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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…
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Managing Challenging Behavior

The Challenge Every classroom teacher has them: those students who are brimming with potential, but whose classroom behavior threatens to derail their success – and take the rest of the class along for the ride! Educators consistently ask for more professional development in this area. SIIA’s recent Vision K-20 Professional Learning survey asked educators about…
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Changing School Culture Through PBIS

Many teachers and school administrators face the challenge of dealing with behavior problems and creating a school culture that values respect, self-discipline, and a love of learning. If your school faces similar challenges, you’re definitely not alone. A well-executed School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program can help change the culture of your classroom…
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New Course: School-Wide PBIS

School culture can go off track for a variety of reasons, and when it does, there’s likely no single cause or party to pin the blame on. Teachers, administrators, support staff and parents must work together to build a positive atmosphere and see to it that their school actually becomes the kind of place those…
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Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation Skills

Managing your classroom can be challenging, especially when some of your students have limited self-regulation skills. With self-regulation, students can spend more time learning and taking responsibility for managing their own behaviors. Self-regulated students take increasing control over their own thoughts, feelings, and actions–skills that are critical for success in school and life. Some of…
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New Course: Self-Regulation Skills for Elementary Students

Self-Regulation Skills for Elementary Students is the latest addition to the Exceptional Child course library. This course offers the tools you need to help your elementary students with disabilities have more self direction in the classroom. Difficulties with self-regulation can happen with all kinds of students but are more prominent in students with mild to moderate…
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