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Trauma is the psychological, emotional response to a life event or experience that’s deeply disturbing or distressing to an individual. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are negative life events witnessed or experienced firsthand by children 18 years old or younger. Trauma is a widespread health concern that has become quite costly for schools around the world.…Read more.
At this very moment, your brain is undertaking a challenging and complex feat: making sense out of symbols on a screen. We call this reading. To many, reading seems like a natural act or something we’re hard-wired to do. That’s simply untrue. As expert reading adults, we underestimate and misjudge how difficult it is to…Read more.
Autism is a neurobiological developmental disorder that has undergone several changes in identification and classification in recent years. It’s now characterized by a spectrum of disorders. People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors. However, these challenges and behaviors vary across people. For most children, ASD appears in…Read more.
Caregivers and families play an important role in a child’s development and are instrumental to their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Caregivers of children with disabilities or delays may need additional support to understand their child’s special needs. Caregivers might also need help in finding and accessing information and services for their child and…Read more.
Before we can discuss early language skills, we need to be clear about the definition of language development. Language development and communication are about more than talking. They refer to the different ways a child understands and communicates, only part of which include spoken words. Language development is important for children to adequately exchange information…Read more.
Potentially more than any other aspect of early childhood education, researchers agree on the importance of a child’s social emotional development, or social emotional learning (SEL). This is because social emotional competence is associated with so many factors related to leading a productive, fulfilling life, including: personal mental well-being school success positive relationships responsible decision making…Read more.
3 New Courses Added to Our Autism Spectrum Course Category We are excited to release this new 3-part online professional development course series, created in partnership with expert-author Catherine Faherty. These courses will help teachers and paraeducators working with students with autism spectrum disorder better understand and implement structured teaching best practices! Watch this short overview…Read more.
We recently released the first course in a new three-part series on Structured Teaching in our Autism Spectrum course category. Students with an autism spectrum disorder – or ASD – think, learn and process information very differently from most of their peers. Beyond the facts and figures of classroom subjects like math and language arts,…Read more.
Recognizing that schools and districts have limited time and resources for professional development for paraeducators and other support staff, we continue to expand our library of Essentials Courses to help meet this critical need. Essentials Courses are abbreviated versions of our full-length courses. These 15-20 minute courses help provide paraeducators and other support staff,…Read more.
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…Read more.