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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

Bullying Prevention Month: Bullying and Students with Special Needs

Our mission is to help make schools safer and more inclusive. During Bullying Prevention Month, we’re sharing some intervention strategies that your teachers can use in their classrooms today to help prevent bullying, especially for students with special needs. The National Education Association estimates that every day 160,000 students miss school because of fear of attack or…
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Oct
12

Best Practices for Inclusive Classrooms

Inclusion starts with the belief that all students have the right to feel safe, supported, and included at school. Inclusion allows students with disabilities to share a truly integrated learning experience in general education classrooms with their peers to the greatest extent possible. All school staff have an important role to play in making inclusion…
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Jan
10

New Course: Inclusion Services

The Exceptional Child team is excited to announce the addition of the new Inclusion Services course to the Exceptional Child course library. With a large percentage of students with special needs spending at least some portion of their day in general education classrooms, it is critical that school staff members better understand the importance of inclusion…
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Jan
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