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A Better Education for My Autistic Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Never stand in the way of a momma bear and her cub. Officials in Henrico County, Virginia learned this lesson when they refused to provide a "free and appropriate" education for Gregory "Junior" Matthews, who at fifteen is non-verbal and on the Autism Spectrum. After a special education specialist determined that Junior qualified for attendance at The Faison School in Richmond, he was enrolled there.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Paraprofessionals Face Dangers Related to Special Education Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Jamie Moffitt always dreamed she'd work with children as an educator. The Tooele County resident was excited when a substitute teaching position opened up at Rose Springs Elementary in Erda, Utah.

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Topics: Education, Behavioral Health

Technology Trends in Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Approximately 13 percent of all students enrolled in public schools are receiving special education services. These students have a variety of disabilities, from severe developmental delays to specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. Providing appropriate educational opportunities for such a diverse population can be quite challenging. Recent advances in technology have provided the field of special education with valuable resources to enhance the learning experience. 

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Topics: Education, Behavioral Health

Keep Students Accountable for Their Educational Success

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Educators are inspirational. They help young people tackle difficult subjects that will help them succeed later in life. Most students earn passing grades in their classes. Other youngsters need a little more motivation to help them pass their courses. These students may make constant excuses for failing grades or bad behavior. They blame their failures on teachers and fellow peers, without taking responsibility for their own success. How can teachers encourage students to take charge of their own academic success?

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Topics: Education

The Unique Challenge of Teaching Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on May 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It's not easy being a special ed teacher. All teachers face their own set of challenges, but for special ed teachers, those challenges can be even more advanced. The challenges, however, are also backed by their own unique set of rewards. If you're a special ed teacher, many of these scenarios will seem all too familiar.

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Topics: Education, Behavioral Health

How Special Needs Instructors Can Connect With Their Peers

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A recent 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: Education, Behavioral Health

Teachers Who Practice Self-Care are Happier in the Classroom

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Imagine a classroom of 25 fourth-graders. It's nearing the end of the day. Eyes are gazing out the window, minds are wandering into private daydreams, and the teacher at the whiteboard, realizing her history talk is mostly being ignored, experiences a personal meltdown. She does nothing drastic, but she does stop teaching, she assigns some quiet reading until the bell rings, and then sinks into her chair, near tears and feeling incompetent. Another failed day, she thinks.

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Topics: Education, Mental Health

Elementary Teaching Has Its Education Challenges

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When people think of elementary school teaching, particularly the lower elementary grades, they often think of the fun parts of the job. The kids are cute. You can use games to help with learning. You get to enjoy the funny stories the children share. Yet, being an elementary school teacher is not all fun and games. There are several struggles that those working in elementary schools face.

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Topics: Education

Elementary School Faces Hot-Button Society Topics Head-On

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Some adults believe that they need to shield young children from tough, controversial subjects, but a New Jersey school is taking a different approach. Seek Academy is tackling hot-button issues that most classrooms avoid. The Newark-based elementary school recently added a weekly, 85-minute social justice class where students discuss riveting current events and social studies-related topics.

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Topics: Education

Special Education Needs: Understanding the Twice Exceptional Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Is your child twice-exceptional or do you work with a twice-exceptional child? A twice-exceptional child is a child who can be labeled as "gifted" or "above average" while also having special education needs. For example, the child may have extraordinary math skills while also having ADHD and anxiety, or the child might have a reading level several grades above their current grade level but also have autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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