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General Education Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students with Learning and Attention Issues

A recent study released by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and Understood, entitled Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently, reveals an unfortunate reality impacting the education of the 1 in 5 students with learning disabilities and attention issues: “Even though more than 70% of students with LD or ADHD spend at least…
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Jul
11

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

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

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe From Bullying

Bullying continues to be a pressing problem in schools today. In a national survey, one in three teens reported being bullied. Bullying is an even greater problem for students with disabilities. Some reports indicate that nearly 85 percent of students with special needs experience bullying. Studies have concluded that children with disabilities are two to…
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Oct
10

Tips for Working Safely with Students with Special Needs

Working with students with special needs can present unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury. Two common causes of injury include: Overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. Injuries caused by students, such as hitting, biting, and pulling. It’s important…
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Sep
10

Aug
22

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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Jul
10

Developing a Successful Co-Teaching Partnership

The most successful teachers recognize that a team of teachers, students and their parents, and other faculty and administrators – a collaborative effort – creates the best chance of success for students, especially for students with disabilities or other special needs. What is Co-Teaching? Collaborative teaching, or “co-teaching,” matches this teamwork philosophy. According to co-teaching…
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May
9

School Safety for Students with Disabilities

When we think about school safety, we often think of annual safety drills or the procedures we put in place to keep our campuses safe from intruders and during disasters. And while many of our schools have general crisis plans in place to support student safety, very few plans address the complex needs of students…
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Mar
13