Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a rare condition of emotional dysfunction, in which a baby or child cannot form a bond with its parents or caregivers due to early neglect or mistreatment. While the prevalence of RAD across the general population is one percent, between 19-35% of children entering foster care are diagnosed with RAD.…
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New Course: Restraint and Seclusion Overview (Essentials)

In school settings, restraint and seclusion are meant to be used only with students who are so dangerously out of control that they are about to injure themselves or others. Restraint and seclusion should not be used as a punishment or consequence for “bad” behavior or when a student is non-compliant. Unfortunately, some school professionals don’t…
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New Course: Reactive Attachment Disorder

While Reactive Attachment Disorder – or RAD – is considered a low-incidence disorder, for internationally adopted children, children in foster care and those who’ve experienced abuse or neglect, its occurrence can be much higher. Students with Reactive Attachment Disorder can struggle with relatively minor issues such as social skills and disorganized behavior. But they can also…
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New Courses: Applied Behavioral Analysis

We recently added two new courses to the Exceptional Child online PD course library on the topic of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the application of basic principles of learning, analytical problem-solving and using evidence-based strategies that are likely to lead to success. All educators can enhance their instructional skills and…
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