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Remote Learning is More Difficult for Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 13, 2020 11:15:35 AM

While remote learning has gradually become more popular in recent years, that all changed in early 2020. Now, there is an explosion of interest in this type of learning ever since the pandemic took hold of the nation. Although this type of educational tool may be ideal in some circumstances, it holds some unique challenges for children who require special education. Parents with a special needs child must be extra diligent to discern whether remote learning is able to fulfill the educational requirements for their child, or if they will have to find alternative methods to fill in the gaps.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Social Worker Creates COVID-19 Coloring Book to Help Kids Cope

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

About 35 years ago, several tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina. At that time, the University of North Carolina's Child and Adolescent Program created a series of coloring books to help children and their families cope. That history inspired Lindsey Atkins, a social worker who currently serves as a clinical instructor for the same UNC program. Atkins wrote a story called Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan that includes illustrations for children to color. Like the coloring books from decades ago, the social worker's COVID coloring book is meant to give children and their families tools to deal with the pandemic's emotional impact.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Understanding Special Education Related Services

Posted by Brian Spence on May 19, 2020 10:30:11 AM

Occupational therapy (OT), speech therapy, and physical therapy (PT) are the most common special education related services. In a school setting, the primary purpose of these services is to help special education students access and make progress in the curriculum. Offering direct services to students is just part of the job for related service providers. They also show teachers and parents ways to help students boost their skills.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Education

4 Free At-Home Learning Resources for Kids

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 27, 2020 3:27:13 PM

With schools across the country closed, parents are searching for ways to educate their children at home. Fortunately, the following learning resources are free for families.

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Topics: Education

Why Special Needs Instructors Must Connect With Their Peers

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A popular Edutopia article explored the loneliness that special education instructors feel on the job. In her op-ed "Easing a Feeling of Professional Isolationism," columnist Jayne Clare explains that being a special ed teacher can feel lonely. The 30-year education veteran said instructors can overcome isolation by connecting with others.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

3 Strategies to Make Special Education Possible Amidst A Crisis

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As the current global crisis continues to bite, distance learning has become popular more than before. The reason is that most individuals are trying to adjust accordingly by making the best out of a bad situation. Special education is proving to be challenging at such a time as this since learners are currently at home as well. There is also the fact that children who rely on special education can quickly fall behind if they do not access the help they get from school.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Social Worker Offers Home Schooling Tips to Parents

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Due to the current crisis around the globe, many schools across the world are closed, including those in the United States. In light of these widespread school closures, the responsibility of student learning has primarily fallen on parents, especially when it comes to the education of younger children.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Special Education Meetings Can Qualify for FMLA

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 24, 2020 4:06:45 PM

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter stating a particular parent's circumstances qualified her to take time off using the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend special education meetings. Although the letter addresses the concern's of a specific family, the principles in the letter have a broad application.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Should Recording be Required in All Special Ed Classrooms?

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 23, 2019 10:42:39 AM

To record or not to record. That's the question facing many schools, including the Dallas Independent School District. DISD trustee Dustin Marshall has proposed installing cameras to record the activity of all the district's special ed classrooms. His proposal faces opposition from his fellow trustees and the school superintendent.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

State of Ohio Could Improve Fulfilling Needs of Special Education Students

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Imagine going through high school and graduating without knowing how to read. It seems like this would be impossible, given that reading and writing are basic skills which everyone needs to know in order to survive in our society today. But some special education students do struggle with acquiring these skills. It's up to the school they go to to make sure that they get the type of education they deserve.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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