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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.
The Special Education classroom offers unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury. One common source of injury is overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. A variety of injuries caused by students – accidentally or otherwise – can also be…Read more.
Differentiation is a term frequently heard in education and can be listed as an expectation during classroom observations. But what is differentiation? And is it really feasible with the many demands placed on teachers working in increasingly diverse classrooms? In this course we’ll address these questions and show you how to make differentiation not just an…Read more.