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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…Read more.
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…Read more.
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…Read more.
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…Read more.
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…Read more.
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…Read more.
Veteran educators who have been serving students with special needs for years may read this list and think these are no-brainers. But our hope is that these back-to-school tips for teachers can be helpful to educators who are beginning their careers in Special Education, or to those general ed teachers who may have new students…Read more.
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.…Read more.
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…Read more.
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…Read more.