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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.
While Reactive Attachment Disorder – or RAD – is considered a low-incidence disorder, for internationally adopted children, children in foster care and those who’ve experienced abuse or neglect, its occurrence can be much higher. Students with Reactive Attachment Disorder can struggle with relatively minor issues such as social skills and disorganized behavior. But they can also…Read more.
Students who are culturally different may face challenges that can impact the quality of their school lives and educational outcomes. These include high dropout and suspension rates, low academic achievement, poor student-teacher relationships and other difficulties. A number of interventions and strategies have been employed to address these challenges, with varying degrees of success.…Read more.
School emergency procedures are crucial to the safety of students. However for students with disabilities, there is no national model for school-based crisis preparedness. In addition, very few school safety plans address the complex needs of students with disabilities. This course provides school administrators, staff members, special educators and paraeducators with the tools to better…Read more.